Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hector Olivera - MVP of the 2010 Intercontinental Cup

Antonio Castro presents the MVP Award to Hector Olivera (Photo: IBAF/Ezio Ratti)

Very strong pitching by Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Cuba wins the gold medal at the Intercontinental Cup

Team Cuba - Gold Medal Winner
Photo: IBAF

In the gold medal game at the last IBAF Intercontinental Cup, 23 year old Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez completely dominated his opponents from the Netherlands. The criollos prevailed by 4-1. Gonzalez pitched eight innings and only allowed two hits while striking out six opponents.

The first two Cuban runs were manufactured in the bottom of the third inning. A double by Jose Dariel Abreu was followed by an Ariel Pestano hit. Two men on base with none out. Giorvis Borroto followed with a bases clearing double, and Cuba took the lead, which it would never relinquish.

Alexei Bell hit a home-run with one man on base in the bottom of the eighth inning to add two insurance runs. Giorvis Duvergel went three for three in the game. Hector Olivera was selected as the MVP of the Intercontinental Cup.

Holland scored one run in the bottom of the ninth. The bases were loaded and Jonder Martinez came on relief. He put out the fire. Cuba wins the gold.

The game was carried live by Cubavision Internacional. It was nice to be able to enjoy a great baseball game without constant obnoxious commercial interruptions.

Cuba's 50th National Baseball Series will start next month. The Baseball World Cup will also be played in 2011. Cuba has qualified for that event.


IBAF Coverage

Intercontinental Cup: the Individual Awards

Best Players and All-Star Team from the 2010 edition

Individual Awards

Leading Hitter – Mejor Bateador
OLIVERA A. Hector (CUB) – (593-16/27)

Pitcher Best ERAVE – Lanzador con mejor ERAVE
PAN Wei-Lun (TPE) – (0.00-10.0 IP)

Pitcher Best Won/Loss Average – Lanzador con mejor promedio de partidos ganados y perdidos
HINOJOSA H. Dalier (CUB) – (2-0-9.2 IP)

Most Runs Batted In – Mas carreras anotadas
DESPAIGNE R. Alfredo (CUB) – (9)

Most Home Runs – Mas homeruns
KIM Jae Hwan (KOR) – (3)

Most Stolen Bases – Mas bases robadas
JUNG Soo Bin (KOR) – (5)

Most Runs Scored – Mas carreras anotadas
OLIVERA A. Hector (CUB) – (10)

Outstanding Defensive Player – Mejor jugador defensivo

Most Valuable Player – Jogador mas valioso

All-Star Team – Equipo All Star

Best Starting Pitcher – Mejor lanzador abridor
PAN Wei-Lun (TPE)

Best Relief Pitcher - Mejor lanzador relevo

Catcher - Receptor

First Baseman – Primera base

Second Baseman – Segunda base

Third Baseman – Tercera base
GOURRIEL C. Yulieski (CUB)

Shortstop - Interbase

Outfielder - Exteriores
BELL Q. Alexis (CUB)
LIN Che-Hsuan (TPE)

Designated Hitter – Bateador Designado
KIM Jae Hwan (KOR)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"I am not afraid of Tea Party Nuts, Muslims and Gays!"

I just want to make sure that my right to arm bears is not compromised!

Cuba and the Netherlands will play for the gold medal

The criollos will play for the gold medal tomorrow in the final act of the 2010 Intercontinental Cup. Because it is Sunday, Cubavision Internacional will probably carry the game live.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Clinton, Meek, Crist, ménage à trois

Let's see, who in this trio can screw the other one better?

And these three want to represent us? What a joke these three phonies are!

Raul Castro: No one will be abandoned to his own luck

Writing today in Cubadebate, Cuban President Raul Castro declared that "no one will be abandoned to his own luck."

He continued, "the Socialist state will provide the necessary support for a life with dignity, through the system of social assistance, to those who do not have the capacity to work and are the only support for their families. We have to erase forever the notion that Cuba is the only country in the world where you can live without having to work."

Miami gusanos and La Loba Feroz get hysterical about rumors of a possible prisoner swap between Cuba and the U.S.

Watch U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a.k.a. La Loba Feroz, get hysterical in the video which accompanies the article from a Miami TV station.

Click here to go to the TV station article.

Hip Hop Hits the Screen: Cuban History Through The Lens Of Music

BRUNSWICK, ME — Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association presents filmmaker and social commentator Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Thursday, November 4, 7:00 at Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Saizarbitoria will share a multi-media presentation titled Cuban History Through the Lens of Music, speaking of the culture of music in Cuba, specifically her impressions of how new genres of music are born in response to political and cultural change.

Saizarbitoria is a co-director of the 2007 non-fiction feature East of Havana of which the New York Times wrote, “So much of American pop thrives on a bratty facsimile of courage that when you see the real deal, it’s a revelation. East of Havana is the real deal.” Ms. Saizarbitoria spent more than two years working on the project, much of that time in her family’s homeland of Cuba. Clips and discussion of the film will be included in her presentation.

As is true for many Cuban-Americans, Ms.Saizarbitoria’s keen sense of cultural awareness is shaped by two countries. She was born of Cuban parents and raised in Miami and is now active in the vibrant social scene of New York dispersing cultural news through her work as a videographer, film director, event planner, deejay, and blogger.

Blending her main interests of music, Cuba, global affairs, youth culture and film, Saizarbitoria will speak of how the culture of music is interwoven with political climate in Cuba, be it from Afro-Cuban music roots in slavery, rumba’s history with 1950’s mafia gambling, or Cuban hip-hop during what is known as Cuba’s “special period” following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Ms. Saizarbitria's presentation represents the vision of the Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association to foster a spirit of friendship and cooperation between citizens of Trinidad, Cuba and the Brunswick area, person to person and community to community. The Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association promotes creative and constructive non-political interactions with the people of Cuba, experiencing their culture and sharing our culture with them; recognizing and appreciating both the differences and the similarities.

East of Havana Official Trailer

EAST OF HAVANA is a blunt, unflinching close-up on the lives of three young rappers compelled to address their generation's future from the confines of a Cuban ghetto. Soandry, Magyori, and Mikki are the defacto leaders of Cuba's rebellious underground hip hop movement. Possessing the undeniable talent and charisma of pop icons, these fearless performers push self-expression to its sharpest, riskiest, and most triumphant point.

Along the Malecon Blog: Voice of America to end shortwave broadcasts to Cuba

Tracey Eaton at Along the Malecon is reporting that the Voice of America will end its shortwave broadcasts to Cuba.

Click here.

12:32 p.m.: Cuba Journal contacted The Voice of America by e-mail at 9:56 a.m. and asked them to confirm, deny or comment on the report at Along the Malecon. They have not replied.

Martin Dihigo

Cuba defeats Japan 4-1

Yulieski González
Photo: Jose L. Anaya

Antonio Díaz, at the Federación Cubana de Béisbol Aficionado, reports that Cuba defeated Japan today by the score of 4-1.

The criollos had 14 hits. Here is how they batted: Duvergel (3-1), Olivera (4-1), Bell (3-2), Malleta (4-1), Urgellés (3-1), Yulieski Gourriel (4-2), José Dariel Abreu (4-2), Pestano (4-1), Yorbis Borroto (2-2), Yoenis Céspedes (1-0).

Yulieski González was the winning pitcher. He only allowed five hits in seven innings, had twelve strikeouts and gave one base on balls. He leads the tournament with 14 strikeouts.

Cuba remains undefeated and the team has a collective batting average of .419 and their pitching ERA is .067.

Cuba advances to the gold medal game, which will be played tomorrow.


IBAF report:

Team Japan went first on the scoreboard in the big match of Day 2 of the Semi-Finals against the undefeated Cuba. The leadoff Yuhei Nakamura hit a double and scored on a wild pitch after a sacrifice bunt by Hashimoto. The Caribbean waited just 3 outs to take the lead, with a double from Duvergel, who sent Borroto home , and a sacrifice by Alexei Bell who set the score to 2-1. In the bottom of the 4th, Pestano batted in Urgelles from the third base, while in the 7th Bell got his 2nd RBI of the game with a single out of the first pitch of Yusuke Uemura, who had just relieved Shigeru Kaga. 4-1 was the final score of the game. Cuba had outstanding pitching from Yulieski Gonzalez, who collected 12 K’s, allowing 5 hits and 1 run in 7 innings and Yadier Pedroso (1 H, 4 SO in 2.0).

Team Cuba Scores

Thursday, October 28, 2010

La Habana Vieja acogerá evento de comida cubana

Las autoridades turísticas cubanas pretenden celebrar los 491 años de la capital cubana (16 de noviembre de 1519) con un encuentro culinario nombrado «Saborear La Habana Vieja», que hoy tiene mucha atención en el mundo. Foto: Juventud Rebelde

Viajeros que repiten vacaciones en la Isla mostraron interés en asistir al encuentro, que tendrá lugar del 17 al 20 de noviembre próximo

Juventud Rebelde
28 de Octubre del 2010 11:23:02 CDT

LA HABANA, octubre 28.— Las autoridades turísticas cubanas pretenden celebrar los 491 años de la capital cubana (16 de noviembre de 1519) con un encuentro culinario nombrado «Saborear La Habana Vieja», que hoy tiene mucha atención en el mundo.

Viajeros que repiten vacaciones en Cuba mostraron interés en asistir y de esta manera comprender la manera de alimentarse de los locales.

La idea, generada por la compañía Habaguanex S.A., que administra la recreación en la parte antigua capitalina, incluye recetas y sesiones en los principales restaurantes del lugar, del 17 al 20 de noviembre próximo.

Como escenarios están programados lugares de atractivo histórico-cultural como la Basílica de San Francisco de Asís, los restaurantes Santo Ángel y El Patio o el Museo del Tabaco.

Para la apertura prevén una conferencia magistral del historiador de La Ciudad de La Habana, Eusebio Leal, una exposición fotográfica del artista Julio Larramendi, y una cena inaugural al estilo del escritor y gourmet, ya fallecido, José Lezama Lima.

La cocina cubana, los mariscos, productos y elaboraciones típicas, orígenes de la cocina cubana estilizada, costumbres, calidad de los servicios, el cerdo, el café, el tabaco y la sobremesa, son algunos de los temas en cartera para la celebración.

A manera de charlas, encuentros, catas y sesiones de diferente índole, marchará esta iniciativa que corresponde de sobremanera con una Habana Vieja llena de bares, cantinas, restaurantes y, sobre todo, lugares de atractivo histórico.

Esta parte de la capital ocupa aproximadamente 2,2 kilómetros cuadrados, y por ella pasa 90 por ciento de los más de dos millones de viajeros que llegan a Cuba cada año.

Tal territorio fue declarado en 1982 Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO), y por lo tanto aprender su culinaria y tradiciones constituye un atractivo turístico de relevancia.

Cuba defeats The Netherlands 6-3

Photo: IBAF

In the second round of play at the 2010 International Cup, Cuba obtained an important victory against the nine-squad from The Netherlands by defeating them 6-3. Giorvis Duvergel and Jose Dariel Abreu had home runs for Cuba and Alexei Bell had two triples.

Jonder Martinez was the winning pitcher for Cuba.

Cuba remains undefeated in the tournament. It will play Japan tomorrow.


Cuba mantiene su invicto en la Copa Intercontinental de béisbol

IBAF Coverage:

Phase 2 of the 2010 IBAF Intercontinental Cup commenced with the Netherlands taking on Cuba representing the two pool winners. Cuba received the advantage of the final bat via winning the coin toss the previous night and continued the push for victory with leadoff Giorvis Duvergel launching a 0-1 pitch in the right field stands. The Cuban squad added another run in the bottom of the second with a leadoff triple by Alexis Bell, scoring on a ground out by Jose D Abreu. However Netherlands fought back adding 2 in the 3rd, lead by Danny Rombley's lead off double and 1 in the 5th to lead 3-2. The game was decided in the bottom of the 7th when the Cuban offense added 3 runs on 3 hits, including a home run to Abreu, and 1 in the 8th. Defensively Cuba received solid pitching performances from starter Freddy Alvarez and Jonder Martinez who went on to pick up the win, pitching 4.1 innings in relief, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 1. The Netherlands also started strongly on the mound, with Tom Stuifbergen lasting 6.1, giving up 3 while striking out 7. Cuba will face Japan at Intercontinental Stadium in tomorrow morning fixture, while the Netherlands will play South Korea from Tou-Liou.

The War Crimes of U.S. General Stanley McChrystal

Project Censored


Seymour Hersh, “Secret US Forces Carried Out Assassinations in a Dozen Countries, Including in Latin America,” Democracy Now!, March 31, 2009,

Seymour Hersh, “You Can’t Authorise Murder,” interview with Abbas Al Lawati, Gulf News, May 12, 2009,

PressTV, “McChrystal Was Cheney’s Chief Assassin,” May 16, 2009,§ionid=3510203. [JG: this link does not seem to work.]

Student Researcher:

Cristina Risso (Sonoma State University)

Faculty Evaluator:

Elaine Wellin (Sonoma State University)

A little more than a year before he was fired on June 23, 2010, for making potentially insubordinate remarks in a Rolling Stone profile, General Stanley McChrystal was appointed by President Barack Obama as commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan. He had been formerly in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) headed by former Vice President Dick Cheney. Most of what General McChrystal has done over a thirty-three-year career remains classified, including service between 2003 and 2008 as commander of the JSOC, a special black operations commando unit of the Navy Seals and Delta Force so clandestine that the Pentagon for years refused to acknowledge its existence.

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Seymour Hersh claims that the Bush administration ran an executive assassination ring that reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney, and that Congress had no oversight of it whatsoever. The JSOC team would go into countries, without talking to the ambassador or to the CIA station chief, find people on a to-be-killed list, execute them, and leave. There was an ongoing list of targeted people, cleared by Vice President Cheney’s office, who had committed acts of war or were suspected of planning operations of war against the United States. Hersh asserts that there have been assassinations in a dozen countries in the Middle East and Latin America. “There’s an executive order, signed by President Ford, in the ’70s, forbidding such action. It’s not only contrary—it’s illegal, it’s immoral, it’s counterproductive,” he added.

JSOC was also involved in war crimes, including the torture of prisoners in secret “ghost” detention sites. Camp Nama in Iraq was one such “ghost” facility hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the international body charged under international law with monitoring compliance with the Geneva Conventions, and given the right to inspect all facilities where people are detained in a country that is at war or under military occupation. On July 22, 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a report, titled “No Blood, No Foul,” about American torture practices at three facilities in Iraq. One of them was Camp Nama, accused of some of the worst acts of torture, and operated by JSOC, under the direction of McChrystal. McChrystal, then a Major General, was officially based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, but he was a frequent visitor to Camp Nama and other bases in Iraq and Afghanistan under his command.

An interrogator at Camp Nama described locking prisoners in shipping containers for twenty-four hours at a time in extreme heat, exposing them to extreme cold with periodic soaking in cold water, bombardment with bright lights and loud music, sleep deprivation, and severe beatings. When he and other interrogators went to the colonel in charge and expressed concern that this kind of treatment was not legal, and that they might be investigated by the military’s Criminal Investigation Division or the ICRC, the colonel told them he had “this directly from General McChrystal and the Pentagon that there’s no way that the Red Cross could get in.” The interrogator said that he did see McChrystal visiting the Nama facility on several occasions. “I saw him a couple of times. I know what he looks like.”

In describing why no other press had covered the story, Hersh stated, “My colleagues at the press corps often don’t follow up, not because they don’t want to but because they don’t know who to call. If I’m writing something on the Joint Special Operations Command, which is an ostensibly classified unit, how do they find it out? The government will tell them everything I write is wrong or that they can’t comment. It’s easy for those stories to be dismissed. I do think the relationship with JSOC is changing under Obama. It’s more under control now.”

However, according to Press TV, the decision by Obama’s administration to appoint General McChrystal as the new commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan, as well as the continuation of the military commission for the detainees held in the Guantánamo Bay prison, are unfortunately examples of the Obama administration continuing to walk in Bush’s footsteps.


Rock Creek Free Press reported in their June 2010 issue that Seymour Hersh, speaking at the Global Investigative Journalism conference in Geneva in April 2010, had criticized President Barack Obama and alleged that US forces are engaged in “battlefield executions.” “Those we capture in Afghanistan are being executed on the battlefield,” Hersh claimed.

June 24, 1959: A historical Barbudos Baseball game

24 de junio de 1959.- Tanto en La Habana como en el resto del país, se han desarrollado funciones especiales en los espectáculos deportivos con el fin de recaudar fondos para la Reforma Agraria. El béisbol, deporte nacional, no puede faltar. En el hoy Latinoamericano, conocido entonces como el Estadio del Cerro, se pacta un juego de exhibición entre el equipo de la Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR) y los Barbudos, una selección integrada por miembros del Ejército Rebelde.

Se anuncian como lanzadores a Fidel Castro y a Camilo Cienfuegos. Pero cuando el Señor de la Vanguardia entra en el terreno, lo hace con el uniforme de Barbudos y una mascota de receptor. Los periodistas se le acercan. “Yo no estoy contra Fidel ni en un juego de pelota”, declara el Héroe de Yaguajay. La llegada del Jefe de la Revolución provoca una estruendosa ovación entre la numerosa afición que se ha dado cita en la instalación.

Cuando saluda a Amado Maestri, el gran árbitro cubano, designado para impartir justicia detrás del home, le pide: “Yo ahora estoy un poco desligado del juego de pelota. Quiero que me indique cómo tengo que lanzar para no incurrir en un balk”. El juego comienza y el abridor de los Barbudos retira la primera entrada sin problemas.

En otro inning, hay un roletazo a la derecha del inicialista que lo aleja de la base. Fidel cubre raudo la primera almohadilla y gracias a eso logran el out. Camilo, por su parte, estaba haciendo la asistencia por si se escapaba el tiro. Al bate, no les fue bien a los comandantes.

Camilo, en dos strikes, quiso sorprender al tercera base rival, que estaba jugando muy atrás, pero el toque salió foul y Maestri decretó el ponche por regla. Fidel, en su única vez al bate, fue dominado en roletazo al cuadro. El pitcheo de relevo de los Barbudos no se comportó a la misma altura de su abridor y el juego terminó 3-0 a favor de los policías.

Source: Cubadebate

Buscan a Camilo Cienfuegos

The Yankee imperialists have mounted all kinds of anti-Cuba news media campaigns regarding the sad disssapearance of Comandante Camilo Cienfuegos. Lies, and more lies is the only thing that the imperialists excel at. Hate always has a bed of lies.

Long live the eternal memory of the Hero of Yaguajay!

Cuba will remain free, sovereign and independent!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

GARBAGE BASEBALL: Cuba massacres Hong Kong 20-0 in five innings

What in hell are Hong Kong and the Czech Republic doing in the 2010 Baseball Intercontinental Cup, and why are USA and the Dominican Republic not playing?

This was a 20-0 Charlie Brown baseball game! A huge joke!

This 2010 baseball tournament is a huge waste of time. The gold medal will mean nothing!


The Mallory words

“The majority of Cubans support Castro […] There is no effective political opposition […] The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support [from the government] is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship.

Every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life […] denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.”

Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State, Lester Mallory, on April 6, 1960.

The empire knew perfectly well what it wanted to accomplish when it started its blockade of Cuba in 1960. Barack 'Fraud' Obama continues it. They will ultimately be defeated, because they face a united people.

Hasta Siempre!

Si Fidel es comunista - Daniel Santos

"Si las cosas de Fidel,
son cosas de Comunistas,
que me pongan en la lista,
que estoy de acuerdo con el."

English translation: Speech delivered by H.E. Mr. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla at the United Nations General Assembly

Mr. President;

Serious and imminent dangers threaten the existence of our species. In order to preserve human life we need to preserve peace. The use of only a negligible part of the world’s enormous nuclear arsenal will mean the end for the human species. The only guarantee that the nuclear weapons would not be used by any State or any individual would be their complete destruction, that should also include the entire generation of conventional weapons of a similar lethal power developed of late. Disarmament is the only solution.

In order to survive it is indispensable for humanity’s awareness to take a leap, which would only be possible through the dissemination of truthful information about these issues which are hidden or ignored by most politicians, not published by the press, and found by people so horrible that seem to be unbelievable.

We are living through a new era and, in our opinion, this General Assembly, as has been ceaselessly asked for by Fidel Castro, should lead, with utmost urgency, a world mobilization to demand respect for the right of all human beings and peoples to live.

Let us create a new world order; let us found a collective ethics based on human solidarity and justice; let us find a solution to conflicts through dialogue and cooperation. Let selfishness and plundering conducive to war and the use of force cease. In the face of a serious danger, let us rid ourselves of whatever pits us against each other or divide us and let’s get together to save peace, the planet and the life of future generations.

Mr. President;

Especially under the present circumstances, the US policy against Cuba is devoid of any ethical or legal grounds and lacks credibility and support. So it has been evidenced by the more of 180 votes cast at this United Nations General Assembly which during the last few years have been calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade.

In the Secretary-General’s report made available to us, more than 180 countries and specialized agencies of the United Nations system have documented their opposition to that policy.

Latin America and the Caribbean have vigorously and unanimously rejected such policy. The Summit of Unity held in Cancun in February 2010 resolutely stated the same. The leaders of the region have conveyed this feeling directly to the current US President. It could be assured that the express rejection against the blockade and the Helms-Burton Act, characterizes, as very few other items do, the political heritage of the region.

Equally unequivocal views have been endorsed by the Non-Aligned Countries Movement, the Ibero-American Summits, the European Union and Latin American and Caribbean Summits, the African Union, the ACP Group Summits and virtually any other group of nations abiding by International Law and the observance of the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter.

There is a broad and growing consensus within the United States society and the Cuban emigration in that country against the blockade and in favor of a change of policy towards Cuba. According to recent polls, 71 per cent of American citizens favor the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States, while 64 per cent of them and a similar percentage of Cuban residents in South Florida oppose the Cuba travel ban, which infringes upon their citizens’ rights.

Mr. President;

As it has happened with other issues, two years after President Obama pledged to seek “a new beginning with Cuba”, facts confirm that nothing has changed, nor has the President resorted to his ample prerogatives to relax the blockade.

The sanctions against Cuba remain intact and are fully implemented.

In the course of the year 2010, the economic siege has been tightened and its everyday impact continues to be visible in all aspects of life in Cuba. It has particularly serious consequences in areas so sensitive to the population such as health and food.

Cuban ophthalmologic services can not make use of the Transpupillary Thermotherapy, with the use of a surgical microscope, to treat children suffering from a tumor called retinoblastoma, that is, cancer of the retina, because it is impossible to buy the equipment required to apply this treatment, since they can only be bought from the US company Iris Medical Instruments. Without that technology it is impossible to treat retina tumors and preserve the affected eye.

Cuban children have no access to a medicine called Sevofluorane, the most advanced general inhalation anesthetic drug, that is, an anesthetic to operate on children, because its manufacturer, the American company ABBOT, is not allowed to sell its products to Cuba.

Cuba cannot purchase either the Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) to examine the retina and the optical nerve, manufactured by the German company Carl Zeiss, because some of its components are provided for by the US company Humphrey.

The onerous and discriminatory conditions that dominate the purchase of American foodstuffs, which are allegedly covered by a humanitarian exemption, while all other international trade standards are violated, resulted in the dramatic reduction of these operations last year. This reality not only affects our people but also American farmers. It would be untruthful of anyone here in this room to describe once again as a “trading partner” a country to which Cuba can not sell a single dose of medicine or a single gram of nickel.

Although Washington has very selectively authorized some cultural, academic and scientific exchanges, these are still subject to severe restrictions; many of these projects could not materialize due to the denial of licenses, visas and other permits. It is hardly known that Cuban artists are forbidden to receive any payment for their performances in this country. The persecution against Cuban properties and assets as well as commercial and financial transfers to and from Cuba or those involving institutions or individuals based in our country has intensified.

The fines imposed by the Treasury and Justice Departments on American and European entities during the last year for their transactions with Cuba, among other States, have totaled more than 800 million dollars.

The US government, in an obvious escalation, has also appropriated the transfers made by Cuba in other countries’ currencies, as the Euro. The confiscation of a transfer of more than 107 thousand Euros that belonged to the Cuban company Cubana de Aviación, which was made through the Banco Popular Español from Madrid to Moscow, was a theft.

The direct economic damage caused to the Cuban people by the implementation of the blockade during the last 50 years is worth more than 751 billion dollars according to the present value of that currency.

Mr. President;

Despite the universal rejection against this policy, some high officials of the US government have reiterated that this policy will remain unchanged. On September 2 last, President Obama himself ratified the sanctions against Cuba, claiming it was within the US alleged “national interest”. However, everybody knows that the White House continues to pay more attention to the well-funded “special interests” of an exiguous minority that has turned the policy against Cuba into a very profitable business.

It is obvious that the United States has no intention whatsoever to lift the blockade. There is not even a sign showing that its government is willing to dismantle the most irrational aspects of what is already the most comprehensive and long-lasting set of sanctions and coercive measures ever applied against any country.

Traditionally, whenever the pretexts used as alleged obstacles to the lifting of the blockade against Cuba have crumbled, they have been replaced by new excuses to justify the continuation of a policy that is, from every angle, unsustainable.

According to several news agencies, very recently, on October 19, President Obama described all the processes that are currently taking place in Cuba as ‘insufficient’ and conditioned any new step by his government to the internal changes they would like to see in our country.

The President is wrong to believe he has the right to interfere and qualify the processes that are taking place in Cuba today. It is regrettable to realize he is so misinformed and ill-advised.

The transformations Cubans have embarked upon today are a result of the aspirations of Cubans and the sovereign decisions adopted by our people. They are aimed at updating and increasing the efficiency of our economic model, perfecting our society, expanding our culture and developing our socialism. They are not intended to quench the desires or satisfy the interests of the US government, which until today have always been contrary to those of the Cuban people

The superpower will find any process that is not conducive to the establishment of a regime subordinated to its interest to be insufficient. But that is not going to happen because many generations of Cubans have offered and continue to offer the best of their lives to defend the sovereignty and independence of Cuba.

Besides, the US government has ignored the many declarations and proposals submitted by the Cuban government, both in public and in private, which ratify our willingness to establish a serious and constructive dialogue under conditions of equality and with full respect for our independence.

No response has been given to the new cooperation projects proposed by the Cuban government in the course of the year 2010, aimed at making progress in areas of common interest such as the combat against drug-trafficking, the protection of the environment, the prevention of natural disasters and even to cope with possible accidents that may derive from the oil exploitation in the Gulf of Mexico. An opportunity to advance in areas of mutual benefit for our peoples is once again missed.

Quite on the contrary, the US government has continued with its arbitrary practice of adding Cuba’s name to spurious lists, including the list of States that allegedly sponsor international terrorism, produced by the State Department to qualify the behavior of other nations. That country has no moral authority to draft such lists. As a rule it is its name that should appear at the top of them all. There is no reason whatsoever to include Cuba in any of those lists.

The US government likewise upholds the unjust conviction imposed on the Five Cuban Antiterrorists who have been imprisoned for more than twelve years in US prisons. Their cause has aroused a broad solidarity within the international community.

Cuba, which has been and still is a victim of State terrorism, calls for that government to put an end to double standards and the impunity enjoyed in its own territory by the confessed authors of terrorist actions which were organized under the auspices of the anti-Cuban policy of that country that was conceived to destabilize our country during the 1960’s by resorting to sabotage, kidnapping, assassinations and armed aggressions. That will be a true contribution to the international combat against this scourge.

Mr. President;

It is both outrageous and surprising to realize that the blockade and subversion policy applied by the United States against Cuba continues to be guided by the logics contained in the memorandum drafted by the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Lester Mallory, on April 6, 1960 that was declassified a few years ago, which reads, and I quote:

“The majority of Cubans support Castro […] There is no effective political opposition […] The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support [from the government] is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship.

Every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life […] denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation
and overthrow of government.” End of quote.

This is about a cruel and aggressive policy, absolutely contrary to International Law, that this government insists on maintaining knowing that it causes harm, hardships and violates the human rights of an entire people.

This is not a bilateral issue, as is commonly repeated by the US representatives. Its remarkable extraterritorial character has been endorsed by some laws and there are plenty of examples of the implementation of coercive measures against citizens and entities from third countries.

The blockade, given its own essence and scope, qualifies as an act of genocide under Article II of the Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted in 1948, and also as an act of economic warfare according to the Declaration concerning the Laws of Naval War adopted in 1909.

It is a hostile and unilateral act that should be ceased unilaterally.

Once again, on behalf of the people of Cuba, I ask the representatives of all the countries gathered here, to vote in favor of the draft resolution I am honored to present under the title “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Mr. President;

We Cubans feel proud of our work. If this economic warfare, although causing hardships, has not taken a toll on human lives or managed to provoke generalized traumatic damage to our people, is because of the efforts and sacrifices made by Cubans and the willingness and determination of its government.

Although the economic harassment has been the main obstacle hindering the development of our country and the improvement of the living standards of our people, Cuba can show undeniable results in the eradication of poverty and hunger, in the fields of health and education -which have become a world referent-, the promotion of gender equality, freedom and equitable well-being for all Cubans, social consensus, democratic participation by all citizens in the country’s decisions, the reversal of environmental degradation and the development of international cooperation with a hundred countries of the Third World.

A few weeks ago Cuba was able to declare here it had largely and exceptionally complied with the Millennium Development Goals. These results achieved by Cuba are still a utopia for a large segment of people in this planet.

We Cubans face our historical destiny with optimism, commitment and creativity. We are inspired by the feelings of peace, justice and solidarity that have characterized our people and the friendship with which the world identifies itself with our free and rebellious Island.

Cuba will continue to be ready to establish peaceful and respectful relations with the United States, as it has with the overwhelming majority of the international community and the entire hemisphere.

Cuba will never cease to denounce the blockade; it will never cease to demand its people’s legitimate right to live and work for its social and economic development under conditions of equality, in cooperation with other nations, without any economic siege or external pressures.

Cuba conveys its gratitude to the international community for its firm solidarity with our people, convinced that, some day, justice will be served and this resolution will no longer be necessary.

Thank you, very much.

Source: Radio Havana-Cuba

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gershwin plays Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin composed Rhapsody in Blue in 1924.

Is Laura Pollan fat?

Gee, it looks to me like Laurita has been spending every dinner night at a ritzy paladar in Havana, courtesy of U.S. taxpayer money delivered by USAID in its effort to bring back Yankee "democracy" to Havana! Where is Meyer Lanksky when Obama and Hillary really need him?

Is the U.S. dreaming of a White Christmas or...

... is it dreaming of a pro-Yankee government in Havana?

Is it true that Barack Obama had diarrhea today after the vote at the United Nations General assembly?

Are Uncle Sam's mercenaries in the island asking for a few more million dollars?

Barack Obama, the U.S and Israel are totally isolated.

Today, a very important vote took place at the United Nation's General Assembly. For 19 consecutive years that august body, where the United States can not exercise his veto power, overwhelmingly condemned the Cuba blockade which Barack Obama has chosen to support and continue. How different from what he said on January 20, 2004.

Not even tiny Palau supported the United States this year. The empire must rely on the continuing support of the racist and warmongering Zionists in Israel.

There are 192 countries at the United Nations. The U.S. received the overwhelming condemnation of 187 nations. Will the U.S. say it was not a democratic vote?

Cuba must continue defending its national sovereignty and independence. The evil which Obama, the U.S. and Israel represent will one day will be defeated, in the same way that the Nazis were defeated. Today, it is the United States and Barack Obama that are committing genocide. Applause for the community of civilized nations of our planet for their just condemnation of the acts of Barack Obama and the United States. No difference from the polices of Dubbya.

El Bloqueo de EEUU es un acto unilateral que debe cesar unilateralmente

26 Octubre 2010

Discurso del Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla en Sesión de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas

Señor Presidente:

Graves e inminentes peligros amenazan la existencia de nuestra especie. Para preservar la vida humana hay que preservar la paz. Sólo el empleo de una parte ínfima del enorme arsenal nuclear mundial implicaría el fin de la especie. La única garantía de que las armas nucleares no puedan usarse por Estados ni por nadie, será su destrucción, junto a la generación de armas convencionales de casi similar letalidad desarrolladas en el período reciente. La única solución es el desarme.

Para sobrevivir, es imprescindible un salto en la conciencia de la Humanidad, sólo posible mediante la difusión de información veraz sobre estos temas que la mayoría de los políticos esconden o ignoran, la prensa no publica y, que para la gente, son tan horrorosos que parecen increíbles.

Estamos en una nueva época y, en nuestra opinión, corresponde a esta Asamblea General, con toda urgencia, como incesantemente pide Fidel Castro, liderar una movilización mundial para exigir el respeto al derecho de los seres humanos y al derecho de los pueblos a vivir.

Construyamos otro orden mundial, fundemos una ética colectiva basada en la solidaridad humana y la justicia, hallemos solución a los conflictos mediante el diálogo y la cooperación, cesen el egoísmo y el despojo que llevan a la guerra y al uso de la fuerza. Ante el serio peligro, apartemos lo que nos enfrenta o divide y unámonos para salvar la paz, el planeta y la vida de las futuras generaciones.

Señor Presidente:

Especialmente en estas circunstancias, la política de los Estados Unidos contra Cuba no tiene sustento ético o legal alguno, credibilidad ni apoyo. Así lo demuestran los más de 180 votos en esta Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas que en los últimos años han reclamado que se le ponga fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero.

En el Informe del Secretario General puesto a nuestra disposición, más de 180 países y agencias especializadas del sistema de las Naciones Unidas documentan su oposición a esa política.

El rechazo de América Latina y el Caribe es enérgico y unánime. La Cumbre de la Unidad, celebrada en Cancún, en febrero del 2010, lo expresó resueltamente. Los líderes de la región lo han comunicado directamente al actual Presidente norteamericano. Puede asegurarse que el repudio expreso al bloqueo y a la Ley Helms-Burton identifica, como pocos temas, al acervo político de la región.

Visiones igualmente inequívocas han sido refrendadas por el Movimiento de Países No Alineados, por las Cumbres Iberoamericanas, por las Cumbres de América Latina y el Caribe con la Unión Europea, por la Unión Africana, por las Cumbres del Grupo ACP y prácticamente por cualquier conjunto de naciones que se haya pronunciado a favor del Derecho Internacional y el respeto a los principios y propósitos de la Carta de la ONU.

Es amplio y creciente el consenso en la sociedad norteamericana y en la emigración cubana en ese país contra el bloqueo y a favor del cambio de política hacia Cuba. Encuestas recientes demuestran que el 71% de los estadounidenses abogan por la normalización de las relaciones entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos, mientras que el 64% de ellos y similar proporción de los cubanos residentes en el sur de Florida, se oponen a la prohibición de viajar a Cuba que conculca sus derechos ciudadanos.

Señor Presidente:

Como en otros temas, dos años después de haber proclamado el Presidente de los Estados Unidos “un nuevo comienzo con Cuba”, los hechos confirman que nada ha cambiado, ni ha utilizado sus amplias prerrogativas para flexibilizar el bloqueo.

Las sanciones contra Cuba permanecen intactas y se aplican con todo rigor.

En el año 2010, el cerco económico se ha endurecido y su impacto cotidiano sigue siendo visible en todos los aspectos de la vida en Cuba. Tiene consecuencias particularmente serias en esferas tan sensibles para la población como la salud y la alimentación.

Los servicios oftalmológicos cubanos no pueden emplear la Terapia Térmica Transpupilar, por medio del microscopio quirúrgico, en el tratamiento a niños que padecen del tumor retinoblastoma, es decir, cáncer en la retina, porque es imposible adquirir los equipos para este tratamiento, que sólo pueden ser comprados a la compañía norteamericana Iris Medical Instruments. Sin esa tecnología, no es posible tratar el tumor de la retina y conservar el ojo afectado.

Los niños cubanos no pueden disponer del medicamento Sevofluorane, el más avanzado agente anestésico general inhalatorio, o sea anestesia para operar a los niños, porque a su fabricante, la compañía norteamericana ABBOT, se le prohíbe la venta a Cuba.

Tampoco se puede adquirir el Tomógrafo de Coherencia Óptica (OCT) para estudios de retina y del nervio óptico de la firma alemana Carl Zeiss porque tiene componentes que aporta la compañía norteamericana Humphrey.

Las onerosas y discriminatorias condiciones que prevalecen para las compras de alimentos norteamericanos, que supuestamente se amparan en una excepción humanitaria, mientras se violan todas las normas del comercio internacional, han repercutido en la drástica disminución de estas operaciones en el último año. Esta realidad no sólo perjudica a nuestro pueblo sino también a los agricultores norteamericanos. Se estaría faltando a la verdad si alguien en esta sala volviera a calificar de “socio comercial” a un país al que Cuba no puede venderle ni una dosis de medicamento, ni un gramo de níquel.

A pesar de que Washington ha autorizado muy selectivamente algunos intercambios culturales, académicos y científicos, estos continúan sujetos a severas restricciones y múltiples proyectos de este tipo no pudieron realizarse debido a las negativas de licencias, visas y otras autorizaciones. Es poco conocido que se prohíbe a los artistas cubanos recibir remuneración por sus presentaciones en este país.

Se ha recrudecido la persecución contra los bienes y activos cubanos, y contra las transferencias comerciales y financieras desde y hacia Cuba o que involucran instituciones e individuos establecidos en nuestro país.

Las multas de los Departamentos del Tesoro y Justicia contra entidades de su país y de Europa en este último año, por transacciones realizadas con Cuba, entre otros Estados, superan en su conjunto los 800 millones de dólares.

El gobierno norteamericano, en una escalada evidente, se ha apropiado también de transferencias en monedas de terceros países, como el euro. La confiscación de una transferencia de más de 107 mil euros pertenecientes a la compañía Cubana de Aviación y realizada por medio del Banco Popular Español desde Madrid a Moscú, constituyó un robo.

El daño económico directo ocasionado al pueblo cubano por la aplicación del bloqueo, supera en estos cincuenta años los 751 mil millones de dólares, en el valor actual de esa moneda.

Señor Presidente:

A pesar del rechazo universal a esta política, altos funcionarios de este gobierno han reiterado que se mantendrá invariable. El pasado 2 de septiembre, el propio presidente Obama ratificó las sanciones contra Cuba, aludiendo al supuesto “interés nacional” de los Estados Unidos. Pero todos saben que la Casa Blanca sigue prestando mayor atención a los “intereses especiales”, bien financiados, de una exigua minoría que ha hecho de la política contra Cuba un negocio muy lucrativo.

Es evidente que los Estados Unidos no tienen intención alguna de eliminar el bloqueo. Ni siquiera se vislumbra la voluntad de su gobierno para desmontar los aspectos más irracionales de lo que es ya el conjunto de sanciones y medidas económicas coercitivas más abarcador y prolongado que se haya aplicado nunca, contra país alguno.

Históricamente, cada vez que se desploman los pretextos esgrimidos como supuestos obstáculos al levantamiento del bloqueo contra Cuba, se sustituyen por nuevas excusas para justificar la continuidad de una política que es insostenible desde todo punto de vista.

Muy recientemente, el 19 de octubre, el presidente Obama calificó, según varias agencias de prensa, de insuficientes los procesos que, a su juicio, ocurren hoy en Cuba y condicionó cualquier nuevo paso a la realización de los cambios internos que quisieran ver en nuestro país.

El Presidente se equivoca al asumir que tiene derecho a inmiscuirse y a calificar los procesos que hoy tienen lugar en Cuba. Es lamentable que esté tan mal informado y asesorado.

Las transformaciones que hoy emprendemos los cubanos responden a los anhelos de los cubanos y a decisiones soberanas de nuestro pueblo. Van dirigidas a actualizar y hacer eficiente nuestro modelo económico, perfeccionar nuestra sociedad, ahondar nuestra cultura y desarrollar nuestro socialismo. No se proponen complacer los deseos o satisfacer los intereses del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, hasta hoy siempre opuestos a los del pueblo cubano.

Para la superpotencia, todo lo que no conduzca al establecimiento de un régimen que se subordine a sus intereses será insuficiente, pero eso no va a ocurrir porque muchas generaciones de cubanos han dedicado y dedican lo mejor de sus vidas a defender la soberanía y la independencia de Cuba.

El gobierno norteamericano ha ignorado, además, las múltiples declaraciones y las propuestas presentadas por el gobierno de Cuba, en público y en privado, que ratifican nuestra voluntad de establecer un diálogo serio, constructivo, en condiciones de igualdad y pleno respeto a nuestra independencia.

No se ha respondido sobre los nuevos proyectos de cooperación presentados durante el año 2010 por el gobierno cubano, para avanzar en temas de interés común como el combate al narcotráfico y al terrorismo, la protección del medio ambiente, la prevención de desastres naturales e incluso en el enfrentamiento a posibles accidentes en la explotación petrolera en el Golfo de México. Nuevamente se evade la oportunidad de avanzar en áreas que beneficiarían a ambos pueblos.

Por el contrario, dicho gobierno ha continuado la arbitraria práctica de poner a Cuba en las espurias listas, incluida la de Estados que supuestamente patrocinan el terrorismo internacional, que fabrica el Departamento de Estado para calificar el comportamiento de otras naciones. Este país no tiene la autoridad moral para hacer tales listados, que como regla tendría que encabezar, ni existe una sola razón para incluir a Cuba en ninguno de ellos.

El gobierno norteamericano también mantiene el injusto castigo a los Cinco cubanos luchadores antiterroristas que sufren prisión, hace más de doce años, en sus cárceles, cuya causa ha concitado la amplia solidaridad de la comunidad internacional.

Cuba, que ha sido y es víctima del terrorismo de Estado, reclama a dicho gobierno que ponga fin al doble rasero y a la impunidad de que gozan en su territorio los autores confesos de actos de terrorismo, que se gestaron al amparo de la política anticubana de ese país, concebida con fines de desestabilización, en los años 60, y que incluyó el sabotaje, el secuestro, el asesinato y la agresión armada. Ello sería una verdadera contribución al combate internacional contra ese flagelo.

Señor Presidente:

Es indignante e insólito que la política de bloqueo y subversión de los Estados Unidos contra Cuba siga siendo guiada por la lógica del memorando del subsecretario asistente de Estado Lester Mallory, escrito el 6 de abril de 1960 y desclasificado hace pocos años, cuyo texto cito:

“La mayoría de los cubanos apoyan a Castro [...] No existe una oposición política efectiva [...] El único medio posible para hacerle perder el apoyo interno [al gobierno] es provocar el desengaño y el desaliento mediante la insatisfacción económica y la penuria [...] Hay que poner en práctica rápidamente todos los medios posibles para debilitar la vida económica [...] negándole a Cuba dinero y suministros con el fin de reducir los salarios nominales y reales, con el objetivo de provocar hambre, desesperación y el derrocamiento del gobierno”. Fin de la cita.

Se trata de una política de agresión, cruel y absolutamente contraria al Derecho Internacional, que este gobierno persiste en mantener a sabiendas de que causa daños, provoca sufrimiento y viola los derechos humanos de todo un pueblo.

No es una cuestión bilateral, como suelen repetir los representantes norteamericanos. Su marcado carácter extraterritorial está refrendado en las leyes y existen sobrados ejemplos de la aplicación de las medidas coercitivas a ciudadanos y entidades de terceros países.

El bloqueo, por su naturaleza y su amplitud, califica como un acto de genocidio, en virtud del artículo II de la Convención de Ginebra de 1948 para la Prevención y la Sanción del Delito de Genocidio; y también como un acto de guerra económica, de acuerdo con la Declaración Relativa al Derecho de la Guerra Marítima adoptada en 1909.

Es un acto hostil y unilateral que debe cesar unilateralmente.

Una vez más, a nombre del pueblo de Cuba, solicito a los representantes de todos los países aquí reunidos votar a favor del proyecto de resolución que tengo el honor de presentar con el título “Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba”.

Señor Presidente:

Los cubanos nos sentimos orgullosos de nuestra obra. Si esta guerra económica, aunque provoca privaciones, no cuesta vidas humanas y no consigue causar un daño traumático y generalizado a nuestra población, es gracias al esfuerzo y sacrificio de los cubanos y a la voluntad y el empeño de su Gobierno.

A pesar de que la persecución económica constituye el obstáculo principal para el desarrollo del país y para la elevación de los niveles de vida del pueblo, Cuba muestra resultados innegables en la eliminación de la pobreza y el hambre, en índices de salud y educación que son de referencia mundial, en la promoción de la igualdad de género, en la libertad y el bienestar equitativo de los cubanos, en el consenso social, en la participación democrática de los ciudadanos en las decisiones del país, en la reversión del deterioro ambiental, y en el desarrollo de la cooperación internacional con un centenar de países del Tercer Mundo.

Cuba pudo declarar aquí, hace pocas semanas, un elevado y excepcional cumplimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio. Estos resultados, alcanzados por Cuba, aún son una utopía para una gran parte de la población del planeta.

Los cubanos asumimos nuestro destino histórico con optimismo, compromiso y creatividad. Nos inspiran los sentimientos de paz, justicia y solidaridad que caracterizan a nuestro pueblo, y la amistad con que el mundo se identifica con nuestra isla libre y rebelde.

Cuba seguirá dispuesta a entablar relaciones de paz y respeto con los Estados Unidos, como las que disfruta con la inmensa mayoría de la comunidad internacional y con todo el hemisferio.

Cuba no cejará jamás en la denuncia del bloqueo y no dejará de reclamar el derecho legítimo de su pueblo a vivir y trabajar por su desarrollo socioeconómico en condiciones de igualdad, en cooperación con el resto de las naciones, sin cerco económico ni presiones externas.

Cuba agradece a la comunidad internacional la firme solidaridad con nuestro pueblo, segura de que algún día se hará justicia y no será necesaria ya esta resolución.

Muchas gracias.

Réplica de nuestro Canciller a los Estados Unidos
y la Unión Europea

Réplica del ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, Bruno Rodríguez, a los Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea en la sesión de la Asamblea General bajo el tema "Necesidad de poner fin el bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba". Nueva York, 26 de octubre del 2010

Señor Presidente:

Agradezco mucho sus palabras a los trece oradores y a las delegaciones presentes en esta imprevista sesión vespertina.

Sobre lo dicho por Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea:

Esta es la décimo novena ocasión en que la delegación de Estados Unidos nos repite lo mismo.

El bloqueo es un acto de guerra económica y un acto de genocidio.

¿Será que el Departamento de Estado no ha hecho la tarea, no ha estudiado el asunto?

El año pasado leí aquí los artículos de las Convenciones correspondientes. Leo otra vez:

"Artículo II: Se entiende por genocidio cualquiera de los actos mencionados a continuación:

"Inciso b) Lesión grave a la integridad física o mental de los miembros del grupo;

"Inciso c) Sometimiento intencional del grupo a condiciones de existencia que hayan de acarrear su destrucción física total o parcial."

Ya leí hoy aquí el famoso Memorandum del señor Mallory.

No son "argumentos ideológicos" del pasado. El bloqueo es un viejo témpano que queda de la Guerra Fría. El asunto no es la retórica, sino el acto de agresión a Cuba.

El propósito de Estados Unidos no es ayudar ni apoyar al pueblo cubano. Se sabe que el bloqueo provoca privaciones y sufrimientos. No provoca muertes porque la Revolución cubana lo impide. ¿Cómo podría explicarse que se castigue a los niños cubanos como se ha descrito aquí? Si se quisiera ayudar o apoyar al pueblo cubano, lo único que habría que hacer es levantar el bloqueo de inmediato.

¿Por qué impiden a los norteamericanos visitar Cuba y recibir información de primera mano? ¿Por qué restringen los llamados contactos "pueblo a pueblo"?

Los pretextos para el bloqueo han ido cambiando. Primero la supuesta pertenencia al eje chino-soviético, después la llamada exportación de la Revolución a América Latina, luego la presencia de tropas cubanas en África para ayudar a derrotar al apartheid, a preservar la independencia de Angola y lograr la de Namibia.

Después, la manipulación sobre los derechos humanos. Pero el bloqueo es una violación brutal de los derechos humanos de los cubanos.

Estamos dispuestos a discutir sobre violaciones de derechos humanos. Podemos empezar por el campo de concentración de Guantánamo, donde se tortura y no existe el hábeas corpus. Es el reino de las "Comisiones Militares", fuera del Estado de derecho. ¿Podría la delegación norteamericana explicar qué pasó en los campos de Abu Ghraib, Bagram y Nama?

¿Se instruyó de cargos a los responsables? ¿Se instruyó de cargos a quienes autorizaron en los gobiernos europeos las cárceles secretas en Europa y los vuelos secretos de la CIA con personas secuestradas? ¿Podría aclararlo el representante de la Unión Europea?

Podemos hablar de Wikileaks. ¿por qué no nos cuentan algo sobre las atrocidades que recogen los 75 mil documentos sobre crímenes en Afganistán y los 400 mil sobre Iraq?

¿Qué pueden decirnos sobre las ejecuciones extrajudiciales que proclamó Bush en su famoso discurso del "Estado de la Unión" del 2003 bajo el aplauso del Congreso? ¿Qué ha hecho el actual gobierno con los responsables? ¿Acaso el Comando Conjunto de Operaciones Especiales fue disuelto? ¿Las órdenes y autorizaciones ejecutivas fueron revocadas o están en vigor? ¿Es verdad que el Jefe de ese Comando, el General McChrystal, reportaba directamente al vicepresidente Cheney? Podemos discutir también sobre la violencia brutal y con alta tecnología que llaman "contrainsurgencia".

Los cambios en Cuba son asunto de los cubanos. Cambiaremos todo lo que deba ser cambiado, para bien de los cubanos, pero no le pediremos opinión al gobierno de Estados Unidos. Escogimos libremente nuestro destino. Para eso hicimos una Revolución. Serán cambios soberanos, no "gestos". Sabemos que para Estados Unidos lo único suficiente sería instaurar en Cuba un gobierno pro-yanqui. Pero eso no va a ocurrir.

¿Quieren avanzar en telecomunicaciones? Levanten las medidas de bloqueo que hacen imposibles los negocios en ese campo y cesen el robo de fondos cubanos. Eliminen las medidas de bloqueo que restringen severamente el acceso a internet de los cubanos.

¿Quieren cooperación entre nuestras universidades? Eliminen las restricciones a los intercambios académicos, estudiantiles, científicos y culturales y permitan establecer acuerdos entre esas instituciones.

¿Quieren cooperación contra el narcotráfico, el terrorismo, el tráfico de personas, los desastres naturales, el correo postal? Respondan, al menos, las propuestas que hemos presentado hace más de un año, sin condición alguna.

El gobierno de Estados Unidos ha cambiado, pero el financiamiento a la subversión interna en Cuba se mantiene igual.

Un alto funcionario de la USAID confirmó ayer al periodista Tracey Eaton que, en el último período, han hecho llegar 15,6 millones de dólares a (cito) "individuos en el terreno en Cuba". Así llaman a sus mercenarios.

Las transmisiones ilegales de radio y televisión siguen.

Los Cinco antiterroristas cubanos siguen en injusta prisión. Recientemente se ha sometido, sin motivo, a Gerardo Hernández Nordelo a confinamiento solitario y se le ha denegado atención médica.

Terroristas internacionales confesos como Orlando Bosh y Posada Carriles se pasean libremente en Miami e incluso hacen allí actividad política.

Hay conversaciones migratorias, pero la manipulación política de la migración continúa con la Ley de Ajuste Cubano y la política de "Pies secos-Pies mojados".

Otra vez: es totalmente falso que Estados Unidos y Cuba seamos "socios económicos". Las ventas agrícolas violan todas las normas y prácticas del comercio internacional y libertad de navegación. Se miente en esta sala sobre supuestas donaciones de ONGs a Cuba por valor de 237 millones de dólares.

El bloqueo es abusivamente extraterritorial y afecta a todos los aquí presentes. No es un hecho bilateral.

Señor Presidente:

A lo ya dicho sobre la Unión Europea tengo poco que añadir.

No le reconocemos autoridad moral ni política alguna para criticar en materia de derechos humanos.

Haría mejor en ocuparse de su brutal política anti-inmigrantes, de la deportación de minorías, de la violenta represión contra los manifestantes y de la creciente exclusión social de sus desempleados y sectores de menos ingresos.

El Parlamento Europeo, con toda desvergüenza y de manera infame, se dedica a premiar a los agentes pagados del gobierno de Estados Unidos en Cuba.

Ahora se dice que la llamada Posición Común quedó superada. Ya veremos. Los hechos dirán. Pero, la Unión Europea sueña si cree que podrá normalizar las relaciones con Cuba, existiendo la llamada Posición Común.

Muchas gracias

A great victory for Cuba! U.S. condemned!

The United Nations General Assembly voted today and, by a vote of 187-2, overwhelmingly condemned the blockade which the U.S. government has against Cuba. The U.S. has been condemned for 19 consecutive years. They have few friends in the world. Even their NATO allies voted against the imperialists.

Only the genocidal Zionists in Israel sided with their masters. There were three abstentions.

Coverage by Cubadebate, Granma, Juventud Rebelde, Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters, Xinhua.


Introducing the measure, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez dismissed Washington's moves. "Two years after President Obama pledged to seek 'a new beginning with Cuba', facts confirm that nothing has changed," he said.

"It is obvious that the United States has no intention whatsoever to lift the blockade."

Rodriguez charged that over the past half-century the embargo had caused Cuba economic damage of more than $751 billion according to the dollar's current value.

"The White House continues to pay more attention to the well-funded 'special interests' of an exiguous minority that has turned the policy against Cuba into a very profitable business," he said.

The only country to vote with the United States in the assembly this year was Israel, heavily dependent on U.S. support at the world body on Middle East issues. The tiny Pacific states of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained. Last year, Palau voted against the resolution.

The Cuba embargo is one issue on which most of Washington's closest allies vote against it.

Speaking for the European Union, Belgian Ambassador Jan Grauls said the embargo "contributes to the economic problems in Cuba" and the EU rejected "all unilateral measures directed against Cuba that are contrary to commonly accepted rules of international trade."

Hey, Barack Obama! Have you heard about Temozolamide?

Brack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the other Democratic Party thugs prohibit Cuba from importing Temozolamide, a prescription drug that is used to combat tumors in the nervous system. It affects more than 250 Cuban patients per year, 30 of whom are children.

Hey, Barack Obama! How does it feel to have the blood of Cuban children in your hands?

Hoy votación en la ONU: ¡Abajo el bloqueo!

Muestra de la colección Cincuenta veces Cuba.
Foto: Kaloian Santos

A partir de las nueve de la mañana (hora de Cuba y de Nueva York), la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas debatirá y votará por decimonoveno año consecutivo una resolución en contra del bloqueo de Estados Unidos a Cuba, el cual es condenado por la abrumadora mayoría de los países miembros.

El proyecto de resolución titulado “Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba” será presentado por el canciller de la isla, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

Los 192 países miembros de la ONU debatirán y votarán el documento que reúne elementos que corroboran el carácter criminal de las leyes aplicadas por las últimas 11 administraciones estadounidenses con el objetivo supremo de asfixiar a la Revolución y rendir por hambre al pueblo cubano.

Cubadebate va a seguir, en vivo a través de la web y nuestros canales en Facebook y Twitter, la votación en la sede las Naciones Unidas, y los invita, con Silvio Rodríguez, a gritar: ¡Abajo el bloqueo!

Informe de Cuba Sobre la resolución 64/6 de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, titulada “Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba”. Julio de 2010

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Cuba, 51 años de resistencia a una política de genocidio

Cuba defeats Chinese Taipei 2-0

Photo: Marcelino Vázquez Hernández/AIN

The game has finished. The criollos had eight hits and the Taiwanese had five. They have a good team, but Cuba is much better.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the winner of the game, pitched an outstanding six innings. He only allowed three hits and struck out seven, while giving four bases on balls.


Juventud Rebelde: Cuba vence a Taipei de China en Copa Intercontinental de béisbol

Taiwan loses to Cuba in Intercontinental Cup baseball tournament

Monday, October 25, 2010

Feds Award $800 Million More for Central Florida High-Speed Rail

Florida got word Monday that the federal government is granting another $800 million toward building a high-speed rail line through Central Florida, which could be similar to this one in South Korea. (Photo: Associated Press file)

By Tom Palmer

Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:52 a.m.

LAKELAND | U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson's office today announced Florida will get an additional $800 million in federal money to help pay for construction of a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando.

Nelson, D-Florida, said he was informed of the grant by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Florida officals had applied for the grant last summer, which will require a 20 percent match by the state. That money comes on top of the $1.25 billion President Barack Obama had already announced the project was to receive.

The rail line, which will include a stop somewhere in Lakeland, could be the first-ever high-speed rail project in the United States. Construction of the Tampa-Orlando route is scheduled to begin by 2012, and it is to begin operating in 2015.

Which way for the Cuban Revolution? - A Contribution to the debate

Written by Frank Josué Solar Cabrales
Monday, 25 October 2010

We are publishing this article which we have received from the Cuban Communist Frank Josué Solar Cabrales as a contribution to the debate over the future of the Cuban revolution and the changes that are presently being proposed. See also Jorge Martín's article Where is Cuba going?

The Cuban Revolution is facing one of the most complex moments in its history. On the island there is a fairly general consensus that important changes must occur in our society. The debate is over the pace and scale that this will assume, as well as its content and nature. Important aspect are the limits, and how far these changes can go without crossing the threshold and violating principles or affecting the very essence of the system we have defended for 50 years and for which we have given our soul, heart and life.

In general, the measures that have been taken and those that are intended are a response to the need to boost the Cuban economy, to increase productivity and efficiency, to revalue the national currency and wages, and achieve import substitution, especially in food production. In short, what is intended is to revive an economy hit very hard by underdevelopment, the loss of its main markets and sources of supplies as the result of a genocidal economic blockade imposed by US imperialism, and also by internal bureaucratic obstacles and other mistakes.

The attempt to introduce these measures will take place in very difficult conditions of ceaseless harassment of the Revolution and plans to destroy it. Apparently, the forthcoming reforms are mostly intended to use market mechanisms, material and wage incentives in the search for efficiency and increasing productivity, starting with agriculture.

Such measures, although they may be quite legitimate and even necessary for the survival of a society in transition to socialism in the midst of harassment and isolation, must be understood for what they are: a retreat forced by circumstances, a necessary but temporary evil, and never as a way forward or as some kind of alternative for the construction of socialism. That is one thing, but it is quite another to accept inequality as something tolerable, normal, inevitable and even healthy for the functioning of the system.

Without a clear perspective that understands these measures as something temporary, there is a risk that, with continued isolation, at some point these economic reforms will acquire their own dynamic, proceeding in crescendo towards a slow and subtle capitalist restoration, and the social distortions the measures themselves have created, would in the end be turned against the Revolution.

To continue along this road will inevitably strengthen the pro-capitalist sectors in Cuban society and severely erode the social values of solidarity and social equality. A restoration of capitalism in Cuba would be a total disaster from every point of view for our people.

A society in transition to socialism, as Cuba is, by definition, is a society in which elements of the old and the new exist side by side, in a contradictory relationship. What needs to be determined then is which of them overcomes the other, which elements become dominant.

I believe that the fundamental question we all need to ask today is: to what extent the current campaign against free public services and subsidies, against egalitarianism and certain principles of social equality, will affect the fundamental social conquests of the Cuban revolution? It is a contradiction in terms to claim to be building socialism by promoting inequality, or accepting it as normal or inevitable. That's what capitalism does quite well.

Precisely the liberal platform of capitalism, its central ideological discourse, is to speak about opportunities and rights for everyone, but to add that it is impossible for everyone to live equally. According to this argument, income inequality is normal.

To the degree that socialism is obliged accept a certain level of inequality during the transitional period as a necessary evil, it must nevertheless strive from day one to bring about its gradual and sustained reduction.

The opposite approach, that of promoting inequality and using it as a stimulus to productivity, only leads to capitalism. It is impossible to have an economy that functions on a capitalist basis and maintain a socialist political and social model.

Payment by results and the use of salaries as an incentive to produce, do not make the workers work "according to their abilities" but rather beyond them, just as under capitalism, which brings about overexploitation and pushes them to the very limits of their strength, pressurized by their material needs and those of their family. The final outcome will be to prioritize the individual solutions over collective ones, leading to competition between workers and firms, which is the exact opposite of the spirit of socialism.

The economic levers of capitalism only produce more capitalism. Even some of those which have been tentatively tested have yielded results well below expectations. Pragmatism, practicality and the empirical approach, will not lead us to any port other than capitalism. This boat needs a project as a compass, one which is debated and agreed by all.

This is doubly dangerous in the context of the global culture war being waged by imperialism, attempting to make us believe that no other life is possible except one under capitalism, which is more ruthless and effective than ever, paradoxically when the system is passing through one of the worst crises in its history, and resembles a leaky vessel that is letting in water on all sides. Nor never has it had more influence in Cuba than now. It is therefore highly dangerous that we unconsciously contribute to the theoretical and ideological justification of capitalism.

The apparent impasse facing the Cuban social project comes from the impossibility of building socialism in one country. Faced with the delay of the Latin American revolution, the adopting of market reforms is seen as the only possible solution. And it is true that, even if it were to develop the full potential of workers' democracy, the Cuban Revolution still cannot escape the harsh economic conditions of backwardness imposed by isolation and the deep distortions in the project that flows from it. In the words of Marx, all the old crap of capitalism resurfaces again and again.

For us, the spreading of socialist revolution throughout Latin America is a matter of life and death. For this and other reasons I think that we, as Cuban revolutionaries, should enthusiastically welcome the proposal of President Chavez of creating a Fifth International, and we should become one of its main promoters. For the Cuban revolution an internationalist policy is not only a moral obligation or a tradition, it is also a question of survival.

The false idea that a balanced dose of socialism and market economics can combine and coexist, providing a viable long term solution, is a dangerous illusion. And just as dangerous is the idea that pretends that changes in the economic sphere will have no correlation or impact on the political structures, as if the two were completely separate compartments.

As socialism is primarily a matter of consciousness, and not just a bread and butter issue, how things are produced is just as important as what is produced. So, for the construction of socialism, the color of the cat is every bit as important as if it catches mice. You cannot aspire to a higher level of society if the wealth obtained is achieved through relations of production that foster inequality, exploitation and competition.

The only way for the planned economy to increase productivity in a different way to capitalism is through workers' control. This is also the best antidote against corruption. There can be no other administrative or bureaucratic substitute. For example, the Central Comptroller of the Republic may be useful to some degree, but no amount of control from above will solve the problem, because it will not go to the roots of the problem. Time and again history has shown how ineffective reforms from above and bureaucratic solutions are in the process of building socialism. Socialism means that the power must be in the hands of the workers, not merely nominally or formally, but in practice and in fact.

The bureaucracy cannot control itself. In this aspect, we should not ignore the warnings of committed and prestigious intellectuals against the danger that parts of the bureaucracy are consolidating their economic positions, “just in case”, anticipating a turn toward capitalism and ensuring their future well-being in such a scenario.

Although it is too early to determine where this process will lead us, I believe that there are three key elements to consider:

1 - The current balance of forces and the accumulated political and cultural heritage of the Cubans are very favorable to the socialist project. Those who dream today of a capitalist restoration in Cuba lack all legitimacy and public acceptance.

2 - The initial strong willingness and desire of the political leadership of the Revolution and the Cuban people to preserve socialism in Cuba at any cost, as the only guarantee to maintain the social gains achieved and to ensure our existence as an independent and sovereign nation. However, regardless of our intentions, many of these changes could unleash forces which acquire their own dynamics and escape our control.

3 - The international variables, especially the development of the revolutionary process in Venezuela will have a decisive influence in one way or another to the final outcome in Cuba.

The challenge before us, the same as in any revolutionary process when we are faced with reaction, is to build a parliament in a trench, fighting an enemy that will use our weakness and disunity skillfully. That conditions everything. But in this trench there is no alternative to the working people's parliament.

There are very positive signs. For example, the repeated references to the central role to be played by workers in the fight against corruption and inefficiency, as well as in economic discussions on the plan in each workplace. Also the appeals made by Raul himself for a greater democratization of our Communist Party and the governmental and political structures.

Democracy should be neither an ideal abstraction nor the bourgeois masquerade that conceals the dictatorship of capital, but the democracy of the working majority in this country, exercising effective power and control from the bottom up. There are also the debates, generated as a result of Raul's speech, the debates at the congresses of the CTC [Confederation of Cuban Workers], the FEU [Federation of University Students] and the UNEAC [National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba], in addition to the constant appeals from the country's leadership for a frank and open discussion between revolutionaries, as a suitable and healthy method for finding a solution to our problems.

This has been the practice of the Revolution at various times in its history. Remember for example the discussion process of the Appeal to the Fourth Congress of the PCC, or the workers’ parliaments in the most acute crisis in the days of the Special Period. What is necessary is to turn those experiences into a permanent and functioning system.

One of the fundamental differences between socialism and capitalism, and therein lies one of its advantages, is the broad popular participation upon which it must be built. While capitalism is interested in excluding as many people as possible from the exercise of power and from the political process, socialism, as a condition for its very existence, must develop to the full potential the political inclusion and presence of the people in decision making. The natural state of socialism must be the broadest democratic debate among revolutionaries.

And the profound shortcomings we still have in that respect are a very serious problem. It is necessary that the choice of the way forward should come out of a broad national public debate on all the key issues, so as to incorporate the people into the decision. In that sense I consider as counterproductive the fact, first, that the results of the discussions that took place throughout the country following the speech by Raul on 26 July [2007] in Camagüey were kept secret, and second, that the measures derived from them were studied and determined by only a group of people in the leadership of the Revolution, without popular participation. I also think that the Congress of the Party should not be delayed any longer. The need for it is increasingly clear.

Among the factors that enabled us to withstand the tremendous blow that the fall of the USSR and the subsequent Special Period represented, I think there were three main ones: first, and most importantly, the presence of Fidel, who, with his enormous political and moral authority, became the main cohesive element of all the people in facing up to what was coming.

Secondly, that the generation of those days maintained closer and firmer personal ties with the founding years of the Revolution, with its epic and romantic moments, the literacy campaign, the Bay of Pigs, and the Angola campaign, and had lived through a kind of socialism in the 1980s, with relatively high levels of material consumption and social justice.

Thirdly, that the arguments used to stimulate resistance corresponded essentially to political motivation: it was [an appeal to] a people conscious of their conquests and aware of what was at stake, and that refused to be enslaved again, or to lose its sovereignty, and was ready to face any sacrifice or challenge.

Today, the prospect of facing a new Special Period with acute financial constraints unfortunately finds us in somewhat different conditions. Fidel is no longer, at least formally, in charge of the country and the Revolution, and his physical ability has been diminished by age and by a serious health problem that meant he was on the verge of death.

Together with him, the historic leadership of the revolution are reaching their biological limits, and the renewal of the revolutionary leadership remains pending. The experience of the current generation of youth is practically limited to the Special Period, with its shortages, the inequalities and the profound economic, political and social contradictions, originated within Cuban society, which have affected even to a greater or lesser extent, our beautiful and sacred daughters: healthcare and education. The constant erosion of healthcare and education has led to a decline in the values, spirituality and the socialist way of life we have practiced for five decades. To this generation, the speeches about justice and welfare of the Revolution often have no basis in reality, or, even worse, are moth-eaten old slogans, worn out and hackneyed.

Finally, the solution to the current situation is being sought by appealing to pragmatic economic measures, and not the mobilization of the political reserves of our People.

The political system that we've had for the last 50 years has been based almost exclusively on the extraordinary charisma and leadership of Fidel. The People's full confidence in him, in his approach and his leadership has effectively secured the unity of the country, the defense of the revolution and the socialist project and allowed us to defeat all the ravages of imperialism. But the void left by him cannot be replaced by any other person. In the last analysis, the only guarantee that this tremendous power will not fall into the hands of people like Roberto Robaina, Carlos Lage, Felipe Perez Roque, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and many others, is to redesign our political model by extending workers' democracy and popular control.

It is vital that we have a united, solid Communist Party, with greater internal democracy and an environment of frank and open discussion of ideas among revolutionaries.

Today one of the most dangerous phenomena for the continuity of the socialist alternative is the widespread de-politicization and de-ideologization that we see present in appreciable sectors of the youth. Unconsciously, the official discourse reinforces this trend by laying heavy stress on pragmatism, instead of political motivations. As far as I can see, appeals to "practical solutions", combined with abstract appeals to consciousness, will and ethics have very limited effects.

Although it is painful to admit it, one can draw many parallels between today's Cuba and the situation in the USSR towards the end of the 1980s. The very thought of it makes my blood run cold and my hair stand on end, because there the outcome was fatal, something we must avoid at all costs here. The similarities can be observed in the complex social and economic landscape: political apathy among young people, bureaucratic inefficiency, corruption, waste, as well as in the measures proposed to deal with the problems.

The most dangerous capitalist restoration could come from supposedly revolutionary talk about keeping all our social gains, while “ceasing to be so stubborn in economics”, “modernizing”, “adapting to what is”, “accepting the inevitable”, “opening up to the world and the market” with all its power, contradictions and consequences.

The icing on the cake of such a view would be national reconciliation: the idea that we are all Cubans, we have had enough of fighting amongst ourselves, that we may be able to build a national project in which everyone fits, reaching a peaceful compromise - of course, on the basis of free enterprise. This idea is as utopian and dangerous as any attempt to appease the counterrevolution, either internal or external. It would not even give us time to change our minds. They have plans for the future that are radically different from ours, and it is impossible to make them compatible. The Revolution must continue to be for all and for the good of all, but the way to do this is by keeping power in the hands of the majority of working people and defending it from those who seek to overthrow it.


JG: As long as Cuba's revolutionary process is based on the socialist principle of 'people helping people' then Cuba will continue moving forward in a positive way.

If Cuba's civil society starts promoting capitalist principles of greed and/or 'people exploiting people' then Cuba will start going backward and its social experiment of the last 52 years will fail.

In a capitalist society criminal elements control and direct the affairs of the nation. That is what is happening today in Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras. That is not the political and economic model that the Cuban people would want to emulate.