Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Along the Malecon: Prosecutors will link Posada Carriles to Cuba bombings

Everyone who follows closely the Cuba issue, must read this excellent post by Tracey Eaton in his blog Along the Malecon.

My question is: once it is firmly established that Luis Posada Carriles was the mastermind of terrorist acts inside Cuba in 1997, what will the administration of Barack Obama do? Will they continue to protect him or will they charge him as an international terrorist?

November 30, 1956: The Cuban people torch Batista's police headquarters in Santiago de Cuba

On that day the Cuban people took to the streets of Santiago de Cuba, in support of the expected landing of the Granma. They torched the dictator's police headquarters in Santiago.

Fidel, Raul, Camilo, Almeida, Che and 77 more courageous members of the 26th of July movement landed in Cuba on December 2, 1956, to start the final phase of Cuba's independence movement.

On January First, 1959, the U.S supported dictator flew to Santo Domingo after Ernesto 'Che' Guevara captured Santa Clara.

Cuba was finally free!

Wikileaks: The Honduras coup d'etat cables

The cables that were sent by U.S. ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, after the military coup d'etat in that Central American nation, have been published by Wikileaks.

Here is the text of two of them:

“Los militares, la Corte suprema y el Congreso Nacional conspiraron el 28 de junio (de 2009) en lo que constituyó un golpe ilegal e inconstitucional contra el Ejecutivo.”

“Desde nuestra perspectiva no hay duda de que la llegada al poder de Roberto Micheletti ha sido ilegítima”, recoge el documento en el que el diplomático apunta que “los argumentos esgrimidos por los defensores del golpe son a menudo ambiguos, no tienen ninguna validez sustancial” y, en algunos casos, son “abiertamente falsos”.


"The military, the Supreme Court and the National Congress conspired on June 28 (2009) in what was an illegal and unconstitutional coup against the Executive."

"From our perspective there is no doubt that the rise to power of Roberto Micheletti was illegitimate," the document contains the diplomat notes that "the arguments made by proponents of the coup are often ambiguous, have no substantive validity "and, in some cases, are" overtly false."

Source: Cubadebate


JG: The illegal rulers of Honduras are still in power thanks to the inaction of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. They both failed to support the constitutional president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. They looked the other way after the coup d'etat. Knowing that coup d'etat s are one of the favored acts of the imperialists, I would not be surprised if it is found that the U.S. was actively involved, behind the scenes, in this illegal grab of undemocratic power.

Uncle Sam spying from outer space

Como ya cada paraje
ocupan—nada despacio—,
ahora mandan al espacio
satélites de espionaje
que captan cualquier mensaje,
—sea o no de relevancia—
pues mantienen vigilancia
de modo secreto y vil
a más de 36 mil
kilómetros de distancia.

Las violaciones son muchas;
Cuba también las percibe:
¿Por qué nadie les prohíbe
que utilicen las escuchas?
¿Cuántas voces, cuántas luchas
hacen falta todavía
para que llegue ese día
en que fracase el canalla
y en el espacio no haya
ningún satélite espía?

A muchos hoy nos preocupa
que los servicios secretos,
se tornen tan indiscretos
que nos pongan una lupa.
Cuando un satélite ocupa
tanto diámetro amenaza
y fastidia, porque pasa
que vigilados nos vemos
aunque encerrados estemos
en el baño de la casa.

Yoerky Sánchez Cuéllar

Monday, November 29, 2010

G-o-o-o-o-o-o-a-l! Barcelona 5, Madrid 0

Extended Higlights

Date/Time: Nov 29, 2010, 3:00pm
Competition: Spain La Liga
El Clásico - FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2010
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona (Barcelona)


Another Grand Slam by 'Fidel's Eyeglasses'

Fidel's Eyeglasses is, without a doubt, the best website for enjoying genuine Cuban music.

Do not miss Lazaro “El Jabao” Herrera Compilations: "50 Aniversario Triunfo de La Revolucion" 2 CD's 2010
Click on the link above.

You will enjoy very much the nine samples that he has included in his post.

Cuba's Ron Legendario

Friday, 26 November 2010 09:46
Source: Cuban News Agency

Guantanamo (Solvision).-The worldwide prestige of Cuban rums is reaffirmed by the growing demand for Ron Legendario, whose sales show an annual 10 percent increase.

The trademark’s deputy director of marketing, Carlos Sanchez, told Ron Legendario is currently available in more than 15 European countries, among them Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal and specially Spain, being the latter its biggest market.

Ron Legendario is produced in six factories across the country, three of them located in Pinar del Rio, Matanzas and Villa Clara and one in Havana, Sanchez said.

Legendario is distributed in Europe by the Valencian Legendario SL company, which is currently looking to make its way into other markets.

The trademark’s leading product is the Elixir de Cuba 7-year-aged rum, which is the richest, smoothest, sweetest and most delicate rum produced in the island.

Other Legendario spirits commercialized by the Spanish company are Dorado, Añejo, Añejo Blanco, Carta Blanca Superior and Gran Reserva 15 Years.

Stockman: Bush Administration and Paulson Destroyed Last Vestige of Fiscal Responsibility We Had in the Republican Party

The eight years of George W. Bush destroyed the USA.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona tonight at 9:00 p.m.

The best two soccer teams of the world play tonight. It doesn't get any better than this!

Click here.


New statistic in international baseball games: fake runs

The Schiller Rule: “If an IBAF-sanctioned game remains tied after 10 innings, then for each subsequent half-inning, play begins with runners already on first and second base. In addition, each team can begin the 11th inning anywhere in the batting order (however, except for normal legal substitutions, they may not change the actual batting order).”

IBAF is the acronym for the International Baseball Federation.

This new rule was forced on the IBAF in 2008, before the Beijing Olympics, by Dr. Harvey W. Schiller, a U.S. citizen, who was back then the IBAF president.

Cuba did not use this illogical and crazy rule in 2008 or in 2009 in its National Baseball Series, but the island decided to use a slightly different Schiller rule in their 50th Cuban National Baseball Series, which started yesterday.

The original Schiller rule is supposed to go into effect after the 10th inning on a tied game. Cuba is using the Schiller rule after the end of the ninth inning on a tied game.

Why is this new rule being used? It is very simple. Capitalist money elites rule over just about everything in today's world, and capitalist corporations do not want to transmit a TV game that could last 20 or 25 innings, if it is tied after regulation play. In effect they are saying: screw the baseball fan, money is the only thing that is important to us.

Out of thin air, IBAF, and now even Cuba, place two runners on first and second base simultaneously. I call those two runners fake runners. They were placed there because of a very stupid new rule, and not because a baseball batter connected a hit. If any of those two fake runners reaches home plate, that is what I will call a fake run.

Right now, U.S. major league baseball (MLB), is not using the Schiller rule in either the American League or the National League, but MLB is using it in their World Baseball Classic.

Because I consider myself a baseball purist, I will not personally recognize the fake runners or the fake runs that are scored by them. Other people can choose to accept the Schiller rule. I will not.

Cuba Journal will no longer publish the box score of any baseball game where the Schiller rule is used. And I also will not attend any baseball games where this crazy rule is enforced. The Schiller rule is for people that are only interested in money. It is prostituting baseball.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Remembering La Orquestra Aragón

Los Tamalitos de Olga


El Bodeguero

Los Marcianos Llegaron Ya


Villaclara defeats Industriales 6-5 with the help of the 'fake runs' Schiller rule

Odrisamer Despaigne and Robelio Carrillo were the opening pitchers for Industriales and Villa Clara.

Industriales scored its first run, a home run by Rudy Reyes, on the bottom of the second inning. Villaclara counterattacked fast and scored a run on the top of the third, tying the game 1-1. No runs were scored by either team in the next three innings.

On the Industriales lucky-seventh, the Blue Lions had consecutive hits by Morejon and Olivares. Tabares struck out, but Torriente followed with a timely hit to left field and Morejon scored the go-ahead run. Urgelles had a single and Olivares scored. Industriales 3, Villaclara 1.

The Oranges answered right away by scoring two more runs on the top of the eighth inning, re-tying the game 3-3.

The game went into extra innings and the Schiller rule went into effect. I personally do not like the Schiller rule. I call it the 'hurry-up-and-win' rule. It is a very dumb rule and the wrong way to decide a baseball game.

All the runs that decided this game were Schiller fake runs. They were not based on player skill.

50th Baseball Series Starts Today

11:00 a.m. Estadio Latinoamericano.

Granma: Industriales quiere otro título

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Calendario de Los Leones Azules (Industriales) para la Serie 50

Click on the link:


The Blue Lions Will Roar Tomorrow!!!!!!!

El Kartel - En Las Buenas y Las Malas - 2010

Visit: www.industrialesdecuba.com

Film on Terrorism against Cuba to Premiere at Havana’s Latin American Cinema Festival

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 27 (ACN) A film on terrorism against Cuba by American writer, journalist and filmmaker Saul Landau will have its premiere during the upcoming 32nd Latin American Film Festival that begins in Havana on December 2.

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? is one of the 515 films that will compete in the event and it will premiere at the Charles Chaplin movie theater on December 11 at 5:30 p.m.

The website www.cubadebate.cu announces that the film covers 50 years of terrorism against the island and particularly focuses on the case of five Cuban antiterrorists who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States for monitoring right-wing groups in South Florida that were planning and carrying out terrorist attacks against Cuba.

The film, also with the participation of Cuban documentary maker Roberto Chile, was shot in Miami, Washington and Havana and it includes photos and valuable historic documents.

It also includes interviews with notorious terrorists Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, Jose Basulto, and others who walk the streets of Miami as free men under the protection of the US Government.

Among other recognitions, Landau has received the Emmy, George Polk, First Amendment, Letelier-Moffit and Bernardo O’Higgins awards.

Inside Baseball: This Yanqui Is Welcome in Cuba's Locker Room

Mr. Bjarkman providing play-by-play commentary for a Cuban game at the Baseball Week tournament in Haarlem, Netherlands, in July.

Wall Street Journal

NOVEMBER 9, 2010


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—U.S. scouts at a baseball tournament here last month salivated over Cuban national team players potentially worth millions of dollars in the major leagues. To keep any of them from defecting, Cuban security restricted them to their hotel rooms between games.

But one American was allowed to visit them, coming and going as he pleased.

"The guards know me," explained Peter Bjarkman, a 69-year-old retired linguistics professor from Purdue University.

Some compare him with Ry Cooder, the American musician who brought Cuban music to the wider world, leading to the album and film the "Buena Vista Social Club." Mr. Bjarkman has made more than 40 trips to Cuba over the past 15 years, reporting on the communist country's baseball, whose talent has about the same illicit thrill as a Cuban cigar.

But others, particularly Cubans who have become U.S. citizens, see him differently—as a shill for the Cuban government.

"This guy is a friend and a defender of the revolution and the dictator himself," read a comment on one of his articles posted on a Cuban website. "Sounds like the communists have infiltrated" the U.S., wrote a reader.

Such critics consider him akin to John Reed, the controversial American journalist whose leftist sympathies allowed him into the Bolshevik inner circle to chronicle the 1917 Russian Revolution.

A few Americans knowledgeable about Cuban baseball are no longer on speaking terms with him.

"Bjarkman echoes government propaganda, so I have nothing to say about him," says Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, a literature professor at Yale who grew up in Cuba and wrote a history of the game.

The bespectacled Mr. Bjarkman, who lives in Lafayette, Ind., with his second wife and two cats, says he's interested in Cuban baseball, not politics.

"It's a wonderful, alternative baseball universe," he says, citing the lack of commercialism, free agency and high ticket prices that mark the modern U.S. game. He says its pastoral nature recalls American baseball of the 1950s, when he was growing up following the Brooklyn Dodgers.

What is not in dispute is his access to the Cuban baseball scene and his position within it—perhaps unparalleled for an American in any field, given that the U.S. trade embargo, in place since 1962, restricts U.S. business and travel in Cuba.

He mingles freely with top Cuban players on the field before games, sometimes visiting them in their homes.

Photos of him adorn the lobby wall of the Havana hotel where he stays. Excerpts from his two books on the Cuban game have run in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

"Everyone knows Pete here, from the baseball commissioner to the guy who sells tickets," says Ismael Sene, a retired Cuban diplomat who has a weekly baseball show on Havana television.

Mr. Bjarkman was a high-school English teacher in Hartford, Conn. in the 1960s, when he got the bug to explore Latin America.

He taught school in Colombia and Ecuador, becoming fluent in Spanish, and later got his Ph.D. in linguistics, specializing in Cuban Spanish.

But his career floundered, he says, after he arrived at Purdue as a linguistics professor in 1979. He found he had little enthusiasm for writing in his chosen field.

In the late-1980s, he began writing short histories of sports teams, often for young readers. Next came a history of Latin American baseball.

That book caught the attention of Mark Rucker, a collector of rare baseball photographs who wanted to try an illustrated book on Cuban baseball.

It was not long after a baseball strike canceled the 1994 World Series, and a disillusioned Mr. Bjarkman was eager to satisfy his baseball passion elsewhere.

The pair's biggest challenge on their research trips to Cuba in the late-1990s—beyond cows appearing on the island's unlit highways—was gaining the cooperation of Cuban authorities.

The timing was sensitive because several prominent players had recently defected to the U.S.

Cuban officials weren't pleased when the book came out in 1999. The reason: It contained two photographs of defectors, including Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who had become a star pitcher for the New York Yankees. Defectors didn't get official mention in Cuba.

"We never would've put those in there if the publisher hadn't requested it," says Mr. Bjarkman.

Nevertheless, the book began to circulate underground in Cuba.

Mr. Sene, the retired Cuban diplomat, passed around copies at games, attracting curious crowds. Then he introduced Mr. Bjarkman as the author, and Mr. Bjarkman's stature grew.

Officials began treating him as a regular member of the Cuban media. He appeared on Cuban television to talk baseball, indicating, he says, that he was trusted. Today, U.S. scouts consult him about Cuban players, given his unique access.

"Pete has to walk a tightrope to do that job," says Mr. Rucker, who collaborated with him on the illustrated book.

But critics think he has sacrificed credibility to maintain his standing in Cuba, such as by trashing players after they defect.

After Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman defected last year to sign with the Cincinnati Reds for $30 million, Mr. Bjarkman wrote about the pitcher's inconsistency and limited pitch variety and said that Mr. Chapman "had considerable trouble even qualifying" for the national team.

Before the player defected, Mr. Bjarkman had described him in his online column as a "stellar flamethrower" and a "phenom" likely to be the No. 2 starter on the Cuban team.

"Cubans who read his column are fed up with it," says Roberto Moralejo, a 30-year-old civil engineer in Miami who left Cuba 11 years ago.

He says Mr. Bjarkman ignores the hardships of the Cuban players, such as meager salaries of around $125 a month.

Mr. Bjarkman says he was trying to temper enthusiasm in the U.S. for the young pitcher by providing some balance.

Still, he admits he hates seeing Cuban players leave.

"It's a beautiful baseball experience," says Mr. Bjarkman, who acknowledges his politics lean to the left. "And I don't want to see it fall apart from U.S. teams strip-mining it for talent."


JG: The reason for the animosity of Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria towards Peter C. Bjarkman is extremely easy to see. I have read Mr. Echevarria's book. It is mediocre and boring. It does not come even close to the excellence of Peter C. Bjarkman's "A history of Cuban Baseball 1864-2006." Mr. Echevarria is a businessman. Bjarkman is a true words expert and a connoisseur. He recognizes good baseball when he sees it!

This year, during the 2010 MLB playoffs, the Tampa Bay Rays wanted me to fork over $40.00 for a bleachers seat ticket. They also wanted to add a $6.00 convenience charge to the insult and injury. The $6.00 translates as: "We want to f***k you even more!"

My response was: "GO F***K YOURSELVES!"

Fake Cuban Music

The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina is a CD about fake Cuban Music. It is produced under the label of Ahí Namá, which is not a Cuban CD label. It is an American [USA] label. The Americans are fraud masters, so I am not surprised.

The Trio Zamora and the Trio Mélodico ARE NOT Cuban Trios. After their names Ahi Nama places (D.R.) Most people will say that is an abreviation for Dominican Republic.

If you go to the Spanish Wikepidia and you type Trio Zamora, nothing comes up. Instead Spanish Wipedia responds: Did you mean Toro Zamora? I think the poor toro will probably feel insulted.

The same thing happens with Trio Mélodico. Nothing shows up.

This CD was "recorded" in 1958. On that year the great majority of the Cuban people were actively fighting the dictatorship of U.S. supported dictator Fulgencio Batista.

I will not even assign one star to this fake Cuban music CD. Skip it! Don't buy it!

Fidel Castro: Obama is More Dangerous Now

Havana, Cuba, Nov 27.- The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, said U.S. President Barack Obama is more dangerous now that a competition has emerged in the United States to see who is more of a rightist.

Obama is smart but he is more dangerous at present because he, too, is going to compete now, the revolutionary leader said during a meeting with Latin American intellectuals, according to an article published in the Granma newspaper Friday.

He is thinking about what happened to (William)Clinton and (Ronald)Reagan, who had lost popularity but then rose in the polls when they ventured into confrontations, Fidel stated.

Fidel Castro expressed that it is not forbidden to be optimistic, but he prefers to be realistic toward the current international situation, now marked by the South-North Korea conflict and in the midst of a profound economic crisis.

The leader of the Cuban Revolution recalled the statements of Michel Chossudovsky, editor in chief of the Global Research website, regarding the fact that NATO -- Germany and other member countries -- have tactical nuclear weapons.

The United States has a government hated by the most diverse array of people in the world, Fidel Castro said, mentioning the feelings of affront of the Japanese people regarding the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Prensa Latina)


JG: Fidel Castro has gone from infatuation with Barack Obama to disappointment. Welcome to the crowd Fidel!

Barack Obama's "new Cuba travel policies" turned out to be another turd

Do you guys/gals remember when the New York Times reported the following on August 16th of this year?

"The Obama administration is planning to expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba, the latest step aimed at encouraging more contact between people in both countries, while leaving intact the decades-old embargo against the island’s Communist government, according to Congressional and administration officials."

"The officials, who asked not to be identified because they had not been authorized to discuss the policy before it was announced, said it was meant to loosen restrictions on academic, religious and cultural groups that were adopted under President George W. Bush"

Barack Obama's first turd was when he announced a "new beginning" with Cuba.

What will this Oval Office fraud think up next?

The Three Amigos of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

"Dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres."

Translation: "Tell me with whom you run around with, and I will tell you who you are."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Hammer to the slammer?

Tom Delay, the Texas equivalent of Florida's Ileana 'La Loba Feroz' Ros-Lehtinen, has been found guilty of money laundering by a Texas jury, report various sources in the Internet.

Now that La Loba Feroz is slated to become the powerful chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will she be an understudy of The Hammer?

An artistic representation of El Tocororo

Tocororo cantando,Cuban Trogon singing

The Tocororo bird is in danger of extinction.

Because his red, blue, and white colors, the same as the Cuban flag, he was chosen as the national bird.

The Tocororo bird can be found in mountainous regions in Cuba, mainly in Sierra Maestra mountain range, in the eastern province of Granma and Santiago de Cuba. It can also be seen in the highest parts of Sierra del Escambray, in Santi Spiritu province and with smaller frequency in Sierra de los Organos in Pinar del Rio. It cannot live in captivity. He is fed of wild fruits, mainly Aguacatillo. He nests in the holes of the tree trunks.

17th World Festival of Youth and Students

The festival will take place in Pretoria, South Africa from December 13th to the 21st, 2010.

Appeal to the Youth and Students of the World

Youth has always been a vital force in the development of societies. With natural creativity, will of change, transformation and strength, the struggle of youth for freedom, peace and social transformation, for the right to education, employment, democratic rights and peace has always had a significant role in the general struggle for a fair and peaceful world. This is demonstrated by the past, but also by the present where big demonstrations of students, of young workers and of youngsters in general are a vanguard of resistance against exploitation, withdrawal of rights, imperialist plunder of resources, racism, sexual discrimination, colonialism, fascism, military interventions and war, and for the survival of the Human being. We call upon the youth to continue these struggles.

In the same time when imperialism dominates the World, in the framework of one of the deepest structural crisis of the capitalist system, the situation of the youth is worsening. This is very clear in the increasing number of young people unemployed or working under precarious working relations as the profits of the big economic groups keep increasing, the number of people resisting increases every day, in all countries, where the youth and people are victims of the imperialism and bravely resist, as well as in many countries under sanctions, blockades and occupation. This crisis shows the historical limits of this system and that there is more potential for stronger struggles against it and changes in the balance of the different forces in the world. We call all the youth to line up in our struggle of resistance against the exploitation of the peoples and environment, for the true satisfaction of peoples’ needs. In times when imperialist forces increase militarization of the World, by implementing more military bases, by competing against each other for markets and natural resources, increasing the fire power of armies and their budgets, developing high technology weapons, and devastating the environment and natural resources, proving the eco-predatory character of imperialism, Eath has become a more dangerous place for youth to live. Alongside with the empowerment of imperialist structures, like NATO, EU, AFRICOM and other organizations, imperialism is everyday more aggressive towards progressive, democratic and communist organizations, which demands from us to reinforce the struggle for peace. The increase of the military offensives and provocations against all progressive governments and people in Latin America and the Caribbean, the persecution of the youth and students’ movement in Colombia, and the progressive and anti-imperialist forces and youth organizations in Eastern European countries, the equalizing of communism and Nazism, the attacks against UJSario Western Sahara and youth and people, the crimes against the youth and people of Palestine by the Zionist Israeli occupation sponsored by imperialism, the occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, the continuation of the occupation of Cyprus, the oppression of indigenous people, among many other examples, demonstrate that the attempt of imperialism to destroy democratic rights is not only an isolated event in one country, but is indeed one of the key elements of the imperialist offense and strategy.

Youth struggled, struggles and will keep struggling for public, free, quality and democratic education, for right to employment with full labour rights, for democratic rights, for the right to exclusively free access to health, sport and culture, for the protection of the environment, for sovereignty, for a decent life, for friendship, solidarity and peace among all peoples of the world. There is no imperialist campaign, no anti-scientific school book, no industry of culture, no nationalist feeling, racial prejudice, imperialist promoted secessionist movement, ethnic or religious conflict promoted by imperialism that can ever stop the struggle of the youth and all the workers against exploitation of man by man from happening and being victorious.

The 17th World Festival of Youth and Students will be held having before it a rich past of WFYS experience, particularly the experience from the 16th WFYS, held in Caracas - Venezuela, in August 2005, which success represents a big responsibility and a big hope for the 17th WFYS, that will happen in Pretoria - South Africa, in December, 2010.

The 17th WFYS in South Africa states and underlines the anti-imperialist character of the World Festivals of Youth and Students. The firm confrontation with imperialism was the key element for WFYS resistance, with an important contribution from the progressive and socialist countries. The international, mass participation of the youth and students and political-cultural characteristics are elements that we should reinforce, alongside with the solidarity with South Africa resistance to any type of imperialist intervention, building a multicultural and multinational country of peace, sovereignty and social justice, now that the brave struggle of the South African people and youth have broken the grids of apartheid.

Furthermore, organizing the 17th WFYS in the African continent is a sign of support to the African youth, who so bravely struggles against the new waves of imperialism, whether it is on its military expression, by implementing military bases all over the continent (particularly the dangerous US project of AFRICOM) and the growing military presence in Somalia; or on its political and economic expression by attempting to force all countries to bend to the imperialist wills, punishing with sanctions all those who refuse to accept this new sort of neo-colonialist offense against their countries and peoples.

The World Festival of Youth and Students is collectively organized and represents the millions of youngsters who struggle for a peaceful future without imperialism and its structures. Its democratic process, since the first preparatory moment until the closing ceremony, is unique and should be preserved and deepened, in order to be even more connected with the concrete everyday struggles in the countries of all the world of the youth and students.

We call upon all progressive youth and students to join the struggle for peace and against imperialism, and work actively from now to strengthen the 17th WFYS in their countries and participate in the Festival in South Africa.

Let’s defeat imperialism, for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation!

Let us work for a successful 17th World Festival of Youth and Students in South Africa, in December 13 - 21, 2010.

Tumult and Triumph in Black and White

The New York Times

November 11, 2010


Too bad Fidel Castro cannot come to New York to see “Cuba in Revolution,” an intensely absorbing exhibition at the International Center of Photography. It would warm his heart and make him pine for the glory days of the late 1950s and early ’60s, when his tiny, swashbuckling band of soldier intellectuals overthrew the corrupt government of Fulgencio Batista and prevailed over the forces of corporate capitalism and organized crime. The improbable, undeniably stirring tale of the rise and triumph of the Fidelistas is told by 180 pictures made by 30 photojournalists, including native Cubans like Raúl Corrales and Alberto Korda and international stars like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Burt Glinn.

Organized by Brian Wallis, the center’s chief curator, and Mark Sanders, a guest curator, the exhibition pictures the revolution in black and white, figuratively — Batista bad, revolution good — as well as literally.

Batista was so bad that the initially supportive Eisenhower administration disowned him, and he ultimately fled Cuba with $300 million. His Havana was a sinkhole of moral turpitude.

Corporations like ITT and Standard Oil and criminal luminaries like Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano made Batista their puppet. Tourists came to gambol and gamble at Las Vegas-style casinos. Prostitution and drug trafficking were rife. Meanwhile, most of Cuba’s rural population remained dirt poor, and dissidents were treated with extreme prejudice.

Mr. Castro and his merry men were correspondingly good. They were popular, heroic liberators and, not just incidentally, wonderfully photogenic in their proto-hippie guerilla regalia. From their hide-outs in the mountains to their triumphal processions into Havana and other cities, the revolutionaries come across like stars in a Hollywood epic. Victory over C.I.A.-backed Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs invasion only enhanced the revolution’s image, and the turn to the Soviets leading to the Cuban missile crisis is sympathetically understood in light of the United States’ clear determination to restore capitalist order, if not democracy, to Cuba. Going by this exhibition, it seems the worst thing the new leadership did was to ban the Beatles.

These almost metaphysically polarized conditions and the events they incited made Cuba an irresistible magnet for photographers, whose pictures appeared in newspapers and magazines around the globe.

In this context almost every image is loaded with moral and political resonance. There’s the Ugly American tourist in a Batista-era photograph by Constantino Arias: a fleshy, middle-aged guy comically posing in a droopy bathing suit and sombrero, wielding a liquor bottle in each hand. In contrast, you have a beautiful, sad, poor little girl clutching a crude wooden doll in a 1959 photograph by Korda, who would go on to become Mr. Castro’s personal photographer. That child could be the beleaguered soul of the soon-to-be uplifted people.

The curators point out in a wall text that many images of the victorious rebels were but thinly veiled propaganda. Among the most stirring, unabashedly hagiographic images is “La Caballería” (“The Cavalry”) by Corrales, who would become an official photographer for the Castro regime. Mounted on horses and brandishing Cuban flags whipped by the wind, a band of victorious revolutionaries approaches on a dirt road in a composition that could have been painted by a 19th-century academician. It might be Cuba’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” or “Liberty Leading the People.”

When it comes to political symbolism, the champ is the photograph of a movie-star-handsome Che Guevara in his beret that Korda called “Heroic Guerilla.” Several versions of the image are in this show. And a whole room is devoted to Freddy Alborta’s 1967 photographs of the assassinated Guevara’s corpse, images that seem inspired by Mantegna’s 15th-century painting “The Lamentation Over the Dead Christ.”

A number of decidedly more lighthearted pictures show Nikita S. Khrushchev entertaining Mr. Castro in the Soviet Union in 1963 and ’64. In one, Mr. Castro kneels to snap a group portrait of Khrushchev and eight members of his family arranged against a strangely barren landscape. In another, the two strongmen, dressed in heavy overcoats and fur hats, converse in a snowy forest. Inadvertently, these images of ruthlessly dictatorial rulers of supposedly egalitarian systems hanging out together bring to mind the once-revolutionary ruling-class pigs at the end of “Animal Farm.”

What does all this mean? Why does the exhibition present such a positive image of the revolution? It was, after all, a violent overthrow. Were there no more troubling images to be found of life under Mr. Castro’s iron-fisted leadership than those of young people playing forbidden rock music, as in a 1966 picture by José Figueroa?

From 1965 to 1967 Mr. Figueroa made a series of group portraits of his middle-class family, which was progressively reduced in number as, one by one, its members emigrated to the United States. A wall text observes that the series “captures an inherent contradiction at the heart of the Cuban Revolution, whereby its ideals both forged a nation and divided a people.” Today, the text notes, more than 1.2 million people of direct Cuban descent live in the United States. You don’t have to be anti-Castro to wonder at the paucity of pictures representing the other side of the story.

Be that as it may, this show is as gripping as photojournalist exhibitions get, and it will be especially so for any American who came of age during those strange and frightening decades of the cold war.

“Cuba in Revolution” runs through Jan. 9 at the International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street; (212) 857-0000, icp.org.

Ni un día de Paz para Cuba

Noviembre 22, 2010
Por Alberto N. Jones

HAVANA TIMES, 22 nov.- El día 6 de Abril de 1960, Lester D. Mallory, sub-Secretario de Estado para Asuntos Inter-Americanos, escribió en un memorando interno: “La mayoría de los Cubanos apoyan a Castro….el único mecanismo previsible para enajenar el apoyo interno debe ser a través del desencanto y la insatisfacción basado en la frustración y dificultades económicas…cada medio debe ser tomado rápidamente para debilitar la vida económica de Cuba.

Mallory propuso una línea de acción la cual….lograría los mayores avances al privar de dinero y suministros a Cuba, reducción de salarios para incrementar el hambre, desesperación y el derrocamiento del gobierno.

Un embargo económico, comercial y financiero fue impuesto a Cuba en el mes de Octubre de 1960, el cual se convirtió en un embargo casi total, el 7 de Febrero de 1962, después que ciudadanos y corporaciones propiedad de ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos fueran nacionalizados.

Mi hija mayor Isabel Maria, nació el día 27 de Febrero, veinte días después que esta infame ley fuera establecida. Siete meses después, el día 22 de Octubre, Isabel Maria, su madre y yo, nos encontró apiñados a oscuras en nuestra vivienda de Guantánamo, esperando por el comienzo de la conflagración nuclear, la peor crisis militar de nuestras vidas.

Desde entonces, cada argumento plausible real o imaginario, ha sido invocado por todas los subsiguientes gobernantes de los Estados Unidos, tratando de justificar el mantenimiento del embargo como son:

- Por la pérdida propiedades en Cuba y la prohibición del gobierno de los USA para que acepten la compensación ofrecida.
- Por Cuba haberse declarado socialista.
- Debido a la presencia de misiles nucleares en Cuba.
- Por cuanto Cuba fue acusada de “exportar” revoluciones hacia América Latina.
- Debido a las intervenciones militares de Cuba en África.
- Debido a la falta de elecciones abiertas, multi-partidistas y las violaciones de derechos humanos.
- Debido a la falta de libertad de expresión y la existencia de presos políticos.
- Por estar Cuba en la lista de países terroristas.

Mudando constantemente la meta

A fin de continuar sosteniendo estos argumentos y seguir moviendo la meta, cientos de millones de dólares han sido gastados por el Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos a través de fundaciones fantasmas a fin de crear una enorme maquinaria propagandística alrededor del mundo, con el propósito de distorsionar la imagen de Cuba y la de sus dirigentes, debilitar las instituciones Cubanas a través de grupos subversivos que han sido creados, financiados y dirigidos por ellos, montar un baraje diversionista en radio, TV, literatura y cine así como al proveer salvaguarda a conocidos terroristas en los Estados Unidos.

Legalmente, estas medidas han sido impuestas a través de diferentes mecanismos como son la expulsión de Cuba de la OEA, oponiéndose a que gobiernos de Europa occidental inviten a altos funcionarios Cubanos a sus países, creación de medidas anti-Cubanas selectivas como son, Pedro Pan, la Ley de Ajuste Cubano, Pie Seco/Pie Mojado, la Oficina de Control de recursos económicos Cubanos, Comerciando con el Enemigo, el Acta de Democracia Cubana y la ley Helms-Burton entre otras.

Cuba ha respondido a estas acciones agresivas, mediante la presentación de quejas en conferencias internacionales, simposios, asambleas políticas, ONU, CARICOM, SÉLA, ALBA y otras instituciones, donde han denunciado el efecto demoledor de esta asfixiante medida sobre la vida, el bienestar y desarrollo de la nación. A través del tiempo, este mensaje ha logrado permear la poderosa barrera económica que los Estados Unidos ha erigido, tratando de escudarse de este acto despectivo.

Todas las instituciones mencionadas más arriba y otras, han condenado esta imposición genocida al pueblo de Cuba y la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas ha denunciado y pedido durante 19 años consecutivamente, sea suspendida esta reprochable decisión, el cual los Estados Unidos ha ignorado en forma flagrante.

A lo largo y ancho de los Estados Unidos, cada día son más los Condados, Ciudades, Estados, Congresistas, Senadores, Empresarios, Grupos Humanitarios, Religiosos, Académicos, Centros de Investigaciones, Juristas, de la Salud y otras instituciones de reputación, que han denunciado y demandado que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos rescinda estas medidas draconianas y de pasos concretos a fin de normalizar sus relaciones con Cuba.

Obama encendió la llama de la esperanza

Durante su campaña presidencial y después de haber sido electo presidente, Barack Obama represento un viso de esperanza que condujo a millones alrededor del mundo a creer que la fosilizada relación antagonista entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba, seria tratada de manera diferente. Cambio, fue el lema de su campaña política.

Veintidós meses después de asumir la presidencia, el único cambio visible en la disputa US-CUBA, esta dado por la restauración del derecho a viajar de los Cubano-Americanos, tal cual era durante la administración de Bill Clinton y por permitir un número ilimitado de visitas y envíos de remesas familiares.

A pesar de que la presidencia de Barack Obama tenía una mayoría en el Congreso y en el Senado, muchas de las medidas que este propuso, carecían del vigor y una inflexible defensa , lo cual condujo al ala de la extrema derecha del partido Republicano, sabihondos y a personalidades de la radio y TV a interpretar su forma amigable, no combativo como un signo de debilidad, lo que los llevo a cuestionar abiertamente su ciudadanía, si era o no musulmán y declarándole la guerra a cada uno de las iniciativas o proyecto de leyes que presentara el partido Demócrata, erosionando su base de sustentación y su autoridad.

El 2 de Noviembre del año 2010, después de estar gobernando la nación que le fuera entregado por el peor presidente en la historia reciente de este país, con la economía al borde del colapso y una población desmoralizada, Barack Obama ha sido culpado de todo lo mal hecho por una población enardecida, la cual ha sido bombardeada durante meses con cuantas mentiras degradantes y tácticas intimidatorios, lo que fue posibilitado por cientos de millones de dólares en fondos de campaña política.

La derrota electoral fue devastadora en el Congreso, Senado, Gobernadores, Alcaldías, Concejales, dondequiera. Sobre el medio día del día 3 de Noviembre, Barack Obama con ojos semi-llorosos describió el resultado electoral como humillante, disculpándose, a la vez que expreso su deseo de colaborar estrechamente con la dirección entrante del partido Republicano.

Al darse por vencido y lamentarse por haber hecho lo correcto, el presidente Barack Obama le ha enviado un mensaje claro a esos que habíamos depositado nuestras esperanzas en él y confiado en que su administración fuese diferente, que estaría dispuesto a extenderle la mano a aquellos países con los cuales los Estados Unidos mantenía una relación espinosa.

Para esos cubanos que comparten su cumpleaños con mi hija Isabel Maria y millones más que nacieron antes o después que ella, este escalofriante mensaje de continuidad, que nada cambiaria, sugiere que lo único que parece importarles, es la supervivencia política del presidente.

Grandes logros de la ultraderecha en el Congreso

Complicando aun mas lo dicho anteriormente, es la triste realidad que un puñado de Cubano-Americanos ultra-derechistas, otros que están en el Congreso y el Senado, han diseñado y tejido una poderosa madeja de cabildeo, que imita casi a la perfección el cabildeo Judío, con su impenetrable dogal sobre todas las decisiones del gobierno norteamericano.

El método aplicado por el PAC (grupo de Cabildeo) Cubano, es simple y efectivo. Ellos reciben millones del gobierno de los Estados Unidos con el propósito de subvertir y derrocar al gobierno Cubano. Una pequeña parte de dichos fondos son dedicados a su objetivo central. El resto que no haya sido malversado entre los dirigentes de dichos grupos, es distribuido ampliamente entre miembros de ambos partidos políticos del Congreso y Senado.

Al efectuar estas modestas y a veces ridículas donaciones, ellos logran comprar conciencias y alianzas de estos políticos, para cuando su voto sea necesario para apoyar u oponerse a cualquier medida relacionado con Cuba.

Prueba de ello, son las leyes Helms-Burton y Torricelli, que fueron escritas y forzadas su aprobación en el Congreso y Senado, por gente que viven en Nueva Jersey, Carolina del Norte e Indiana, las cuales nada tienen en común con Cuba.

Muchos de nosotros recuerda, el terrible estado de las relaciones Estados Unidos-Cuba durante las administraciones de Reagan y Clinton, debido a las acciones de un grupo ultra-derechista, reaccionarios, compuestos por Otto Reich, Roger Noriega, Negroponte, Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lethinen, Menéndez, Pérez Roura y Mas Canosa, los que retrocedieron las aspiraciones de una mejoría en las relaciones entre ambos países durante décadas.

En Enero del 2011, las relaciones entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba alcanzara el nivel más bajo en su historia. Además de la llegada al Senado del rabioso Marco Rubio y el feroz David Rivera al Congreso, Ileana Ros-Lethinen asumirá la jefatura del súper poderoso Comité de Relaciones Internacionales del Congreso, desde donde, ningún ante proyecto de ley con indicios de mejorar las relaciones entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba, verá la luz del día.

Nunca antes en los pasados cincuenta años, habían tenido los cabilderos de la ultra-derecha Cubano-Americana una posición mejor. Ellos están en el asiento del chofer y dominan enteramente la situación. Una vez más, los Cubanos-Americanos del sur de la Florida han comenzado a hacer sus maletas, habilitar sus yates y a repartirse entre sí, los cargos del nuevo gobierno Cubano.

Otros factores influyentes

Serán suficientes los argumentos expuestos más arriba, para justificar el mantenimiento del embargo durante cincuenta años?

Puede el pueblo Cubano resistir 48 años más de esta guerra de desgaste y erosión impuesto por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos y mantenido en su lugar por sus secuaces en la comunidad Cubano-Americana o peor, permitirles re-tomar al país?

¿Podría ser que las verdaderas razones del embargo no se han hecho público?

El criterio predominante en los Estados Unidos durante el Siglo XIX era la del Destino Manifiesto, por medio del cual la raza Anglo-Sajona creyeron que ellos estaban destinados a expandirse a través de continente Americano desde las orillas del Atlántico hasta el océano Pacifico.
El presidente James K. Polk (1795-1849) es recordado por sus éxitos en política exterior. El amenazo con una guerra a Inglaterra sobre la región Noroeste del Pacifico, para después retractarse y dividirse esa región con Inglaterra.

Cuando Méjico rechazo la anexión de Texas por parte de los Estados Unidos, Polk llevo a su nación a una victoria total en la guerra Mejicana-Americana, lo cual fue seguido por la adquisición de California, Nuevo Méjico y Arizona.

En el verano de 1848, el presidente Polk autorizo a Romulus M. Saunders embajador de Estados Unidos en España, para adquirir a Cuba por la suma de 100 millones de dólares, lo cual hoy día equivaldría a 2.5 mil millones de dólares, lo cual era de gran interés de los esclavistas sureños.

La Enmienda Platt de 1901, estipulaba una serie de condiciones coercitivas para el retiro de las tropas americanas que permanecían en Cuba después de concluido la guerra Hispano-Americana de 1898,

- Cuba no podía transferir tierras a ningún otro gobierno fuera de los Estados Unidos.
- Cuba no podía contraer deuda externa alguna, sin las garantías de poder pagar los intereses.
- Cuba estaba obligada a permitir la intervención militar en sus asuntos internos, cuando el gobierno de los Estados Unidos lo estimara necesario.
- Cuba estaba vedada de negociar tratados con cualquier país excepto los Estados Unidos.
- Cuba no podía permitir a ninguna fuerza foránea la obtención por colonización o para el asentamiento y control de fuerzas militares o navales, en ninguna porción del territorio nacional.
- Cuba quedaba restringida en la conducción de sus relaciones internacionales y relaciones comerciales.
- Los límites territoriales de Cuba, no incluirían a Isla de Pinos.
- Cuba “acordó” la venta o arriendo a los Estados Unidos, de las tierras necesarias para el establecimiento de carboneras o bases navales en lugares que serán acordadas posteriormente, lo que condujo al arriendo de la Base de Guantánamo.

Después que el presidente Teddy Roosevelt retiro las tropas de la isla en 1902, Cuba firmo el Tratado Cubano-Americano de 1903 por el presidente Tomas Estrada Palma, quien previamente había abogado por la anexión de Cuba.

Será necesario aportar más evidencia, para establecer los motivos reales detrás de estos 200 años anhelando que Cuba se convierta en una estrella más en la bandera de los Estados Unidos?

Si todos los Cubanos, dondequiera que estos se encuentren e independientemente de las diferencias políticas que pudieran albergar, no fuéramos capaces de unirnos en este momento crucial de nuestra historia en defensa de nuestro país, y el gobierno Cubano no diseñara e introduzca nueva políticas y estrategias que reemplacen aquellas que en los pasados cincuenta años no han sido capaces de desmoronar el embargo y hacen el máximo esfuerzo por rechazar esta amenaza de vida o muerte a nuestra soberanía, estaremos exponiendo nuestro país a la posibilidad real, de que su nombre se sume a los de Guam, Atolón de Palmira, Islas Vírgenes, Isla Wake, Midway, Puerto Rico y otros.

A message from Communist Party USA

Corporate capital has pulled the plug on America

by: Sam Webb
November 23 2010

tags: capitalism, economy, globalization, public workers, education, ultra-right

The conventional wisdom is that corporate capital has an enduring commitment to science, education, transportation, health and nutrition, public amenities, urban development, equal opportunity, and more. Business executives are considered solid citizens as well as savvy investors. We are told that they are interested in the modernization of the state, economy, and society as well as their own enterprises.

There was at one time a grain of truth to this portrayal of the corporate class. Coming out of World War II, a broad alliance, with U.S. corporations occupying a dominant position, expanded the public sector, trained a skilled workforce, steadily improved wages and social benefits, renovated the infrastructure, built a national system of interstate highways, invested in public education, struck down the most egregious barriers of racial exclusion, and promoted vigorous economic growth.

Corporate capital's principal reason for being was still profit-making, but its profit-making strategy was tethered to the modernization of the domestic economy, state and society.

To a degree, it was a win-win situation insofar as both the corporations and the people gained, even though very unequally, from this arrangement. The socialist Michael Harrington, in an analysis of this era, wrote:

"The welfare state was thus not simply the result of socialist and liberal conscience and working class struggle. It was also a function of a capitalist socialization process, a way of allowing the system to absorb the enormous productivity of the new forms of collective labor."

But the arrangement didn't last. By the mid-1970s, this commitment of significant sections of the corporate elite began to fray, and then in the decades that followed it came apart at the seams, as the transnational corporations, with the assistance of right-wing extremists occupying powerful positions in government, drastically and negatively restructured the state, economy and society.

By the first decade of this century, the effects were apparent.

On one side we have experienced a historically unprecedented shift of wealth and power to the moneybags on Wall Street and across America.

On the other side, we have seen the deterioration of infrastructure, the destruction of the social safety net, the undermining of the public school system, the decay of urban and rural communities, the privatization of public assets, the growth of poverty and inequality, the hollowing out of the manufacturing sector and massive loss of jobs, the dismantling of regulations on corporate misbehavior, the lowering of workers' wages, the lifting of barriers inhibiting international capital flows, the imposition of unfair trade agreements, and a faltering - now stagnant - domestic economy.

It isn't pretty!

What explains the change of heart of big sections of the transnational corporate class? Why did they pull the plug? Are they meaner than capitalists and wealthy families of the previous era? Perhaps, but that really doesn't answer the question.

The explanation in my view lies in the evolution, dynamics and profit imperatives of the world economy over the past three decades.

The markets, supply of exploitable labor, and investment strategies of U.S. transnational corporations are worldwide in scope now.

Their production sites stretch across regions and time zones, thanks to new technologies that, in effect, reduce time and distance (think Internet).

That doesn't mean that domestic production sites, consumption markets and workforces are of no consequence, but their importance to the transnational masters of the world is far less today. Unlike in the early postwar period, the corporate planning unit is a world economy, now cluttered with powerful foreign-based corporations and new state competitors like China and India.

This being so, the commitment of major sections of the transnational elite to a people-friendly public sector, a vibrant national economy and a modern society has waned in recent decades. In fact, this [capitalist] elite is turning the state into its personal ATM machine and a military juggernaut to enforce its will at home and abroad. It's not an exaggeration to say that this social grouping has become a parasite sucking the life out of our government, economy and society, while living in bubbles of luxury, racial exclusion and class privilege and exploiting labor globally.

This new reality has ominous implications for the future of the American people.

It doesn't alter the strategic necessity of defeating right-wing extremists, whose plan is to regain complete control of the federal government in 2012.

Why? Because, in the midst of the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, this supposedly "neo-populist" political bloc (tea partiers and their far-right Republican allies) is leading the charge for, doing the dirty work of, that grouping of the transnational corporations.

So we have to keep at it - maybe make some adjustments to take into account the objective basis for broadening and deepening the people's coalition. Let's also keep in mind: the stakes couldn't be much higher, both now and in 2012.

Source: People's World

Frederich Cepeda is training with the Gallos of Sancti Spíritus

El mundialista Frederich Cepeda
es uno de los puntales en Sancti Spíritus.
Foto: Calixto N. Llanes

Frederich Cepeda estará con los Gallos

Photo: Alex Castro

Escambray Newspaper

por Elsa Ramos Ramírez — Última modificación 23/11/2010 08:56

El estelar jardinero izquierdo aseguró que regresará este miércoles a los entrenamientos.

El estelar jardinero izquierdo espirituano Frederich Cepeda Cruz jugará con los Gallos en la venidera Serie Nacional, según confirmó a Escambray el propio atleta en la noche de este lunes.

“Voy a estar con los Gallos la próxima Serie Nacional”, aseguró vía telefónica desde la capital cubana el toletero espirituano, considerado hoy día entre los mejores bateadores de Cuba.

Aunque Cepeda evitó hacer comentarios adicionales al respecto, sí dio por sentado que se reincorporará este miércoles a los entrenamientos del equipo de Sancti Spíritus con vistas al clásico cubano de béisbol en su versión 50, que tiene fecha de inicio para los próximos días.

Si bien la noticia no ha sido confirmada oficialmente por las autoridades deportivas correspondientes, Cepeda adelantó a Escambray que regresará al terreno del estadio José Antonio Huelga y dijo sentirse feliz de poder contribuir a la causa de Sancti Spíritus en la inminente campaña.

Frederich Cepeda, que jugará su Serie Nacional número catorce, compila en estos eventos 327 de promedio y aparece con el mejor average ofensivo de la historia entre todos los jardineros izquierdos del país.

En la pasada contienda el pelotero espirituano promedió 345 y a nivel nacional fue cuarto en cuadrangulares e impulsadas con 24 y 82, respectivamente.

Ahora Cepeda encabeza junto a los también internacionales Yulieski Gourriel (tercera base) y Eriel Sánchez (receptor) el conjunto que quedó conformado hace apenas unos días.

En la receptoría acompañarán a Eriel, Yenier Bello y Neorquel Cervantes y el cuadro se completa, además de Yulieski, con Yunier Mendoza, Orlando Acebey, José Ramón Alfonso, Yoandi Baguet, Raikel Morales y Yordanis Rodríguez.

Los jardines serán defendidos por el propio Cepeda, además de Yunieski Gourriel, Liván Monteagudo, Dunieski Barroso, Aramis Gómez y Yasiel Santoya en tanto los lanzadores son: Ismel Jiménez, Angel Peña, Noelvis Hernández, Yaniel Sosa, Yoén Socarrás, Ramón Licor, Yamichel Pérez, Lázaro Santana, Yoharisleibis Panamá, Dany González, Duviel Quintero y Omar Luis

En los próximos días quedarán incluidos los cuatro peloteros que completarán la nómina de los Gallos

El conjunto, con un promedio de edad de 27 años, será dirigido por octava ocasión por Lourdes Gourriel, quien será asistido por Ruperto Zamora y Lázaro Martínez (auxiliares), Rafael Muñoz (preparador físico), Juan de Dios Peña y Nelson Ventura (entrenadores de pitcheo), Ramón Cañizares (cargabates), Rafael Viña (delegado), Remberto Pérez (médico), Osdelvis Galí (fisioterapeuta), Oscar Inerarity (psicólogo) y Roberto González (comisionado).


JG: Happy Days Are Here Again!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Matt Taibbi's definition of Goldman Sachs

Apr 05, 2010 3:58 PM EDT

"The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."

Read the complete Matt Taibbi article in Roling Stone magazine.

Goldman Sachs Alumni:

Hank Paulson, Treasury Secretry of George W. Bush.

Robert Rubin, Treasury Secretary of Bill Clinton.

John Thain, Chairman and CEO of CIT Group.

Robert Steel, CEO of Wachovia Corporation.

New Jersey Governor John Corzine.

The Rolling Stone article gives a 100% accurate picture of how U.S. capitalists operate: keep those fees coming in by screwing everyone. There are suckers who are waiting to be born every second of the living day.

Here is what Taibbi says in the last paragraph about U.S.A.: "It's a gangster state, running on gangster economics, and even prices can't be trusted anymore."

Miami sycophants are upset with Israel

The ass-kissers and the boot-lickers of the Yankee imperialists in the Miami area are upset with Israel.

Here is what JTA, a Jewish news organization, is reporting:

November 23, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen helped shut down a recent diplomatic opening between Israel and Cuba, according to Politico.

Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the incoming chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, let Israel know she was displeased with the possible rapprochement, Politico reported. The congresswoman is a Cuban exile and violently opposed to Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

In an interview with The Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, Castro defended Israel and Jews and criticized Iran, leading to praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a friendly letter from President Shimon Peres.

Ros-Lehtinen complained to Israel about the warm reception to Castro's words, leading to an apologetic call from Netanyahu, Politico reported.

“I just said look, this guy has been an enemy of Israel, just because he said something that a normal person would say -- after 50 years of anti-Israel incitement, it’s one phrase from an old guy who doesn’t even know where he’s standing,” Ros-Lehtinen told Politico.


JG: La Loba Feroz knows that, when it comes to the Cuba issue, she is totally powerless. All she can do is squawk, squawk and squawk. I personally feel that Fidel made a mistake in defending the Zionists. Israel is stealing Middle East lands that rightfully belong to the Palestinians.


Finalmente una estrella de Cuba no queda injustamente fuera de nuestras Series Nacionales, Frederich Cepeda anuncia su regreso con Sancti Spíritus para la 50 Serie Nacional.


por Ray Otero

Noviembre 23, 2010

Después de una interminable espera, una reunión con la CNB a la cual el mentor de los Gallos de Sancti Spíritus, Lourdes Gourriel fue invitado, el estelar y querido jardinero de Sancti Spíritus y Cuba, Frederich Cepeda Cruz, pudo confirmar su presencia en el elenco espirituano para la 50 edición de la Serie Nacional, a comenzar el venidero 28 de noviembre.

Cepeda, quien se encontraba en la capital de Cuba para dicho encuentro con la CNB y la Federación Cubana del deporte que dirige el santiaguero Higinio Vélez, pudo confirmar que su inclusión en el equipo espirituano es ya un hecho pero sin entrar en detalles sobre su inicial ausencia del roster de los Gallos y un poco más atrás, del conjunto cubano a la Copa Intercontinental de China Taipei en el mes de Octubre.

El recio jugador, quien en la edición 49 de las temporadas cubanas fue un puntal en el elenco del centro durante la etapa regular y la postemporada, tomó parte internacionalmente este año en el torneo Pre-Mundial de Puerto Rico el mismo Octubre, y allí fue incluido en el equipo Todos Estrellas del torneo por su ofensiva despiadada.

Posteriormente, la exclusion del jardinero del equipo nacional de Cuba a Taipei dio pie a todo tipo de conjeturas dentro y fuera de Cuba y pese a que las razones nunca fueron explicadas, el solo hecho de norectificar su ausencia en el elenco de Sancti Spíritus para la temporada 2010-2011, dejaba dudas sobre el accionar de los dirigentes deportivos de Cuba.

Ahora el jardinero izquierdo regresará a los entrenamientos con su equipo este miércoles y estará listo para defender por decimocuarta ocasión la casaca de su equipo en Series Nacionales.

Con esta gran noticia se logra borrar algo la sombra que venía cayendo sobre el inicio del to
rneo nacional con la no presencia de la superestrella de Cuba.


JG: Frederich will be playing with his team, the Gallos of Sancti Spiritus. Welcome back, Slugger!

One courageous Cuban journalist

Osviel Castro Medel has written a very good article titled "Los nocivos silencios del caso Frederich Cepeda." If you read Spanish, I encourage you to read it.

Because there is no freedom of the press in Cuba, all press organs are state controlled, we owe Osviel a debt a gratitude for trying to bring light to this sorry incident of authoritarianism in Cuban Baseball.

It is now very clear that Higinio Velez is the culprit for banning Frederich Cepeda from playing in Cuban baseball. He is more interested in control than having the best Cuban players in the baseball diamond. How sad, but Cuban baseball is going like the country, downhill.

Update: 10:12 a.m. November 23, 2010: Frederich Cepeda is back and will be playing with the Gallos of Sancti Spiritus!

Industriales Roster for the 50th National Baseball Series

Catchers: Frank Camilo Morejón, Lisván Correa, Jokel Gil, Jean Trujillo.

Infield: Alexander Malleta, Rudy Reyes, Raiko Olivares, Juan Carlos Torriente, Yusef Amador, Osmel Jiménez.

Outfield: Carlos Tabares, Yoandri Urgellés, Serguei Pérez, Stayler Hernández, Irait Chirino, Irakly Chirino.

Pitchers: Odrisamer Despaigne, Arley Sánchez, Ian Rendón, Frank Montieth, Armando Rivero, Yohandry Portal, Abel Viego, Alexei Chorot, Liuber Franchialfaro, Antonio Romero, Rancel Sánchez, Joan Socarrás y Antonio Baró.

Manager: Germán Mesa.

Three players remain to be selected.

Mayor of London to Bush: Stay Away From U.K. or Face Possible Arrest

And the mayor of London has sent a message to former President George W. Bush to stay away from Britain and other European countries during his book tour because he could face arrest as a war criminal for authorizing the use of torture. Mayor Boris Johnson wrote about the possible arrest of Bush in the Daily Telegraph. He wrote, "Of course, we are told this scenario is unlikely. Dubya is the former leader of a friendly power, with whom this country is determined to have good relations. But that is what torture-authorising Augusto Pinochet thought. And unlike Pinochet, Mr. Bush is making no bones about what he has done." The former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London in 1998.

Source: Democracy Now

Béisbol Cubano: Top-down authoritarianism?

The silence from the top leaders of Cuban Baseball continues. Don't they realize how much they are hurting our beloved island and its national passion, el béisbol Cubano?

Only five days remain for the inaugural game of the 50th National Baseball Series on November 28th. Will it be a golden series or a ruined series? No news and no explanations have been offered to the public in Cuba as to what has happened to Frederich Cepeda. Arrogance does not make for very good policies.

If you were to go to a dictionary and look for the definition of democracy you will see that it is rule by the people, rather than the rule of money, (as in the U.S.A.), or the rule of the top commissars of a failed Stalinist USSR regime.

Ideology and dogma do not belong in the baseball diamond or any other sport. Those who are good baseball players have the right to play. I hope that Cuba stops all this nonsense of applying political correctness to our beloved game.

Cuban Baseball fans inside and outside the island should be the ultimate judge and jury.

Below is a comment left by a reader of Juventud Rebelde on an article published four days ago.

Ernesto - 19 de Noviembre del 2010 9:06:15 CDT

Esto lo escribi para el diario Granma pero no lo han publicado... aqui se los dejo. El mal de la desinformación resulta interesante el contenido de las opiniones que viernes tras viernes se publican en esta sección tan importante en la etapa de perfeccionamiento del socialismo en el que actualmente estamos inmersos. Uno de los males que más afecta a las sociedades modernas es la desinformación o la información manipulada por aquellas personas que son dueños de los principales espacios que se encargan de difundirla. Aunque en nuestro país no existe este mal, hay ocasiones que la falta de información obliga a las personas a preguntarse y buscar respuesta que muchas veces están muy lejos de la versión verdadera. Lo antes expuesto se evidencia en la mayoría de nuestros periodistas deportivos en lo referente al béisbol: nuestro deporte nacional. Nuestra población es fiel seguidora del béisbol. Mujeres, niños, ancianos, jóvenes son capaces de conocer las alineaciones regulares de la mayoría de los equipos que intervienen en nuestra Serie Nacional, por lo que notar que falta un pelotero clave en la alineación, hace que se disparen impensables versiones del caso que van de boca en boca a lo largo y ancho del país. En un país como el nuestro, en el que el número de ciudadanos que tienen acceso a internet aumenta año tras año ¿Cómo es posible que existan estas trabas? ¿Se merece nuestro pueblo buscar versiones en la calle cuando cualquier periodista con solo decir: ¨fulano no está en la alineación porque abandonó el país, o por indisciplina, o porque no quiere jugar beisbol¨, informa a millones de seguidores de este apasionado deporte y evita que se generalice la mentira o se generalicen aquellas versiones que buscan desacreditar nuestro deporte? ¿Por qué si nuestro Consejo de Estado y de Ministros es capaz de informar a nuestro pueblo de cualquier movimiento que se lleve a cabo en su seno, ya sea por sencillas o complejas razones, nuestra prensa deportiva no actúa a la altura que se espera de ella? ¿Por qué si nuestros periodistas son capaces de hacer análisis profundos con respecto a diversos temas del béisbol, como por ejemplo, una mala dirección del equipo Cuba en algún evento, en donde son capaces casi de decir que ¨fulano de tal¨ no sirve como director del quipo Cuba, no informan sobre esto? ¿Por qué darles la posibilidad a medios extranjeros que puedan manipular cualquier información referente a nuestro beisbol que no se halla difundido por nuestros medios revolucionarios? ¿Sabría nuestra población distinguir entre una noticia manipulada y una noticia verdadera cuando no se cuenta con una referencia en nuestros medios nacionales? ¿Estaríamos haciendo Revolución creándoles condiciones favorables a toda la artimaña que espera cualquier posibilidad para desacreditar nuestra Revolución y nuestro deporte? La Serie Nacional #50 próxima a comenzar, sería el inicio ideal para informarle a nuestro pueblo quienes intervendrán, quienes no y por qué no intervendrán en ella.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The list that you may never see

BAILOUTS EVERYWHERE! Global capitalism is in a deep crisis. Their answer to the crisis is their constant screaming; “We need help! We need Money.”

U.S.A., Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and some others are some of the capitalists countries which are plundering their respective Treasury Departments in order to bail out their threatened and imperiled buddies.

Do you think that you will ever see a list published with the names of the big capitalist corporations and the amounts that they have received from taxpayers?

Don't hold your breath!

Yoani Sánchez: ¿Por dónde le entra el billete a la mercenaria?

Por M. H. Lagarde

Como van los tiros, lo más probable es que la mercenaria Yoani Sánchez anuncie dentro de poco su renuncia. Con tanta plata como la que ella ha recibido en los últimos dos años -residiendo en Cuba, donde los alquileres de las casas son mínimos y la salud gratuita, entre otros favores sociales - uno casi puede considerarse un millonario.

Famous Casa Marina inspires a new Cuban Music CD

See Cuba Journal post of November 27, 2010 about FAKE CUBAN MUSIC.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A nation of Internet beggars?

Has anyone noticed that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of organizations operating in the Internet, from the right and from the left, and they all have one thing in common: after you "join" you will be bombarded with emails asking for money.

Are these people parasites or what?

What is your opinion?

Required Reading: Michael Moore: How Corporate America Is Pushing Us All Off a Cliff

Click here to go to Mr. Moore's website.

The government of Cuba owes an explanation to Cuban baseball fans

#24 Cuban Slugger Frederich Cepeda

There is a great deal of dissatisfaction and disappointment among Cuban baseball fans, both inside and outside the island, in regards to what has happened to Frederich Cepeda. Are we witnessing another typical Cuban Stalinist purge?

Frederich Cepeda, who is one hell of a good baseball player, was removed from the Team Cuba roster to the XVII International Cup and he does not appear in the roster for the Sancti Spiritus Gallos to the 50th National Baseball Series, (see FCBA article titled Equipo Sancti Spíritus.)

BaseballdeCuba.com seems to be pointing the finger toward Higinio Vélez, the current Czar of Cuban Baseball.

Here is what BaseballdeCuba.com claims were the words of Higinio Vélez: “No hubo una galleta, ni un golpe, ni una bronca, se ha publicado por Internet que Martín (Eduardo Martín y yo) lo estábamos esperando en la puerta porque había salido del hotel y había llegado tarde; también se habló de una fajazón; ¡nada de eso!, ahí están Céspedes y Despaigne que pueden hablarles de eso. No puedo dar argumentos sobre el caso porque es una situación compleja.”

Translation: “No one was slapped or hit; there was no fight; it has been published in the Internet that Martin (Edward Martin and I) were waiting at the door [of the hotel] because [Fredereich Cepeda] had left the hotel and had returned late; they also spoke about a big physical fight! Nothing like that. Cespedes and Despaigne can talk about that. I can not give arguments on the case because it is a complex situation."

Sorry, Señor Vélez, but that is not a proper explanation as to why Frederich Cepeda is no longer playing in El Béisbol Cubano. What we fans want to know is, did you Señor Velez ban Frederich Cepeda from Cuban Baseball? If you did, you owe us a better explanation, with the true facts, about what has happened to Frederich Cepeda.

Over Two Million Tourists Visited Cuba by October

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 20 (ACN) The National Statistics Office (ONE) announced that, for the first time in the history of Cuban international tourism, two million visitors arrived in the island in the January-October period.

By the end of last month, 2,068,409 foreign tourists arrived in Cuba, which represents a 3.4% increase compared to the previous year.

In October alone, the number of visitors was 164,675 — a 15.5% increase compared to 2009 and 32.3% more than in 2008.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Cuba registers two million foreign tourist arrivals or more.

The main markets continue to be Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Mexico, Argentina and Russia. Currently, the Tourism Ministry is carrying out a process to improve efficiency that includes new strategies for each of the traditional, emerging and developing markets. One of the main goals is to capitalize on the country’s natural attractions as well as its cultural and social achievements.

ONE announced that on November 25, it will issue its publication “Tourism. Arrival of Foreign Visitors” with data on the tourist sector in October and in the first ten months of the year as well as other interesting information.

Ten original Cuban recordings from Soneros All Stars

1) Limpia mi son.
2) El Maraquero
3) Tumba, Bongo con las Palillas
4) Gloria Eterna
5) Conciencia
6) Babalocha y Yalocha
7) Para Ochosi un tambo
8) Sali a buscar un corazon
9) Besos de miel
10) De esa manera

and more...


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Beethoven's Fifth

This is the first movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony. Composed between 1804 and 1808.

Moonlight Sonata

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