Saturday, July 30, 2011

Protest against the GOP crazies at Marco Rubio's Tampa Office

Ybor City Stogie

At noon on Tuesday—whether there's a deal in place or if we're about to default on our nation's bills—we're protesting at hundreds of GOP offices around the country. We'll show our outrage at their plan to protect the super-rich and tax-dodging corporations—all while millions of Americans remain jobless.

Marco Rubio's District Office
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at 12:00 PM
3802 Spectrum Boulevard Suite 106, Tampa

Friday, July 29, 2011

U.S. Senator Kery's political posturing on Cuba does not amount to a hill of beans

The political posturing by U.S. Senator John Kerry on the Cuba issue does not amount to a hill of beans.

Who is he trying to fool?

The electorate in the U.S. knows very well that the $20 million dollars to bring so-called democracy to Cuba is going to end where previous amounts ended up, in the pockets of the Miami Batistianos.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Julio 26, 2011: Discurso de Machado Ventura en Ciego de Ávila: “No variará jamás nuestra decisión de construir el socialismo” (+ Audio y Fotos)

José Ramón Machado Ventura en Ciego de Ávila.
Foto: Ismael Francisco

Click here to go to Cubadebate

Santiago de Cuba - Carnaval 2011

Anti-Cuba U.S. Congressman from Oregon to resign

David Wu, a virulent anti-communist born in Taiwan, and member of the Gang of 66, will resign his position representing District One for the State of Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives, after being involved in a sex scandal. Democratic Party Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had called for an ethics investigation.


Read Cuba Journal's previous post on this issue.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Cuba of Fulgencio Batista that the Miami and New Jersey gusanos never tell you about

Source: ¿Porqué la Revolución Cubana? [Why the Cuban Revolution?]

58th anniversary of the Moncada Army Barracks Attack

Cuban people inside and outside the island commemorate today another anniversary of the armed attack against the Moncada Army Barracks of the U.S.-supported puppet, General Fulgencio Batista, which was led in 1953 by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz and his followers.

The Moncada Barracks were converted into a school city by Cuba's revolutionary government, after the dictator fled the island (tail between his legs) on January First, 1959.


En fotos, el 26 de Julio en Ciego de Ávila


26 Julio 2011

El presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, encabezó hoy en Ciego de Ávila el acto central por el “Día de la Rebeldía Nacional”, con el que se conmemora el 58 aniversario del asalto al cuartel de Moncada.

Raúl presidió la celebración, a la que también asisten el vicepresidente primero del Gobierno y segundo secretario del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC), José Ramón Machado Ventura, así como otros miembros del gobierno y dirigentes del partido.

Al inicio del acto, se leyó un mensaje del presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, en el que exaltó la conmemoración del alzamiento contra el Moncada que lideró Fidel Castro y lo calificó como “una de las gestas más paradigmáticas de América”.

Monday, July 25, 2011



Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:57



U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has presented an Amendment in Congress that again would limit travel and remittances to family members in Cuba.

We know that a majority of Cuban Americans support open travel. More than 300,000, in fact, traveled last year to the island.

We asked that you contact the President and let him know that you are AGAINST the Diaz-Balart Amendment and are in favor of all things that will united the Cuban family. If you agree, we’ve included a letter that you may copy and send to the President. Or, you may want to write your own.

Please send your letter to: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500. You can also fax your letter to: (202) 456-2461. Or you may want to call the White House with your commentaries at: (202) 456-1111.

Please don’t forget to register to vote, and make sure you vote in ALL elections. Your vote is your voice!

Source: Progreso Weekly

Related: Obama threatens veto over Cuba bill


JG: This is the email that Cuba Journal sent to President Obama today:

I support and applaud your threatened veto over Cuba travel and remittances, in regards to an amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Diaz-Balart, but you also need to request that the U.S. Congress REMOVE the blockade/embargo against the Cuban people.

¿Porqué la Revolución Cubana? [Why the Cuban Revolution?]

Cuba's daily Granma has published, in a special section, an excellent PDF file (236 Megabytes, 256 pages,) titled "¿Porqué la Revolución Cubana? La Verdadera Historia de la Dictadura de Fulgencio Batista" which chronicles the Why? of the Cuban Revolution. It is in Spanish. Click on the PDF file link to download.

It presents many historical facts. WARNING: some of the pictures of the crimes committed by the henchmen of dictator Fulgencio Batista are very gruesome.

Ir is highly recommended to all students of Cuban History.

'Gang of 66' U.S. Representative alleged to be involved in a sex scandal

U.S. Representative David Wu, a right-wing Democrat from Oregon, who consistently sides with the anti-Cuba Miami and New Jersey gusanos in congressional votes, is involved in a sex scandal that potentially could end his political career.

50% of the notorious and infamous Gang of 66 were defeated in their bid for reelection in November, 2010. The group is directed by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Click here and here to read about this developing story.

Nancy Pelosi formally requests ethics committee inquiry of Oregon Rep. David Wu and allegations of improper sexual conduct.

Calls mount for US lawmaker David Wu to resign

Rep. David Wu Won't Run Again Amid Sex Scandal

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Comparsa de Ciego de Ávila

The city of Ciego de Ávila will be the host of the national celebration in Cuba this year to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the 26 of July attack on the Moncada Barracks by Fidel Castro and his followers.


This famous Cuban conga has been around for a long time. It must me over 60 years old. I remember it from when I was 10 years old and heard it many times in "Los Carnavales de La Habana." Anyone who can add to the history of this rhythmic tune is welcome to leave his/her comment.

Here are the lyrics that I found on the Internet:

Siento un bombo, Mamita, me está llamando
Siento un bombo, Mamita, me está llamando

Sí, sí, son los Dandy
Sí, sí, son los Dandy

Adiós mamá, adiós papá
Que yo me voy, con los Dandy

Obama threatens veto over Cuba bill

People's World

by: Emile Schepers
July 18 2011

In a move that took some Cuba-watchers by surprise, President Obama has threatened a veto of a House bill if it includes tightened restrictions on Cuban-American travel and aid to Cuba, among other things.

The president issued the warning in a Statement of Administration Policy on HR 2434, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2012.

Earlier, the Obama administration had lifted restrictions on the ability of Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba or to send money to their relatives in the island. This was part of a set of small steps to soften U.S. anti-Cuban measures that came into effect after the Cuban Revolution, which triumphed on January 1, 1959. The measures were greatly intensified by the Torricelli Act of 1992 and the Helms-Burton Act of 1996. In addition to easing the restrictions on Cuban Americans, the Obama administration has been more willing to grant visas to Cubans to come to conferences and cultural activities in the United States.

But the major items in the blockade against Cuba still remain: The restrictions on trade with Cuba by United States citizens and those of other countries; the general travel ban on U.S. citizens going to Cuba without special permission; U.S. government financial support for Cuban dissidents and the continued listing, based on no evidence, of Cuba as a "state sponsor of terrorism;" and again this month, again on no evidence, of Cuba as a country that is not doing enough against human trafficking. In addition, ultra-right-wing Cuban exile reactionaries who have committed terrorist acts against Cuba live in the United States with impunity, while five Cuban patriots languish in U.S. prisons, after a highly criticized trial, because they tried to act against terrorist threats arising from U.S. soil (a petition is available on the People's World homepage calling for these five men to be released.

The increase in remittances from Cuban Americans to their relatives in Cuba is also not a completely unmixed blessing. In a recent conference in Washington, D.C., on the issue of race and racism in Cuba, sponsored by the Center for International Policy and organized by Wayne Smith, President Carter's chief diplomat in Cuba, Dr. Heriberto Feraudy, head of the Cuban Commission on Racism and Racial Discrimination (a spinoff of the National Union of Artists and Writers) pointed out that there is a disparity between the remittances sent to Black Cuban families as opposed to whites, for the reason that lighter skinned Cubans represent a wealthier and more powerful sector of the Cuban-American diaspora than do darker skinned ones, and that this works to increase economic disparities among the races in Cuba.

Nevertheless, advocates of the end to the blockade and the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations have seen President Obama's moves as small but welcome steps away from the intransigent policy of the last 50 years.

The fact that Dr. Feraudy, and also Cuban sociologist of race Esteban Morales, were able to participate in the D.C. conference, was also due to the Obama administration's changes. The Bush administration, for example, would likely never have issued the visas for such participation.

In the wording of an amendment to HR 2434 attached by right-wing U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., a major leader of the hard-line sector of the Cuban exile community, the situation of Cuban-American remittances and visits to Cuba would be restored to the severely restrictive policy imposed by President George W. Bush, in which no exceptions to the limit on travel were allowed, even in hardship cases like a dying mother or father on the island, and remittances were restricted to $300 per year.

Obama's Statement of Administration Policy reads, "The Administration strongly opposes a number of provisions in this bill. If the president is presented with a bill that undermines either the Affordable Care Act or the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protections Act through funding limits or other restrictions, or reverses current policies on Cuba, his senior advisors would recommend a veto."

People working to reform U.S. policy toward Cuba found the threat of a veto of HR 2434 to be a very positive surprise; "jaw dropper" in the words of the Latin American Working Group.

They, along with other proponents of change in U.S. Cuba policy urge full support for President Obama for this new stance.

Click here to see what the Miami gusanos are saying

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Un "posting" muy bueno en El Blog de Edu

Martí y nuestra bandera. Dos símbolos sublimes de la Patria.

Por Eduardo

sábado 16 de julio de 2011

Link: Respuestas a María Argelia Vizcaíno.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The American people are upset with Barack Obama and the US. Congress!

USA Today

WASHINGTON — Americans aren't pleased by what they see going on with the debt-ceiling negotiations in the capital.

Half of those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll say President Obama and the current Congress are doing a worse job than their predecessors in dealing with the nation's problems, and four in 10 call the situation the worst they've seen in their lifetimes. At least two-thirds accuse congressional Republicans and Democrats of putting their own political interests ahead of the country's best interests.


JG: I agree. Both Obama and Congress are doing a very poor job! DON'T VOTE FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL INCUMBENTS OR BARACK OBAMA! WRITE IN "NONE OF THE ABOVE."

Happy 93rd Birthday to Nelson Mandela!

Nelson Mandela celebrates his 93rd birthday on 18th July, he has received worldwide wishes on his birthday. US President Barack Obama said about Mandela that he is the great icon of global community with work for Democracy on Justice and reconciliation. He has received more than 21 million birthday wishes on Monday. He was born on 18th July 1918 and he was the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He got the Nobel Prize in 1993 for Peace. He was spending 27 years in the prison against segregation forces and he was the first President after democracy came to South Africa.

Cuba defeats Taiwan 10-5 and collects the gold medal at the World Baseball Challege

Cuba's Norberto Gonzalez
Photo: Raul Pupo

At the final game competition of the World Baseball Challenge played yesterday at the city of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, Cuba's National Team came from behind and defeated the Taiwanese by the score of 10-5. It was the first time that Cuba had played at this new baseball tournament.

In the second inning, the Taiwan squad scored four runs and chased-out Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Cuba's starter. Cuba came back on the fifth inning and scored ten runs. That would be enough to win the gold medal.

Here is how Cuba's batters performed: Yoelvis Leyva (3-1), Héctor Olivera (3-0), Frederich Cepeda (4-1), Alfredo Despaigne (4-1), José Dariel Abreu (4-2), Yulieski Gourriel (3-2), Rudy Reyes (4-3), Ariel Pestano (3-0) and Yorbis Borroto (2-0).

Coverage by Juventud Rebelde (in Spanish).

The last two photos are from the World Baseball Challenge Website.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Chavez Chooses Cuba over Brazil for Chemotherapy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he’ll fly to Cuba today for a second stage of treatment involving chemotherapy as he fights cancer in what he has called the “battle of my life.”

“I need to continue completing the strict plan designed by the medical team that is accompanying me on this ascent of the mountain,” Chavez said yesterday in comments carried on state television. “I’m asking for legislative authority to absent myself from the country from Saturday, July 16, in order to continue the treatment plan in Havana needed for me to recover my full health.”

“I’m going to begin the second stage of this slow and complex process of recuperation,” the 56-year-old leader said. “The second stage will start with chemotherapy that has already been planned in scientific detail.”

The president’s announcement quashes reports that he would go to Brazil for treatment after an offer by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who herself was treated for a lymphoma in 2009 at a hospital in Sao Paulo

Friday, July 15, 2011

Question for U.S. Senator John Kerry

What has $150 million dollars to promote "democracy" in Cuba accomplished?

Desmond Butler of the Associated Press published an article 23 hour ago about the promotion of democracy in Cuba.

In the article he quotes U.S. Senator John Kerry as saying that these programs cost the American taxpayer $150 million dollars.

My opinion:

1) The Cuban people do not seem to care about the so-called "democracy" that Uncle Sam is trying to promote in the island, because they know very well that during the era 1952-1958, El Tio Sam supported a ruthless, corrupt and bloddy dictator in the island named Fulgencio Batista. At the same time, Uncle Sam was protecting and promoting another "democrat," Anastasio Somoza, in Nicaragua. That is the type of democracy that Uncle Sam "loves."

2) The $150 million dollars ended up in Miami to buy yachts, mansions and paid for payola to the supporters of Batista who live now in that cesspool of a city.

Cuba le da paliza de 24-2 a Bahamas en torneo World Baseball Challenge

El equipo cubano conectó seis jonrones y bateó con soltura. Ahora espera por un retador para los cuartos de final

Luis López Viera
14 de Julio del 2011 21:52:39 CDT

Mostrando todo su poder, Cuba apaleó este jueves a Bahamas, 24 carreras por dos, en el Torneo Mundial de Retadores (World Baseball Challenge), con sede en Prince George, Canadá.

Como era un partido de trámite, Rudy Reyes jugó la segunda base y también fueron titulares el receptor Yosvani Alarcón y el torpedero Alexander Ayala.

El abridor de Bahamas, Ahmad Williams, retiró el primer capítulo de uno, dos y tres, pero en el segundo le pasó un tren por encima. Ahí Cuba marcó ocho veces con seis jits, entre ellos jonrones de Alfredo Despaigne y Rudy Reyes.

Luego vino un racimo de siete carreras en el cuarto episodio, donde botaron la pelota José Dariel Abreu y Yosvani Alarcón. Todavía quedaron cuatro rayas para el quinto y cinco para el sexto.

En la piñata llegó otro jonrón de Despaigne y uno de Alexander Ayala.

Así batearon los cubanos: Yoelvis Leyva (4-3), Rudy Reyes (5-1), Frederich Cepeda (2-0), Alfredo Despaigne (6-2), José Dariel Abreu (5-3), Yulieski Gourriel (6-4), Alexander Malleta (5-2), Yosvani Alarcón (4-2) y Alexander Ayala (6-5). También empuñó Serguei Pérez (1-0).

Como ven, fue una gran producción. Es cierto que el rival era débil, pero desde hace rato no se exprimía así a los equipos inferiores.

Desde la colina, el zurdo Robelio Carrillo permitió tres cañonazos y dos carreras limpias, una de ellas por vuelacercas de Aneko Knowles.

Este viernes comienzan los cuartos de final y Cuba jugará contra el segundo lugar, que se definía al cierre de esta información entre Taipei de China, Canadá y el equipo japonés Toshiba.

Una victoria sembraría a los cubanos para la final del domingo, pero una derrota los mandaría a disputar el sábado las semifinales.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The money to the millionaires and the corporations will keep on flowing, but Barack Obama issues warning to retired seniors

Social Security Checks Could Be Delayed Without Debt-Ceiling Deal

President Obama's stark warning that Social Security payments may not go out next month is a choice the administration has to make, but entitlement benefits could be withheld if the cash flow dries up over an impasse in Washington on raising the debt ceiling.

Obama issued the warning on Tuesday when he said Social Security payments and veterans' checks, among other payments, could be at risk if negotiators don't reach a deal to raise the debt limit above $14.3 trillion by Aug. 2. That's when the Treasury Department says the government will stop being able to borrow money.

"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue, because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," Obama said in an interview with CBS News.

Source: Fox News


JG: Barack Obama represents the interests of the ruling capitalist elites. His declaration is no surprise. We know who he represents, and it is not the average working-class Joe Six-Pack.

Cuba defeats Canada 9-4 and remains unbeaten at the World Baseball Challenge

Alfredo Despaigne had two home-runs in the seventh inning.

On Tuesday, Cuba defeated Canada 9-4 and now is the only unbeaten baseball team at the international World Baseball Challenge being played at Saint George, British Columbia, Canada.

Here is the current table of positions:

Cuba 4-0
Canadá 2-1
Taipei 2-1
Toshiba 2-2
Bahamas 1-3
Beijing Tigers 0-4

Coverage by Juventud Rebelde (Spanish)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Frederich Cepeda Key in Cuban Victory in World Baseball Challenge

By ACN — last modified Jul 11, 2011 11:14 AM

Left-fielder Frederich Cepeda went 2 for 4 with two homeruns and fours RBIs and led the attack.

Cuba downed the Chinese Taipei National Team 6-3 on Sunday and in the process remained undefeated in two outings at the World Baseball Challenge, which is under way in the Canadian city of Prince George.

The attack of the Cuban team "who took revenge for their three consecutive losses to the Asians at the recently concluded World Port Tournament of Rotterdam, Holland” was led by left-fielder Frederich Cepeda who went 2 for 4 with two homeruns and fours RBIs.

Second baseman Hector Olivera and first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu also homered for the Caribbean cause while right hander Vladimir Garcia took the win and Vicyohandry Odelin saved the game.

In their first game of the tournament on Saturday, Cuba edged the Japan Toshiba Baseball team 4-3.

On Monday, Cuba faces the Beijing Tigers, a game that had to be postponed last Friday due to the rain.

Also participating in the competition are the Bahamas and the Canada National Team.

Source: Escambray

Cuba Roster

Granma: Cuatro jonrones frente a Taipei


JG: Cepeda leads all players in this competition with two home-runs and five runs batted in. Cuba has won three games and lost none, and leads the tournament.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Pox on the Republicans and the Democrats!

What a way to run a country! How irresponsible can they get?

The millionaires and the corporations do not want to give an inch and Barack Obama may be ready to resolve this huge problem on the backs of the working class, poor people and retired seniors. This is not change we can believe in.

Will the U.S. become another Portugal, Ireland, Greece or Spain (PIGS)?

If the U.S. defaults on its debts we will become another Central America Banana Republic! The biggest capitalist country of the planet will become the laughingstock of the world!

A POX on the Republican and Democratic Party!


W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois in 1904

W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most outstanding and magnificent black intellectuals of his time. He actively fought and opposed the racism which was imposed by American capitalism on the members of his race by the Jim Crow laws which were enacted after the end of the Civil War.

His most acclaimed book was The Souls of Black Folk which was first published in 1903.

In 2005, Barnes and Noble reissued his book, in hard cover, in their Classic Series, with an introduction by Farah Jasmine Griffin and a chronology titled The World of W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folks.

The excerpts which follow are from that chronology, (with the exception of 1976 and 1992, which I have added.)

1865   The Civil War ends, and the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishes slavery. In the South, implementation of racial segregation, or “Jim Crow” laws, begins. The Freedman's Bureau is established to protect the economic interests of the freed slaves.

1866   The first branch of the Ku Klux Klan is established in Pulaski, Tennessee. The American Missionary Association establishes Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, for former slaves.

1867   When most southern states refuse to ratify the proposed Fourteenth Amendment designed to protect the rights of black citizens, Congress passes the Reconstruction Acts, which divide the South into five jurisdictions and require new state constitutions to include universal manhood suffrage.

1868   William Edward Burghardt Du Bois is born on February 23 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to Alfred Du Bois and Mary Silvina Burghardt. Soon after his birth, Alfred leaves home, and William is raised mostly by his mother. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution grants the freed slaves citizenship and guarantees their civil rights.

1870   The Fifteenth Amendment gives blacks the right to vote.

1880   While attending Great Barrington High School, Du Bois works as the western Massachusetts correspondent for the New York Age, the New York Globe, and the Springfield Republican.

1884   Du Bois graduates as valedictorian of his class and wins a scholarship to Fisk University.

1885   He enrolls at Fisk and serves as editor of the Fisk Herald, the college newspaper. His summer job teaching in the school districts of rural Tennessee exposes him to the reality of the Jim Crow laws and sparks in him an interests in civil rights.

1888   Du Bois receives his Bachelor of Arts at Fisk University. He enters Harvard University as a junior.

1890   He graduates with honors from Harvard in the spring and begins his graduate studies in African-American history at Harvard in the Fall.

1892   Du Bois receives a Slater Fund fellowship and travels to Germany to study at the University of Berlin for the next two years.

1895   Harvard awards Du Bois a Ph. D., making him the first African-American to earn the degree. Harvard University Press publishes his dissertation, The Suppression of the African Slave Trade.

1896   The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of “separate but equal” segregation laws in Plessey v. Ferguson. The National Association of Colored Women is established in Washington, D.C. Du Bois marries Nina Gomer and moves to Philadelphia to teach sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

1897   Du Bois moves to Georgia to teach economics and history at Atlanta University.

1899   He publishes The Philadelphia Negro, the first sociological study of African Americans.

1903   Du Bois publishes The Souls of Black Folks, a treatise that includes an attack on Booker T. Washington “accommodating” policy and Du Bois solution to the “race problem.”

1905   Du Bois founds the Niagara Movement and serves as its general secretary. The group, made up of black leaders, promotes racial equality.

1909   Du Bois's John Brown is published. The 1908 lynching of of two blacks in Springfield, Illinois, leads to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Du Bois is appointed the NAACP's director of publicity and research and is elected, the only black, to the board of directors. He founds and edits The Crisis, the NAACP's monthly journal, in which he criticizes segregation and gender inequality, stating that “every argument for Negro suffrage is an argument for women's suffrage.”

1915   Du Bois's The Negro is published. The NAACP leads a boycott of D.W. Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation, which stereotypes blacks.

1919   Du Bois organizes the Pan-African Congress in Paris.

1920   The NAACP awards Du Bois its Spingarn Medal for achievement. The Nineteenth Amendment gives women the right to vote. Du Bois publishes Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil.

1924   Du Bois's book The Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America is published.

1934   Du Bois begins to subscribe to Marxist ideology and its interpretation of race relations. He resigns from the NAACP over the issue of voluntary segregation, which he favors over integration. He returns to Atlanta University as chairman of the department of Sociology.

1935   Du Bois publishes Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880.

1941   President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues the Fair Employment Act to prohibit racial discrimination by private employers.

1944   Du Bois returns to the NAACP as director of publicity and research.

1945   On behalf of the NAACP Du Bois attends the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco. At the Fifth Pan-African Congress in Manchester, England, he meets with the African leaders Kwame Nkrumah, president of Ghana, and Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya.

1948   Du Bois is dismissed from the NAACP. He is appointed co-chairman of the Council on African Affairs, which monitors political events in Africa and supports African liberation movements.

1950   Du Bois is appointed chairman of the Peace Information Center in New York City and is nominated by the New York Progressive Party for the U.S. Senate. His wife Nina, dies.

1951   At the height of McCarthyism, Du Bois is indicted as a spy for the Soviet Union and is put on trial. Although he was acquitted of “subversive activities” charges brought against him by the Justice Department, he is denied a passport until 1958. Du Bois marries Shirley Graham.

1952   He publishes In Battle for Peace: The Story of My 83rd Birthday.

1954   The Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education prohibits segregation in public schools.

1955   On December 1, Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. As a result, Martin Luther King, Jr., leads a boycott.

1958   Du Bois is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize by the U.S.S.R.

1961   Du Bois joins the Communist Party. When he is invited Ghana's President Nkrumah to move to Ghana and edit the Encyclopedia Africana, Du Bois leaves the United States for good.

1962   He renounces his American citizenship.

1963   Du Bois becomes a citizen of Ghana. He dies on August 27 and is buried in Accra, Ghana. On August 28, on the eve of the March on Washington, Martin Luther King leads a eulogy to Du Bois.

1964   The Civil Rights Act is passed to make voting easier for African Americans but is thwarted by the power of the states to impose registration restrictions.

1965   With much opposition from politicians in the South, the The Voting Rights Act is passed, empowering the national government to override state-imposed limitations on the right of African Americans to vote.

1976   The site of the house where W. E. B. Du Bois grew up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is designated a National Historic Landmark.

1992   The Unite States Postal Service honors W. E. B. Du Bois with his portrait on a postage stamp.

The FBI, like in the case of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., actively spied and conducted illegal surveillance on the life of W. E. B. Du Bois. (part 1 of 5)

Wikipedia Page of W.E.B. Du Bois


JG: One recommended movie for viewing, after you read this, is to go to your local library and pick up a copy of “The Great Debaters” with the usually excellent acting by Denzel Washington. Don't miss it. It is superb. But, it is not about Du Bois.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ciego de Ávila will host July 26 celebrations

Granma, the official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, reports that Ciego de Ávila has been given this year the honors of hosting the celebrations for the 26 of July celebrations.

On July 26, 1953, a group of cuban patriots, under the leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz, led an armed attack on the Moncada Army barracks in Santiago the Cuba. It failed, but it marked the begginning of the last chapter in the overthrow of Yankee supported puppet General Fulgencio Batista.

On January First, 1959, Cuba would finally achieve its political independence and freed itself of the domination and control by its northern neighbor.

As if American capitalism didn't have any, imperialist press lauds Cuban communist party member who criticized corruption

JG: The Sacramento Bee, which is the U.S. newspaper which published the following article, is a sister publication of the Miami "El Gusano" Herald. They both belong to McClatchy Newspapers, a rabidly anti-socialist "news" organization of the Yankee imperialists.

Cuba academic: Party expulsion order overturned

Associated Press
Published: Friday, Jul. 8, 2011 - 11:57 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 8, 2011 - 2:33 pm

HAVANA -- A prominent Cuban intellectual who came under fire for an unusually frank article denouncing high-level corruption says an order expelling him from the Communist Party has been overturned.

Esteban Morales wrote Thursday on his personal website that a party appeals commission called him in last week to tell him of its ruling.

"I was informed of the decision to nullify the separation order from the municipal party community ... to return my membership," Morales said.

An economist and columnist known for his work on topics including racism and U.S. relations, Morales published the article that got him into trouble in April 2010 on the website of the National Union of Writers and Artists.

He wrote that some top officials were preparing to divide the spoils if Cuba's communist political system disintegrates, and that graft posed a greater threat to the state than the island's small, fractured community of dissidents.

"Corruption is the true counterrevolution," Morales wrote.

The essay broke a taboo by openly discussing corruption rumors surrounding the dismissal of a top government aviation official who had fought alongside Fidel and Raul Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara in the 1950s.

In the following months, authorities have reported trials and convictions of dozens of Cubans, including one former Cabinet minister and at least three foreign businessmen who were accused of falsifying documents, fraud against the state and even laundering drug money.

Last July, Morales announced that his essay had led to an effort to expel him from the Communist Party. At the time, he defended his right to air his critiques and said he would appeal the decision.

President Raul Castro himself has said fighting corruption is a major challenge for Cuba, and this April he urged Communist Party members not to keep quiet with their criticisms.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Zionist Israeli Foreign Minister threatens tough response to planned Palestinian declaration of independence at UN

The Washington Post

By Associated Press, Published: July 6

JERUSALEM — Israel’s hardline foreign minister says there will be a tough response if the Palestinians follow through on a plan to declare independence at the United Nations this fall.

Avigdor Lieberman told reporters on Wednesday that “unilateral steps will force us to take unilateral steps.”

He says Israel is considering a variety of responses but declined to elaborate.

Lieberman has earlier suggested that Israel could annul past peace agreements or annex parts of the West Bank.

With peace talks deadlocked for more than two years, the Palestinians plan to ask the U.N. to recognize their independence in September.


JG: It is estimated by various analysts that 120 to 150 nations will support the creation of a new nation called Palestine. The Yankee imperialists do not have veto power at the U.N. General Assembly.


In politics and health, Fidel counsels Chavez

July 7, 2011

By Pascal Fletcher

(Reuters) - When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was briefly deposed in a 2002 coup, it was Cuban leader Fidel Castro who roused foreign ambassadors to lobby for his return and helped organize his rescue by loyal troops.

Nearly a decade later, the Cuban "Comandante", now 84, has rushed to the aid again of the Venezuelan socialist soul mate 30 years his junior. It was Castro who persuaded Chavez to undergo tests that led to the detection and removal of a cancerous tumor.

"I give thanks to Fidel Castro ... he's practically been my top doctor," Chavez, 56, told supporters outside his palace in Caracas this week after flying back from Cuba to scotch rumors that his health woes might have loosened his leadership grip.

Castro, Cuba's iconic leader for nearly half a century who was laid low by intestinal illness in 2006 and later ceded the reins of power to his brother, has loomed larger than anyone else in Chavez's month-long treatment and convalescence in Havana.

The episode gives another glimpse into the personal and ideological symbiosis between two of the world's most charismatic but divisive politicians, left-wing populists who have turned baiting the United States into lifetime careers.

According to Chavez's own account, Castro personally gave him the news about the existence of the cancer requiring immediate surgery.

As photos and videos of the duo in tracksuits chatting together were drip fed by both governments as proof of Chavez's recovery, the Venezuelan leader revealed Castro was also watching like a doting relative over his exercise and diet, sending him treats like peanut butter, lamb and tilapia fish.

Writing in his published online "Reflections", Castro modestly rebuffed Chavez's thanks as "too generous", while hailing their "close and indestructible friendship".

"We're happy to see them together, master and disciple," read one admiring post commenting on Castro's words.

With the practiced eye of a veteran sports coach picking out a new prodigy, Castro first rolled out the red carpet in 1994 for the little-known ex-paratrooper and coup-plotter fresh out of a Venezuelan jail. Since then, the relationship has blossomed into a potent political partnership.

Mentor, father figure, instructor -- all these words have been used to describe the Svengali-like influence that the veteran Cuban revolutionary has apparently wrought over his younger consort who has ruled Venezuela since 1999.

From slogans to strategies and policies, Fidel Castro has passed on to Chavez the anti-capitalist toolkit, including the not so subtle arts of daily mass propaganda and such survival tips as how to dodge assassination plots and coup bids.

It is no accident that the Venezuelan paratroopers wearing black facepaint who paraded this week at their country's 200th independence anniversary celebrations, bawled out in time to the quick step "We are socialists, anti-imperialists", whereas a few years back, the cry was the more neutral "parachutists".

The combination of a politicized armed forces loyal to a charismatic supreme leader with a dominant governing party led by the same person is just one aspect of the changed Venezuelan political landscape that mirrors features of Cuba's system.

Critics, including Washington, also point to persecution of political foes, politicization of the judiciary and other state institutions, and sweeping economic nationalizations as other borrowings from Havana that reflect the Castro-Chavez relationship.


There is no doubt the two men share a personal chemistry.

They have celebrated birthdays together in Havana and Caracas, played baseball together, toured jungle beauty spots and exchanged hours of conversation in live phone and television hookups broadcast in both nations.

Chavez reverently calls his friend "Fidel, the giant".

Castro, more measured and reflecting the apparent hierarchy of the master-disciple relationship, calls him "Chavez".

The Venezuelan has been a willing pupil, gifted with even more bombastic rhetorical stamina than veteran orator Fidel.

Their partnership has impacted both nations, and, to a lesser extent, the wider hemisphere and world.

The gnarled vine of Cuba's revolution, its economic lifeblood staunched by the collapse of the Soviet Union -- its longtime benefactor -- and drained by mismanagement and U.S. sanctions, has drawn fresh sap from the alliance with Chavez.

South America's biggest oil producer, Venezuela sends Cuba oil on preferential terms.

Chavez's government has adopted from Cuba's well-thumbed communist manual national health, literacy and food programs, leftist economic policies, neighborhood political committees and militias, and carefully choreographed government events.

At the same time, thousands of Cubans have poured into Venezuela.

Under cooperation accords, they have worked as doctors, teachers, sports instructors, security and defense advisers and even aerobics teachers in the slums, many drawing paychecks from Venezuela's energy ministry, the national cashbox.

Critics of Chavez have pilloried what they call a giving away of Venezuela's sovereignty, and its oil, in the alliance.

They scornfully refer to a new twin-nation entity, "Venecuba" even though Venezuela's constitution, unlike Cuba's, still guarantees multi-party politics and a free press.

In Latin America, Chavez, eagerly assuming Fidel Castro's revolutionary mantle, has made some progress in grouping like-minded leaders who share anti-U.S. and anti-capitalist views in his Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), cemented as much by preferential Venezuelan oil supplies as by ideology.

Wider afield, Chavez's overtures to Iran and Russia have rung alarm bells in Washington and Europe over arms purchases, intelligence sharing and nuclear technology transfer, even as Venezuela remains one of the biggest U.S. oil suppliers.

But while the aging Fidel Castro was able to hand on the baton of Cuba's presidency in 2008 to his younger brother Raul, his veteran defense minister, Chavez's health scare revealed the absence of a clear successor in Chavista ranks.

That is a potential vulnerability as a presidential election approaches in 2012.

"Chavez lacks a legitimate inheritor, a Raul Castro," wrote Cuban-born Venezuelan commentator Fausto Maso, as speculation swirls about how effectively Chavez can now rule while he receives cancer treatment.

(Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Kieran Murray)


JG: The Yankee imperialists know that there is nothing they can do to stop the friendship between Fidel and Hugo and Cuba and Venezuela. The ministry of colonies of the USA, a.k.a. the OEA, (Organization of American States) is no longer what it used to be in the 1960's. The "pink tide" continues growing thought out Latin America. People are educated and are no longer stupid.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Venezuela celebró 200 años de independencia

Las actividades oficiales por el bicentenario comenzaron hoy con un acto de izada de la bandera en la capitalina Plaza Bolívar. Foto: AP

El presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez encabezó los actos por el Bicentenario de la Declaración de Independencia, desde el Palacio de Miraflores, en Caracas

Juventud Rebelde
5 de Julio del 2011 13:55:12 CDT

Caracas, 5 de julio.— Con la presencia de presidentes y cancilleres latinoamericanos y caribeños tuvo lugar en Venezuela un desfile cívico-militar en el capitalino Paseo Los Próceres, para conmemorar el Bicentenario de la Declaración de Independencia, destaca PL.

Luego de rendir honores al presidente Hugo Chávez, el general Carlos Alcalá Cordones, dio inicio a la parada, en la cual fue mostrada la técnica militar con que cuenta este país sudamericano.

Desde el Palacio de Miraflores, el dignatario, acompañado por el alto mando de la marina, aviación, guardia nacional y milicia, saludó al pueblo y a los invitados, entre quienes están sus homólogos Evo Morales (Bolivia), José Mujica (Uruguay) y Fernando Lugo (Paraguay).

«Día jubiloso este, de la patria grande, de la independencia, del bicentenario», afirmó el Jefe de Estado.

No teníamos mejor manera para conmemorar este día tan largamente esperado, que siendo independientes. Ya no somos ni seremos nunca colonia alguna, gracias a nuestro pueblo, a nuestros soldados, destacó Chávez.

Finalmente, el presidente invitó a todos a una nueva larga marcha hacia el 24 de junio de 2021, para conmemorar la Batalla de Carabobo, que denominó el bicentenario de la independencia plena de la patria socialista, con la voluntad colectiva y el amor del pueblo.

Además de militares nacionales y de varios países como Belarús, Uruguay, Cuba, Surinam, Nicaragua, San Vicente y las Granadinas y Brasil, entre otros, en el desfile participaron bloques de niños, indígenas, personas con discapacidad física y motora, atletas y miembros de la Misión Barrio Adentro Deportivo.

Las actividades oficiales por el bicentenario comenzaron hoy con un acto de izada de la bandera en la capitalina Plaza Bolívar, en la cual participaron Elías Jaua, vicepresidente Ejecutivo y Tareck El Aissami, titular de Interior y Justicia, entre otros funcionarios.

Los actos incluyeron además la apertura del arca que contiene el Acta de Firma de la Declaración de Independencia, desde el Palacio Federal Legislativo.

Para la tarde están previstas la graduación conjunta de la Universidad Militar Bolivariana y la reapertura de la Plaza Diego Ibarra, con la presentación de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, dirigida por Gustavo Dudamel.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Why is Barack H. Obama a failed president?

After the disastrous eight years of the George W. Bush presidency, the American people people were looking for significant and real change in 2008. Along comes Professor Harold Hill and tells the electorate that if they put him in charge of America's marching band he would deliver to them a beautiful song called “Change You Can Believe In” and that things would be different and that happy days would be here again.

Do you remember the itinerant sellers of “Snake Oil” in the Old Wild West and do you remember also the promises of another inexperienced “charmer” in 1960, who also had a good looking wife, and who promised the nation to “Get America Moving Again“? He gave us the Bay of Pigs instead.

The problem with American voters is that they belong to that group of people called “Suckers Born Every Minute” so aptly described by P.T. Barnum.

They swallowed Barack H. Obama's bait with gusto, including myself!

The first mistake he made was to put Hillary Clinton at Foggy Bottom. I knew right then and there that Barack Obama was going to be a category five disaster.

Next came the Health Care Reform Bill. Did Barack Obama get behind a public option, which is what the people wanted? No. He decided to sell to us more snake oil. He unabashedly promoted Corporate Health Care. Our health care system is now in worse shape, and more expensive, than when Obama assumed office. Health care corporate profits keep on rising while the people “eat cake.”

He did not end the war in Iraq, and adopted the Afghanistan fiasco and quagmire as his own, because we have to promote “America's Interests” and help those poor folks at the Military Industrial Complex with even higher profits. Gordon Gecko told us that “Greed Is Good.” Barack Obama tells us every day that “War Is Even Better.”

Last but not least is the Cuba issue. What was the first place he visited in Miami? The assembled folks of the Cuban American National Foundation, where he unveiled yet another bottle of snake oil called “A New Beginning With Cuba.” What was the new beginning? Keep on promoting and enforcing the cruel and genocidal blockade/embargo against the people of Cuba. We hate those evil commies in that Caribbean island!

In the fiscal front he has continued the Bush tax cuts for the top 0.10% of the wealthiest taxpayers and created a new gimmick called TARP to help his buddies in Corporate America, the banks and Wall Street.

And after innumerable “programs,” the unemployment rate for working class Americans remains today at 9.1%, while thousands of Americans loose their homes due dishonest capitalist mortgage scams.

But, wait, if you send me $19.95 right now I will send you not one, but two bottles of “new and improved” snake oil. All you have to do is vote for BHO in November of 2012.

Will we ever learn?

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Barack Obama's Yankee imperialists continue their failed attempts to overthrow Cuban socialism

USA-Cuba: Money and Politics

June 30, 2011
Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES, June 30 — The annual struggle for the $20 million has been unleashed once again in the United States. The funds allocated by Washington to finance Cuban dissidents are again being fought over, with this year’s confrontation portending to be more virulent than on other occasions.

Senator John Kerry committed the sin of requesting accounting transparency, causing indignation to spread among some anti-Castro groups that act as middlemen to channel money to opponents on the island.

One of those organizations went so far as to turn down their allocation, claiming that for security reasons they couldn’t reveal the channels through which their aid passes nor the beneficiaries. They fear that USAID is infiltrated by Cuban intelligence.

However, scrutiny seems indispensable given that the heads of some exile groups have already been caught misappropriating funds. One of them admitted to having stolen a half million dollars destined to dissidence activities.

The last investigation by the congressional General Accounting Office (GAO) discovered that the exiles spent part of the money on everything from PlayStation games to leather coats, electric saws, crab meat and Godiva chocolates.

One of these organizations confessed that they spent US $4 million to send assistance in the amount of $900,000. Another exile group paid $1.6 million to have “democratic messages” sent to cellphones on the island.

In these ways, despite their statements, some exile organizations have become allies of the Cuban government because each dollar they misappropriate is one less dollar that makes it onto the island to finance domestic dissidence.

One opposition activist explained to me how the assistance system works: “When they come, they spend around $5,000 for their airfare, two weeks in a hotel and for renting a car so that they can leave us a couple of books and a few hundred dollars.”

Despite all this, what the exiles want is for them to be handed over millions of dollars and not be asked how the funds are spent. Except for USAID, no development agency in the world would have accepted similar conditions.

Pressure from Cuban-American Senators

However, the scandals have been to such a magnitude that the agency’s deputy director, Mark Lopez, had to promise “transparency and accountability in all our programs.” He also made assurances that the same rules would be applied equally towards everyone.

If I were in the shoes of the American taxpayers, I wouldn’t be getting my hopes up. Few people dare to face the wrath of the Cuban-American politicians – just ask Jonathan Farrar, the current US diplomatic boss in Havana.

Senators Bob Menendez (D) and Marco Rubio (R) raised the question of Farrar’s capacity to serve as the ambassador to Nicaragua because they considered him to have been too soft on the Raul Castro government.

The “fatal error” of the diplomat was to have sent cables to the State Department affirming that the dissidents lack mass support, are too immersed in personalities and are too reliant on funding from the US.

His comments on the isolation of the opposition were based on a survey conducted by the US diplomatic mission in Havana. In this poll it was found that 83-year-old Luis Posada Carriles was the opposition figure most well-known by Cuban residents on the island.

The survey was carried out among 236 applicants for visas. While Posada Carriles was recognized by 67 percent, Marta Beatriz Roque was identified by 43 percent and Osvaldo Paya by barely 29 percent of those interviewed.

Only 16 percent knew of Laura Pollan, the leader of the Ladies in White, and blogger Yoani Sanchez — considered by Time magazine as one of the “100 most influential people in the world” — was recognized by only 2 percent of her nationals.

The diplomats place the blame on the government’s informational monopoly, yet that doesn’t explain cases like that of Oscar Espinosa (18 percent) who for five years had a program on the Radio Marti radio station where he claimed to have a mass audience in Cuba.

To date, tens of millions spent by the US government in support of dissidents and for radio and TV broadcasts directed at Cuba have failed to demonstrate much effectiveness in overthrowing the Cuban government or promoting transition to a “friendly” regime.

One could even say that this funding has produced the opposite result, spreading corruption among the exile community in Miami and creating excessive concerns for money among dissidents in Cuba, as American diplomats admit.

But the biggest damage resides in such assistance helping to discredit opponents in the eyes of a great part of the Cuban people. If dissidents aspire to become a real political force, what they need are not millions of dollars but millions of followers.

An authorized translation by Havana Times (from the Spanish original) published by BBC Mundo.


JG: The so-called Cuban dissidents are nothing more than cuatro gatos (four cats) directed and financed by the Yankee imperialists of the Democratic and Republican Parties. They are left zeros inside the island and do not have any followers, other than the Miami and New Jersey gusanos in the U.S. All of them live lifes of luxury with all the Yankee money that they receive from their masters.

Friday, July 01, 2011

90th Anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China

Full Text of Hu Jintao's Speech at CPC Anniversary Gathering

Ping-Pong Elections

Every four years the capitalists in the United States hold their quadrennial scam, fraud and swindle. They call it national elections. They are merely ping-pong contests where the little ball swings from one side to the other side of the table, with very little change in economics, politics or social relations.

No wonder that close to 50% of the U.S. electorate choose not to participate in this very carefully choreographed 'American Dream' production . Why sit down and listen to the candidates of the two major capitalist parties, when the people already know that they serve the interests and agendas of the big capitalist corporations and the banks and not the legitimate desires of the American people?

Look to what is happening right now. There is a tremendous amount of pent-up anger among the American electorate about the empty slogans of Barack Obama and his Democratic Party. They are a huge failure. So, U.S. capitalism will swing the ping-pong ball to the right side of the table.

Things will have to get a lot worse before they get any better! The country is almost bankrupt with public debts close to 100% of Gross Domestic Product! I feel very sorry for my grandchildren. They will have to pay the scandalous debts incurred by Bush and Obama.