Minutes after he spoke, plainclothes policemen broke up a small demonstration byRead More Here
dissidents marking International Human Rights Day in a nearby square. Two were
detained and driven away in a car, a witness said.
supporters, apparently coordinated by state security agents, booed dissidents
and shouted "Viva Fidel" for ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not
appeared in public in 16 months.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
According to this Miami Herald article, the interdiction of Cuban is at its highest level since the 1994 crisis. There has also beena steady increase since the July 2006 "handover of power".
"The year 2007 will go down in the history of South Florida as the year with the greatest number of Cuban migrant interdictions since the 1994 raft crisis."Read more: Miami Herald
Friday, August 3, 2007
Two Cuban boxers who disappeared during last month's Pan American Games were found at a resort near Rio, where police say they partied and ran up anRead the rest here.
Now, a police inspector says, they want to go back to Cuba.
Two-time Olympic boxing champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara were found Thursday at an inn in the coastal resort city Cabo Frio.
"We still have to clear up the reason why they abandoned their delegation and now want to return," federal police inspector Felicio Laterca said. "Right now, they are only saying they are very dear athletes in their country and that's why they want to return."
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The value of Venezuelan oil subsidies to Cuba climbed past $3 billion in 2006 and could swell to $4 billion this year -- almost double current estimates, according to a University of Miami report to be released today.Read the rest here.
Venezuela is propping up Cuba's troubled economy with shipments of 94,103 barrels of oil a day, experts at UM's Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS) calculated, based on official Havana figures issued last week. That means Cuba last year got some $3.3 billion in oil products from Venezuela, up from $2.7 billion in 2005. Caracas has declined to explain the payment system, but experts believe Havana gets the energy assistance free of charge.
Here are some more facts about the Cuba-Venezuela relationship.
Cybercast News Service: In your book you talk a lot about the various companies that put Che Guevara's face and image on their products.
Humberto Fontova: Yes. AT&T, by the way, was selling cell phones with Che's image on them and, just last week, they yanked them, stopped selling them because we protested - we mounted a phone and email program against the company. AT&T apologized, saying the image should not have been there in the first place and then yanked the product. Target was selling CD cases with Che's face this past Christmas. We protested again, and they yanked the product.
Cybercast News Service: Do you think it's morally fair to equate the placement of Guevara's image on a product to placing Heinrich Himmler's image on a product or Levrenti Beria's image on a product?
Humberto Fontova: Probably not, only because of the ignorance. My guess is that 70 percent or 80 percent who buy Che's image and post it on their product - the product managers - have no idea who Che is. They have a vague idea that he was a cool, revolutionary guy, but they have no idea about what he really did. If AT&T
was telling the truth, it's a perfect example when they said "this guy's image shouldn't have been there in the first place." That confirms what I think. Most people who put the image on a product don't know all the details.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
(CNSNews.com) - Che Guevara, who aided Fidel Castro in his rise to power in Cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s, is today an icon of liberal culture worldwide. His picture and image adorn countless products, from posters to t-shirts to CD cases to bikinis.
Robert Redford made a 2004 movie about Guevara, "The Motorcycle Diaries," which won media praise and an Academy Award. Two more Guevara movies are due for release in 2008.
Yet the liberal-left and Hollywood are perpetuating myths, if not outright lies, about Guevara, according to author Humberto Fontova in his book, "Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him."
Fontova discussed with Cybercast News Service his new book and what he describes as the real Guevara - the man who directly helped Castro put into place a communist regime responsible for at least 102,000 deaths and which has cycled 500,000 people through its gulag.
''Whatever new administration emerges will have to decide if it will maintain the absurd, illegal and failed policy toward Cuba, or if it will accept the olive branch that we extended,'' he said. ``If the new U.S. authorities finally put aside their arrogance and decide to talk in a civilized manner, they're welcome. If not, we are willing to continue confronting their policy of hostility, even for another 50 years, if that becomes necessary."
Today, invisible big brother says from the deep layers of the Earth, in hell, that there will be no dialogue with the "evil empire",
"Let nobody come under the illusion that the empire, which carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction, will negotiate with Cuba," Castro said Wednesday in an article published by Cuban media.If fidel is still involved in governmental decisions, then why is there such a huge misunderstanding between the brothers ?? Who is really running Cuba ?? Is fidel capable of make decisions ??
We started off being informed of his intestinal emergency surgery about 4-5- days later. It was labled a state secret. Now, we find out that the government will march with out him. Every few months the missing pieces of the puzzle are given to us.
Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Wednesday that Cuba is "marching ahead" without him at the helm, adding to the view of many Cubans that he is not coming back.
In a cryptic message to the country one year after bowel surgery forced him to hand over power temporarily to his brother Raul for the first time since Cuba's 1959 revolution, Castro said nothing about resuming office.
"I am being bombarded now with questions about when I will return to what some call power," he wrote in a column published on the front page of the Communist Party newspaper Granma.
"Raul, the party, the government and the mass and social organizations, led by the workers, are marching ahead guided by the unbreakable principle of unity," he said.
Read the rest here.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing dealt last week with the United Nations Human Rights Council performance. The newly named council was formed last year to replace the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Last month, the Senate committee approved legislation proposed by Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., to end U.S. funding of the commission. Coleman pointed out that the watchdog group's almost exclusive focus on Israel and its failure to investigate other countries made it a "disgrace" and that the council "has essentially one issue on the agenda: Israel. You have got countries like North Korea, Burma, Zimbabwe, where you have state-sponsored brutality, and what we have from the council is deafening silence."
Read the rest here.
"While the public can come to our College Park, Md., research room to view films and even copy them at no charge, this new program will make our holdings much more accessible to millions of people who cannot travel to the Washington, DC area," Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein said in a statement.
The first six DVDs are already selling on Amazon.com, said Stacey Hurwitz, a spokeswoman for CustomFlix.
The newsreels include scenes of the famous 1959 "Kitchen Debate" between then-Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in a model American kitchen on display in Moscow. Other footage shows a youthful Fidel Castro after the communist revolution in Cuba, along with reports about Hawaii becoming a state.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Why doesn't the MSM show this ?? Why don't they show the good side of the troops instead of flooding their news broadcasts with negative stories of OUR troops ?? or when they are killed ?? Believe it or not folks, the Unites States military are full of good people, contrary to what the MSM projects them to be.
H/T - Fantomas
The death of revolutionary combatant Abel Santamaría appears as a particularly grim chapter of official Cuban history, but a new book that took 31 years to research and write challenges the Cuban government's version of events.Read the rest here.
Captured during the raid on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba on July 26, 1953, Santamaría reportedly was tortured by the soldiers, who plucked out his eyes and showed them to his sister, Haydée, who also was captured during the failed attack.
Dr. Antonio de la Cova will be at Books and Books tonight at 7pm in Coral Gables.
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Coral Gables, FL.
El pasado 3 de junio fue detenido y golpeado despiadadamente el ciudadano Rafael Cecilio Pazca, por dos agentes de la Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR), que se hacen llamar Luna y Yiqui.
Pazca, de 31 años de edad, enfermo de SIDA, con serios trastornos de la personalidad y traumas psíquicos, se encontraba de paseo por las avenidas del reparto 26 de Julio en estado de embriaguez.
Los agentes que lo detuvieron se disponían a trasladarlo al hospital Mártires del “9 de Abril”, ubicado en Sagua la Grande, provincia Villa Clara, como es habitual en esas zonas. Pazca se disgustó ante la actitud de los agentes, y estos, luego de arrastrarlo y conducirlo hacia el carro patrullero, comenzaron a golpearlo.
La imagen del cubano Yuciel Nápoles dormido en la lona tras recibir un derechazo impresionante del colombiano Eleider Álvarez y el brasileño Pedro Lima, que dio un oro a su país después de 40 años de sequía destacaron en la primera jornada de finales del boxeo en los Juegos de Río 2007.
Corría un minuto y 31 segundos del tercer asalto y el cubano Nápoles, con alguna dificultad, dominaba al colombiano Álvarez por 7-5 en la final de la división de 81 kilos (medio pesado), gracias a su más refinado arte pugilístico.
Friday, July 27, 2007
This caught my attention while reading the article:
But U.S. Reps. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., are pushing for hearings on the Marti stations for the fall, and congressional investigators began reviewing management of the Marti's last month.
Read the rest here.
The House on Friday rejected an initiative to ease restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba, virtually burying any chance that U.S. policy toward the island could be relaxed by Congress this year.
By a 245-182 margin, the House voted down an amendment presented by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., that would have allowed Cuban officials to travel to the United States to inspect U.S. export facilities and products and let Cubans make direct payments to U.S. banks for any purchases.
The initiative would have also allowed the Cubans to pay for the goods after they are shipped from a U.S. port, rather than before as now required.
Read the rest here.
We have caught Cuban spies in the U.S. and working in our government. I can only imagine what would happen if we find an Al-Qaeda or Taliban member spying within our goverment. Would it be considered an act of war ??Why hasn't something been done to liberate the 11 million Cuban prisoners stuck on the island ?? We have Cuba 90 miles from away, why hasn't something been done ??
Brian Latell, who wrote a biography of Cuba's interim leader Raul Castro, told Radio France Internationale he was informed by senior US military sources that they had been in contact with the Cuban military for some time.
"If this is confirmed to be true, it would be a very important event," he said.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Aqui estan los videos:
To stem the tide of defections, the Cuban government has sought to keep doctors under constant guard. Cuban “minders,” most commonly police and intelligence agents, severely restrict doctors’ freedom of movement. Traveling outside of one‘s assigned area is strictly prohibited. In Venezuela, according to The Lancet, doctors are forbidden to engage in any personal contact with natives, let alone journalists or diplomats, and must adhere to a 6pm daily curfew. Those who complain about any aspect of the program open themselves up to threats of being sent back to Cuba -- itself a devastating commentary on the political state of the country. Beyond endless surveillance, there are reports that Cuban authorities select only married doctors for missions abroad. The idea is that should the doctors entertain the idea of defecting, their families in Cuba would serve as potential hostages.
Read the rest here.
"Fui yo quien lo organizó todo", aseguró el propietario de la empresa Arena Box Promotion en declaraciones publicadas el jueves por el diario Folha de Sao Paulo y en las que admitió haber pagado cerca de medio millón de dólares por la operación.
Oner, empresario alemán de origen turco, se refirió así a la deserción de los boxeadores Guillermo Rigondeaux y Erislandy Lara Santoya, que llegaron a Río de Janeiro para disputar los Panamericanos y desaparecieron de la Villa Panamericana sin dar explicaciones.
GINGRICH: I think Senator Obama is an authentic voice of the left. I think meeting with Fidel Castro makes perfect sense if you come from the American left because the American left fears the U.S. military. They fear the CIA. They fear the American government. They never fear our enemies. It would make perfect sense for him to openly announce he will visit with virtually any dictator in the planet who would be willing to have him.
COLMES: The American left never fears our enemies but fears the American government. I thought it was the conservatives, the Goldwater conservatives who spoke out against the government. It was Ronald Reagan who said one of the great lies is, "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."
I thought it was conservatives to heard the government but to say those on the left don't fear our enemies and don't want to protect this country which is what you seem to be implying is just inaccurate.
GINGRICH: I just suggested that it made perfect sense for Senator Obama given his base of his support on the left to feel comfortable going to see Fidel Castro. There is this wonderfully romantic notion on the part of people who never look in Fidel's prisons, never look what he does to poets and never look at what he does to people in democracy. Never look at what happens with people who flee the country. My daughter lives in Key Biscayne and was telling me over the weekend that they routinely have people land from Cuba trying to flee terror.
It's just interesting that on the American left somehow Castro is a romantic.
Agregó la fuente, que en horas de la tarde del citado día, cuando conversaba en áreas de la enfermería con el prisionero de conciencia Librado Linares García, fue sacado del lugar a empujones.
Alexander García Lima fue sancionado a 13 años de privación de libertad bajo los supuestos cargos de robo con fuerza y manifestaciones lascivas. En los últimos 30 días ha sido trasladado de prisión en cuatro ocasiones.
Se cumple un año de la última aparición pública de Fidel Castro antes de ceder el poder por enfermedadLean aqui.
Hoy se cumple un año de la última aparición del líder cubano, Fidel Castro. Un año después de su retirada se mantiene la incógnita sobre si regresará al cargo que provisionalmente ejerce su hermano Raúl, quien no ha acometido reformas políticas ni económicas significativas.
Muy poco ha cambiado el día a día de los cubanos desde que vieron por última vez en público al «jefe de la revolución», en la conmemoración del 26 de julio de 2006, cinco días antes de que, en un hecho sin precedentes, delegara el poder temporalmente en su hermano menor por una enfermedad cuya naturaleza aún se desconoce.
Precisamente Raúl Castro será hoy, jueves, el gran protagonista de la conmemoración del 26 de julio, la más importante celebración de la revolución cubana. Más de 100.000 personas acudirán al acto convocado en Camagüey (unos 600 kilómetros al este de La Habana) en conmemoración del fallido asalto al cuartel Moncada (Santiago de Cuba), la primera acción armada de la guerrilla contra la dictadura de Fulgencio Batista, el 26 de julio de 1953.
Please check out Dr. Antonio De La Cova's new book for a clear understanding of the events.
The Moncada Attack: The Birth of the Cuban Revolution
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Parece que McWilliams Arroyo le agarró la medida a los cubanos en el ring.
El mosca boricua dio otro batacazo el miércoles al derrotar en el segundo asalto al favorito cubano Yoandry Salinas en la división de los 51 kilos, para avanzar a la disputa del oro en esta división del boxeo de los Juegos Panamericanos.
Arroyo, quien aseguró al menos la medalla de plata, se enfrentará en la final ante el dominicano Juan Carlos Payano, quien vapuleó al mexicano Braulio Avila 20-4.
Arroyo estaba abajo 4-3 al tocar el campanazo del segundo asalto, pero sorprendió al cubano con un gancho de izquierda para enviarlo a la lona. El árbitro le hizo un breve conteo y decidió parar el combate. El cubano se quejó e hizo gestos de que quería seguir peleando.
For months now, we have been told by officials in Cuba that fidel castro will return to take command of his dictatorship. Not once has castro been seen in person or live on TV. He is only shown on taped footage which the government can manipulate and edit.
Raul Castro - not his convalescing 80-year-old brother Fidel - will give this week's Revolution Day address, the latest sign the defense minister's yearlong caretaker role is becoming much more permanent.Let look back at other important days castro has missed since July 31, 2006:
The announcement Wednesday on the front page of the Communist Party daily Granma doused the few remaining hopes among Fidel Castro's ardent supporters he could make a surprise appearance during Thursday's Revolution Day celebrations.
Even though Raul appears headed for permanent rule, the two brothers' longer-term roles officially remain undefined.
1. His birthday - August 13 - I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he was still very ill.
2. Granma Landing - December 2 - His birthday celebration was moved to this date to also celebrate the Granma yacht landing in Cuba.
3. New Year's - January 1 - This date mark's the departure of Flugencio Batista from his reign over Cuba.
4. castro's Arrival In Havana - January 8 - On this date, castro and Co. rolled into Cuba to celebrate their "victory" over Batista.
5. May Day - May 1 - What better day to come out and make an appearance ?? There were almost a 100,000 Cubans in attendance and the international press present. If he is as "OK" as his government says, why not take the opportunity offered to him on May Day ??
6. 26 de Julio - July 26 - This day marks the anniversary of the ill-fated Moncada Barracks attack.
Folks, castro is not doing as good as his government says. He has had plenty of chances to show his mug and nothing. We all know that he loves to make an appearance and loves the attention on him. He is going downhill and it's just a matter of time !!
Read the rest here.
A Maine woman has filed a lawsuit against Fidel Castro, alleging the Cuban leader caused the wrongful death of her father after the plane he was piloting was shot down over the communist Caribbean island and he was imprisoned while on a covert mission in 1963.Read the rest here.
Sherry Sullivan filed her suit in Maine in May, but the judge delayed action until last week while considering how to serve papers to the defendants, who also include Castro's brother Raul, the Cuban army and the Republic of Cuba