Photo: Benjamin Lowy/VII Network, for The New York Times
Why the Police and Herald Secrecy on the Arrest of pro-Juanes “Cubans”??
"Screaming, frothing (but pro Juanes) "Cubans" arrested on Calle Ocho "
Our good friend Emilio Izquierdo (past Prez. of UMAP Prisoners Assoc.) who participated in the Calle Ocho pro/anti Juanes gig last Sunday discloses a fascinating datum regarding the aftermath.
Several pro-Juanes "Cubans" were arrested for indecent exposure, etc. But their names are being treated as classified material by both the Police dept. and the Miami Herald. Both are quite mum on the names of the arrested?
But AHHHHH!!!! Back in 1999 when anti-Castro Cuban-Americans peacefully protested the concert by Los Van Van, and some were arrested (including Emilio)--well, both the police dept. and the Miami Herald publicized their names and even their addresses with much fanfare.
The only thing missing was a plane with a fluttering banner of their names overhead, and a gang of winos distributing brochures of their names on street corners.
I've interrogated several Cuban-Americans who, "went down to that demonstration-to get their fair share of abuse.." and they unanimously report that the pro-Juanes people looked about as Cuban as Evo Morales, Cantinflas or (the early model) Olga Tanon.
Sandoval assailed over opinion of JuanesCuba's Communist Party daily Granma took off after Arturo Sandoval after the Cuban-born trumpeter criticized singer Juanes for staging a concert in Havana last Sunday.
In an article Friday, Granma refers to Sandoval as "one of those petty little characters who chose to hide under the wings of the Empire's scavenger bird and renounce a privileged spot in his homeland."
Sandoval defected in 1990 and became an American citizen in 1999. He lives in Miami.
What did he say this week that rankled Granma?
"That Colombian [Juanes] knows nothing about what Cuba has lived through, and therefore doesn't understand the political process on the island and doesn't know how much the Cuban people have suffered," Sandoval told a TV interviewer from the Dominican Republic.
Do you know Juanes? Sandoval was asked. "I don't know that gentleman, so, to me, he is nothing in music," he answered.
Sandoval, "who complained before Miami cameras of the 'repression' he suffered in Cuba for his love of jazz," declines to mention that, "while in Cuba, he was a renowned figure in [the band] Irakere, that he formed his own group and played at the Karl Marx Theater, that he traveled constantly throughout the world [...] and made dollar purchases at the big market on Fifth and 42nd streets without anybody bothering him," Granma charges, among other allegations.
Besides, the paper says, "this 'repressed' person was a member of the Communist Party of Cuba [...] something that is not done without willingness and a commitment to society."
The article ends by asking if Sandoval ever mentioned to his American "benefactors" that he participated in a meeting in 1989 between Fidel Castro and visiting American jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie and posts a photograph from that get-together, shown above. Sandoval is at right. To read the entire article, in Spanish, click here.
---Renato Pérez Pizarro.
Source: Cuban Colada
It wasn't the main story to emerge from the United Nations last week and, as such, it hasn't been widely reported. Yet, the 48-year U.S. embargo of Cuba was very much part of the agenda during the 64th session of the General Assembly that ends Monday. Clearly, the issue of the longest embargo in modern history is not about to go away.
Without a doubt the biggest news was the unanimous endorsement by the UN Security Council, with President Obama presiding, of a broad strategy to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons and eventually eliminate them from the planet.
"This is a historic moment, a moment offering a fresh start toward a new future," said the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Similar words have been uttered before, but seldom have they sounded so truthful.
Nevertheless, many other issues were also on the world leaders' agenda. Along with speeches opposing the posting of U.S. military personnel in seven Colombian army bases and multiple calls for restoring democratically elected Manuel Zelaya to the presidency of Honduras, several Latin American heads of state demanded the lifting of the economic embargo the people of Cuba have been subjected to for half a century.
Their position was not new. All had called on President Obama to end the draconian measure last June at the Organization of American States' annual assembly in Honduras.
Uruguay's president, Tabaré Vázquez, also expressed his country's desire for a new policy. "As Americans" [that is, all people born on the continent], he said, "we feel the ethical duty and the political responsibility of reiterating in this world forum that we will persevere in our effort for an American integration without exclusions, exceptions or blockades like the one Cuba is suffering."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a friend of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, also asked that the embargo be lifted, a demand he restated Thursday night during a one-hour CNN interview with Larry King.
"As we asked him in June, Obama should break the embargo already," Chávez told King, referring to the OAS meeting.
The opposition to the failed embargo policy goes beyond Latin America. In what could be a record, the General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for 17 years in a row to urge the U.S. to lift the anachronistic embargo.
The time is long overdue for Congress and President Obama to heed the world's opinion and toss the failed embargo into the ash heap of history. That would really be in sync with his administration's policy of engagement with and mutual respect for Cuba, Latin America and the world.
On a different matter
Dan Stein, president of the largest anti-immigration group in the country, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, took exception with my Sept. 17 column. He sent me a polite e-mail expressing concern and asking the following statement to be published. For the sake of fairness, I agreed to do so.
"FAIR states that there is no proof of any kind that any activity undertaken by FAIR has contributed to an increase in hate crime or any incidence of hate crime. This is an outrageous and irresponsible assertion."
Source: NY Daily News
________________________________________28 September, 2009
Hoy comenzamos un nuevo capítulo dentro del blog. He decidido
abrir una sección, cronológicamente fuera del perfil, pero de posible interés para los lectores. A cada rato me llegan cartas interesantes
de amigos y conocidos sobre temas de la actualidad y creo que este
blog se presta para darles un foro con un alcance mayor que mi
buzón de correos. Ahora, de cuando en cuando podrán leer estos comentarios de contribuyentes aquí.
Comenzamos con este comentario:
ES QUE ELLA NO SABE…
La prestigiosa reportera (CNN,MVS), Carmen Aristegui, entrevistó
a Mariela Castro Espín el 25 de septiembre (MVS) y le preguntó
sobre los problemas que tuvieron que enfrentar Juanes, Bosé, Tañón
y demás integrantes del polémico concierto, a raíz de los obstáculos
que impusieran las autoridades cubanas y la molestísima y persistente vigilancia de la Seguridad del Estado que ellos detectaron.
¡Cómo sorprendió la respuesta de Mariela! Al no poder hilar alguna razón coherente, optó por desconocer la existencia de videos y
artículos que pululaban por todos los medios informativos, Internet
y YouTube desde hacía más de dos días. Y Mariela estaba en
México, por lo que no podía decir que el servidor “se cayó”. La
realidad es que Mariela “se calló”, dijo que no había visto nada,
que era todo muy extraño porque la Plaza era pública y todos
podían ir y que nada… que no sabía nada…
Tampoco sabrá de las represiones a los homosexuales que dice
defender y que se han documentado profusamente en los últimos tiempos. ¿Habremos de concluir que sus “esfuerzos” hacia el reconocimiento de las distintas identidades y orientaciones son sólo
una útil cortinita de fondo para la imagen de “apertura” (tan
mediocre y vacua) que el régimen quiere dar? Mariela Castro no pudo (otro TAMPOCO) explicar en el programa de CNN-TV que dirige Aristegui, por qué Carlos Monsiváis criticó con indignación la existencia de los sidatorios en Cuba. Trataba Mariela, desesperadamente, vestida con traje sastre y tennis, de minimizar la tragedia de aquellos gulags médicos. Dijo que su mamá había hecho mucho por los gays y las lesbianas, (lo que es una mentira enorme porque la Sra. Espín lo que hizo fue crear ejércitos de costureras), y desconoció que el represor más cruel de los homosexuales y de cualquier ser humano que fuera diferente a él y a la gerontocracia
que nos desgobierna, émulo de Dzerzhinski, sigue siendo el mismo Ministro, el siniestro Ramiro Valdés. ¿Le dirá tío Ramiro? ¿Se
pueden pedir peras al olmo? Es que ella no sabe…
Source: El Archivo de Connie