Saturday, September 18, 2010

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FBI arrests a scientist and his wife for trying to make a nuclear bomb for Venezuela
Sept. 17-   A scientist and his wife were arrested and indicted on charges of trying to help make a nuclear bomb for Venezuela, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen, were indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury.
Both had worked as contractors at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Justice Department said in a statement.
If convicted of all 22 charges in the indictment, the defendants face a potential sentence of life in prison, the department said.
The U.S. stated that an undercover officer posing as an agent of the Venezuelan government had cultivated ties with the couple over recent years
"The indictment does not allege that the government of Venezuela or anyone acting on its behalf sought or was passed any classified information, nor does it charge any Venezuelan government officials or anyone acting on their behalf with wrongdoing," the department stated. "Further, the indictment does not charge any individuals currently working at LANL with wrongdoing."
Mascheroni allegedly told the undercover officer in March 2008 that he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10 years and that he proposed Venezuela use a secret, underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, as well as an open, above-ground reactor to produce nuclear energy.
Mascheroni, a Ph.D. physicist, worked at Los Alamos from 1979 to 1988 and held a security clearance that allowed him access to certain classified information, including "Restricted Data."
His wife worked at Los Alamos between 1981 and 2010 as a technical writer/editor, the Justice Department said.
Mascheroni allegedly asked the undercover officer about obtaining Venezuelan citizenship and described how he expected to be paid $793,000 for his work.  Read More
Dr. Darsi Ferrer answers a question from a reader about healthcare in Cuba
Sept. 16 - Dr. Ferrer, Do you believe the Cuban Health Ministry or governing body is unable or unwilling to provide a comprehensive solution to the country's health concerns? Read Darsi's answer at the realcubablog
Chávez asked Castro to retract his statement about the Cuban model not working
Sept. 16 - Nelson Bocaranda, a well known and respected Venezuelan investigative journalist, who writes a weekly column for El Universal newspaper under the title of "Runrunes," wrote today that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez was very upset when he heard that his Cuban mentor had said that the Cuban model doesn't work anymore.
"When on September 8 the whole world read the confession made by Fidel Castro to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg and his companion Julia Sweig, who served as his witness, made in the middle of a lunch in which the dictator drank wine and ate fish, saying that the "Cuban model doesn't even work for us," the biggest surprise was not for Cuba's ruling circle, but for his most important student, his self-proclaimed putative son and chief economic benefactor. Thus the Venezuelan commander-president could not quite understand what had been released, without anesthesia, by his admired mentor, " Bocaranda wrote.
"Calls and questions came and went between Chávez and his most trusted collaborators. Vice-president Jaua was the first. He even held talks with his praetorian guard, made in Cuba, that surrounds his first ring of security. He also called the Cuban ambassador in Caracas and Ronald Blanco La Cruz in Havana. The next day he could not stand the uncertainty and called Fidel directly. In the dialog he dared to question that statement, as well as the one made by Fidel to Venezuelan reporters weeks before saying that "the so-called 21st century socialism, was communism” because in the middle of this election campaign "it does not help me at all Fidel. You have to clarify and refute what the journalist said. " 
Bocaranda also makes reference to the current economic crisis in Cuba and what the regime is trying to do to try to survive.
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Dr. Darsi Ferrer is back in Havana and answering questions from our readers
Sept. 15 - Dr. Darsi Ferrer has been away from Havana for the last few weeks and with limited access to the Internet.
Now that he is back, he is again answering the questions from our readers.
Today, he answers a question from 'Stone Cuban' about the Pastors for Peace. Read more at the realcubablog
Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, met with Cuban dissidents
Sept. 15 - "Cockroaches, rats and a lack of drinking water" - welcome to the Cuban prison system which still includes political prisoners. On Tuesday, September 13, a group of ex-Cuban political prisoners visited the European Parliament to talk to Members of the Human Rights Subcommittee and EP President Jerzy Buzek. The prisoners urged the EU to stick to its present tough policy over dialogue with the Cuban regime as hundreds of political detainees are still in Castro's jails. Read more at the realcubablog
1,000,000 Cuban workers will lose their jobs
Sept. 15 - The Cuban government has announced plans to slash one million state jobs and encourage the growth of small businesses in a gamble it hopes can keep its communist system and floundering economy afloat.
Workers laid off from government jobs will no longer be sent home with partial pay, but will instead have to find other means to make a living, the Cuban Worker's Central, or CTC by its Spanish acronym, warned Monday.
"Our state neither can nor should continue maintaining companies... with inflated payrolls, and losses that are a drag on the economy, are counterproductive, generate bad habits and deform workers' performance," the CTC said.
It took them 51 and a half years to realize that the stupid system put in place by the Castro brothers doesn't work.
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Former Cuban prisoners of conscience to the UE: Don't listen to Moratinos
Sept. 14 - Four of the 32 former Cuban political prisoners who were forced to travel to Spain as a condition for their freedom, visited the European Parliament on Tuesday to demand that this institution makes "all efforts possible" to prevent any changes to the European Union policy toward the island, which determines that relations with Havana can only improve after the Cuban regime allows "true democratic progress. "
Spain's Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos is cynically asking the UE to modify its position, claiming that the forced exile of these prisoners of conscience demonstrate that the Cuban regime is "changing." Read more at the realcubablog
Another great idea from the Castro brothers: When you lose your job, start raising rabbits
Sept. 14 - Cuba's communist leaders have already determined what they want soon-to-be-dismissed workers to do after they get their pink slips in massive government layoffs, detailing a plan for them to raise rabbits, paint buildings, make bricks, collect garbage and pilot ferries across Havana's bay.
The plans, along with a timetable for which government sectors will get the ax first, are laid out in an internal Communist Party document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Cuba on Monday announced plans to cut 500,000 state workers by March 2011 and help them get work in the private sector, in the most sweeping reforms instituted since President Raul Castro took over from his brother in 2008. Read more at the realcubablog
S: RealCuba

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