Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rights activist: Cuba starts relocating jailed dissidents

By David Ariosto, CNN
June 3, 2010 7:26 a.m. EDT
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Cuba transfers political prisoners
Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuba has begun moving some of its jailed dissidents to prisons that are closer to their homes, according to Elizardo Sanchez, head of Cuba's independent Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
Sanchez said he believes it may be the "beginning of a process" that could lead to better prison conditions for additional dissidents.
The move signals one of the first indications of a softening in treatment toward the country's estimated 200 political prisoners, following a rare meeting between President Raul Castro and the island's Catholic church leaders last month.
Longtime jailed dissident Diosdado Gonzalez is being moved from a maximum security prison in Cuba's western Pinar Del Rio province to a prison closer his home in Matanzas province, Sanchez said.
Jailed dissidents Felix Navarro and Antonio Dias also are to be transferred, he said.
Cuba's Roman Catholic cardinal, Jaime Ortega, has described a rare four-hour meeting last month with President Castro as a "magnificent start" to talks centered around the potential liberation of some of the island's jailed dissidents.
Also last month, Ortega successfully negotiated a rare agreement with government authorities that allowed a group of women protesters to march.

Lawsuit: Copies of report that played role in closing of Adam Walsh murder case destroyed or in Cuba

All copies of an investigative report that played a key role in the Hollywood Police Department's closing of the unsolved 1981 murder of Adam Walsh have either been destroyed or relocated to Cuba, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

The complaint, filed Tuesday in Broward Circuit Court, demands a copy of retired cop Joe Matthews' documents detailing his independent investigation into the case of the 6-year-old boy who was kidnapped from a Hollywood Sears and decapitated. Matthews is a confidant to John Walsh, father of Adam and host of America's Most Wanted.

Police and prosecutors cited Matthews' report as a key factor in closing the case in December 2008 and naming deceased drifter Ottis Toole as Adam's killer. However, neither agency kept Matthews' files, and a Miami Herald investigation found large holes in the case against Toole, who confessed and recanted multiple times to the murder and was never prosecuted before his death.

Thomas Julin, a first amendment attorney, filed the complaint on behalf of Willis Morgan, a witness who has told police he saw serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Sears from which Adam Walsh was abducted on the day the child went missing. The lawsuit states that Matthews' report is public record, and names Hollywood Police Chief Chadwick Wagner, Broward State Attorney Michael Satz and Matthews as defendants.

"They made a mistake in giving that material back to'' Matthews, Julin said of police and prosecutors. "If they were going to use that to evaluate whether to close the file, it was their obligation to maintain a copy of their files and they failed to do so." Julin said both agencies have demanded that Matthews make his files available, despite not keeping their own copies of the records.

According to the complaint, Matthews spoke to Julin on May 13 and said "he had destroyed all electronic copies of the report due to the fear that [Morgan] would break into his office and steal the report, asserted that one written copy of the report remained, and claimed that he had given that copy of the report to his 'co-author' and that the co-author had taken it to Cuba."

Julin, who represented several media outlets in a successful 1996 lawsuit that led to the first release of the case files to the media, said he was skeptical that Matthews did not have access to his documents.

"It seems odd to me that someone who prepared something like that would risk its loss by giving it to someone to take to Cuba," Julin said.

Attempts to reach Matthews were unsuccessful, and the lawsuit does not name his coauthor. Wagner declined comment through a spokeswoman. Ron Ishoy, a spokesman for Satz's office, called the files a "manuscript'' and wrote in an e-mail that Matthews planned to write a book.

Ishoy wrote that "all the parties in the suit continue to have discussions with Mr. Matthews regarding his manuscript. The State Attorney's Office has no authority in this matter to compel him to do anything with it."
Fariñas is suffering another relapse by new bacterial infection PDF Imprimir E-mail
The dissident journalist Guillermo Fariñas psychologist experienced in Tuesday afternoon a new crisis, as a result of another bacterial infection that forced doctors to withdraw the route parenteral for which she supplied food to alleviate the effects of his hunger strike carried out for nearly 100 days Europa Press reported.

"Guillermo is in critical condition," said his spokesman, Licet Zamora, in a telephone interview with Europa Press. "From 18:00 pm (Cuba) presents another bacterial crisis, which has high fever to 40.1 degrees and forced doctors to remove the catheter, "he added.
From the intensive care ward of Arnaldo Millán Hospital Castro (Santa Clara), which is entered from the past 11 March, Fariñas wife, Clara Pérez Gómez, also called "Critical" state of the dissident, but said he had not lost knowledge at any time and that doctors had managed to reduce fever up to 39.1 degrees.
"His blood has gone down a lot and felt for several tachycardias afternoon and evening. Is very weak and barely has the strength to talk, "Perez said." We have withdrawn the catheter to take blood samples and do a blood culture that can show that bacteria have, in order to apply the antibiotic necessary. "
But he said the dissident's wife, will be needed over 24 hours to receive test results and "can not return to receive parenteral nutrition until you eliminate the bacteria, " added.
On 24 February, a day after the death strike political prisoner hunger Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Fariñas announced beginning of fasting to demand the release of 26 political prisoners sick.
Despite his poor health, "will not end their strike of hunger, "said Perez, who said he feared for the life of her husband.
The approach of the prisoners, 'insufficient'
Before you undergo this new relapse, Fariñas had called "Laudable step," but "poor", the transfer of six prisoners political prisons in their provinces of residence.
"It is a laudable step by the Cuban authorities, but to me insufficient," he told EFE.
"It's encouraging news for the transfer of this sextet brothers, who have been brought near to their homes, but there are still 10, because they are 16 to move, "he said.
Fariñas said he hopes to also "hospitalizations for ill political prisoners as the government has promised high Cuban Catholic hierarchy. "
He noted that maintains its demand that a group be released sick prisoners, and said that the occurrence of the release of at least 10 or 12 of that group, then I would be willing to "flex" their hunger strike and thus "make it easier for management to Church Catholic. "
S: Cuba Libre Digital - Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 19:07

Cuba / Eternity half a century...

The long and Communism

On our planet, and certainly other also uses the time for everything: in the kitchen, anniversaries, to pursue a career in sports, for birth to death. Man as a social being, is pending and slave time. You can take advantage, losing, and losing ...

By Tania Díaz Castro

Havana, May 27 / PD /I's why, as I live in Cuba, I always wondered why those who insist on building the Communism just does not say how long this can be achieved.
I have been investigating several days and that neither Marx, Engels and much less than Lenin or Stalin, ever mentioned how much time required establishment of a communist society.
But he who seeks finds, finally found the answer to my The book concerns Clarifications, consisting of various volumes and published by Editora Politica de Cuba, back in 1964, specified that according to the newspaper today-gone organ of the Socialist Party People, founded by the Cuban Marxist in 1928 - only sufficient twenty years to build communism in our island not a year or a year younger. Twenty years to the day.
That is, analysts say the newspaper today, in 1979 Fidel Castro's government should have made the distribution of consumer goods as per the needs of every Cuban and suppression of social inequality. In other words, had to achieve people's happiness and besides, no one lived better than others.
But can it be that newspaper today concerned the construction of Aimeijeiras Hospital, twenty-four-story building located in the Havana Street San Lazaro and Belascoaín, which took twenty years to completion?
At this point, concluding that communist ideas are out of space and time is not right, especially since according to reviews, the Communists worship time in living memory, discuss the past, remember, and remember again why actions came to power.
It is also said that if something like the Communists to gain time, do everything necessary to make the time go in his favor.
There is a mistake to think that way. Anyway, I think sincerely believe that if something is fun in general sense Communists, is the time. They spend over half a century talking about the same and enter the next century assuring everyone that despite the lost time, give further instructions, as in basketball.
Well, gentlemen, that the Communists, the time spent Earth in its rotation around the sun, has no importance.
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