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Monday, July 12, 2010
According to CNN:

The United States is pushing for what would become nuclear wars against Iran and North Korea, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in a rare televised interview Monday.
Castro blamed the United States, not North Korea, for the sinking of a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors. The incident was orchestrated to stir conflict in the region, Castro said.
The former Cuban leader, who is 83, said he was disappointed that China and Russia didn't veto a U.N. Security Council resolution for additional sanctions against Iran for its alleged illegal nuclear program.
Iran, he said, has been building up for a confrontation for 30 years. If the United States attacks Iran, it will meet a resistance unlike anything it faced in Iraq, Castro said.
"A war there can't avoid becoming nuclear," Castro said.

Ironically, this "warning" comes from the same man who urged former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the U.S. and kill 10 million Americans during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

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A massacre of innocents: The July 13, 1994 “13 de Marzo” tugboat sinking

On 13 July 1994, more than 70 men, women and children tried to leave Cuba.
At 3:00am the boat left Cuba. Only 45 minutes passed before three other boats (called Polargos) belonging to Ministry of Transport identified the tugboat. According to survivors, a fourth boat belonging to the Cuban Coast Guard followed behind and appeared to direct the other three boats.
The Polargos tried to sink the 13 de Marzo by using high-pressure water hoses to flood the boat. Locals on a nearby shore were shouting at the Polargos, trying to tell them to stop. The women on the boat made their children visible, hoping that they would stop trying to flood the boat. But the water kept coming. Many of the passengers went into the inner rooms to avoid being struck by the flow of water.
In a very organized manner, the Polargos started ramming the tugboat while continuing to douse them with water. When the 13 de Marzo was half underwater, the Polargos circled the tugboat to create a wake around the boat. Those who weren't trapped, drowning in the boat, had to fight against the current to stay afloat. Eventually, the Polargos stopped and the survivors were pulled from the sea.
At least 35 men, women and children were killed in the incident.
Grief made illegal
fidel castro's government prevented any significant sign of public mourning, protest or grief. A Mass for the victims was cancelled and the relatives were not allowed to throw flowers into the sea to remember the dead. In the eyes of the Cuban government, anyone who attempts to leave Cuba without permission has betrayed the revolution. The government detained organizers who tried to get people to wear colors or armbands in memory of the victims, as well as those who actually dared to wear the armbands.
On following anniversaries of the deaths, the government would continue to cancel Masses, close churches and arrest anyone who tried to mourn the men, women and children who perished on that day.
Eventually, many of those who tried to escape Cuba made a successful attempt and are now in the United States.
Today, this event is seldom talked about in the US. While some tourists portray a heavenly vacationland with a few problems and politicians try to believe the oppression is in Cuba's very distant past in order to get trade started again, many Cuban-Americans remember the more than 30 victims forced under water and the grief that was never allowed to surface.
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From Lasculturas, there's more here, here, and here, and please watch the video below by cubanexilequarter at YouTube.

July 13, 2010

Ex-prisoners: Cubans around the world helped set us free

The I Accuse the Cuban Government blog has posted a translation of a EuropaPress story on a news conference today held by the seven Cuban political prisoners released by the Castro dictatorship and who arrived in Madrid today:
The first seven Cuban dissidents released from prison by the regime in La Habana have arrived in Madrid this Tuesday, and have stated that their release is the result of the protests of their late comrade Orlando Zapata Tamayo, independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas, and of the Cuban exile in favor of freedom in the island.

In a press conference after their arrival at Madrid-Barajas Airport, one of the freed dissidents, Julio César Gálvez, has read a communiqué in the name of all his comrades. In the communiqué they state that the opening of this process of dialog between the Castroite regime and the Cuban [Catholic] Church that has allowed their release “has been possible because of the fight and decisive support of thousands of Cubans for freedom, democracy and peace.” (emphasis added)

Within this fight, they have especially highlighted the “martyrdom of Orlando Zapata, the demands of Guillermo Fariñas [expressed through] 135 days of hunger strike” and “the unbreakable faith and resistance of the Ladies in White and the Cuban exile (…) with the important participation of the Cuban [Catholic] Church.” (emphasis added)

Gálvez has also thanked the Spanish government on behalf of his colleagues for its “role of companion” in this dialog. Answering a question from a journalist, another one of the released, Ricardo González Alfonso, has assured them that they do not feel “manipulated” by the Castroite regime.

The [Spanish] Undersecretary [of Foreign Affairs] for Latin America, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, who was with the released at the conference, remarked that the Spanish government will work to facilitate their integration into Spanish society.” (emphasis added)

These seven political prisoners —that are part of a larger group of 20 who, according to the Archdiocese of La Habana, have already consented to travel to Spain after being release from prison— will spend two days in several hotels in Madrid until [several Spanish NGOs] take charge of them and distribute them around reception centers in different parts of the country. These NGOs have offered shelter, monetary support and employment advice to all Cuban political prisoners travelling to Spain.
ABC.es has some video from the news conference.

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July 13, 2010

State Dept. welcomes release of prisoners, says they should decide their own future

A statement issued Tuesday by Philip Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State.We welcome the release of seven political prisoners by the government of Cuba and the announcement by the Archbishop of Havana that additional prisoners could be released in the coming months.
We applaud the efforts of the Cuban Catholic Church, Spain and others who have worked towards the release of prisoners of conscience from jail in Cuba.
While the United States continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, this is a positive development that we hope will represent a step towards increased respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cuba.
All those released from prison should be free to decide for themselves whether to remain in Cuba or travel to another country.

July 12, 2010

3 more agree to move to Spain; total is 20

The Archdiocese of Havana has released the names of three more inmates who have opted to move to Spain after their release.
They are Jesús Mustafá Felipe, Omar Rodríguez Saludes, and Antonio Díaz Sánchez.
That brings the number of ex-prisoners who will leave the island to 20.
Details, in Spanish, here. A fuller report can be accessed here. An Associated Press account, in English, is here.
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 Mottaki sees in Israel " courage "to attack Iran directly to

Madrid, 13 jul ( EFE ) .- The Foreign Minister of Iran, Manouchehr Mottaki , said today Madrid sees in the Israeli regime "courage" to attack Iran  unilaterally and opted for a " political and democratic solution " for the Middle East conflict .
In a meeting with Spanish journalists on the occasion of the official visit to Spain, Mottaki referred to the Israeli foreign policy , in his opinion has changed " after the failures " of warfare that has suffered in recent attacks on Lebanon , makes four years , and the Gaza Strip , more recently.
After these setbacks, "the principles of war " that define the Israeli regime " have collapsed , "the minister  Iranian Foreign .
And these principles " have not improved "after the assault  the Israeli army perpetrated against the " Freedom Flotilla , "which sought to break the blockade on Gaza , which resulted last May 31 with the deaths of nine activists in Turkey.
Therefore, Mottaki not believe in a unilateral attack Israel against the regime in Tehran , though he considers one of its main enemies in the area , nor thinks that may occur aggression in the other direction .
"The Iranian history has never been written with aggression . We have been attacked , but we believe that the problem of the Middle East a conflict is resolved , we believe in a political solution democratic , "he reiterated .
To Mottaki , the situation in Gaza is similar to Apartheid in South Africa lived for decades , so called by the end of the blockade suffered by the Palestinian Gaza by Israel  definition and its official borders .
"We believe that Palestine has its own residents : Jews, Christians and Arabs, and owes them the right to choose their own government, "he said.
Mottaki also defended once again the nuclear policy  to develop their country and raising the suspicions of the West considered to have military purposes , which has caused the Council UN Security has issued sanctions against the regime of ayatollah.
"We are against nuclear weapons . So we raised at the highest levels , but continue to advocate our right to use nuclear energy " for peaceful purposes said.
"Nuclear power is for everyone. nuclear armament  is no one , "he said in this respect, before noting that his country  radioactive fuel needed to develop drugs and other products and is entitled to get it where it provided.
On sanctions imposed by the UN, Motaki the defined as "another strategic error "of the international body , in his view , has not appreciated the willingness to negotiate in Tehran.
At the same time , recalled that the Vienna group , comprising the United States , France and Russia , has called for the start of new talks with Iran to address its nuclear policy, a which will incorporate Turkey and Brazil , having achieved mediate Iranians on this issue.
"The embargo (UN ), regardless of  that may be carried out or practical, is a punishment against Tehran.  The punishments are applied against the crimes committed and therefore we like to ask the United Nations, what crime we have committed the Iranians, " he said. EFE / translate LPPNEWS Front- Line
The Cuban dictator ACCUSED U.S. OF "Hund Korean torpedo boats " to wage war
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 00:28

Fidel Castro iron dictator of Cuba, reappeared on state television in his country, and accused the U.S. government of planting a mine in the "Chen "( Torpedo ROK ) to initiate an armed conflict between the Koreas , who swept the North.

"They are worried because they know that (North Korea ) provides technology and has mastered blown nuclear missiles , Castro said in an interview made by the program Roundtable. " They want to put out of action ( North Korea ) , "he said . "What it will cost a lot of work to admit the U.S. is admit that it was they, who sank the ship sophisticated, " he added. " North Korea accused of using a 50 year old torpedo , when the Korean War broke out (... ) where a ship is sophisticated escape a torpedo at the time, just imagine you! " . South Korea North Korea accused the military boat to sink Chena , so between the Asian neighbors living moments of tension. Castro had reported in late June that a war between the Koreas would be the immediate consequence of a conflict between the U.S. and Iran and reaffirmed today that the U.S. prepares for war .

Photo: TeleSur / AFP
"The reality changes things in reverse: the (war ) from Iran immediately unleashed the Korean " Castro said in his reflections. President Chavez echoed Fidel Castro 's thought , and on 25 June in the framework of ALBA -TCP Summit in Ecuador reported , although without proof, that the United States caused the sinking of the Chena.

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"They put a bomb on a ship from South Korea, and Yankees were the same , it is proved that it was the same Yankee " Castro believes that United States will find a " fierce resistance " when they invade Iran, an event that the Cuban leader is very close. "Iran is not a divided country as was Iraq, " he said. It further found that the Iranian resistance will be a pretext for Israel use a nuclear bomb against the Arab country . We have not confirmed that Israel possesses nuclear weapons , though a suspicion which has left every Arab country . Castro has joined today.

Photo: TeleSur / AFP
S : Cuba Libre Digital / Translations LPPNEWS Front - Line Last updated on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 00:42

Cuba frees 7 political prisoners into exile

HAVANA – Cuba freed seven political prisoners on Monday and sent them and their families to exile in Spain — the start of a promised mass liberation of dissidents that once seemed unthinkable.
Omar Ruiz, who had been serving a 12-year sentence for treason, said he and six other former inmates were driven in a van to Havana's Jose Marti International airport, where they were reunited with relatives in a special waiting room. All were then escorted to an Air Europa flight bound for Madrid.
"We are, at this moment, walking to the plane," Ruiz told The Associated Press on his cell phone. "They brought us through the back of the airport."
Ruiz added, however, that "they're watching us."
"That's why I won't consider myself free until I arrive in Spain," he said.
The government of Raul Castro has pledged to free 52 Cubans who international human rights group say were jailed for their political beliefs. That process is expected to take three or four months and is part of a landmark deal last week between Cuban authorities and the island's Roman Catholic Church that was brokered by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
Spanish authorities have said that once the Cubans arrive, they will not be required to stay in Spain and will be free to head elsewhere.
The church says another 13 opposition activists and dissidents behind bars will go free soon. It was not known if subsequently released prisoners will be allowed to stay in Cuba or will be forced to go to another country. Both the U.S. and Chile have offered to grant them asylum, in addition to Spain.
Elizardo Sanchez, head of the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said at least three prisoners asked Cardinal Jaime Ortega to leave them off the list of those headed to Spain because they want to remain in Cuba.
In the hours before the group of seven were escorted from prison to the airport, their relatives had been told to prepare to leave the island for good at a moment's notice.
"Sunday they performed medical checkups, did paperwork for the passports and told us to be ready starting today," said Irene Viera, wife of community organizer Julio Cesar Galvez, who had been serving a 15-year prison sentence.
"I'm very nervous about all of this," she said.
One relative, the sister of another political prisoner, began preparing for life outside Cuba by heading to the beauty parlor.
All of those Cuba has promised to free were among 75 opposition activists arrested in a sweeping state crackdown on dissent in March 2003, when the world's attention was focused on the start of the war in Iraq.
Cuba had accused them of taking money from Washington to destabilize the island's communist government — charges both those imprisoned and U.S. officials have denied. Of those, 23 had been previously freed, meaning that if Cuba's deal with the church holds, their numbers behind bars will fall to zero.
Before Monday's releases, Sanchez's commission said Cuba now holds 167 political prisoners — the lowest total since Fidel Castro took power on New Year's Day 1959. If the government keeps its promise, that total would drop by nearly a third to 115 and all but one of the inmates considered "prisoners of conscience" by Amnesty International and other human rights groups will have been released.
The single exception would be Rolando Jimenez, who Sanchez identified as a police official but Amnesty International says is a lawyer. He was arrested in April 2003 and is serving a 12-year sentence for disrespecting authority and "revealing secrets about state security police" after he publicly pledged support for the political prisoners arrested the previous month.
Some of the other prisoners still considered held for political reasons by Sanchez's commission were convicted of violent acts — including planting bombs in hotels in Havana that killed an Italian tourist in the 1990s.
The island's government says it holds no political prisoners and that all countries have the right to jail traitors. Authorities refuse to recognize Sanchez's independent, Havana-based commission but largely allow it to operate.
Associated Press Writers Andrea Rodriguez in Havana and Ciaran Giles in Madrid contributed to this report.
Seven Cuban dissidents travel Spain 
 The Cuban authorities released late on Monday to seven imprisoned dissidents who left for Spain with his family in first batch of releases agreed with the Catholic Church .

Six of them left with their relatives from the airport Jose Marti Havana on a flight of Air Europa and rest did shortly after one of Iberia, said on Monday in Madrid sources Spanish Foreign Ministry .

The government of President Raul Castro Cubans agreed to release 52 considered by human rights organizations as prisoners of consciousness.

Cuban officials have insisted that they are " mercenaries "at U.S. service .

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Who are they in the first flight traveling Lester Gonzalez , Omar Ruiz , Antonio  Villarreal , Julio César Gálvez , José Luis García Paneque and Paul Pacheco and his family .

In the next plane , Iberia , will Ricardo González Alfonso, according to the Spanish foreign ministry .

After spending seven years in prison, was released early their families met at the airport , where they were transferred  from Combinado del Este Prison , where they had been grouped the who agreed to leave Cuba to Spain.

Omar Ruiz , one of the dissidents , spoke to news agencies before  the flight from the airport José Martí and confirmed that the seven opponents would fly accompanied by their relatives.

José Luis García Paneque spoke to reporters from the aircraft. "They can imagine how they must feel a man who spent seven years in prison, including 17 months in solitary, " he said.

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The same day he departed dissidents , Fidel Castro spoke on TV.

releases are expected to last up to a maximum of  four months after an agreement reached with the Catholic Church after mediation of the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.

Spanish authorities said that after his arrival in Madrid, Cubans may choose to go to a third country if they so wish.

The governments of the United States and Chile also have offered asylum prisoners to be released.

While the dissidents were going to Spain , former President Fidel Castro reappeared on Cuban television for refer to the political situation in the Middle East.

According to the BBC correspondent in Havana , Fernando Ravsberg , the return to scene of Cuban revolutionary leader , just at the moment  has raised a number of speculations of all kinds.

However, despite differences, all agree that not is a coincidence but a political gesture.
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Moratinos will meet with Iran's Mottaki : and go three dictatorships  in one week

Our foreign policy takes a few days deepen its excellent relations with the worst dictators : a Al Assad 's visit to Madrid have joined the trip to Cuba Moratinos  and Monday , dinner between the foreign ministers of Spain and Iran, against which the protest on Facebook.


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only six days ago Bassar Al AssadParty leader  Baaz and maximum Nazi leader by inheritance, the Syrian dictatorship , one of  the cruelest in the world , appeared in the press conference Prime Minister, Rodríguez Zapatero, an act  which even allowed to give advice on human rights Israel.
Shortly after Moratinos traveled to Cuba where he displayed  of its excellent relations with Castro and the satraps welcomed the Caribbean island remains a country in which banish people (after having them years in prison) for his views  policies.
To finish the series of meetings with outrageous characters , Monday Moratinos will dine with the representative of a country , Iran, in which women stoned for having adulterous relationships , is hung to homosexuals by the mere fact of being and suppresses blood and fire protesters calling for the launch of the scheme .
As can be seen in  the page itself Foreign MinistryThe two leaders  outdoor , Moratinos and himself Manouchehr Mottaki Iranian,  dine at the Palace of Viana and " treated aspects of relations bilateral and international news . "
As clarified the communication services of the Ministry itself , there will be no appearance before the press, Although a pass for photojournalists .
Internet Answering
The concatenation of meetings with representatives of the tyrants or tyranny has not left indifferent to a group of citizens has formed a group on Facebook where claim that not being received by the representative of another brutal dictatorship.
The group's page contains information on the atrocities being committed  the Iranian theocracy and statements, published  by newspaper ReasonOf Iranian exiles in our  country. In just over two days the group already has more than one hundred followers.
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his first appearance in eleven months...

Fidel Castro on television warning a "war" in the Middle East

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LA HABANA , 13 Jul. ( Reuters / EP) -

The communist leader Fidel Castro was interviewed on Monday in a program State television in which he offered his vision of the role of U.S. superpower and the situation in the Middle East which warned that it could trigger an " impending war "to consequence of keeping Iran nuclear dispute with the West.
In his first television appearance in eleven months, Fidel Castro dressed in a gray tracksuit and good looks, but with some ability to spin his speech in an orderly and consistent , it addressed some of the key issues of international news Current .
The 83-year communist leader spoke in an interview apparently recorded in the program " Mesa Redonda " at a time which, after the announcement of the release of 52 political prisoners, Cuban government seems to live moments of change.
Fidel Castro was replaced as president by his brother Raul Castro lower in 2008 , after undergoing several operations surgery for an intestinal illness that kept him on the verge of death four years ago. He has been out of the apparitions in person  since then.
It was unclear if the program was taped , but apparently not  broadcast from the studios of Cuban television , where there was no routine security operations when Castro appeared in the past.
Although he left power , Castro has continued politically active writing newspaper articles and leaders of countries receiving allies. It also keeps his influential post as first secretary of  ruling Communist Party.
His last television appearance was in a taped interview made eleven months, when he spoke about the progress of Vietnam , a thriving Asian economy to a Communist-style government .
In recent weeks, Fidel Castro has devoted articles Press to criticize his political enemy the United States, which imposed from  For five decades, an economic embargo on Cuba with the intention of overthrow the regime, and Israel for trying to stop nuclear plans Iran.
"The big threat from Iran is the most serious political crisis facing foreign government ( the president of the United , Barack ) Obama , "he said in the program quoting activist U.S. politician and linguist Noam Chomsky.
He warned that U.S. " It's going to be the resistance they will find (in Iran ). That 's are guaranteed , who did not have in Iraq , a country the U.S. invaded in 2003.
For Castro , the threat of war in Iran would have reduced if Russia and China had vetoed the last month the new battery  sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs , that major Western powers believe believes conceals the intention of adopting nuclear weapons , something Tehran denies.
"I think they should have vetoed (sanctions against Iran UN) and to gain time , " Bush said while manipulating roles in the makeshift studio .
The program " Mesa Redonda " was created by Castro means of international dispute around Elián González , the child Cuban castaway who escaped with his mother in a precarious raft toward  United States. S : Translate LPPNEWS