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Island evacuations start as Earl nears East Coast

 
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Cars leaving Ocracoke on a ferry Island arrive in Hatteras, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. An evacuation of Ocracoke is underway as Hurricane Earl ap AP – Cars leaving Ocracoke on a ferry Island arrive in Hatteras, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. An evacuation …
RALEIGH, N.C. – Powerful Hurricane Earl wheeled toward the East Coast, driving the first tourists Wednesday from North Carolina vacation islands and threatening damaging winds and waves up the Atlantic seaboard over Labor Day weekend.
Visitors were taking ferries off Ocracoke Island and told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and federal authorities have warned people all along the Eastern seaboard to be prepared to evacuate.
Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency as a precaution, allowing the state to position staff and resources ahead of the storm. Emergency officials as far north as Maine urged people to have disaster plans and supplies ready.
Earl was still more than 700 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, with top sustained winds of 125 mph. It was on track to near the North Carolina shore late Thursday or early Friday and then blow north along the coast, with forecasters cautioning that it was still too early to tell how close the storm may come to land.
The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for much of the North Carolina coast and hurricane watches from Virginia to Delaware.
Not since Hurricane Bob in 1991 has such a powerful storm had such a large swath of the East Coast in its sights, said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.
"A slight shift of that track to the west is going to impact a great deal of real estate with potential hurricane-force winds," Feltgen said.
Even if Earl stays well offshore, it will kick up rough surf and dangerous rip currents up and down the coast through the Labor Day weekend, a prime time for beach vacations, forecasters said.
The only evacuation orders so far affected parts of the Outer Banks, thin strips of beach and land that face the open Atlantic.
Tourist cars, some with campers in tow, lined up for the first ferries of the day from Ocracoke to the mainland. Another car ferry connects to Hatteras, which has a bridge to the mainland and came under the second evacuation order a little later Wednesday morning.
The evacuation orders are called mandatory, but Julia Jarema, spokeswoman for the state Division of Emergency Management, said it doesn't mean people will be forced from their homes. Local law enforcement officials may do something such as going door-to-door and asking people who stay behind for their information about their next of kin.
Emergency officials said they hoped Ocracoke's 800 or so year-round residents would heed the call to leave. But Carol Paul said she and husband Tom would stay put if the current forecasts hold. Only a direct hit from a stronger storm would drive them from the island where they've lived for seven years, running an antiques store.
"There's never been a death on Ocracoke from a hurricane, so we feel pretty comfortable," Carol Paul 57, said as tourists departed on ferries and her husband, also a construction contractor, worked to board up the windows of clients and friends' homes. "Everything here is made pretty much with hurricanes in mind."
The approaching storm troubled many East Coast beach towns that had hoped to capitalize on the BP oil spill and draw visitors who normally vacation on the Gulf Coast.
Carl Hanes of Newport News, Va., kept an eye on the weather report as he headed for the beach near his rented vacation home in Avon, N.C. He, his wife and their two teenage children were anticipating Earl might force them to leave on Thursday, a day ahead of schedule.
"We're trying not to let it bother us," Hanes said before enjoying the calm surf.
In Rehoboth Beach, Del., Judy Rice said she has no plans to leave the vacation home where she has spent most of the summer. In fact, the Oak Hill, Va., resident plans to walk around town in the rain if it comes.
"I kind of enjoy it actually. You know, it's battling the elements," Rice said. "I have seen the rain go sideways, and, yeah, it can be scary, but I have an old house here in Rehoboth, so it's probably more important that I am here during a storm than anywhere."
In the Florida Panhandle, which has struggled all summer to coax back tourists scared away by the Gulf oil spill, bookings were up 12 percent over last year at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The resort is nowhere near Earl's projected path, and spokeswoman Laurie Hobbs said she suspects the increase in reservations was partly because of a discount the hotel is offering and partly because of the hurricane.
"Weather drives business," she said. "They go to where the weather is best."
If Earl brings rain farther inland, it could affect the U.S. Open tennis tournament, being played now through Sept. 12 in New York City.
"We're keeping our eye on it very closely," said United States Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier.
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Associated Press Writers Martha Waggoner in Raleigh, Jack Jones in Columbia, S.C., Kathleen Miller in Washington; David Sharp in Portland, Maine; Suzette Laboy in Miami; Bob Lewis in Bristol, Va., contributed to this report.

The Facts on Cuba Travel

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
By U.S. Senator George Lemieux of Florida in The Sun-Sentinel:

U.S. tourist dollars would only tighten Cuba's grip on power
The recent Sun Sentinel editorial, "Lifting ban on travel to Cuba best way to push democratic ideals," fails to consider the most important facts regarding U.S. Cuba policy.

First, tourism travel to Cuba represents the Castro regime's foremost source of income — akin to the energy industry being Iran's foremost source of income and thus the main target of sanctions. Few would disagree that Canadian and European tourists have financed the existence of the Castro regime, and therefore their repression of the Cuban people. For the United States to create a tourism bonanza for the regime at this time would provide the dictatorship an economic lifeline.

Second, to argue that U.S. tourists are going to stir the winds of political and economic change by spreading democratic ideals is unrealistic and insensitive. What could tourists do to surpass the efforts of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Guido Sigler Amaya and other courageous Cubans currently spending decades in prison for advocating democratic ideals?

What change could tourists inspire above that of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died this year after an 85-day hunger strike? What economic or political pressure will tourist dollars bring beyond the five pro-democracy activists who stood on the stairs of the University of Havana last week and demanded freedom for the Cuban people — three of whom are now facing lengthy prison terms? It seems the world could learn a great deal from the inspiring courage and resilience of Cuba's pro-democracy movement, not vice-versa.

Finally, to argue that allowing tourism to Cuba would prevent the Castro regime from "cherry-picking" for travel only "those who are neutral and harbor sympathies towards the regime" is completely misguided. What the Castro regime wants are apolitical and uninformed tourists they can contain in isolated, all-inclusive resorts. Such "easy income" would reduce the regime's reliance on, and likely the frequency of, humanitarian travelers.

Cuba is not a tourist paradise. Behind the curtain of white sandy beaches are people held captive by a brutal regime. U.S. tourist dollars would only serve to tighten the regime's grip on power.

Rather than concede human rights and the rule of law, we should align with pro-democratic movements, instead of giving the Castros the fodder and means to crush them.
S: Capitol Hill Cubans

Comes the " other " phenomenon at the Big Top

Again, Aroldis Chapman put on a red cap with a " C " white . But now he is of the Cincinnati Reds uniform instead of of the Cuban baseball team .
A year ago, as the lefty defected from Cuba, leaving his family and experiencing a radical change of course in his life.
After  several months in advance , the launcher is already with the team Cincinnati largest and is expected to make its debut at the Grand Chapiteau in this week.
And for the Reds in 2010, pointers Central Division National League , Chapman could be extremely importance pitching from the bullpen.
When boarding Chapman August 31 , Cincinnati can include it in its roster for playoffs, and the young could be key in the aspirations of sort by Reds first time since 1995 .
It is recalled  the case of Francisco Rodriguez , who was raised as just in time rookie in 2002 to help the Angels to win throughout the year. And two years ago , Tampa Bay called , and as David Price today in day- to throw from the bullpen, and lefty shut victory the Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS American League  against Boston.
Chapman Could play a role as important this year for the Reds ?
' We  represents a quality left-handed for the final sprint , " said manager  Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker. "If he's throwing strikes, no matter how left or right. I do not think that a lot of lefty vs . right. That boy  knows pitching. You can take anyone. "
It's been a long way to Cincinnati to Chapman. Defected from Cuba during a tournament Netherlands international , and five months later he signed a contract six years and $ 30.25 million with the Reds.
Off the field , has grown from humble circumstances to become millionaire and drives a Lamborghini.
Within the field, continues to develop and make adjustments.
"It  ideal body for a pitcher , "said development director Cincinnati players and international eavesdropping equipment. "His material is outstanding. The main thing with him is to be a professional, on and off the field. As for talent, is within the first five or 10 of the game. The other thing has to be taken into account. "
For Chapman, the "other "has to do to cover first base , shifting to first, to bunt , run the bases and get to the stadium on time. Chapman may have an arm worthy of Hall of Fame , but sometimes still behaves like a boy his age, or even younger .
"The simple fact of living in the United States represents an adjustment , "said Reynolds. "What we did not even think , as governed by a schedule or be on your  account, is a change for him. Has improved. "
Far from the pressure of majors, Chapman was allowed to grow in the minor leagues , both as a pitcher as a person.
Now we see the fruits.
Chapman  made his first 13 presentations as Triple -A Louisville opener with 1-1 and 1.29 ERA in four starts in April and then 4-1 and 5.47 in May. He struck out 55 but took 25 walks in those first two months , and had problems with the command. In June recorded 0-4 with ERA of 5.84 and was moved to the bullpen.
This change of role was just what  needed. went 2-0 in July and 1.50 in relief , and this month finished with 2-0 record and 1.35 ERA , plus seven games saved in 13.1 innings pitched.
" Get to the stadium every day thinking that has the potential to pitch , "said pitching coach for the Reds , Bryan Price. " We present the challenge of pitch from the bullpen, and has done very well, especially as closer lately. "
In his last eight presentations in Louisville , Chapman did not allow a hit and had 0.83 ERA in their last 20 games . He went 9-8 in save chances.
In a general sense in the minor leagues this year , finished with 9-6 and 3.57 with 125 strikeouts in 95.2 innings.
In  Chapman ever reopen , but for now work at the bullpen has allowed him to concentrate on his fastball and slider. Also has a change, but mostly uses that when you open or when launched several entries in relief , facing several rights.
But speaking of the fastball has been measured at up to 105 miles per hour.
" For  we do not like to face J.R. Richard "Baker said , referring to the pitcher the Astros high 70s and early 80's . "It was so long that threw this hard from what appeared was 50 feet. ( The Hall of Famer Nolan ) Ryan had better J.R. control You could rest assured there against J.R. It is similar with Chapman. "

Tuesday, August 31 | 1:31 PM
S: ultimasnoticias.com.ve / Front Line LPPNEWS simultaneous translation

Aroldis Chapman estuvo dominante como relevista con Triple-A Lousville.






Aroldis Chapman was dominant as a reliever in Triple -A Louisville . | AP

Free Cuba Phone Market Urged on Obama by Nokia, AT&T

August 31, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

By Jens Erik Gould

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Nokia Oyj, AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are urging the U.S. government to ease rules that keep them from operating in Cuba even after President Barack Obama loosened telecommunications regulations last year to promote democracy on the communist island.
Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile-phone maker, is urging the U.S. to ease its 47-year-old trade embargo so it can sell handsets to Cuba. AT&T and Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless providers, urged regulators to make it easier for U.S. companies to directly connect calls to and from Cuba.
The companies’ pleas come after Obama said in April 2009 that greater contact with the outside world would reduce Cubans’ dependency on President Raul Castro’s regime. Still, other regulations prevent companies with U.S. operations from entering the market, according to a July report by the Washington-based Cuba Study Group, which advocates for an open economy.
“We don’t understand why the regulations stopped where they did,” Jose Martinez, head of government relations for Latin America at Nokia, said in an Aug. 20 interview from Miami. “There doesn’t seem to be a desire at the bureaucratic level to change the rules to allow cell phones.”
Cuba has the lowest mobile-phone penetration in Latin America. As recently as 2008, about 20,000 to 30,000 people, mostly foreign diplomats and senior officials, owned mobile devices. That number has grown to 800,000 since Castro lifted a ban on most people owning them, the Cuba Study Group says.
Roaming Service
AT&T and Verizon may be interested in setting up roaming service for U.S. customers who visit the island as a first step into Cuba, said Jose Magana, a senior analyst at Pyramid Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The country of 11.4 million people could become the largest telecom market in the Caribbean, topping Puerto Rico’s $1.6 billion market, Magana said. If the market remains mostly closed, annual revenue could still reach $400 million by 2013 from the current $80 million, he said.
Magana said roaming service in Cuba wouldn’t have a measurable effect on earnings for AT&T or Verizon.
Nokia fell 1.6 percent to 6.72 euros in Helsinki at 11:03 a.m. New York time. AT&T rose 1 percent to $26.90 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading while Verizon increased 1.4 percent to $29.85.
Obama, in an April 13, 2009, memorandum lifting travel restrictions to Cuba for Cuban-Americans, directed the U.S. government to allow companies to provide communications services to the island, saying it would “decrease dependency of the Cuban people on the Castro regime.”
Little Changed
In practice, little has changed, as companies wishing to operate in Cuba risk violating sanctions still in place, said Christopher Sabatini, policy director of the New York-based Council of the Americas business group. These include the 1992 Cuban Democracy Act that prohibits investment in Cuba’s telecommunications network.
“It’s so self-defeating,” said Sabatini, who helped prepare the Cuba Study Group report. “It’s like we just sent them a toy cell phone and said, ‘This will be great. Use this.’”
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.
AT&T and New York-based Verizon wrote to the Federal Communications Commission this year urging it to grant an April request by TeleCuba, a Miami-based company that sells calling cards, for the FCC to waive rules that fix a maximum rate a U.S. provider can pay the Cuban government for connecting calls.
Market Foothold
The wireless providers’ letters may be aimed at supporting their interest in setting up roaming service in Cuba without taking sides in a politically delicate issue, said Christopher King, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Baltimore who covers Verizon and Dallas-based AT&T.
Establishing a foothold in Cuba could be lucrative because mobile phone penetration may increase to 80 percent of the population in four years, from 10 percent to 25 percent now, should providers be allowed to invest in the market, King said.
AT&T has no specific commercial plan associated with the letter, spokesman Michael Balmoris said. Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson, and John Taylor, a spokesman for Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint Nextel Corp., declined to comment on whether their companies were seeking a roaming agreement for Cuba.
The branch of the U.S. Treasury Department that enforces trade sanctions allows U.S. providers to pay Cuba for services including roaming, said a Treasury official who declined to be identified, citing agency policy.
FCC Rate Cap
Still, under current FCC rules, U.S. providers can only offer direct calls to Cuba and roaming service if they pay the Castro government a fee no higher than 19 cents per call, said an FCC official. That prevents U.S. operators from offering these services because Cuba demands 84 cents a call, according to the official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The FCC is considering whether to waive the rate cap, the FCC official said.
U.S. rules also keep Nokia from selling handsets in Cuba, even though it is based in Espoo, Finland, because the unit that exports to Latin America is based in Miami, Martinez said.
“There is an enormous amount of frustration that the rules weren’t clear enough,” said Judith O’Neill, a telecom lawyer at Nakhota LLC consulting firm in New York.
Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the Obama administration, declined to comment, as did State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.
Castro Government
While the entry of U.S. companies also hinges on the willingness of Castro’s government to let them in, the Cubans would probably be open to the idea because they want the inflow of cash amid an economic slump, Sabatini said.
Cuban state phone company Etesca, based in Havana, has a monopoly on all fixed-line and mobile services. Milan-based Telecom Italia SpA has a 27 percent stake in the company.
“The rules are so unclear,” Ralph de la Vega, AT&T’s chief of wireless, said in an Aug. 20 interview. ‘Until there’s real change there’s not much we can do about it.”
--With assistance from Amy Thomson and Greg Bensinger in New York, Todd Shields, Mark Drajem, Kate Andersen Brower and Ian Katz in Washington, Diana Ben-Aaron in Helsinki and Crayton Harrison in Mexico City. Editors: Brendan Walsh, Joshua Goodman

To contact the reporters on this story: Jens Erik Gould in Mexico City at jgould9@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net

Fariñas ha vuelto al hospital tras sufrir dos recaídas esta semana

Enter the opposition after suffering two relapses and we discovered a second clot in his left arm

Fariñas accused Zapatero of " paid to play 'of Castro to ignore dissent

Cuban journalist Guillermo Farinas on Tuesday accused the president of the Spanish Government , José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, " given the game by Raul Castro regime by " ignoring " dissent and criticized the leaders of the PSOE no will meet with the opposition during his visit to the island.
The general secretary of the PSOE , Leire Pajin, and responsible for International Policy and Cooperation , Elena Valenciano, are planning to travel to Cuba on Tuesday and have already stated that in his agenda meetings are not provided with the dissent .

Speaking to Europa Press, Fariñas has said that this decision " a concession "to the Castro government also "contributes to the policy regime that seeks not to raise the profile of the opposition "in Cuba, despite " the facts we have seen recently "as the death last February of a political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo , after more than 80 days of hunger strike, and " harassment "to the Ladies White .

"The Cuban regime's strategy has always been to ignore the validity of  the peaceful opposition and the Government of Spain has given to this game for the express request of the Castro government , " lamented the freelance journalist in early July that ended more than four-month hunger strike to demand the release of about 26 Prisoners of the Primavera Negra seriously ill.

According to Fariñas , Zapatero and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation , Miguel Angel Moratinos, "are characterized by their ignorance to the (...) opposition and always appear as one factor and near influential "to the Castro government " perhaps to serve as intermediaries  to the EU . "

"It is unprecedented what has been achieved " the Church
The journalist of 48 years has recognized , however , the role played by the Catholic Church in the release of 52 prisoners politicians, 26 of which are already in Spain. "It's unprecedented what has been achieved , "he said , to emphasize that the Cuban clergy has been a "Valid interlocutor "in the release of the opposition.

But he made clear that the role of the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega , was "only a facilitator , not mediator we must not forget that the regime has refused to sit negotiate with the opposition "on the island .

The Castro government " chose his ideological adversary is Church ( Catholic ) as a valid partner to mitigate the state of international opinion came after the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, my hunger strike and attacks on the Damas de Blanco , rather than talk to his political opponents that we, as per this valid because we have released the prisoners , "he highlighted.

New relapse
Fariñas had to be entered twice in the last week after  suffering from severe vomiting and a fever above 42 degrees, being the first relapse is the dissenter after lay on 8 July the hunger and thirst strike that kept for 135 days.

Last Friday was admitted to a health center in the town of  Santa Clara, Villa Clara province (west), where he had stay longer than 24 hours under observation by the strong pains abdomen. Once you supplied the drugs was able to return to your home.

On Monday he had a similar relapse that forced him to return to the Hospital  Arnaldo Milian Castro of Santa Clara where, after making a ultrasound, was diagnosed with gallstones product of  problems faced in the digestive system during their prolonged fasting.

But doctors also found a new clot , this time in the humeral vein left, so he was forced to remain in strict  rest with the chance of having a thrombosis. " I can not use I have the left arm and food restricted by problems bile , "commented the opponent, from his home .

During the weeks he spent in hospital Arnaldo Milián Castro for the hunger strike , the researchers found a  thrombus in the left jugular area . " Now doctors fear that new clot push the other and the effects are worse than the expected " , he explained.

Licet Zamora , spokesman for Fariñas , he told the Europa Press independent journalist is "very frail "as a result of the hunger strike that kept number 23 for more than four months. "We are very concerned, " he expressed.

S: larazon.es / translation LPPNEWS Front Line
      

Last Updated: September 01. 2010 1:00AM...

Cuba issues free-market reform

Decrees allow land leases, islanders to sell own produce

Will Weisser / Associated Press

Havana -- Cuba has issued a pair of surprising free-market decrees, allowing foreign investors to lease government land for up to 99 years -- potentially touching off a golf-course building boom -- and loosening state controls on commerce to let islanders grow and sell their own fruit and vegetables.
The moves, published into law in the Official Gazette last week and effective immediately, are significant steps as President Raul Castro promises to scale back the communist state's control of the economy while attempting to generate new revenue.
"These are part of the opening that the government wants to make given the country's situation," said Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a state-trained economist who is now an anti-communist dissident.

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 Mariela Castro (2nd L), head of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education and daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, walks with other participants and transvestites during an event to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia in Havana in this May 16, 2009 file photo. Fidel Castro took the blame for a wave of homophobia launched by his revolutionary government in the 1960s, but said it happened because he was distracted by other problems, in an interview published on August 31, 2010 in a Mexican newspaper.… Read more »
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File photo of Mariela Castro in Havana

Fidel Castro manipulates its responsibility in the persecution of homosexuals in Cuba...


castro-2010-999More  50 years Fidel Castro has been waiting to try and manipulate you want  reckoning with history and with his conscience. Dictator Life has acknowledged in some way responsible for the persecution suffered by homosexuals in Cuba in the 60s but attributed it to the need to focus on priorities urgent and justified by saying "We had so many problems of life and death that did not pay attention ...Their  statements collected by the Mexican newspaper " La Jornada " , have been echoed in many ways , because the Cuban dictator reached describe what happened to " injustice, a great injustice " half a century later. "If someone is responsible , it's me . " Thus admitted it  it meant for many homosexuals exile or obligation spend time in agricultural labor camps , where they allegedly revolution, rehabilitating their ' deviation '.
Castro, not blamed the Communist Party for sexual discrimination , explained that socialist society demanded much attention and care I could hardly care what happened to homosexuals.
"It is true that in those moments I could not take care of this matter ...  I was surrounded primarily by the October Crisis ( 'crisis  of missiles " ' between the U.S., the Soviet Union and Cuba in 1962 ) of war, political issues , "said Castro in the second foresee, given the delivery of the newspaper.
Castro acknowledged that even many  they were branded "counterrevolutionaries" and beyond the impact negative homosexual exclusion was for the image of Revolution in various sectors , especially in Europe.
" Yes, they were moments of great injustice, a great injustice ! , whoever has made it. If we did, us. Am  trying to define my responsibility in all this because, Of course, personally , I have no such prejudices, " said.
Relations between people of same sex was decriminalized in Cuba in 1979 and the daughter the current President Raul Castro, is director of the National Center Sex Education, and maintains a strong fight for community homosexual.
F: LNC / translate LPPNEWS Front Line

EFT Archive (Research Alert Group)...

Left-Wing Bloodbaths 

Radical leftists would have us believe that they stand for democracy, progress, human rights and social justice – but when they seize power, they impose slavery, terror, famine, concentration camps and mass murder. As the Marxists used to say, this is no accident.

Cuba Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Counting Castro’s Victims
Cuba’s Lost Population
Mass killings under communism in Cuba.
Deaths in Prison [PDF]
Victims of Che Guevara [PDF]
Executions by Raul Castro [PDF]
Shooting dissidents, murdering pregnant women, drowning children, etc.
The Cuban Rafter Phenomenon
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Lives of Cubans
The communists also murder boat people as they try to escape.
Alfred G. Cuzan, Castro’s “Revolutionary” Despotism [PDF]
The enslavement of the Cuban people.
Armando Valladares, Torture in Castro’s Cuba
Armando Valladares, Castro’s Gulag
From the Prisons of Cuba: A Cry For Help [PDF]
Chronicle of an Unforgettable Agony: Cuba’s Political Prisons
Cuba’s Abuses of Psychiatry
The realities of political imprisonment and torture in Cuba. 
 
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Fidel Castro assumes the blame for the persecution of homosexuals in Cuba

In the 60s many were exiled, others were sent to agricultural work camps

09.01.1910 | 11:55 pm INFORMATIVE TELECINCO

More 40 years Fidel Castro has been waiting for accounts with history and  with his conscience. The leader of the Cuban revolution has recognized that be responsible for the persecution of homosexuals in Cuba in the 60s. His remarks , obtained by the newspaper Mexican ' The Day 'have been echoed in many ways , because the ex- Cuban leader even described the events of "injustice , a  injustice. "
"If someone is responsible , it's me . " So admitted what he meant to many homosexual exile or is required to spend time in agricultural labor camps, Where the revolution supposedly rehabilitated their ' deviation '.
Castro, not blamed the Communist Party for sexual discrimination,  explained that socialist society demanded much attention and care I could hardly care what happened to homosexuals.
"It is true that at that time I could not take care of this matter...  I was surrounded primarily by the October Crisis ( 'crisis  of missiles " ' between the U.S., the Soviet Union and Cuba in 1962 ) of war, political issues , "said Castro in the second foresee, given the delivery of the newspaper.
The historic leader of the revolution acknowledged that even many of them were branded "counterrevolutionaries " also  the negative impact that marginalization was homosexual for the image of the Revolution in various sectors , especially in Europe.
" Yes, were moments of great injustice, a grave injustice! ,  has made it to anyone. If we did, us. Am trying to define my responsibility in all this because, then personally I have no such prejudices"He said.
The relationships between same- sex were decriminalized in 1979 in Cuba and  now the daughter of current President Raul Castro, is director of  National Sex Education Center , and maintains a strong fight to favor of the gay community.
S: InformativosTelecinco / translate LPPNEWS Front Line

Spain...

Zapatero , convinced that the EU would change its position on Cuba

"With Cuba , "she insisted there must be a demanding conversation , because it is proven that only dialogue gives results »

Day 01/09/2010 - 11:58 a.m.
The Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero,  Tokyo asked in Spanish policy towards Cuba. And not a Spanish journalist, but by a Japanese journalist during the conference that followed a conference at the Press Club Nacional Japan. The Prime Minister has defended the policy Government to develop its foreign minister , Miguel Ángel Moratinos , as the main striker .
Zapatero said he has full confidence in his minister and said that the release of political prisoners is carried out by the Cuban regime is a positive facto "should lead the EU to reflect on the common position, thing promoted by Spain and is convinced it will get . "
"With Cuba , "she insisted there must be a demanding dialogue , because it is proven that only dialogue works. Therefore, we will maintain that position . "
S: ABC.es / Front Line LPPNEWS simultaneous translation

09/10/1901 | WORLD

Fled Cuba and They Were Kidnapped by traffickers in Cancun

There are six Cuban Sought to escape the Castro Regime. When They Came to Mexico Were Arrested for Alleged drug traffickers. The country AIMS to intensely Fight against Organized Crime


Six  undocumented Cubans held hostage for about a month in the Mexican resort of Cancun until they were rescued by police, but the captors fled.

The regional police director , Enrique Alberto Sanmiguel , said the operation was performed last night in one of the Cancun neighborhoodsIn the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo.

"When  the police arrived at home, the Cubans left running  doors and windows , five men and one woman , had no weapon, " explained .

The kidnappers fired it several times against the officers and escaped. The area was patrolled by the military after participating in a nationwide campaign against organized crime.

Of  Preliminarily, the police identified as Lazarus Cubans  Alveja Hernandez , 34 ; Eusebio Galas Sobrino , 46 , Dandi Camber Acosta , 24; Edel Eimes Gama, 22; Janiel Cardo Rodriguez , 29, and Acosta Surami Camber, 23.

Each one left Cuba at different times and were abducted at various times but over a month ago, Said the Cuban authorities.

They further noted that several armed men guarding them all time, and constant change of address , while calling for 8,000 to $ 10,000 to relatives in Miami.

The  six were referred to the Attorney General of the Republic ( PGR ) to clarify their legal status in the country , officials said.

The rescue came days after 72 migrants from different countries were killed in northeastern Mexico by alleged drug dealers. Officials said foreigners were killed for refusing to work with offenders Although there are indications that migrants were being held hostage for blackmail .

The  Mexican government said yesterday that there are flaws in your system ensure the security and human rights of undocumented  across the country with the desire to reach the United States.

The  Cuba and Mexico authorities indicated that there is increasing traffic of Cubans to the United States via Mexico, which reaches up Islanders 10,000 a year, they pay between trafficking networks 5000 and $ 10,000.

S: AP / Infobae.com / translate LPPNEWS Front Line