Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's Official!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida has been selected as the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

She is the first woman and Cuban-American (not to mention Hispanic) to hold this prestigious and powerful leadership position.

Below is her full statement:
"It has been a remarkable honor and privilege to serve the American people throughout my time in Congress, and I am truly humbled by the trust bestowed upon me to defend and advance our nation's interest as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

In November, the voters made it clear that if we don't take the correct approach to policy by keeping our economy foremost in our decisions, they're going to ship us all out. Republicans got the message and are committed to making 'the people's House' work for the people again. As Chairman of this Committee, I will work to restore fiscal discipline to foreign affairs, reform troubled programs and organizations, exercise vigorous oversight to identify waste, fraud, and abuse, and counter the threats posed to our nation by rogue states and violent extremists.

I have identified and will propose a number of cuts to the State Department and Foreign Aid budgets. There is much fat in these budgets, which makes some cuts obvious. Others will be more difficult but necessary to improve the efficiency of U.S. efforts and accomplish more with less. We must shift our foreign aid focus from failed strategies rooted in an archaic post-WWII approach that, in some instances, perpetuates corrupt governments, to one that reflects current realities and challenges and empowers grassroots and civil society.

I plan on using U.S. contributions to international organizations as leverage to press for real reform of those organizations, such as the United Nations, and will not hesitate to call for withdrawal of U.S. funds to failed entities like the discredited Human Rights Council if improvements are not made.

Finally, my worldview is clear: isolate and hold our enemies accountable, while supporting and strengthening our allies. I support strong sanctions and other penalties against those who aid violent extremists, brutalize their own people, and have time and time again rejected calls to behave as responsible nations. Rogue regimes never respond to anything less than hardball.

When I first came to this country with my family as a young girl, we were fleeing from oppression and seeking an opportunity to live in freedom. In Cuba, human rights activists are condemned to the gulag and denied every basic human right and dignity. In America, I am privileged to serve in Congress and to stand up against those who seek to destroy freedom. The sharp contrast between what free nations do for their people and for the world and what rogue states do to their people and to the world reminds me every day of how important it is to stand unwaveringly on the right side of the fight. I pledge to do all that I can to isolate U.S. enemies while empowering and strengthening our allies, and I will not make apologies for doing either."

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December 07, 2010

December 06, 2010

The Cuban dictatorship is a terrorist regime, example No. 1

This is the first in what I expect to be a recurring series on one of the realities of the Castro dictatorship: It is a terrorist regime.
The Castro dictatorship is a terrorist regime, as evidenced by the fact its goons last week threatened to place a 7-year-old boy in a state-run orphanage if his mother, the human rights activist Yusnaimy Jorge — the wife of former political prisoner Dr. Darsi Ferrer — continues with her opposition activities.
In response, Jorge said she would hold the dictator Raúl Castro responsible if anything happened to her son.
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The Washington Post criticized Raul Castro, accusing him of "cynical" 
to orchestrate events artificial media "as the recent visit to a synagogue during
the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, not to mention the case of Gross, who was
arrested in Cuba last year but was not been charged. Cuban officials have said
that Gross is a spy.
The U.S. detention without charge of Alan Gross is a violation of
International and the U.S. government should not improve relations with Cuba
as long as a prisoner, says the Washington Post an editorial published Tuesday.
Gross, 61, who is Jewish, denies that and says he went to Cuba to help
the Jewish community to use computers and the internet to communicate with
other Jewish communities around the world.
A year later, not submitted a single charge, which is a violation of
Cuban law, "says The Post added that Washington orders that he be
released "have fallen on deaf ears."
Moreover, "the regime seems determined to force Washington to Gross
to exchange one or more of the intelligence agents Cubans who are serving
federal prison after being strings prosecuted and convicted of espionage charges.
This makes it Gross  not a prisoner but a hostage, whose continued detention is
a flagrant violation of international law and human decency. "

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Raúl Castro, says the Post, "should know that artificial media events and its
conclusion Chanukah can not replace the correction of this wrong. "
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WikiLeaks: Libya threatened UK over bomber release

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LONDON – The British government feared a furious Libyan reaction if the convicted Lockerbie bomber wasn't set free and expressed relief when they learned that he would be released on compassionate grounds, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show.
A cache of cables from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli describes the run-up to the decision to free Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi, a former Libyan agent whose freedom on Aug. 20, 2009, sparked jubilation in Libya but roiled relations between London and Washington.
Critics of the decision on both sides of the Atlantic have alleged that British officials were motivated by commercial interests — including those of energy company BP PLC — when they moved to free al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the 1988 attack on Pan Am Flight 103.
While officials here have always stressed that the 58-year-old al-Megrahi was released because he suffers from terminal prostate cancer, the cables show the Brits were keenly aware that they faced a hugely damaging backlash if they didn't do as the Libyans wanted.
The U.K. was caught "between a rock and a hard place," an Oct. 24, 2008 U.S. cable warned. "The Libyans have told HMG (Her Majesty's Government) flat out that there will be 'enormous repercussions' for the UK-Libya bilateral relationship if (al-)Megrahi's early release is not handled properly."
Britain's ambassador to Tripoli, Vincent Fean, said a few months later that a refusal to release the convicted terrorist would have meant disaster for British interests in Libya.
"They could have cut us off at the knees, just like the Swiss," the cable quotes Fean as saying.
Fean seemed to be referring to the Swiss detention of Moammar Gadhafi's son and daughter-in-law in July 2008 for assaults on their servants in Geneva — arrests that sparked a spectacular collapse of relations between the two countries. Tripoli suspended visas for Swiss citizens, withdrew funds from Swiss banks, stopped oil shipments, reduced flights to Switzerland, and imprisoned two Swiss businessmen in retaliation — forcing Switzerland into an embarrassing apology.
British officials have long acknowledged that commercial interests — as well the desire to deepen anti-terrorism cooperation — played a role in the U.K.-Libyan prisoner transfer agreement which first raised the prospect of al-Megrahi's release.
But they have always stressed that the decision to release al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds was made independent of that deal, and that, in any case, officials in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh had the final say on whether to set him free.
Scotland has insisted that its decision was made on humanitarian grounds alone, although the cables do suggest that Libya tried to lean on the Scottish Executive to do its bidding.
Scottish leader Alex Salmond is quoted as telling a U.S. official that the Libyan government had offered the Scottish government "a parade of treats" in return for a deal on al-Megrahi's release — although he said all the inducements were turned down. The Scottish Executive did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking elaboration on the purported "treats."
Al-Megrahi is still believed to be alive in Libya, even though doctors estimated he only had a few months to live when he was freed.
Switzerland: portal Postfinance locked after closing account Assange

December 8, 2010, 7:17 a.m. ET ZURICH, Switzerland, Dec. 8, 2010 (AFP) -
PostFinance, the financial services subsidiary of the Post Swiss still victims of computer attacks on completion of account of the founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange said Wednesday, a spokesman for the facility.
The internet portal suffers from Monday denial of service attacks (DDoS), told AFP said.
"Since the closure of the account (by Julian Assange), several groups have launched Operation Payback + + in order to block Postfinance, simulating hundreds of thousands of connections to the portal overload, "he said.
Postfinance announced Monday that he Assange closed the account because of "false data on his home."
The banking school "decided to end their relationships  business "with Assange, considering that" he had provided false data  on the place of his house during the opening of his account, "according  a statement.
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Any connection in the Affaire Assange Miami?

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The woman behind the sexual harassment allegations against founder  WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, seems to be a political activist who has worked in organizations like Olof Palme Center, through the Swedish Christian Democratic Party and is now the political secretary Christian Socialist Nordic country.
However, Anna Ardin has stirred up a Cuban political circles,  from the blogosphere to the official opposition, they are all taking party and debating for or against this woman, which many know very little.
For Havana, including its newspapers, Ardin is a "CIA agent of Cuban origin, who works for the press supported by the opposition of Miami. Even have connections with exiled writer Carlos Alberto Montaner and his Cuban Liberal Union.
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The first mention pointing to that possibility was published on 14 September in a portal called Counterpunch, which has developed a strong campaign for Assange.
Montaner said the portal Diario de Cuba does not have the slightest  Ardin idea who he is, at least until it began to be mentioned in the press.
The only thing known about it in relation to the communist island is has visited Cuba a few times,  there had contacts with the political opposition, including Progressive Arc illegal organization, led by opposition candidate Manuel Cuesta Morua.
It was precisely when she worked for the Olof Palme Center, which Cuesta Morua Ardin met. As revealed by the Cuban opposition Journal Cuba, relations deteriorated.
"Having had a good relationship, representing Olof Palme Center, suddenly turned the tables and echoed the unsubstantiated allegations about an alleged financial mismanagement, "said opponent.
According to Cuesta Morua, "fortunately, did not make it," although "it did any harm. "Ardin has published in a Swedish newspaper a couple of articles about his trip to the island in 2004 which were subsequently played on a portal of Cuban exiles in Sweden, in Miscellaneous  Cuba. The tone is a review based on a left angle, Something that was not unusual at the time.
"In Cuba, education and health are free from the triumph of revolution and the establishment in power of communism in 1959. Are few, if any, who are starving or living on the streets. In generally no need to worry about violence or crime. No But wages are low. (...) Surviving on the basis of these wages appears to be impossible (though the most basic is relatively cheap). Save to buy a pair of shoes should take  half a year, not to mention how it should be to buy a TV or car, but many Cubans have, "the newspaper wrote Ardin Swedish Gotlands Tidningar, as translated from the portal Miscellaneous Cuba.
The activist, criticized in general terms, as have many  lack of access time of the Cuban facilities tourist policy changed since President Raul Castro took power two years ago.
He ends by advocating leftist dissidents in the island, remember that "the opposition Social Democratic Socialist Movement Cuban Democratic attempts to show that there is an alternative between  clearly present two extremes: that Castro and his gang control Cuba or the United States do. "
In 2007, Ardin had a master's thesis at the University Uppsala, about Cuba's future entitled "The Cuban system multiparty. Is it truly democratic alternative Democrat an alternative after the Castro regime? ".
Assange Ardin has been accused of sexual harassment to rape. Of  Indeed, the definition of the crime is, at best, unusual "sex  surprise ", it is the Swedish law that criminalizes sex without the use of condoms. The penalty is a fine at most about 200 SEK.
According to several Swedish and American publications, has been Ardin a sort of promoter of the work and its portal Assange WikiLeaks in Sweden. It was his hand that the Australian journalist gave a conference in the Nordic country and there apparently were sex.
According to the Swedish site's complaint against Assange Ardin  would only be "based on a relationship that did not true. "
And his relationship with the U.S. intelligence agency United States (CIA) is "silly" because it was attributed to the fact that a cousin serving in the NATO forces in Afghanistan, a military organization which Sweden even part.

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