Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dissidents ‘detained in Cuba’


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The Ladies in White, an opposition movement made up of family members of imprisoned dissidents, pray in front of Santa Rita church.

Havana - Dozens of opposition activists have been detained in Cuba over the past five weeks, an outlawed rights group said on Tuesday, blaming President Raul Castro for the crackdown.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, known by its Spanish acronym CCDHRN, said at least 65 men and women have been arrested by secret police, 29 of whom remain in custody in the Americas' only one-party Communist-ruled nation.
“For five weeks the government has carried out violent political repression against women and other peaceful dissidents” in Santiago de Cuba province in the south of the island, according to a statement signed by the rights group's founder and spokesman Elizardo Sanchez.
“Most were totally unarmed and suffered acts of police brutality,” it added.
According to the statement, several members of the “Ladies in White” group comprising wives and relatives of political prisoners were “beaten and arrested” on Sunday to prevent them joining a Mass in Santiago de Cuba.
A Ladies in White leader, Berta Soler, told AFP the group planned to meet Cardinal Jaime Ortega in Havana on Tuesday, and would ask him to intervene on behalf of dissidents, officially considered “mercenaries” in the pay of the US government.
A US State Department spokesman said Washington was “troubled by reports of increased violence by government-organised mobs against the Damas de Blanco in Havana and Santiago de Cuba in recent weeks.
“The use of government-organised mobs to physically and verbally abuse peaceful protesters is unconscionable,” the US spokesman added, noting: “We call for an immediate end to the harassment and violence committed against the Damas de Blanco.
“We support the Cuban people’s desire to freely determine their own future,” the US spokesman added.
Cardinal Ortega's 2010 dialogue with Castro led to the release of 130 political prisoners, many of whom left Cuba for Spain with their relatives.
Meanwhile, the Cuban singer and songwriter Pablo Milanes - who is on tour in America - hit out at the alleged mistreatment of Ladies in White members, but said he did not share their negative views of the government in Havana.
“When I see ladies in white dresses on the street who are protesting but being harassed by men and women, I cannot help feeling ashamed and indignant,” he said in an open letter published in Miami's El Nuevo Herald newspaper.
“Even though I do not agree with them at all I express solidarity with them,” the singer added of the wives, whose wearing of white clothes is meant to symbolise peace.
The CCDHRN called on foreign governments and international human rights groups to show “solidarity” with Cuban dissidents and urge Havana to end its “abusive practices.”
Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata died in Cuba on February 23, 2010 on the 85th day of his hunger strike. His death at the age of 42
drew global attention to the plight of political dissidents in Cuba. - Sapa-AFP 
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Dissidents detained in Cuba: rights group

Dozens of opposition activists have been detained in Cuba over the past five weeks, an outlawed rights group said on Tuesday, blaming President Raul Castro for the crackdown.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, known by its Spanish acronym CCDHRN, said at least 65 men and women have been arrested by secret police, 29 of whom remain in custody in the Americas' only one-party Communist-ruled nation.
"For five weeks the government has carried out violent political repression against women and other peaceful dissidents" in Santiago de Cuba province in the south of the island, according to a statement signed by the rights group's founder and spokesman Elizardo Sanchez.
"Most were totally unarmed and suffered acts of police brutality," it added.
According to the statement, several members of the "Ladies in White" group comprising wives and relatives of political prisoners were "beaten and arrested" on Sunday to prevent them joining a Mass in Santiago de Cuba.
A Ladies in White leader, Berta Soler, told AFP the group planned to meet Cardinal Jaime Ortega in Havana on Tuesday, and would ask him to intervene on behalf of dissidents, officially considered "mercenaries" in the pay of the US government.
A US State Department spokesman said Washington was "troubled by reports of increased violence by government-organized mobs against the Damas de Blanco in Havana and Santiago de Cuba in recent weeks.
"The use of government-organized mobs to physically and verbally abuse peaceful protesters is unconscionable," the US spokesman added, noting: "We call for an immediate end to the harassment and violence committed against the Damas de Blanco.
"We support the Cuban people?s desire to freely determine their own future," the US spokesman added.
Cardinal Ortega's 2010 dialogue with Castro led to the release of 130 political prisoners, many of whom left Cuba for Spain with their relatives.
Meanwhile, the Cuban singer and songwriter Pablo Milanes -- who is on tour in America -- hit out at the alleged mistreatment of Ladies in White members, but said he did not share their negative views of the government in Havana.
"When I see ladies in white dresses on the street who are protesting but being harassed by men and women, I cannot help feeling ashamed and indignant," he said in an open letter published in Miami's El Nuevo Herald newspaper.
"Even though I do not agree with them at all I express solidarity with them," the singer added of the wives, whose wearing of white clothes is meant to symbolize peace.
The CCDHRN called on foreign governments and international human rights groups to show "solidarity" with Cuban dissidents and urge Havana to end its "abusive practices."
Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata died in Cuba on February 23, 2010 on the 85th day of his hunger strike. His death at the age of 42 drew global attention to the plight of political dissidents in Cuba.

Cuba dissidents ask Church to stop harassment by state

HAVANA (Reuters) - Leaders of the dissident group Ladies in White asked the Catholic Church on Tuesday to intervene with the Cuban government to end what they described as violent acts against them and other human rights activists.
They said government supporters had recently roughed up members of the group in Havana and a newly formed chapter in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba and had given similar treatment to other dissidents.
Laura Pollan and Berta Soler told reporters they met with Church officials, but not Church leader Cardinal Jaime Ortega as planned because he was tired after returning from a trip.
"We asked the Catholic Church, which is our mediator, to end the harassment and the beatings of the Ladies in White ... and human rights activists," Soler said after the two emerged from the meeting at the Church's headquarters in Havana.
The church officials, who included Ortega's secretary Monsignor Ramon Suarez Polcari and spokesman Orlando Marquez, said they would pass the requests along to the cardinal.
The Church intervened last year after the Havana group was subjected to several "acts of repudiation" as they are called in Cuba and got an agreement from the government to allow them to continue silent marches every Sunday from the Santa Rita church on the main avenue of Havana's Miramar neighborhood.
But the Ladies in White say they are being harassed by government supporters when they march elsewhere. Their protests began in March 2003 to demand the release of 75 of their family members jailed in a government crackdown.
As part of the agreement with the Church last year, Cuban President Raul Castro released 115 political prisoners, including those remaining from the crackdown. But the Ladies in White say about 65 political prisoners remain behind bars.
The government appears intent on stopping the development of the chapter in Santiago de Cuba, which is Cuba's second largest city, as the dissident group tries to expand.
Members there have complained about beatings and detentions and said they have been blocked from continuing the Sunday marches they began in mid-July.
Cuban leaders view dissidents as being in the pay of the United States, which works with them and directs funds to Cuban groups under a longstanding program to foster political change on the communist-led island.
In recent days, other dissidents have staged small protests in Havana that ended with them being taken away by government agents.
Videos distributed by the dissidents have shown onlookers shouting at the agents to free the women, which anti-government groups say is evidence of growing restiveness on the island.
So far, the government has said nothing about any of the incidents.
(Writing by Jeff Franks; editing by Anthony Boadle)

Libya's rebels learn to patrol loyalist territory...

HEISHA, Libya (AP) — The rebels roared along the bleak and empty desert highway, leaving the last checkpoint far behind as they probed the no-man's-land that separates them from the final stronghold of Moammar Gadhafi's crumbling regime.
Stopping in Heisha, some 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, the patrol found a dusty collection of single-story, concrete buildings that stretched from the highway to the desert.
They also found the green flags of Gadhafi flying everywhere and at least one poster of the long-serving leader — a sign that the town still supported the old regime, or at least that its forces had recently been there.
"There used to be people here supporting the regime, but they have left," Ali Mabrouk stammered on Tuesday, after the rebels stopped outside his house to ask how things were going.
"Life is hard here, there are shortages of milk, electricity and food," the old man continued, as his family spilled out of the house behind him to eye the rebel trucks bristling with weapons. "We're just trying to live."
As rebels forces have inched closer to Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown and the seat of his tribe, they have been sending patrols into the villages ahead of their front lines to probe the loyalists' strength and establish a presence along the coastal highway.
While the rebels have captured broad swaths of Libya, the loyalists who still control Sirte have rebuffed all negotiations. For most of the six-month conflict, the rebels have been greeted with open arms by Libyans exhausted with 42 years of Gadhafi's erratic rule. But that changes in places like this, edging closer to towns where Gadhafi had genuine support.
"We patrol here to see if there are any Gadhafi supporters or remnants of his soldiers, which we would then fight," Mohammed Sherif said as he drove a spray-painted rebel pickup truck with a huge machine-gun bolted on the back. "Of course we would leave the civilians alone."
But that isn't a guarantee with all the rebels.
Sitting inside the pickup truck, Mohammed al-Awayib had little sympathy for the people of Heisha, now caught between two ragged armies. He muttered the word "dogs!" each time they passed someone on the street, and made spitting noises.
"They are not even human," he snarled. At one point, moving to fire his Kalashnikov assault rifle out the window, Sherif sharply told him to stop.
When al-Awayib stepped out of the car, Sherif apologized for him, saying his friend had lost a relative in Gadhafi's infamous Abu Salim prison.
But how such resentments play out remains a major factor in the Libyan fighting.
For most of the civil war, the loosely organized and poorly trained rebels have normally steered clear of looting — except in places closely associated with Gadhafi's regime, such as in Tripoli's Abu Salim neighborhood.
Fear of ill-treatment by the rebels may well be why Sirte has shown little interest in surrendering.
Once a sleepy agricultural and trading town, Sirte was transformed under Gadhafi's rule as the regime handed out government jobs to his tribesman. But it really only came alive when Gadhafi hosted summit meetings in its luxurious convention center, with limousines and police cars racing down the road from the airport with sirens wailing.
Gadhafi's tribesmen have a vested interest in the regime's survival. The Gadhadhfa are heavily armed and use Sirte's air base as the headquarters of a militia drawn from their ranks.
If word was to spread of ill-treatment in towns like Heisha, rebel officials know it could further harden the people of Sirte against surrendering.
So the rebels are constantly shifting between aggression and diplomacy.
When Sherif's truck turned one corner in Heisha, the rebels saw dozens of villagers clad in pristine white robes milling around several other vehicles.
"Drive right up to those dogs," grumbled al-Awayib — quickly realizing his mistake as angry shouting faces pressed against the truck's windows.
The villagers were furious at seeing journalists with cameras, and angry in general at the rebels' presence. Faced with so much animosity in the blazing midday sun, the rebels beat a hasty retreat.
Minutes later, the town elders drove up and began haranguing the patrol, yelling that rebels had sped through town firing guns the day before, and had conducted house-to-house searches.
"It is a question of respect! What about our women? What about our children?" shouted an enraged old man in resplendent white and brown embroidered desert robes.
He muttered darkly that if such behavior continued, the villagers would have to take security into their own hands.
All talk of "dogs" disappeared, and the young rebels, most in their 20s, struggled to placate the enraged patriarch.
Eventually the old man allowed himself to be mollified. He said that perhaps the misunderstanding was simply because everyone had been fasting for the holy month of Ramadan.
A crisis averted for now, the patrol retreated to the main highway and collapsed in the shade of a ruined building.

Crisis in Libya...

Telesur correspondent flees Tripoli

Rolando Segura on camera defended the regime of Gadhafi and blamed NATO's war in Libya.
Telesur correspondent in Libya, the Cuban Rolando Segura, escaped  Tripoli on Monday and made it to Malta, reported portal  official Cubadebate.
Members of the Pan-American news team channel, along with other journalists from the radical left, "are safely. "
By Cubadebate, Left Libya because their lives "were in danger."
The team leader, Cuban Rolando Segura, known for his CHTV previous work (old call center in Havana) and Cuban television, on camera defended the regime of Gaddafi and NATO blamed the war in Libya.
"Everyone got out of Libya in a small boat," which passenger list was "intense negotiations" with " Tripoli authorities controlling different now, "said publication.
Telesur has sent a new team of reporters to Tripoli "to continue to develop their reporting on the facts recorded in this North African country, following a rebellion Navy supported by the Organization North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. "
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The colonel's daughter had a baby in Algeria

ALGIERS .-  One day after Algeria granted asylum to the family of dictator Muammar Khadafy and amid harsh criticism of the rebels Libyans to the Algerian government, Aisha, the only biological child of Colonel, gave birth to a baby girl yesterday.
The news was confirmed by a source close to Algerian Health Ministry, who declined to give details. By Algerian newspaper published Ennahar, the daughter of Khadafy have had to the girl at a hospital in Djanet, a tourist town located about 1600 km southeast of Algiers.
Apparently, Aisha, Safiya, the second wife of Khadafy and  Hannibal and his sons Mohammed Tinkarine Algeria entered a southernmost border, and from there were flown  to Djanet.
According to Algerian newspaper, the girl, who was born early yesterday morning, called Safiya, as the second wife of rais .
Khadafy Aisha is a lawyer who participated in the defense of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the trial that led to  hanging.
The publication also noted that the clan Khadafy in about thirty people total, among which there is supposedly injured be installed in a strictly guarded official residence in around Djanet.
Yesterday, the Algerian ambassador to the UN, Mourad Benmehidi defended asylum. "The family members that Khadafy  are in Algeria are not a political position, so no  are subject to the same scrutiny of the international community, " said.
The move angered the Algerian National Council Transition (CNT)-interim government insurgents, who yesterday called the action "reckless."
Abdel Jalil, president of the CNT, urged the government Algeria to hand over any of the children of Khadafy that found in his wanted list.
"We have unfinished business with Mohammed and Hannibal. They are wanted by the Libyan justice for mismanagement and possibly steal  and transfer a large amount of public money outside of Libya, "said representative of the CNT in London, al-Gamatié Guma.
Algeria is the only neighbor of Libya does not recognize the CNT as the new authority of the nation and has an attitude condescending Khadafy regime. The country has a government authoritarian is deeply concerned that the riots Arabs move closer to their borders.
However, at a meeting of government that held yesterday, the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, told ministers that the country will respect all international laws and that if  Khadafy entered the Algerian territory, would be delivered to the Court ICC. For now, the whereabouts of Colonel is a unknown. According to rumors, you may be in Sirte, his town, 360 km east of Tripoli.
AFP, Reuters and AP .
                                          

Khadafy's daughter gave birth in Algeria

Aisha, who escaped to the neighboring country yesterday along with other family members of Libyan dictator, had a drink; ensures that both are "good"

ALGIERS .-  The daughter of Libyan dictator Muammar Aisha Khadafy gave birth to a baby in Algeria, where he arrived yesterday along with two of his brothers and his mother, Algerian government sources said.
"Aisha gave birth early this morning. He had a small one. Mother and daughter are in good health ", said an official who requested anonymity.
Aisha, along with Hannibal and his brothers Mohammed and his  Safia mother, were allowed to enter Algeria "reasons strictly humanitarian, "the Algerian authorities announced that reported the measure to the Libyan rebels and the UN.
She was baptized with the name of Safia, name paternal grandmother, who is present, sources of the daily Ennahar.
AFP, ANSA http://www.lanacion.com.ar/Agencias .

U.S. "reviewed" the Algerian explanation...


WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (EUROPA PRESS) -


The Department State of the United States has said it is "reviewing" the letter Algeria sent by the UN to explain the decision allow entry of the wife and three sons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the country.

"There are concerns that are not complying with the restriction  travel, "said a spokeswoman for the State Department, Victoria Nuland. Hannibal Gaddafi's sons and Mohammed, and his daughter Aisha,  crossed the border between Libya and Algeria on Monday, which,  Nulan trial would violate the restrictions on travel of United Nations that is specific to "close or associated with the regime."
"We believe that under the terms on which was written the Resolution 1970 Security Council UN family Gaddafi is subject to travel bans, "said Nuland.
"However, they have traveled. The Government of Algeria has sent a letter to United Nations and we are reviewing this letter in New York but, clearly, there must be a community decision international levels to ensure that the restrictions (for  resolution) are imposed, "he said.
The Algerian ambassador to the UN, Benmehidi Murad said that his Government had allowed the entry of relatives of Gaddafi the country for "humanitarian reasons". Aisha has given birth to a girl in the border. It also has qualified Benmehidi "someone's wife have problems with the international community is not necessarily subject to the same restrictions. "
Resolution 1970 allows exemptions from the prohibitions travel case that "the Committee determines on a case by case that such travel is justified on the basis of humanitarian needs including religious obligations. "It also requires the State receiver to report to the UN in the next 48 hours, a requirement that Algiers has been met.
"We have noted that family members should be held Gaddafi  (...) accounts but we are reviewing the Government's explanation Algeria, which will make the Libyan National Transitional Council (CNT). We'll see where we go from here, "she added Nuland as reported by the U.S. television network CNN.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Libya / Tripoli: Green forces retake Tripoli Airport...



Libya / Tripoli: Green forces retake Tripoli Airport, 28 08 2011

Gaddafi's wife and three children are in Algeria...

They entered Monday by the Libyan border

Day 29/08/2011 - 8:27 p.m.
The woman Muammar Gaddafi, Safia, and three of his sons, Mohammed and Aisha Hannibal, have come to Algeria on Monday, as reported by the Algerian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"Muammar Gaddafi's wife, Safia, his daughter Aisha, Hannibal and his sons Mohammed, accompanied by their children, Algeria have entered at 8:45 am (9:45 Spanish time) on the Libyan-Algerian border, "stated the Foreign Ministry in a statement released by the state agency APS.
Safia is Gaddafi's second wife, with whom he had most of her children, including Aisha, the only daughter of Libyan leader. Mohamed, however, is the eldest son of Gaddafi, son of Gaddafi's first wife, Fatiha.
According to Algiers This information was forwarded to UN Secretary GeneralBan Ki Moon, the current president of the Security Council United Nations, Prime Minister of the National Transitional Council (CNT), Mahmoud Jibril.
The news comes hours after the Foreign Ministry informed that the owner, Mourad Medelci, Jibril met yesterday with the margins of the Arab League meeting in Cairo. Algiers for now refuses to recognize the official CNTBut claims to have held in recent months, continuing contacts with the rebels. Also, on several occasions, has denied accusations that the rebels would support the Gaddafi regime in the conflict

"An act of aggression"

After hearing the news, The National Transitional Council (CNT), the representative body of the rebels Libyan Algerian regime has warned that it sees as "an act of aggression" that has given refuge in their territory aa four members of Gaddafi's family. "We promised to give a fair trial to all criminal and, therefore, consider this an act of aggression", stated the spokesman of the NLC, Mahmud Shamman, told Reuters. "We are warning everyone not to shelter Gaddafi and his sons. We will go after them to any place to find and arrest them, "he warned.
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Algeria has confirmed that part of the Gaddafi family has entered its territory on Monday. These are Safi, the wife of the former leader of Libya, his daughter Aisha, and their children Hannibal and Mohamed ....
Libya. Amnesty warns that dangerous files "key" of prisons
Agencies

Posted on Monday August 29 2011, 14:13

  


- States that are important documents to future prosecutions for crimes committed under the regime of Gaddafi

MADRID, 29 (
SERVIMEDIA)
Amnesty International (AI) warned on Monday that documents files with "key" to the history of prisons in Libya are at risk of being lost by the lack of security of prisons in this country.

The CEO of AI, Claudio Cordone, stressed that "the records and other physical evidence of prisons can be instrumental in upcoming trials for crimes committed under the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi."

"Also, could shed light on the fate of many prisoners who have 'disappeared' in Libyan prisons in recent decades, including many thousands who were imprisoned by the forces of Qaddafi since the beginning of the uprising (this year)," added.

Amnesty called on the authorities of the National Transitional Council (CNT), led by the rebels, to protect these tests when they find them or deposit them in a secure location for safekeeping.

He noted that the NLC should appeal to people who have these documents to be handed over to the authorities as soon as possible.

When Amnesty visited the Abu Salim prison last August 28, was found with documents strewn across the floor of the prison yard bags and stored in at least two rooms.

These documents were records of prisoners held by "zandaqa" (heresy), which, according to AI, is the "crime" for which many opponents of Gaddafi had been convicted, and a document ordering the expulsion of a Somali woman seropositive and one case of a Libyan accused of terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Amnesty researchers watched visitors peruse the documents from the prison of Abu Salim and some were wearing "in memory" without the presence of any guards, despite the objections of the family of a man who was killed in that prison June 1996, in which 1,200 people died in this prison.

"The coming days will be crucial for the preservation of evidence found in prisons, military camps and even private residences of the former leaders," said Cordone, who urged "every effort" to save the files, and this Thus, "the truth can be established and accountable those responsible for violations."

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Algeria announces that Gaddafi's wife and three children are the country...

Insurgents have launched an ultimatum: surrender or Sirte town should be attacked with fire and sword

JUAN MIGUEL MUÑOZ | Tripoli (Special Envoy) 29/08/2011
 
Deposed the regime of Muammar Gaddafi,  the dictator's family has opted for the flight. His wife, Safia, and three sons, Aisha, Mohammed and Hannibal, have crossed the border Algeria, as confirmed by the Algerian Foreign Ministry. It knows the whereabouts of Colonel and his sons Saif al Islam,  Jamis and Mutasim, the most detested by most of the six million  Libyans. They who have led the savage repression that hit on Libya since mid-February. But while the leader revolution that toppled King Idris in 1969, has vowed to fight to the death can not be excluded that, defeated in the battlefield have opted for the alternative chosen by another dictator down: the Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.
Desde la casa de Gadafi
For days it is speculated that Algeria, which has never hidden its support for Gaddafi, the dictator could accommodate. In the first months of the war, the rebels claimed that Libyan Algerian military lent support to the brigades led by Khamis and Mutasim Gaddafi. It has also been talked about Uganda and South Africa as potential refuges for the Libyan tyrant. Can escape a similar convoy personalities, without being detained, especially when new Libyan authorities claim to have controlled most of the country, raises questions. Are you are putting the family a bridge silver?
The war, however, continues. Sirte And, finally, a crucial city in the future of the war in Libya. The homeland Gaddafi, a shantytown that the tyrant shuffled make capital  country is the only city that refuses to take the white flag. The insurgents already reached its doors on March 28. But then were overwhelmed by Gaddafi's military machine and  forced to stampede to Benghazi. Now, in a position of strength, autocrat fled, conquered most of Libya, and after days of unsuccessful negotiations with the military, insurgents have launched an ultimatum: surrender or Sirte town should be attacked by blood and fire. But leaders of the ousted regime are playing with fear, and warn neighbors that the surrender is death at the hands  the rebels.
Its nearly 100,000 people face a terrible situation. Probably that experienced during the attack gadafistas insurgents against Tripoli. Hundreds of innocent have been killed during the withdrawal of the military loyal to satrap in the barracks Jamis led by Gaddafi. Far fewer, almost black men always considered mercenaries of dictator, have been found rotting in the streets or in Tripoli the doors of the hospitals where their bodies were thrown. "No there is no progress in negotiations with the regime. Are trying to convince people of Sirte that the struggle is not Gaddafi but for his own protection ", told Reuters  Droy Hasan, representative of Sirte in Transitional National Council (CNT)The Government already holds the reins of the country.
The  Executive flamboyant prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, addressed the Saturday the Libyans to require not to take the law  hand, concerned about the excesses committed by the insurgents and involving bad international image summary executions. And if  While it is true that the vast majority of atrocities were committed by troops loyal to Gaddafi, no shortage of cases  murders of mercenaries or soldiers who were handcuffed gadafistas.  The ousted regime still plays with these fears.
Many years, four decades of hatred and resentment built up. "...", Has UUUUU a militiaman responded to the question of what if Gaddafi would fall into his hands. Marmuri Ali is not ignorant, he knows the system and is a older man, a retired diplomat. "If still alive, it will create problems.  I support that if caught, be executed immediately, " Marmuri said sharply as he watched the 'theme park' that has become the Bab Azizia, the fort of Gaddafi in the capital.
In  Amid the chaos, no doubt a serious pitfall is that there is little police on the streets of any city in Libya. The first agents have returned to their bases after missing months for fear of popular reaction. Hence, the CNT study an alternative support police in Muslim countries or Arab countries in any case West. The anti-colonial sentiment is rooted in this country  in the early decades of the twentieth century saw its population decimated by the Italian Army.
The end of the war being waged in this city ​​450 kilometers east of Tripoli, bombed during the recent days by NATO aircraft and Scud missiles which were stopped, gadafistas sign that they have not given battle for lost or because they really fight for their survival. The insurgents are a hundred miles. A distance may seem huge, but not so much because among Naufaliya, place to which thousands of rebels have advanced, and a median Sirte hundred kilometers of desert almost depopulated. All are emergency to complete the mission.
The NLC does not hide his haste to stabilize the situation, once Tripoli has been released and recovers very slowly to normal. Can not be allowed inwhichthe war in Sirte.  And neither the Western powers involved in the conflict over -UK and France? wish that the war on forever and expense entails.

La familia Gadafi

Repression...


Fifteen women beaten and harassed for trying to attend Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago

  • Security Increased ordered 'molernos with sticks, "said Tania Montoya.
  • 'He grabbed his testicles, they said obscene words, were gestures with the middle finger telling us he would be put ', said Caridad Caballero Batista.
  • Cardinal Ortega will receive the Ladies in White on Tuesday.
A group of 15 women who were between Damas and  Support, claimed Sunday to have been victims of beatings and harassment when they tried to travel to Santiago de Cuba to attend Mass at the Cathedral of the city and then perform a silent march.
Thirteen of the women had gathered in recent days at the home of Lady Aimee Support Leiva Garces in Palma Soriano, this morning to travel together to the provincial capital. Among them Ladies in White were Berta Soler, one of the main spokesmen for the group nationally, and Belkis Cantillo.
Tania Montoya activist told DIARIO DE CUBA authorities deployed an operation with dozens of policemen, State Security, the Interior Ministry and officials prisons.
Leaving the house to get transportation to Santiago de Cuba, women in uniform of police and prison "surrounded us, began to cling to us keys twisting arms, " Montoya told.
"We hit the ground and started yelling 'freedom for the prisoners political ',' Long live human rights'. That began to beat and drag us into a bus, we went to all the force, "said  women and said he had to receive medical assistance for injuries in the left arm.
"At the head of the operation was the largest Dorkis of Safety State, who told the guards: 'according to the will left by the way, the ground with sticks, '"Montoya said.
The women were left in different parts of the road from Palma Soriano to Holguin.
According to information compiled by former political prisoner of the  Group of 75 José Daniel Ferrer, Berta Soler was raised to a car patrol and, presumably, "deported to Havana," the province of residence.
Montoya said that in leaving and Gisel Moreno Casanova Oria Escalona Cruet, stepped off the bus several police "and they fell to blows. "
Two other women, Caridad Caballero Batista and Marta Díaz Rondón were arrested on Saturday morning in Bayamo, when traveling from Palma Soriano Holguin to join the rest of the Ladies Support.
Caballero Batista told CUBA JOURNAL that "about 15 or 20" effective men of the Police and State Security Bayamo (Granma) and the municipality of Santiago Contramaestre down "to the strength "of their vehicle.
"We crawled and hopped into a patrol car each," said  activist. "They were hitting us by the neck, arms," and said he has added the index finger of right hand injury and bruised arms.
"They grabbed my neck, broke my mouth," he said.
Caballero Batista said that during the arrest, agents of the regime, "shouted obscenities, obscene gestures."
"It was horrendous, to the State Security made gestures ... He grabbed his testicles, they said 'come ping', made gestures  middle finger telling us he would be put in the year, "said the  woman, who had trouble repeating what is heard.
According to the activist, she and Rondon Diaz were taken to a unit Police in Bayamo, where the "entire cache, police men and women. "
"The men hawked we go down the pants I wanted to see us naked. We were there about two hours," he said.
On Saturday afternoon the two were transferred to the unit Pedernales, Holguin said. "We put in a cell Tapia each and there were up this morning full of bumps and bruises all over his body. "
"It's not enough to carry us, not enough to prevent us from reaching the church, with hits us," said Montoya.
He said that women will continue "trying to get to the Cathedral, no matter what."
"If it is necessary to run the blood," he said.
Laura Pollan, one of the main spokesmen for the Ladies White said this weekend CUBA DIARY that Cardinal Jaime Ortega will receive the group next Tuesday.
The women asked for the interview the Archbishop of Havana ask him to intercede with the government for repeated acts repression against members of the Support and Dames.
http://www.ddcuba.com


Sunday, August 28, 2011

AccuWeather Here in LPP Lates News...


NY1: New York City Prepares For Hurricane Irene ...



As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the East Coast, the city is urging residents to be prepared.

HURRICANE IRENE HEADING TO NEW YORK...



HURRICANE IRENE HEADING TO NEW YORK ... LATEST NEWS

Hurricane Irene As Seen By The Space Station...



Hurricane Irene as seen from the International Space Station this evening as it continues up the east coast towards the Carolinas, New York, New England & Canada...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

AccuTeamIrene Reporting Damage ...



Justin Povick is taking a look at damage from Irene.

Irene, a bit weaker, begins its destructive run...


Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Irene, a bit weaker, begins its destructive run

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Irene opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday by lashing the North Carolina coast with wind topping 90 mph and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north, authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered out of the way.The center of the storm passed over North Carolina's Outer Banks for its official landfall just after 7:30 a.m. EDT. The hurricane's vast reach traced the East Coast from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to just below Cape Cod.
Irene weakened slightly, with sustained winds down to 85 mph from about 100 a day earlier, making it a Category 1, the least threatening on the scale. Parts of North Carolina recorded gusts as high as 94, however.
Hurricane-force winds arrived near Jacksonville, N.C., at first light, and wind-whipped rain lashed the resort town of Nags Head. Tall waves covered the beach, and the surf pushed as high as the backs of some of the houses and hotels fronting the strand.
"There's nothing you can do now but wait. You can hear the wind and it's scary," said Leon Reasor, who rode out the storm in the Outer Banks town of Buxton. "Things are banging against the house. I hope it doesn't get worse, but I know it will. I just hate hurricanes."
At least two piers on the Outer Banks were wiped out, the roof of a car dealership was ripped away, and a hospital in Morehead City that was running on generators. In all, about 240,000 people were without power on the East Coast.
Susan Kinchen, who showed up at a shelter at a North Carolina high school with her daughter and 5-month-old granddaughter, said she felt unsafe in their trailer. Kinchen, from Louisiana, said she was reminded of how Hurricane Katrina peeled the roof of her trailer there almost exactly six years ago, on Aug. 29, 2005.
"I'm not taking any chances," she said.

In the Northeast, unaccustomed to tropical weather of any strength, authorities made plans to bring the basic structures of travel grinding to a halt. The New York City subway, the largest in the United States, was making its last runs at noon, and all five area airports were accepting only a few final hours' worth of flights.The New York transit system carries 5 million people on weekdays, fewer on weekends, and has never been shut for weather. Transit systems in New Jersey and Philadelphia also announced plans to shut down. Washington declared a state of emergency, days after it had evacuated for an earthquake.
New York City ordered 300,000 people to leave low-lying areas, including the Battery Park City neighborhood at the southern tip of Manhattan, the beachfront Rockaways in Queens and Coney Island in Brooklyn. But it was not clear how many people would get out, or how they would do it.
"How can I get out of Coney Island?" said Abe Feinstein, 82, who has lived for half a century on the eighth floor of a building overlooking the boardwalk. "What am I going to do? Run with this walker?"
Authorities in New York said they would not arrest people who chose to stay, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned on Friday: "If you don't follow this, people may die."
In all, evacuation orders covered about 2.3 million people, including 1 million in New Jersey, 315,000 in Maryland, 300,000 in North Carolina, 200,000 in Virginia and 100,000 in Delaware. Authorities and experts said it was probably the most people ever threatened by a single storm in the United States.
Forecasters said the core of Irene would roll up the mid-Atlantic coast Saturday night and over southern New England on Sunday.
North of the Outer Banks, the storm pounded the Hampton Roads region of southeast Virginia, a jagged network of inlets and rivers that floods easily. Emergency officials there were less worried about the wind and more about storm surge, the high waves that accompany a hurricane. Gas stations there were low on fuel, and grocery stores scrambled to keep water and bread on the shelves.
In Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell ordered an evacuation of coastal areas on the peninsula that the state shares with Maryland and Virginia. In Atlantic City, N.J., all 11 casinos announced they would shut down for only the third time since gambling became legal there 33 years ago.
In Baltimore's Fells Point, one of the city's oldest waterfront neighborhoods, people filled sandbags and placed them at building entrances. A few miles away at the Port of Baltimore, vehicles and cranes continued to unload huge cargo ships that were rushing to offload and get away from the storm.
A steady rain fell on the boardwalk at Ocean City, Md., where a small amusement park was shut down and darkened — including a ride called the Hurricane. Businesses were boarded up, many painted with messages like "Irene don't be mean!"
Charlie Koetzle, 55, who has lived in Ocean City for a decade, came to the boardwalk in swim trunks and flip-flops to look at the sea. While his neighbors and most everyone else had evacuated, Koetzle said he told authorities he wasn't leaving. To ride out the storm, he had stocked up with soda, roast beef, peanut butter, tuna, nine packs of cigarettes and a detective novel.
Of the storm, he said: "I always wanted to see one."
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Jennifer Peltz reported from New York. Associated Press writers contributing to this report were Tim Reynolds and Christine Armario in Miami; Bruce Shipkowski in Surf City, N.J.; Geoff Mulvihill in Trenton, N.J.; Wayne Parry in Atlantic City, N.J.; Eric Tucker in Washington; Martha Waggoner in Raleigh, N.C.; Mitch Weiss in Nags Head, N.C.; Alex Dominguez in Baltimore; Brock Vergakis in Virginia Beach, Va.; Jonathan Fahey in New York; and Seth Borenstein in Washington.

Friday, August 26, 2011

BBC History of World War II: Hiroshima ...Documentary...


LPP First Draft...


Obama Dithers, Castro Represses

Friday, August 26, 2011
Excerpt from Jennifer Rubin's "Cuban women fight for freedom" in The Washington Post:

[H]ow does the current administration behave in an era of such bravery by the Cuban people, who do not cower in the sight of the boot of the communist regime? Oh, not a peep from the White House since American Jew Alan Gross’s appeal was denied. And, no, we haven’t tightened up on those travel rules yet. We have, in short, lost our way, even though the Cubans have not.

How has the Castro dictatorship treated our acquiescence? “Cuba’s communist government has tightened controls on dissidents in recent months, amid speculation that it is concerned about possible eruptions of street unrest as it puts in place some tough economic reforms, or a possible spread of the protests in the Middle East.” President Obama dithers; the Castro regime represses.

Case in Point

"I think the law should be the same for everyone. I'm a political exile because I was persecuted in Venezuela. I cannot return; it should be the same for Cubans."

-- Cecilia Matos of Weston, FL, on Congressional efforts to amend the Cuban Adjustment Act, El Sentinel (Spanish version of the Sun-Sentinel newspaper), 8/25/11

Pitbull Talks Cuba (and Represents)

The U.K.'s Guardian newspaper talks with young, Cuban-American, hip-hop icon Pitbull:

Pitbull's political side might come as a surprise – unless you'd paid attention to his album titles. El Mariel, from 2006, and The Boatlift, from 2007, refer to the mass emigration of Cubans to Florida in 1980 – an exodus Pitbull's father helped organise. His grandmother fought for Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolutionary war, but sent her daughters – his mother and aunt – to the US during Operation Peter Pan in the 1960s, when "it became clear he wasn't the best for the country", Pitbull says. Though he raves about playing all over the world, there is one country he refuses to set foot in: "I won't perform in Cuba until there's no more Castro and there's a free Cuba. To me, Cuba's the biggest prison in the world, and I would be very hypocritical were I to perform there. The people in Cuba, they know what I stand for, and there's a lot of people in Cuba that stand for the same. But they can't say it." He makes sure to call out any acquaintances he sees wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt. "It's like wearing an Adolf Hitler T-shirt and not knowing," he sniffs disapprovingly. "You're gonna offend a lot of people."

House of Representatives


House Rep Slams U.N. After Cuba Succeeds N. Korea at Helm of Nuclear Panel

Published August 26, 2011
| FoxNews.com
A top House lawmaker ridiculed the United Nations after Cuba assumed the rotating presidency of a nuclear arms control panel, replacing North Korea at the helm of the group. 
Cuba succeeded North Korea on the 65-member U.N. Disarmament Conference in Geneva. 
"It's hard to fathom a more ludicrous image than Kim Jong Il passing the chair of the Conference on Disarmament to the Castro brothers, but that's what passes for change at the U.N.," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 
U.N. watchdogs were outraged when North Korea took the helm earlier this year despite its breaches of arms embargoes and threats to expand its own nuclear program. 
Ros-Lehtinen expressed concern that Cuba would "exploit" its new position to "distract from the increasing threat of proliferation posed by its allies Iran, North Korea and Syria." She called for new "membership and leadership standards" for U.N. organizations. 
"There is simply too much at stake to allow the likes of North Korea and Cuba to be at the helm of arms control bodies, or to allow human rights abusers to serve on the Human Rights Council, as Cuba, China, and Russia do, and as Libya did until recently," she said in a statement. The lawmaker is pushing a bill in Congress to condition U.S. funding for the United Nations on reforms.

Puerto Rico-Cuba flights resume after decades

HAVANA (AP) — Flights between Cuba and Puerto Rico have resumed nearly 50 years after service between the islands was severed due to bad blood between Washington and Havana.
A Cuban travel official says the American Eagle charter flight from San Juan is arriving in the eastern city of Santiago on Friday.
Elizza Cabezas says the passengers are mostly Puerto Rico residents of Cuban origin visiting relatives back home.
The U.S. embargo has prohibited most American citizens from traveling to Cuba since the 1960s.
President Barack Obama has relaxed some restrictions. Cuban-Americans can now make unlimited family visits.
The U.S. has also authorized more airports to handle Cuba flights. Previously they all went through Miami, New York or Los Angeles.

Repression of the Ladies in White also in Havana. Berta Soler arbitrary imprisonment claim ...



The Damas de Blanco,   dissident movement that advocates the release of prisoners politicians, denounced Sunday the arrest of two of its members in Havana and the harassment of another group in the eastern province Santiago de Cuba.
Berta Soler, a spokeswoman for the female group, said that Sunday morning two of his followers "the police out of their homes, took them in custody and we have not known anything else. "
Soler said that 26 women on a walk to the exit Mass at Havana's Santa Rita church, where they go every Sunday since 2003.
In addition alleged that, in the town of Palma Soriano, near the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, the police prevented at least  17 women came to the Cathedral to attend this Sunday mass.
On this incident, the former political prisoner of the Group of 75 Joseph Daniel Ferrer said by telephone from Santiago de Cuba, a total of 17 women "were forcibly prevented from reaching the church."
Ferrer noted that 11 of them were battered in the town of Palma Soriano, leaving the house and forced Garcés Aymé "Violently" to board a bus that kept held a couple of hours, while five others were taken to a  police station and later released.
Last Thursday, the Ladies in White-2005 Sakharov Prize to Freedom of Thought, European Parliament, claimed that they were subject of an "act of repudiation" to "physical violence" when prepared to make a march in Havana.
http://www.cubalibredigital.com/Última Updated on Monday, August 22, 2011 14:32