Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Cuban dissident in critical condition

     Human Rights / It is necessary to prevent another crime!
Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina The opposition leader Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy, was 18 days hunger strike in a hospital, demanding their immediate release family reported.

By Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez

Havana, March 4 / CihPress / Nestor, 46 years old stars in a hunger strike since 15 February. He was arrested  December 9, 2010 at his home by police, and agents  State Security, which "acted with violence." Remained held at the Guantánamo provincial prison since his arrest. But  Wednesday was transferred to the Teaching Hospital Agostino Neto worse health status.
The decision was planted after being accused of "four he did not commit crimes, "said Alfredo Rodriguez Lobaina, his brother .
Gálvez Daneisis Ferreira, his wife, said he asked him "but the military authorities refused."
"Four days ago no urine and He lost 22 pounds in weight body, "the Thursday night by phone from Guantánamo, Rolando Rodriguez, his brother, Secretary General  Eastern Democratic Alliance.
"I could see it and refuses to eat. Is demanding justice before the accusations against him and I think not return to prison. "
The dissident physician Darsis Ferrer Ramírez, said that "not urinate for four days has shown that acute renal failure, or That is, you already have kidney complications. Compromising his life "
Among the charges attributed presents "Attack, Disorder Public Injury material d year of ownership of the Ministry of Interior, "said Alfredo, and claims that when he was arrested could not committing these crimes. "He was handcuffed inside the house after pepper rosearan it in front of their daughters, and put in a patrol car by force. This is really work  Security of opposition activism. "
Daneisis, with his daughter's arms (five months old), and Alfredo  in the capital are now distributing copies of a letter various diplomatic missions, communicating the situation remains  Nestor.
The letter, entitled letter pleads, explains "the reasons that taken to jail his political leanings were initiated from 1991. "
Daneisis revealed that in this period has been detained, "the director from prison Yoelvis Cajigal Captain Castillo supply cut off water for 8 days (Nestor) while in cell isolation. "
Different sectors of civil society blame the Castro regime opponent of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died on 23 February 2010, after a strike of 85 days in the "who withdrew  water for 18 to make them quit. "
"Apparently the authorities want to do with Nestor, as they did with Zapata."
Alfredo said "in more civilian activities have identified important Nestor found the draft University Autonomy and the Cuban Youth Consultation Forum National Economy on Democracy and pursuing an open debate on the problem on the island. "
Amnesty International has already issued a statement asking the Castro regime to release Nestor, who was arrested in home, without presenting any indictment.
A copy of the letter was delivered to the secretary of Cardinal Jaime Ortega to convey to the Vatican. Other diplomats delivered  Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Czech Republic Section Interests of the United States in Cuba.
The arrest of Nestor took place on the eve of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Throughout the period of their struggle has been in several prisons occasions. Amnesty International has three times recognized as a prisoner of conscience.
Alfredo explains, "Nestor in his career has suffered numerous beatings at the hands of soldiers targeted by the political police. "
The final closing of the letter reads "Could you (Ambassadors) on behalf of the family, which handles this case the American president to intercede with the Cuban government to that the situation is resolved Néstor Rodríguez Lobaina with correctness of the facts that should only be at liberty outcome immediately. "
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Hillary and Michelle Obama on Yoani

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
From today's 2011 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department.

First Lady Michelle Obama:It wasn't long before Yoani Sanchez's blog had caught fire on the Internet and was being downloaded onto computer flash drives and passed from person to person. When it was censored by the state, she continued her blog through what she calls a "citizen network" -- a network of people outside of Cuba who helped publish her posts. Her writing is now translated into 15 languages. Fifteen.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:Yoani Sanchez of Cuba. She is the young blogger that Mrs. Obama referenced. She has used technology to promote positive change. She has created an interactive space for the exchange of ideas and free expression. She has given voice to the concerns and aspirations of her fellow citizens. And, as governments are learning around the world, you cannot stop the internet. And so her words, despite her government's best efforts, are being translated into other languages, are being picked up and spread around because freedom knows no boundaries. And she deserves our thanks for demonstrating that again and again.

Shoot Down (2007)...

On February 24, 1996 the unthinkable occurred: the Cuban government shot down two American planes flying in international airspace in search of Cubans fleeing their country on dilapidated rafts. This event led to the death of four American citizens, reopening old wounds between the United States and Cuba, and exposing a climate of political repression, treason and tragedy. The documentary recounts the deadly events of that day, using actual radar tracks and FBI radio intercepts.

March 06, 2011

The Group of 4, Cuba Political Prisoners of the Week, 3/6/11

The release of Cuban political prisoner Pedro Argüelles leaves in the Castro gulag four prisoners of conscience still in jail because of their refusal to accept forced exile as a condition of their release, as negotiated last summer by the Cuban Catholic Church, the government of Spain and the Castro dictatorship.
They are:
Another Canadian tourist unhappy with his Cuban "vacation"
March 8 - Tourists milked dry
By Aeneas Precht,
The StarPhoenix March 8, 2011
We have just returned from Cuba, which is the thing to do if you should ever find yourself there.
Cuban vacations are run like dairy farms. We tourist-cows are herded into room-stalls and vigorously milked of dollar-pesos until dry, then returned to pasture to "freshen" for next year ... although for us, there never will be a next year.
We were on an all inclusive holiday -sorry, I meant all-intrusive, for we never could get away from the music or the noise of renovation, maintenance and construction -even after moving three times.
And if the "farming" operation doesn't get to you, life among the herd will. Many young Canadians acted like the worst of Americans; the Quebec youth acted with the arrogance of privilege; the Russian young were quite simply mafioso.
Another thing. This business where we must bring clothing, pens and trinkets for the poor Cuban children: Enough already. I have been to countries far poorer than Cuba, but only in Cuba have I seen begging elevated to entitlement.
If you must eat to excess, drink to excess and don't mind noise to excess, then I suppose Cuba is OK. If you want quiet, interaction with the citizenry of a foreign country and culture, go elsewhere.

Aeneas Precht Radisson  StarPhoenix
Otto J. Reich : Qaddafi, Chávez, & Co.
March 8 - The Obama administration will suffer from a crisis of credibility until it stands up to the tyrants in our own hemisphere.
When Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez flew to Tripoli in 2004 to receive the Moammar Qaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, he joined a select club. Other recipients of the prize include Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega. This should not be surprising. It is no coincidence that the prize has been awarded to some of the most tyrannical and anti-American yet clownish despots in the Third World. They share those qualities, and a hatred of individual liberty, with Qaddafi. The relationship between Qaddafi and those “laureates” has been long and involved, going back in the case of Castro and Ortega to cooperation in terrorist wars in the 1970s and ’80s.
Although President Chávez was a latecomer, he lost no time in consummating the friendship and joining the club. In 2009, during an official state visit by Qaddafi to Venezuela, Chávez bestowed upon him the Order of Simón Bolívar, Venezuela’s highest honor, and famously said, “What Simón Bolívar is to Venezuela, Qaddafi is to Libya.” In reality, Bolívar was an admirer of George Washington’s and the architect of the independence of six existing nations of South America. Bolívar today would be called a democrat in the classical sense, certainly not a candidate for the Qaddafi Prize.
Chávez’s rationale for flattering Qaddafi was sincere: imitation. For Chávez, keen on following Qaddafi’s example, the relationship seemed natural. A powerful Qaddafi had thumbed his nose at the international community for four decades, sponsoring some of the world’s worst terrorists and even establishing the “Harvard for Tyrants,” a training center that has produced some of the world’s most radical revolutionaries.  National Review

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Chicago O'Hare Airport Begins Flights to Cuba

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have announced that an additional eight airports will be allowed to schedule charter flights to Cuba, which includes O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Before today, charter flights to and from the communist island country in the Caribbean were only available through Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. Aside from O'Hare Airport, Customs and Border Protection gave the OK to international airports in Dallas/Fort Worth, New Orleans, Tampa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, the unincorporated U.S. territory.
Although eleven airports will now host flights to Cuba, officials say that access to these flights will still be limited and that passengers must meet specific travel requirements. However, the new announcement will also allow more people to travel to Cuba for religious and educational purposes.
Back in January, the Obama administration promised to work on loosening travel restrictions for U.S. citizens and make it easier for those who met requirements to travel to Cuba. The U.S. Department of State lists all the current travel requirements and still emphasizes that those traveling should be aware that they could be closely monitored while in Cuba and that the U.S. does not have full diplomatic relations with Cuba.
For Chicago's Cuban population, the charter flights from O'Hare Airport will offer more opportunities for those wishing to visit families. Although the Cuban population in Chicago doesn't compare to that in Miami or Tampa, FL, the Windy City has around 14,000 Cuban-Americans, making up 0.5 percent of the population. Cubans arrived in Chicago after fleeing their home country after Fidel Castro's takeover in 1959. Many Cuban-Americans doubt ever being able to live in Cuba under its current political conditions, though many still have family and friends remaining in the country.
Adriana Perez, a third generation Cuban-American and college student, said, "I haven't been to Cuba but I've been hoping to as part of my college degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish. I've already traveled to Guatemala and Colombia, but of course the chance to visit Cuba and discover my background first hand would be an amazing chance. I think that opening up more airports to have flights will give people, especially students like me, to travel to Cuba for whatever reason."
For anyone interested in finding more information about travel to Cuba, visit the U.S. Department of State's website, which gives detailed information about travel requirements and other procedures.
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