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Cuba angry about acquittal of militant Cuban ex-CIA operative 

April 15, 2011

A jury's acquittal last week of a militant Cuban who once worked as a CIA asset in the agency's struggle to topple former President Fidel Castro has infuriated Cuba and its allies. Luis Posada Carilles was cleared by a Texas jury of 11 perjury counts on April 8 after an 11-week trial. Posada was accused by federal prosecutors of lying to U.S. immigration officials about his role in a 1997 hotel bombing in Cuba that killed an Italian tourist.
Cuba says that Posada, 83, is a terrorist and that his acquittal underscores the hypocrisy of a U.S. system that lets politics overtake justice. The verdict also represents a double standard on terrorism, with the U.S. designating "good terrorists" and "bad terrorists," Cuba's ambassador to Mexico Manuel Aguilera told the daily La Jornada (link in Spanish).
Long a controversial presence throughout the Americas, Posada is also wanted by Venezuela for trial in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner en route from Caracas to Havana in which all 73 people aboard were killed. Posada was a CIA covert operative at the time.
Actually, the trial in Texas had provided rare common cause for the U.S. and Cuban governments, as Julia E. Sweig of the Council on Foreign Relations and Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archive noted in an op-ed piece in The Times.
"This is a groundbreaking case," they wrote as the trial began in January. "It is notable that the U.S. government, whose Central Intelligence Agency trained, paid and deployed Posada to conduct violent operations against Cuba in the 1960s, has finally decided to prosecute him. And the case is remarkable for the substantive cooperation it has produced between the Cuban and U.S. governments."
But now, in the start-and-stop process of improving U.S.-Cuba ties, that spirit of cooperation and goodwill has suffered a setback with the acquittal. Posada, for his part, made a triumphant return to the Cuban exile community in Miami, where he said he remained a committed soldier in his anti-communist crusade.
--Tracy Wilkinson in Mexico City
Photo: Portion of a U.S. Justice Department summary of the CIA' s relationship with Posada, presented in court. Credit: National Security Archive.

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Cuba: Report of the crackdown on the anniversary of the Black Spring

Cuba / In a state of permanent repression: Government moves  college students (foreign trainees included) to act  vigilante harassment.
  • Image: A group of student shouts slogans in front of the house of Laura Pollan. Coca Leydi Photo Quesada.
To commemorate, on 18 March, the eighth anniversary of the Black Spring of 2003, the Castro regime unleashed  a new wave of arrests against members of civil society.

Norvis Magaly Suárez Otero and Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez

Press Talk report on arrests in the eighth anniversary of the Black Spring:

Havana, March 22 / CihPress / About 25 Damas de Blanco (Movement created by mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends of political prisoners of conscience) were arrested while  directed at the organization's headquarters, located at 963 Neptune Street in  Havana, home of Laura Pollan Toledo, a spokesman for that group.
Among the ladies arrested and taken to police stations are:
  • Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo (in Havana)
  • Sandra Guerra Pérez (Melena del Sur, Mayabeque)
  • Tania Maldonado Santo (Havana)
  • Oquendo Juana Gomez (Havana)
  • Julia Estrella Aramburú Taboas (Havana)
  • Ana Rosa Ledea Rios (Havana)
  • Katia Sonia Martin Veliz (Freelance Journalist, Ciudad de La Habana)
  • Cabrales Aimé Aguilar (Havana)
  • Serafina Díaz Castillo (finite) (Havana)
  • Neola Camila Araujo Molina (Havana)
  • Yadira Rodriguez Bombino (Havana)
  • Fresneda Mercedes Castillo (Havana)
  • Garro Sonia Alfonso (Havana)
  • Maria Julia Villate (Havana)
  • Quintana Dulce María Díaz (Havana)
  • Rivero Niurkis Despain (Havana)
  • Sanabria Odalys Rodríguez (Havana)
  • Luques Niurka Alvarez (Havana)
  • Blanca Hernández Moya (Havana)
  • Correoso Ercilia Pozo (Las Tunas)
  • Tania de la Torre Montesinos (Manzanillo, Granma)
  • Queen Mary Ortiz Tamayo (Holguín)
  • Tania Montoya Vazquez (Santiago de Cuba)
  • Mari Blanca Avila Esposito (Holguín)
Some of these women spent more than 20 hours in dungeons under interrogation, threats and extortion by officials State Security.
In parallel were arrested:
  • Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique (former political prisoner of the Group of 75, who lives in Havana)
  • Jorge Olivera Castillo (Freelance Journalist, former political prisoner of the Group of 75, who lives in Havana)
  • Eduardo Díaz Fleitas (former political prisoner of the Group of 75, resident of Pinar del Rio)
  • Héctor Palacio Ruiz (former political prisoner of the Group of 75, resident of Havana)
  • Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez (Freelance Journalist, former political prisoner, who lives in Havana)
  • Risco Raúl Pérez (former political prisoner, a resident of Pinar del Rio)
  • Conrado Rodríguez Suárez (former political prisoner, a resident of Pinar del Rio)
  • Ernesto Mederos Arosarena (former political prisoner, who lives in Matanzas)
  • Vladimir Alejo Miranda (former political prisoner, who lives in Havana)
  • Benito Ortega Suárez (former political prisoner, who lives in Matanzas)
  • Yoangel Palacio Hernandez (Pinar del Rio)
  • Virgin Dania Garcia (Freelance Journalist, Ciudad de La Habana)
  • Lizette Zamora Carrandi (Freelance Journalist, Santa Clara)
  • Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel (Santa Clara)
  • Balhuerti Carlos Obregón (Santa Clara)
  • Hermogenes Inocencio Guerrero Gomez (Havana)
  • Manuel Guerra Pérez (Freelance Journalist, Ciudad de La Habana)
  • Hector Julio Cedeño Negrin (Freelance Journalist, Ciudad de La Habana)
  • Roberto Blanco Gil (Pinar del Rio)
  • Vladimir Calderón Frías (Havana)
  • July Regatillo Martin (Havana) and Ignacio Estrada  Cepero (Freelance Journalist, based in Santa Clara that Headquarters was in Let's Press).
Some of these activists were then taken to their home where he withdrew the identity card with the ban exit.
That day and the next, dozens of activists' homes kept under surveillance by police and political paramilitary brigades.

They were prevented from leaving their homes to stop them threats to the Ladies in White:
  • Lima Lidia Valdez (Havana)
  • Gisela Delgado Sablon (Havana)
  • Mayra Hernandez Morejon (Havana)
  • Norvis Magaly Suárez Otero (Freelance Journalist, Ciudad de La Habana)
  • Mildred Naomi Infante Sánchez (Holguin, who was at Headquarters Press Talk)
Las Damas de Blanco (33) that made it into the chicken house remained under the harassment and brutality of brigades paramilitaries, mostly students at the University of Havana (Header image), led by agents of State Security  the government, you had an act of repudiation of almost 10 hours governmental shouting slogans.
"We were harassed, beaten and prevented us from going out until after the 8:00 pm" Castañer described Lilia Hernandez, one of the Ladies.  

Next day:
On Saturday, March 19 continued the act of repudiation of that remained in the chicken house, about 20. This time young students  CUJAE university turned to shout the slogans speaker and make casino wheel (popular Cuban salsa dancing. N E).
An incident occurred at noon, hitting several of them. Bertha Soler Fernández, one of the battered explained in a conversation telephone Luques Niurka daughter tried to enter the house Laura Pollan and when he was near the door began to hit.
"Niurka noticed and came to find her daughter, and that is when beaten and pushed. I also kicked, pushed me and Niurka's sister in law also Luques "Said Soler.
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Havana - Las Damas de Blanco said Sunday who will go to embassies of several countries for support in the face of  release of more than 60 political prisoners, according to this group, even remain in prison, after Spain has announced the end of releases process started last year.
Laura Pollan, a spokeswoman for the female group calls for the release of all political prisoners, announced Sunday next May "let's see if other countries want to accept. "
The Foreign Ministry said Friday that Spain  releases agreed between the government of Cuban President Raul Castro, and the Catholic Church on the island resulted in the arrival in Madrid of 37 released along with 200 families.
In total, over the past nine months were released 115 prisoners, of which 103 went to Spain with 647 families and only 12 the so-called "Group of 75" refused exile and remained in Cuba after being released.
Pollan said they intend to go to the embassies in Havana countries such as France, Italy, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic including the European Union and some Latin American countries, such as  Chile and Costa Rica, to find which accommodate prisoners who accept  exile to get out of jail.
"We have a list of prisoners, maybe take one or accept two or none. We're going to continue asking the Church to EU, all countries that support us for the release of these prisoners, "he said.
The spokesman Damas de Blanco said that until now have 67 cases "documented" political prisoners on the island, although considered that figure is not "real" because in his opinion, while no change  laws "released some, but others are coming (to jail)."
However, he noted that they have always demanded the release of prisoners and that they can stay on the island, "so unless at home on probation or whatever. "
But he added that "if a country agrees to accept them, as well, although that has never been our objective, which is and will release the freedom of political prisoners, "he said.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:24

CUBA | Blames capitalism for the Bay of Pigs invasion...

Castro 'absolves' to Eisenhower

Varios anticastristas se preparan para la invasión. | APSeveral anti-Castro was preparing for the invasion. | AP

The historic Cuban leader Fidel Castro blamed this Friday  capitalism and former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Which is celebrating 50 years.
"How can a straight man is driven to a (...) as criminal and hypocritical attitude as that which led to government United States attack on the independence and justice For almost a century sought our people? "asked Castro in a special tabloid on the anniversary.
"It was the capitalist system, the preeminence of the privileges of the rich,  inside and outside the country, to the detriment of the most basic rights of peoples. Never worried about the mighty power hunger, ignorance, lack of employment, land, education, health and most basic rights for the poor of our nation, "he said.
The 16-page book released in Cuba, Castro published his memories of the landing of some 1,500 Cuban exiles trained and led by CIA Playa Giron, in south central of the island. The action, which sought overthrow Castro, was between 17 and 19 April and was frustrated by Cuban troops in less than 65 hours.
The invasion, referred to in Cuba as 'First defeat of imperialism in Latin America,  was conceived by the Eisenhower administration and executed by John F. Kennedy, when he was not yet his first hundred days in White House.
In his text entitled 'La Batalla de Girón ", Castro said Eisenhower "after rigorous analysis and exchange" decided to "Destroy the Cuban Revolution," and that "the fundamental instrument of  sinister plan was economic blockade of Cuba, To which the empire's political literature describes the term bland and almost pious 'embargo'. "
However, estimated "Eisenhower was not a born criminal"But looked like "an educated and well behaved according to the parameters of the society in which he lived. "He also said "It was not a brilliant military" and "erred consideration in North Africa and in the very Landing Normandy. "
The 50 years of fighting in the Bay of Pigs and proclaimed the socialist nature of the Cuban revolution has been the date chosen by the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) for held its sixth congress, Which begins on Saturday with a military parade and popular and will end Tuesday.
The conference is the first since 1997 and it will analyze the economic reforms promoted by the government of President Raúl Castro. The thousand delegates also elect a new top management of the PCC,  headed since its founding by Fidel and Raul Castro. It is expected that Fidel Castro leaves a definitive prime secretary, still nominally exercised.


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