Monday, April 18, 2011

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Inside Story - Who is winning the Libyan conflict?

In recent days, rebel groups have been hit hard by pro-Gaddafi forces. The situation on the ground remains uncertain, but latest reports suggest those loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libya leader, have recaptured Azzawiya - 30 km to the west of Tripoli.

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Cuba: Jailed US contractor appeals 15-year sentence

Cuba: Jailed US contractor appeals 15-year sentence  
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HAVANA (AFP) – A US contractor jailed in Cuba for distributing laptop computers has filed an appeal of his 15-year prison sentence, the head of the court said on Saturday.
Alan Gross, 61, was convicted last month of "acts against the independence or territorial integrity" of Cuba, in a case that strained already delicate relations between the United States and Cuba's communist government.
"An appeal has been presented. It has been placed at the disposal of judges who are dealing with the matter," said Ruben Remigo Ferro, chief justice of Cuba's Supreme Court.
Gross was arrested in December 2009 for allegedly delivering laptops and communications equipment to Cuba's small Jewish community, though the community's leaders have denied that.
The US State Department has called for the release of Gross, arguing that his prison sentence was an "injustice."
There's no deadline for the court to rule on an appeal.

Cuba to consider term limits for leaders: Castro

A man walks by a freshly painted mural in Havana Reuters – A man walks past a freshly painted mural, a day before a military parade to mark the 1961 U.S.-backed …
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will consider placing term limits on its leaders to assure new blood in the goverment, President Raul Castro said on Saturday in a speech kicking off a Communist Party congress on the island he and his brother led for more than five decades.
He said the government does not have "a reserve of well-trained replacements with sufficient experience and maturity" to replace the current leaders, most of whom are in their 70s and 80s.
"We have reached the conclusion that it is advisable to recommend limiting the time of service in high political and state positions to a maximum of two five-year terms," he told 1,000 delegates at the congress, where economic reform is the main agenda item.
Castro, 79, said he would not be excluded from the limits, which will be discussed not at this congress, but a party conference next January.
Cuba's geriatric leadership has been a topic of concern for a government intent on assuring the survival of Cuban socialism and new faces could be elected to high party positions during the congress.
Long-tenured officials have been a trademark of Cuba since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.
Fidel Castro, who is 84 and did not attend the congress, ruled for 49 years and younger brother Raul Castro was defense minister for the same amount of time before taking over the presidency in 2008.
In the line of succession, first vice president Juan Machado Ventura is 80 and second vice president Ramiro Valdes is 77.
"It's really embarrassing that we have not solved this problem in more than half a century," Castro said.
"Although we kept trying to promote young people to senior positions, life proved that we did not always make the best choice," he said.
Raul Castro was expected to be elected the party's First Secretary, a post he has filled unofficially since Fidel Castro fell ill in 2006. Fidel Castro only recently disclosed that he had left the post.
Closely watched for any signs of new blood will be the selections for Second Secretary, the post Raul Castro has held, and for the Central Committee and Political Bureau.
Due to the "laws of life," this is likely the last party congress for Cuba's aging leaders, President Castro has said.
He told the congress, the party's first in 14 years, it would consider 311 proposed reforms during the four-day meeting, all aimed at remaking Cuba's creaking, Soviet-style economy.
The changes will reduce the size of the state and expand the private sector, while maintaining central planning.
Many of the changes are already in place, including a program to slash more than a million jobs from state payrolls, cut subsidies and allow more self-employment.
He said more than 200,000 Cubans had taken out licenses for work for themselves since October.
Castro said more than 8 million Cubans had attended pre-congress meetings to give input on the reform guidelines, with a proposal to end Cuba's universal monthly food ration getting the most comment.
Many Cubans fear the social and political consequences of ending the ration, or "libreta," but Castro made it clear that eventually it will go only to those in need.
The ration has become "an unsupportable burden for the economy and a destimulus of work," he said.
Before the congress convened, Cuba staged a military parade to mark the 50th anniversaries of the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion and the declaration of Cuban socialism.
On April 16, 1961, fearing U.S. invasion was imminent, Fidel Castro finally told Cubans what the 1959 revolution he led from the Sierra Maestra mountains was all about.
"What the imperialists can't forgive us ... is that we have made a socialist revolution right under the nose of the United States," he proclaimed in speech paying tribute to victims of pre-invasion bombing raids the previous day.
On April 17, a force of CIA-trained Cuban exiles, backed by U.S. ships and planes, came ashore at the Bay of Pigs 100 miles southeast of Havana in a bloody attempt to spark a counter-revolution.
Castro rallied tens of thousands of troops and citizens to the battle and two days later declared victory as the attackers fled or were killed or captured in the botched invasion.
The triumph by tiny Cuba versus the superpower 90 miles away won Castro favor at home and abroad and is portrayed by Cuban leaders as one of their greatest accomplishments.
U.S.: Cuba mandate limit is positive, but does not guarantee democracy
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4/18/2011 3:06:44 PM
The possibility of limiting the mandate of the charges of power Cuba would be an "important step" in the right direction, but not ensures that the Cubans will be able to democratically decide their future, a spokesman said Monday the U.S. State Department."The   term limits is potentially an important step in the right direction. We are encouraged by that possibility, "spokesman for Latin America, Charles Luoma-Overstreet, in an email to   AFP.
"This step, however, does not by itself ensure that   Cubans to democratically determine their economic future and political, "said Luoma-Overstreet.
During the sessions of the VI Communist Party Congress in Cuba over the weekend, President Raul Castro proposed to limit to two consecutive terms of five years   mandate of the charges of power.
Raul received in 2006 over from his brother Fidel Castro, after 48 years in office, suffering from health problems.
The   Congress, which must vote on economic reforms and on the dome Party (legal only), "is a domestic political event Cuba, "said Luoma-Overstreet.
Washington hopes "the day the people of Cuba can shape their democratic economic and political future," he added.
United States and Cuba have no formal relations for half a century.
The   Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House Representatives, Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida), said Monday that the changes outlined by Castro are only "a joke designed to manipulate the rest of the world. "
Is a "Total lie" that a term limits would change the reality that   in Cuba there is only one party has absolute control, "said Cuban lawmaker. "The Cuban people will remain oppressed"  added.

Cuba and Iran without Internet freedom

Freedom House also argues that there are increasing obstacles that pose a common threat to Internet freedom.

The 2011 report on Internet freedom drawn up by Freedom House,  Cuba maintains that Iran is no freedom on the Internet while states to Mexico and Venezuela as countries that are partial freedom Internet.
Regarding Venezuela, the Freedom House report says that although   restrictions on media such as radio and television have increased in recent years, the Internet has remained relatively free, and blogs, Facebook and Twitter have become important spaces for the free dissemination of information.
The report notes that Venezuelan opposition groups have used these platforms to mobilize supporters and the authorities have responded with attempts to restrict content on the Internet.
In its 2011 report, Freedom House also argues that there are increasing obstacles that pose a common threat to Internet freedom  in many of the countries examined.
The report adds that some governments and their supporters are increasingly using cyber attacks to disrupt online networks  activists, listen to their communications and disable their web sites.
The attacks were reported by at least 12 countries covered in the study. Freedom House, an NGO based in  Washington.

Washington, outstanding accounts in the Bay of Pigs

The invaders killed in Bay of Pigs have been buried in the U.S.

PETER SCHWARZE - Madrid - 18/04/2011 
On April 19, 1961 two planes were American B-26 shot down in Cuba, in a battle that could be considered as the beginning of the end of the battle in the Bay of Pigs or the Bay of Pigs. One of these bombers dropped by the action of a Sea Fury and two Cuban T-33  and the other by fire from antiaircraft batteries deployed in the Australia sugar mill, where Fidel Castro had installed their command. The B-26 were part of the Brigade 2506, organized by the Mainly composed of CIA and Cuban exiles to enter Cuba and try to win as fast a beachhead them allowed to apply for U.S. intervention. But the attempt of 1961 ended in failure. After three days of fighting the invaders did not achieve their immediate objective (the beachhead), the  support pledged by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) did not never by the reluctance of President John F. Kennedy, and most  the brigade was captured.

The two B-26 was piloted, among others, four Americans,  Members of the Alabama National Guard and had been recruited by the CIA in view of her experience of those devices. It was Thomas Willard Ray, Leo Francis Baker, Riley W. Shamburger, Wade C. Gray. All four were from the city of Birmingham and part of the hundred members of Brigade 2506 who died Following the attempted landing in Cuba.
At 50 years of that battle, the brigade who died in that operation are not U.S. cemeteries. Some because they fell into the sea and their bodies never were recovered. The others remain in Cuba to never have been claimed by the authorities in Washington or failure to open a negotiation about the regime in Havana. The  U.S. government has never sought ways to repatriate bodies of those sent to fight, unlike what he has done by combatants dead or missing in the Vietnam War.
For  In contrast, the Kennedy administration negotiated with the authorities themselves Cuba after the events of Playa Girón delivery of nearly 1,200 men  captured during the failed invasion. About 60 were sent to United States be injured or ill and 1,113 were redeemed change of $ 53 million in food and medicine, in late 1962. Even former prisoners were greeted by JFK himself in a  event at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.
But for the dead nothing was done or almost nothing. Even his family received a special pension for the death of their husbands, fathers or children, as recognized by the president and historian of the Brigade 2506 Esteban Bovo. And on the subject of negotiations have sought to repatriate the dead, replied: "Nothing can negotiate with that man" in reference to Fidel Castro and in open disagreement with the agreements that did reach the Cuban leader with the Kennedy Administration.
This  veteran explains that in the 104 brigade killed as a result of the events of 1961 (including those who died in training in Guatemala in the journey to Cuba and who died in a boat that spent 15 days adrift after fleeing after  battle), and apart from those whose bodies were not recovered, many were buried in the same place where they fell, others were buried in the cemetery of Jaguey Grande, near the central Australia sugar, and not a few were placed in mass graves Colon Cemetery in Havana.
Among the latter group are five brigades that, after being caught for having infiltrated into Cuba in the weeks before the Bay of Pigs landing, were shot on the same April 19, 1961, and five other invaders who were executed on September 5 that same year by order of a Cuban court. Also in the Havana cemetery are nine  brigade who suffocated when they were transferred to Cuban capital closed trucks.
However, cases better reflects the destiny of the dead from the 2506 Brigade are precisely those of the four Americans killed five Alabama decades ago. One of the B-26, where they were W. Riley Shamburger, Wade C.  Gray, crashed into the sea, so that their bodies were never found. But another bomber fell to the ground. Thomas Willard Ray Leo Francis Baker would have survived the demolition, but were killed by militants, apparently having resisted capture. Anyway, their families had to make a long struggle to recover their bodies and know the circumstances that had died, something that nobody told them for years.
So, it took nearly two decades for the widow and two children, Thomas Pete Ray could bury the corpse of his father. Only in 1972 the CIA Ray acknowledged that belonged to his staff. Some time later the family learned that the airman's body was in a freezer in the Legal Medicine Institute of Havana. That was when the daughter  Ray, Janet Ray Weininger, claimed the body on the Cuban authorities, after which he was returned to Alabama in December 1979.
Catherine  Baker has had less luck. After decades of asking questions and of knocking on doors, the wife of Leo Francis Baker came to get some answers in 1982. Only this year the State Department that her husband had died in the Bay of Pigs and his body  was buried. After years of requests for the widow, the device U.S. diplomat had acted and had asked the Cuban authorities information about the case of Baker. The answer is not  coming: the description of a member of the National Guard Alabama certainly coincided with a body identified 425-E numbers and buried in the block 5, second class, row 10, 18 tomb of Christopher Columbus Cemetery, Havana. However, there would be no funeral in Birmingham. It was not possible to exhume as the body was dumped at some point to a common grave, it would be remains very difficult to distinguish from those of other fighters.
50º aniversario de la invasión de Bahía de Cochinos
A man visits the Bay of Pigs Museum, dedicated to fighting in the Bay of Pigs, in the province of Matanzas, Cuba.- ADALBERTO ROQUE (AFP)