Tuesday, May 24, 2011

LPP Update News...

Foreign Oil Companies Sanctioned

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A message to oil companies (and other energy sector firms) that transact business with state-sponsors of terrorism.

From the State Department:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to impose sanctions on seven companies under the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) of 1996, as amended by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA) of 2010, for their activities in support of Iran's energy sector.

- These companies are PCCI (Jersey/Iran), Royal Oyster Group (UAE), Speedy Ship (UAE/Iran), Tanker Pacific (Singapore), Ofer Brothers Group (Israel), Associated Shipbroking (Monaco), and Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) (Venezuela).
- These are the first sanctions imposed by the United States for refined-petroleum related activities under ISA since it was amended by CISADA. By imposing these sanctions, the Secretary sends a stern and clear message to companies around the world: those who continue to irresponsibly support Iran's energy sector and help facilitate Iran's efforts to evade U.S. sanctions will face serious consequences.

Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA): PDVSA, the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, has delivered at least two cargoes of reformate to Iran between December 2010 and March 2011, worth approximately $50 million. Reformate is a blending component that improves the quality of gasoline. The sanctions we have imposed on PDVSA prohibit the company from competing for U.S. government procurement contracts, from securing financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and from obtaining U.S. export licenses.

Another Dictator Stands Trial

A message to tyrants that violently repress peaceful dissent.

From Reuters:

Mubarak to be tried for murder of protesters
Hosni Mubarak was ordered on Tuesday to stand trial for the killing of protesters and could face the death penalty, scotching speculation the former leader would be spared public humiliation by Egypt's military rulers.

Mubarak, ousted on Feb. 11 after mass demonstrations demanding he end his 30 years in power, has been questioned for his role in a crackdown that led to the killing of more than 800 demonstrators and has been probed over corruption.

The public prosecutor said Mubarak, who is detained in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, would be tried on charges including "pre-meditated killing", which could be punished by the death penalty.

The Crooks Stealing From Thieves

In 1989, then-Defense (MINFAR) Minister Raul Castro led an operation to purge the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) and its lucrative commercial enterprises (e.g. CIMEX).
It resulted in the execution of three senior officials -- including Cuba's most famous officer, General Arnaldo Ochoa -- and the arrest of the Minister of the Interior (who died of a "heart attack" in prison), Jose Abrantes.

They were officially charged with serious acts of corruption, dishonest use of economic resources and abetting drug trafficking.

But in reality -- the operation was designed to centralize all of the island's armed and economic forces under Raul's MINFAR.
Despite this, the Financial Times's Marc Frank writes about Raul's latest "anti-corruption" crackdown:

The crackdown, launched two years ago, has already cost hundreds of senior Cuban Communist party officials, state managers and employees their jobs and sometimes their freedom, as Mr. Castro has struggled to shake-up the country's entrenched bureaucracy and move the country towards a less centralized and more market-driven economy.

Although such campaigns are not new, the intensity of the current drive is unprecedented, as are the number of high level targets and breadth of their illicit activities, Communist party and government insiders said this week.

"Move the country toward a less centralized economy"?



Meanwhile, The Miami Herald's Frances Robles says, this "show[s] how Raul Castro wasn't just paying lip service to cracking down on corruption."

So how do you fight corruption from within a corrupt regime?
Just like in the past -- against even more powerful and senior officials than today (note to Marc Frank) -- the recent purges are simply an attempt to weed-out disloyal regime officials, who are stealing from the Castro brother's totalitarian monopolies.
Thus, the purpose is to further centralize economic power amongst those most loyal to the Castro brothers -- to get rid of the crooks who are stealing from the thieves.

It's Castro's full circle of corruption.

Just Do It!

From The Augusta Chronicle's Editorial Board:

Communism 3.0
Cuban officials 'studying' how not to act like communists. Oh well, it's progress
Cuba has announced it is "studying" ways that Cuban residents can be allowed to travel outside the country as tourists.

Wow. That's a tall order. Let's hope they put the best minds in the Cuban government on this one.

We can imagine what that study committee's discussions might be like.

Chairman: "OK, folks, we've got to figure out ways Cubans can be allowed to travel outside the country for tourism and actually have them come back. And we don't have a lot of time to come up with an answer -- maybe only years, knowing the majestic efficiency of our great revolutionary government comrades!"
Member: "Well, rather than reinvent the wheel, maybe we should look at other countries. Is there any other country that actually allows its people to leave whenever they want, for any reason?"
Silent pause.
"Nahhhhh," the group says in unison.

Don't get us wrong. We appreciate that Raul Castro, Fidel's brother and now president, is loosening things up in Cuba. But the thing that best shines a light on how insane communism is, and how stupid communists are, is how they look when they start trying to weasel their way out of the disaster they, themselves, have created.

So, how do you let Cubans go abroad as tourists?
Well, if you're not worried about whether they return -- and you shouldn't be worried about it, unless you're running a prison rather than a country -- then you just do it !
Capitol Hill Cubans 

May 24, 2011

Report: Cuban prisoner dies after guards beat and throw him down the stairs

Lemay+de+la+Rosa+Zald%C3%ADvar+ex+pitcher+del+equipo+La+Habana+ Salvador Ferrer Rodríguez
The blood of another Cuban who dared to demand his rights is on the hands of the Castro dictatorship.
Earlier this month, police officers murdered Juan Wilfredo Soto García after they arrested him at a park in Santa Clara.
On Sunday evening, prison inmate Salvador Ferrer Rodríguez at a Havana hospital after guards beat and threw him down a staircase at the Quivicán prison, according to the CIHPRESS news agency.
Ferrer reportedly was suffering from tuberculosis. Several inmates told CIHPRESS that guards, who apparently believed Ferrer was faking his illness, attacked him after he complained of not receiving adequate medical care.
The beatings continued after he was moved to the hospital, according to the report, which quoted a prisoner, Alexander Suárez Torres, who had talked to a nurse at the hospital.
Ferrer eventually died about 5 p.m. Sunday.
The CIHPRESS report recounted a conversation Suárez had when he asked a guard about what had happened.
"He told me (Ferrer) was fine. I clarified, telling him that those who had beaten him at the prison and here at the hospital had killed him. He called me aside and told me, 'Coño, Alexander, don't tell anyone that. Don't tell the masses, it will get worse and the beatings will continue."
No comment, of course, from the dictatorship. But the regime's defenders have taken to Twitter to insist that Ferrer died from tuberculosis, and that again an "unscrupulous campaign" has been launched against Cuba.
It's a defense similar to the one the dictatorship used in the Soto case.
So again, the world has a choice to make:
You can believe the accounts provided by several prisoners who as Suárez's account reveals, are risking their own lives by speaking out.
"National and international public opinion must be made aware of the death of a prisoner named Salvador Ferrer Rodríguez ... who was hospitalized because of a beating that guards had given him in recent days," said political prisoner Norberto Muños Palomino, who is serving a nine-year sentence for "enemy propaganda."
Or you can believe mouthpieces for a regime that for more than 52 years has made a habit of killing Cubans, and then lying about it to cover up the crime.
Uncommon Sense

Raul Castro receives the Apostolic Nuncio in Cuba

Local television said the authority acknowledged the work of Angelo Becciu on the island.

by Ansa -  24/05/2011 - 22:17
The Cuban leader, Raul Castro, met today to Monsignor Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Apostolic Nuncio in the country, who spoke on relations between the Vatican and Cuba, Today announced the local television.

"Raul  Castro recognized the work of Monsignor Becciu as representative of the Vatican and its contribution to deepening  positive relations between Cuba and the Holy See ", Said the station's evening news.

The Nuncio ends its mission in Cuba.

According to the report, in the meeting "Also discussed other international issues."

The  relations between the Catholic Church and the Cuban authorities reached a climax in his improvement when the late Pope John Paul II visited the country in January 1998.

Castro's government and  Catholic Church in Cuba began a new phase in its relations in 2010, to act in a process that culminated  with the release of dozens of prisoners considered "Political."  

Raul Castro takes over from his Minister of Internal Trade

Cuba's President Raul Castro relieved on Tuesday the Minister in charge of sensitive and understocked internal trade, Jacinto Angulo, as part of a restructuring with which government seeks to boost its economic reforms, as said an official.
Angulo was replaced by economist Mary Blanca Ortega, first deputy minister of the portfolio, and "taking their experience and track record will be assigned other tasks, " according to the statement posted on the local television news.
Ortega  "Has gone through several positions from the base, both in the system  business and in bodies of getting this ministry satisfactory results, "said the text.
Cubans constantly complain of shortages of goods (food, clothing, household items) and the poor quality of network services internal trade, both in prices in Cuban pesos and in expensive stores in convertible pesos (equivalent to the dollar), so attending a huge black market.
Since his brother Fidel Castro ceded control of the island when he fell ill in July 2006, Raúl Castro made a number changes in government, with marked presence of military history and some new leaders leaders of business history or who have shown efficiency management positions.
In March, Raul Castro named Economy Minister Marino Murillo, 50 years as supervisor of  Opening economic reforms, approved last April by VI Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).
The measures include the phasing out of hundreds of thousands of state employment, expansion of private labor and cooperatives, openness to foreign investment, autonomy of state enterprises  tax and subsidy removal.
Women protesting in the Plaza of the Revolution: ""CUANDO UN PUEBLO EMIGRA EL PRESIDENTE SOBRA" PDF Imprimir E-mail
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Within hours of the morning of May 19, were arrested four women while protesting in the Plaza of the Revolution, in two separate incidents.
Rosario Morales, Ivon Fresneda Mayeza and Mercedes, the three members group of ladies to support the Ladies in White, were arrested around 10 am when, to commemorate the anniversary  the death of José Martí, raised a sheet that said: "When   a people emigrate, the president enough. "
HAVANA, Cuba, May 24 (Dania Virgin Garcia www.cubanet.org) -  He had just been arrested Jaquelin Boni, mother of inmate Rivero Yasser Boni, for displaying a banner reading: "My son told me what  are killing the Combinado del Este prison. "
Mercedes Frese was released the same day at 12:00 from morning, after his daughter is just given birth, go to 21 of the Security Department of State to seek the release of his mother. Ivon Mayeza and Rosario Morales was released in hours  morning of day 21.
Rosario Morales says that being in a cell unit The Lisa, a policeman pointed a gun and threatened to kill her.
For its part, Jaquelin Boni was released around 5 in the Later, after being interrogated and threatened by a security officer  State, who called Adonis.
The next day at the combine from the East to prevent him from Boni visit her son, suffering from malnutrition because "he had met with  Damas de Blanco and counter with a journalist. "
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29 diciembre 2010

Beware conspiracy theories


A new conspiracy theory has emerged. The great paradox of conspiracy theories is that they usually begin with real conspiracies. For example, in 1903 a ferociously anti-Semitic book appeared in Russia, describing an alleged plot by rabbis and prominent Jews to destroy the foundations of society and conquer the planet. *The Protocols of the Elders of Zion* was, in fact, a fabrication by the Russian political police intended to support the pogroms and the attacks on the anti-Czarist left, which included some Russian Jews.

There was a conspiracy, all right, but it was plotted not by the elders of Zion but by the Russian political police. The work was a plagiarism of a pamphlet written several decades earlier by the journalist Maurice Joly against Napoleon III, titled *Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu.* The political police took the text, adapted it to anti-Semitic purposes and put it in circulation, where it remains to this day, consumed by a good many people who believe that behind any event (the creation of Israel or the remarkable success of the Jews, for instance) looms a dark conspiracy.
Well, on a different scale, the same has happened again with relation to the arrest in London of Julian Assange. Suddenly, Assange’s detention (and later release on bail) stopped being a weird lawsuit over the use of condoms and became a diabolical operation of the CIA.
Who say so? Israel Shamir, a Russian Jew converted to Christianity, who agrees with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran in wishing for the disappearance of Israel; Alexander Cockburn, the editor of Counterpunch; Keith Olbermann; an Oslo professor named Michael Seltzer, and a similar stooge at New York University named Mark Crispin Miller. But those are only a few of the hundreds of people who parrot this theory in the unfathomable world of the Internet or on newsprint-and-ink newspapers.
How did this new conspiracy originate? It all started with *Granma*, the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba. In that newspaper, the grand organ of tyranny, one of its employees, French-Canadian Jean-Guy Allard, a refugee in Cuba for the past many years, published the original lie: Anna Ardin was “an anti-Castro Cuban” who lived in Sweden and wrote against the revolution on the website of another Cuban, Alexis Gaínza.
Everyone was at the service of the CIA because they had relations with a well-known agent of that organization — me. That was the proof that Assange was the victim of a dark plot by U.S. spies and their allies, the Cuban exiles. Anna Ardin had accused Assange of a sexual crime as part of her tasks as a Cuban spy for the CIA.
All that was false and delirious. It was the strategic utilization of a notorious event (Assange and the WikiLeaks) to attack the democrats who oppose the Cuban dictatorship. And it was the 32nd article Allard published as part of the systematic campaign to discredit me mounted by the political police on the island. He was the executioner, the henchman entrusted with the dirty job.
In truth, neither Anna Ardin was Cuban nor Alexis Gaínza receives aid from Washington to maintain his website (he’s aided by Swedish liberals), nor do I know Ardin, nor have I exchanged words with Assange, nor have I ever been an agent of the CIA or any other intelligence corps. First, because my vocation is not black ops and, second, because I couldn’t do that even if I wanted to. For the past many decades, U.S. law forbids the CIA to recruit journalists who work in the U.S. media and can influence Americans, as in my case.
Several lessons can be gleaned. The most important is that one cannot possibly take seriously any official information coming from a dictatorship, such as *Granma*. Second, before subscribing to conspiracy theories, one should carefully analyze the origin of those constructions, motivated by political hatreds or ideological visions. When journalists forget the latter, they end up betraying their public and making fools of themselves.
That’s what just happened.

(C)2010 Firmas Press

Cuban painter Pedro P. Oliva says political criticisms do not, "dissident"

05.23.2011 / 21:30 h
Oliva, National Arts Award in 2006, today released a statement on its website to describe the circumstances leading to his removal as delegate of the Assembly of Popular Power in the western province of Pinar del Rio, for having violated the code of ethics of the local governing body.
The statement notes that "ethics committee" that valued its case determined that he had come to "the ranks of dissent" within the Assembly and were handled as qualifiers against "dissident", "counterrevolutionary," "traitor to the Motherland "and" annexation. "
"I refuse to accept these charges by the mere fact of expressing my ideas," noted the artist of 62 years, noting that "the immobility of thought is the cancer of social processes."
"I do not pay the CIA, I hold the Cuban American National Foundation, or any other, nor the Polish and Czech embassies with whom I have the best cultural relations in a climate of respect," he said.
"I look like any human being who loves his country, a better society, but the search does not always coincide with the ideas of a game. Not idealize any society," he added.
Oliva explains that another delegate to the local governing body filed a complaint against him because "he did not possess the necessary conditions" and asked to evaluate their "separation" of office.
The prosecution took into account a letter from the painter that was published with his consent to the blog of the opposition Yoani Sanchez and his statements made to the program "The afternoon moves" of journalist in a television Edmundo Garcia of Miami, USA.
Oliva said his words at both sites "violated or contradicted the ideological constitution and code of ethics" of the Assembly, which he signed when he was elected as a delegate, and therefore agreed with who made the complaint.
According to his version, he was accused of publishing their ideas in the "land of dissidence" and to maintain friendly relations with "counterrevolutionary elements."
In this regard, he cautioned that no organ of the Cuban press had published his words and said that "to participate with ideas in other areas of debate does not in any way similar thoughts."
"I live in a country marked each day by people obsessed as anywhere. That is not the country that dreamed. I know the president of the nation is making efforts to organize our battered economy, daunting task, but even more it will try spiritually unifying the nation, "said Oliva.
The artist thanked the Cuban revolution, the opportunity to train as a creator, but said it "will not stay silent about what he considers wrong" and defended his right to "doubt."
He also mentioned that he had to take the "difficult decision to close" their artistic project "Casa Taller" in Pinar del Rio because the direction of the People felt that they had "deviated" from the initial cultural objectives.
In its statement, Oliva also makes clear that "no intention" of leaving Cuba, stressing that "loyalty to the homeland is not loyalty to a party."
Graduated from National School of Art in Havana, Oliva is considered one of the leading exponents of Cuban painting has received important awards for his artwork and has been dedicated to teaching.
His works are in the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts and other countries like Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany and the United States.