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Is Danny Glover Selectively Color-Blind?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Last week, actor Danny Glover was back in Havana to visit his old friends, Cuban dictators Fidel and Raul Castro, and to attend the opening session of an official workshop entitled "Cuba and the Afro-Descendant Peoples of the Americas."

Take a close look at the following picture from the event.

What's glaringly missing?

Obviously, any Afro-Cubans.

The only person of Afro-descendancy in the picture is Danny Glover.

Rather than hanging out with Cuba's elitist dictators, who don't allow Afro-Cubans in positions of power (despite their being a majority of the population), Glover should have instead visited with the island's courageous pro-democracy leaders.

They are mostly Afro-Cuban.

Former political prisoners like Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Guillermo Farinas, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" (pictured below) and Angel Moya.

Or women like Yaimara Reyes Mesa, Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera and Donaida Perez Paseiro -- who conduct marches and sit-ins for the rights and freedoms of all Cubans.

Unless, of course, Glover is selectively color-blind.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report (pdf) this month on military coups in Latin America entitled: Constitutional Coups? Military Interventions in Latin America, authored by Howard Wiarda and Hilary Collins, both from CSIS’ Americas Program.
Wiarda is also professor of International Relations at the University of Georgia and has an ample body of scholarly works on Latin American government and politics.
Both authors observe: “But, military coups remain a regular and recurrent feature of Latin American politics, and nonelectoral paths may still be pursued there, especially in crisis circumstances, Furthermore, some of these extra-electoral means may enjoy both legitimacy and constitutional mandate. In this report, the authors test these propositions as they apply to various countries in Latin America.”
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June 20, 2011

Cuban activist Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera starts hunger strike to demand medical care

Cuban human rights activist Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera today started a hunger strike to demand needed medical care and the right of all Cubans to travel freely on the island.
"Like Boitel and Zapata, I have only two choices: surrender or resist. And I chose to resist, " Pérez said,  referring to political prisoners Pedro Luis Boitel and Orlando Zapata Tamayo who died after lengthy hunger strikes.
Pérez started her protest at 4 p.m., which was when she had been scheduled to be examined by a medical specialist in Havana, according to updates posted on Twitter by her husband Jorge Luis Garcia "Antunez". Pérez has been suffering  concussion-like symptoms since earlier this month when she was beaten by police while being arrested.
But instead of going to the doctor, Pérez and Antunez were arrested in Havana and expelled to their hometown of Placetas, in Santa Clara province, where the couple was being held under house arrest.
"I am seeking solidarity and coverage of my wife's situation," Antunez said. "She has been beaten and denied medical care."
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Iran, Cuba force out the most journalists: survey

Iran, Cuba force out the most journalists: survey AFP/File – A general view of Tehran in 2008. Iran and Cuba together have forced more journalists into exile over …
NEW YORK (AFP) – Iran and Cuba together have forced more journalists into exile over the past year than all other countries combined, a survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.
"Nearly 70 journalists were forced into exile over the past 12 months, with more than half coming from Iran and Cuba, two of the world's most repressive nations," the report said.
"Iran, which has waged a massive, two-year-long crackdown on the independent press, and Cuba, which freed journalists from prison only to force them to leave their homeland, each sent 18 journalists into exile," it said.
The survey said most -- 82 percent -- left their country for fear they would be imprisoned, while smaller numbers fled after being physically assaulted or harassed.
Since the committee began keeping detailed records in 2001, 649 journalists facing violence, imprisonment and harassment have gone into exile around the world.
The Middle East and North Africa saw 22 journalists flee their countries last year; in Africa, 19 were exiled; and Asia saw six forced to leave their countries.
The biggest totals by country after Iran and Cuba were Eritrea (6), Ethiopia (5), Somalia (3), Democratic Republic of Congo (3) and Pakistan (3).
"Five countries -- Ethiopia, Iran, Somalia, Iraq and Zimbabwe -- account for nearly half the total number of journalists driven out of their countries over the past decade," the report said.
The committee said it counts only those cases it has documented, and noted that other groups cite higher numbers of journalists in exile.

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Ike Seamans Report: Cuba's Biological Weapon Industry
MIAMI, October 10 - The sudden, sharp focus on the potential for bioterrorism to be directed at the U.S. must now include a wary eye cast toward Cuba.

That's the conclusion from a wide range of experts who say Cuba's broken economy is forcing it to sell biotechnology.
Cuba has just sold many of its biotechnology secrets to Iran, secrets that can be used to build biochemical weapons. Both countries are on the State Department's list of terrorist nations capable of doing that.
While experts say Cuba poses no immediate threat to the United States, there is concern about Iran and this new, potentially dangerous relationship forged by Fidel Castro.
With help from the Soviet Union's massive secret biological weapons program, Castro was able to build one of the world's most sophisticated biotechnology industries which can also be used to build weapons of mass destruction.
In his book, Biohazard, former Soviet scientist Ken Alibeck says he helped to train Cubans in this technology. It is something he now regrets.
Dr. Ken Alibek: "This work would be used for developing biological weapons or biological agents. As a result of this, we helped Castro develop biological weapons. It was such a stupid decision to just do this."
Gen. Charles Wilhelm, a former Southcom Commander says: "The indications we have is that they have the capability to produce those type of substances."
In 1995, the U.S. Senate released a report saying Cuba was one of just 17 countries believed to have biological weapons. Last year, in this classified report, Secretary of Defense William Cohen warned of "Cuba's potential to develop and produce biological agents" that can kill.
In the Angolan Civil War, Cuban soldiers used a deadly biological weapon it developed called "yellow rain" to kill rebels opposed to the Marxist government.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, who investigates terrorist threats, said in a 1996 report, "Cuba has been a supply source [to terrorist groups] for toxin and chemical weapons."
Now Castro has sold this technology to Iran. Back in May, he said that together they can "bring the United States to its knees."
A report by the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban studies warns: "...Cuba's closeness with...militant terrorist groups in the Middle East is troublesome."
The study was written by Diego Amuchastegui, who was involved with Cuba's Middle East policy before he defected.
Amuchastegui says: "He wants to expand his relations in the Middle East."
Castro has consistently condemned the September 11th suicide attacks. However, he is also condemning the U.S. military action in Afghanistan, calling it a cure worse than the disease.
11.06.20 | World

Most exiled journalists are from Cuba and Iran

 An investigation of the prestigious Committee to Protect Journalists released today warns that Cuba and Iran are the two countries from which most journalists forced into exile in the last year

Mayoría de periodistas exiliados son de Cuba e Irán

Credit photo: AP - Reuters

"About 70 journalists were forced into exile in the last 12 months, more than half from Iran and Cuba, two of the world's most repressive countries, "says the report of the  to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released on Monday New York.
"Iran, which has launched a massive assault on the independent press in the last two years, and Cuba, which freed journalists from prison to force them to leave the countryHave each sent 18 journalists into exile, "says the text.
Unlike Cuba, the rest of Latin America presents a very good,  as it only records a case in Mexico, according to this report released in commemoration of World Refugee Day.
"The prison, or the threat of jail," was the main reason for journalists to leave their countries of origin during the period examined by the CPJ, which runs from June 2010 to May 31 this year.
The figure of 67 journalists forced into exile during this period is the record low of 85 cases documented by CPJ in 2010.
At least 649 journalists who face violence, imprisonment and harassment were forced into exile across the world from 2001,  when CPJ launched its assistance to journalists and began to  perform a detailed documentation of these cases, the report