Friday, August 26, 2011

BBC History of World War II: Hiroshima ...Documentary...

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Obama Dithers, Castro Represses

Friday, August 26, 2011
Excerpt from Jennifer Rubin's "Cuban women fight for freedom" in The Washington Post:

[H]ow does the current administration behave in an era of such bravery by the Cuban people, who do not cower in the sight of the boot of the communist regime? Oh, not a peep from the White House since American Jew Alan Gross’s appeal was denied. And, no, we haven’t tightened up on those travel rules yet. We have, in short, lost our way, even though the Cubans have not.

How has the Castro dictatorship treated our acquiescence? “Cuba’s communist government has tightened controls on dissidents in recent months, amid speculation that it is concerned about possible eruptions of street unrest as it puts in place some tough economic reforms, or a possible spread of the protests in the Middle East.” President Obama dithers; the Castro regime represses.

Case in Point

"I think the law should be the same for everyone. I'm a political exile because I was persecuted in Venezuela. I cannot return; it should be the same for Cubans."

-- Cecilia Matos of Weston, FL, on Congressional efforts to amend the Cuban Adjustment Act, El Sentinel (Spanish version of the Sun-Sentinel newspaper), 8/25/11

Pitbull Talks Cuba (and Represents)

The U.K.'s Guardian newspaper talks with young, Cuban-American, hip-hop icon Pitbull:

Pitbull's political side might come as a surprise – unless you'd paid attention to his album titles. El Mariel, from 2006, and The Boatlift, from 2007, refer to the mass emigration of Cubans to Florida in 1980 – an exodus Pitbull's father helped organise. His grandmother fought for Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolutionary war, but sent her daughters – his mother and aunt – to the US during Operation Peter Pan in the 1960s, when "it became clear he wasn't the best for the country", Pitbull says. Though he raves about playing all over the world, there is one country he refuses to set foot in: "I won't perform in Cuba until there's no more Castro and there's a free Cuba. To me, Cuba's the biggest prison in the world, and I would be very hypocritical were I to perform there. The people in Cuba, they know what I stand for, and there's a lot of people in Cuba that stand for the same. But they can't say it." He makes sure to call out any acquaintances he sees wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt. "It's like wearing an Adolf Hitler T-shirt and not knowing," he sniffs disapprovingly. "You're gonna offend a lot of people."

House of Representatives

House Rep Slams U.N. After Cuba Succeeds N. Korea at Helm of Nuclear Panel

Published August 26, 2011
A top House lawmaker ridiculed the United Nations after Cuba assumed the rotating presidency of a nuclear arms control panel, replacing North Korea at the helm of the group. 
Cuba succeeded North Korea on the 65-member U.N. Disarmament Conference in Geneva. 
"It's hard to fathom a more ludicrous image than Kim Jong Il passing the chair of the Conference on Disarmament to the Castro brothers, but that's what passes for change at the U.N.," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 
U.N. watchdogs were outraged when North Korea took the helm earlier this year despite its breaches of arms embargoes and threats to expand its own nuclear program. 
Ros-Lehtinen expressed concern that Cuba would "exploit" its new position to "distract from the increasing threat of proliferation posed by its allies Iran, North Korea and Syria." She called for new "membership and leadership standards" for U.N. organizations. 
"There is simply too much at stake to allow the likes of North Korea and Cuba to be at the helm of arms control bodies, or to allow human rights abusers to serve on the Human Rights Council, as Cuba, China, and Russia do, and as Libya did until recently," she said in a statement. The lawmaker is pushing a bill in Congress to condition U.S. funding for the United Nations on reforms.

Puerto Rico-Cuba flights resume after decades

HAVANA (AP) — Flights between Cuba and Puerto Rico have resumed nearly 50 years after service between the islands was severed due to bad blood between Washington and Havana.
A Cuban travel official says the American Eagle charter flight from San Juan is arriving in the eastern city of Santiago on Friday.
Elizza Cabezas says the passengers are mostly Puerto Rico residents of Cuban origin visiting relatives back home.
The U.S. embargo has prohibited most American citizens from traveling to Cuba since the 1960s.
President Barack Obama has relaxed some restrictions. Cuban-Americans can now make unlimited family visits.
The U.S. has also authorized more airports to handle Cuba flights. Previously they all went through Miami, New York or Los Angeles.

Repression of the Ladies in White also in Havana. Berta Soler arbitrary imprisonment claim ...

The Damas de Blanco,   dissident movement that advocates the release of prisoners politicians, denounced Sunday the arrest of two of its members in Havana and the harassment of another group in the eastern province Santiago de Cuba.
Berta Soler, a spokeswoman for the female group, said that Sunday morning two of his followers "the police out of their homes, took them in custody and we have not known anything else. "
Soler said that 26 women on a walk to the exit Mass at Havana's Santa Rita church, where they go every Sunday since 2003.
In addition alleged that, in the town of Palma Soriano, near the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, the police prevented at least  17 women came to the Cathedral to attend this Sunday mass.
On this incident, the former political prisoner of the Group of 75 Joseph Daniel Ferrer said by telephone from Santiago de Cuba, a total of 17 women "were forcibly prevented from reaching the church."
Ferrer noted that 11 of them were battered in the town of Palma Soriano, leaving the house and forced Garcés Aymé "Violently" to board a bus that kept held a couple of hours, while five others were taken to a  police station and later released.
Last Thursday, the Ladies in White-2005 Sakharov Prize to Freedom of Thought, European Parliament, claimed that they were subject of an "act of repudiation" to "physical violence" when prepared to make a march in Havana.Última Updated on Monday, August 22, 2011 14:32

Women who remain in detention protested at the Capitol in Havana...

                          Human Rights / Enforcement: 
Four women held a protest against the Castro regime and in favor of freedom of expression yesterday Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol of Havana, and were arrested by agents of State Security and National Police,  have not yet been released.

By Roberto de Jesús Guerra Perez

Havana, August 24 / CihPress / This is Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo, Tania Santos Maldonado, Odalys Caridad Rodriguez Sanabria Grace Evelyn Mercedes Alvarez.
The activists are members of the Pro Human Rights Party of Cuba the Feminist Movement for Civil Rights Rosa Parks.

Until the time that was issued this note the whereabouts of the activists.
August 2011 by Drafting.

Sending Uncensored News to Cuba

From The Miami Herald:

Blogger sends uncensored news to Cuban cell phones

A Spanish blogger said the Cuban government cannot block or censor texts he’s sending to cell phones on the island.

Borrowing a page from those pesky marketing cell phone text messages that cannot be blocked, a Cuban blogger in Spain is sending uncensored news to about 1,000 Cuban cell phones daily — and exploring far more sharp-edged applications.

Eventually, said Ernesto Hernandez Busto, he should be able to send SMS messages to special groups: If dissidents are being jailed in Santiago province, he could text “Stop the repression” to all cell phones used there by the Ministry of Interior.

Cuban authorities cannot block the messages from the Cuba Sin Censura system, or Cuba Without Censorship, because each one is sent from a different telephone number, Hernandez told El Nuevo Herald.

The system is the latest evidence of how new technology, such as cell phones and the Internet, is helping to increase the flow of information into and out of Cuba, despite the government monopoly on the mass media and telecommunications.

“Anything that contributes to information is an excellent initiative,” said Havana blogger Reinaldo Escobar, who has been receiving the SMS messages. As for the claim that the government cannot block them, he added “That’s to be seen.”

Hernandez said the system takes advantage of Cuba’s explosive growth in cell phones — from only 198,000 in 2007 to one million at the end of last year — and avoids reliance on the Internet, tightly controlled by the government, expensive and slow.

“I always thought that bloggers and the Internet were a little overestimated” in their usefulness for breaking the government’s monopoly on information, said Hernandez, who runs the blog Penultimos Dias — Penultimate Days — from his home in Barcelona.

Hernandez was part of an effort in 2009 to send five to six SMS headlines a day through a system called Granpa – a joke on Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba. The effort petered off because they were sent from a few telephone numbers that could be easily blocked by Cuba, he said.

But the new effort is based on computerized marketing SMS facilities that change the originating telephone numbers, cost very little to the senders and nothing to the receivers in Cuba, he added in a telephone interview Monday.

In another use of new technology, Cuban dissidents now regularly call a U.S. telephone number to record complaints of government abuses. The Web site Hablalo Sin Miedo — Say it Without Fear — then emails alerts to human rights activists outside Cuba.

Capitol Hill Cubans

Cuba: The people prevent arrest women protesting at the Capitol...

By Nelson Benitez
File:Downtown Scene with Capitolio - Centro Habana - Havana - Cuba.JPGAn unusual event occurred in Cuba for the first time the people Openly Supports Prevents arrest 4 women and Protesting in Against the Government on Capitol Hill, watch the video.
No doubt a unusual fact, passersby outside the Capitol and saw 4  courageous women of the opposition shouted slogans against the government crowded around police preventing arrest them, when the security of the State would proceed to  arrest people who were at the scene began to yelling, "brazen," "abusers," "Let them go," even when women shouted "Down with Fidel", "Down with dictatorship" many shouted responding "down".

The only protest mass by the people occurred on August 5, 1994 and was stifled by the Castro dictatorship after a few hours. What happened on Capitol Hill had never happened before because the people fear the reprisals by the regime and had never dared to support the dissent openly and publicly.
This only indicates that it is matter of time that has a social explosion in the island due to  the deep economic crisis in which Cubans live, repression and the lack of freedoms, this video is just the beginning of major events. Usually the people remains unmoved when the State Security attacks and hits opponents, what did not happen this time.
To the final women were dragged across the floor and mounted to the force in police patrols on Wednesday night still continued arrested.
The names of these brave women, Sara Marta Fonseca, Tania Santos Maldonado, Odalys Caridad Sanabria, Mercedes Garcia.
Groups opposition Island reported the incident and blamed the government for anything that happens to them.
August 25, 2011 9:20 a.m. EDT