Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Cuban Spies Sold U.S. Intel to Iraq

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The State Department has reportedly declassified -- pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request -- the names of seven "diplomats" (spies) at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., who were expelled in 2003 for providing intelligence to Saddam Hussein's regime about U.S. troop movement and other military activities.

Their names are Cosme Torres Espinosa (First Secretary), Fernando Miguel García Bielsa (First Secretary), José Anselmo López Perera (First Secretary), Juan Hernández Acen (Second Secretary), Raúl Rodríguez Averhoff (Second Secretary) and Jorge Ernesto Autie González (Third Secretary).

These are the types of individuals that "mojito and dine" with D.C. opinion makers; invite Members of Congress and staff to parties (now to their new "Hemingway Bar"); and coordinate moles and activists.

After all, how do you think they get their intel?

Aren't Cubans People Too?

There's a gem of an interview by CNN's Wolf Blitzer with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on the Castro regime's public rebuke of his effort to free American hostage Alan Gross.

During the interview, Richardson made some very concerning statements.

For example:

- "President Obama has loosened travel restrictions. And on my trip there, Wolf, I saw a lot of increasing travel. That's good for the Cuban economy."

Is the Obama Administration's policy now to strengthen Cuba's totalitarian economy?

Why is the U.S. pursuing policies that strengthen Cuba's totalitarian economy while the Castro regime has dramatically increased its repressive practices and is holding an American hostage?
- "The human rights situation has improved for both sides, and then this dramatic snub of me."

Is Governor Richardson unaware that political arrests in Cuba have more than doubled in the last year?

Is Richardson unaware that on the very same weekend he was in Havana there were over 150 pro-democracy activists arrested?
Is the snubbing of Richardson a bigger "human rights" violation that the brutal beating and arrest of thousands of pro-democracy activists?

- "The Cubans have to realize that if they don't release him soon, that there's going to be a deep freeze."

Deep freeze in what? Richardson himself has confirmed how U.S. policy is helping Cuba's economy.

Where's the pressure?
- "I'm very proud of the State Department that has basically said unless we get this guy out, unless we stand for human rights, we're not going to improve the relationship."

Why didn't the State Department take a stand for human rights while it was easing sanctions towards the Castro regime before -- or even since -- Alan Gross's arrest?

Aren't Cubans people too?

Vigils for Alan Gross

Monday, September 19, 2011
From AP:

Simultaneous vigils are being planned in New York and Washington for an American imprisoned in Cuba for nearly two years.

Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in December 2009 after he was caught illegally bringing communications equipment onto the island. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail for crimes against the state. Gross contends he was only trying to help the island's tiny Jewish community get Internet access.

A recent trip to Cuba by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who claimed he was invited to the island to negotiate Gross' release, ended in failure.

Now vigils are being planned Friday in front of the Cuban Interests Sections in Washington and the Cuban UN Mission in New York.

Gross' wife, Judy Gross, will take part in the Washington vigil.

Capitol Hill Cubans

Raúl notes progress of military’s port development project...

Yesterday, Army General Raúl Castro spoke to the construction progress, while inspecting the Cuban military’s Port of Mariel development project that is being funded with Brazilian credit.
Companhia de Obras e Infra-estrutura (COI) a Brazilian corp. (a subsidiary of Odebrecht, S.A.) is involved in this project, which is expected to be completed in 2014.
Zona Desarrollo Integral Mariel, S.A. (ZDIM), a Cuban corp. and subsidiary of Almacenes Universales, S.A. provides maritime shipping services and controls the Mariel development project.
Almacenes Universales is under direct control and administration of the Cuban Defense Ministry (Ministerio de la Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias—MINFAR).
(Image: Aerial view of the Port of Mariel, YouTube.)
Tagged as: Almacenes Universales, Army General Raul Castro, Companhia de Obras e Infra-estrutura, MINFAR, Ministerio de la Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, Odebrecht, S.A., Zona Desarrollo Integral Mariel

Entrepreneurs... (...)

Entrepreneurs Emerge As Cuba Loosens Control

An employee sells products in a religious articles store in Havana, Cuba, in this file photo from January. After Cuban President Raul Castro authorized private businesses as part of economic reforms, Cubans are making their debut as small business owners.
 Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images
  An employee sells products in a religious articles store in Havana, Cuba, in this file photo from January. After Cuban President Raul Castro authorized private businesses as part of economic reforms, Cubans are making their debut as small business owners.

September 20, 2011
Since Cuba's communist government loosened its grip on the economy, thousands of small private businesses have sprung up.
It's a new frontier for budding capitalists, but competition is fierce and advertising is still tightly restricted.
Snack bars and food stalls are now all over Havana, but there aren't many as distinctive as Tio Tito, or Uncle Tito. The first thing you notice is the uniformed employees, scrambling to serve up Hawaiian pizzas and fruit drinks as music videos play on a monitor behind the counter.
The napkins and the to-go containers carry the Tio Tito company logo, and there's even a slick website, which is hosted abroad. The red-and-gold color scheme is no coincidence either, says proprietor and would-be Cuban fast-food king Ivan Garcia. If those colors can work for McDonald's, he says, they just might work for him.
"Those are the colors that stimulate the appetite," Garcia says. "I didn't make that up, it's what the research shows."
Garcia's business is one of only two start-up food stands to make it in his Havana neighborhood. Six others have already gone under since last fall, when President Raul Castro let more Cubans go into business for themselves.
The Perfect Play, a baseball-themed snack bar, is quickly becoming famous  among fans of Havana's beloved team, the Industriales. On the menu: coffee, milkshakes and sandwiches such as the "Dead Ball" (tuna).
Nick Miroff/NPR
  The Perfect Play, a baseball-themed snack bar, is quickly becoming famous among fans of Havana's beloved team, the Industriales. On the menu: coffee, milkshakes and sandwiches such as the "Dead Ball" (tuna).
Competing With The Government
These days it's no longer enough to hang a sign outside and sell sandwiches and coffee out the front door. Ismael Bello, another Havana entrepreneur, says the city has too many vendors trying to sell the same things, so he's trying something different.
With a new copy machine brought in from abroad, Bello and his family have started a printing and copy service called Avana, with an attractive, freshly painted storefront. He's competing directly with the Cuban government, setting prices at half of what state-owned copy shops charge.
"In five years, we could be a pretty big company," Bello says. "Next month we'll have our website, and if we keep adding products and services, we can grow."
It's not clear how big Cuban authorities will let these new businesses get as they try to build their brands and open new locations. The government's political messages and propaganda must now compete with more and more commercial signage, but advertising is still essentially banned.
So Cubans like Yanet Alvarez have found other ways to stand out. Her baseball-themed snack bar, the Perfect Play, is quickly becoming famous among fans of Havana's beloved team, the Industriales, attracting crowds to her converted garage.
Everything on the menu is named for something in the game, including a few rather unappetizing-sounding dishes like the Dead Ball and the Squeeze Play. But after toiling for years in drab state-run restaurants, Alvarez says it's exhilarating to be making her own business decisions.
"If a customer orders a sandwich, you have the freedom to say, 'Sure, I'll make it however you want it,' " Alvarez says.
That kind of choice is something of a novel concept in a country where nearly everyone still gets an identical government food ration. And the have-it-your-way ethos isn't the only formula being copied.
One new Havana establishment is calling itself Burger Rey — rey means "king" in Spanish. For now, with the U.S. embargo still firmly in place and no Whoppers to compete with, the market is wide open.

Someone is Listening...EFT Archive (Research Alert Group)...

The Chinese Army in Cuba and the Coming Cyber War

Someone is Listening

Toby Westerman

The Peoples Liberation Army of Communist China is listening to American telecommunications transmissions - phone, satellite, and other methods - for the base it controls in Cuba. Even more alarming, the Chinese listening post is only one part of a larger asymmetrical, cyber war now being waged against the United States, according to a well-informed source.

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The spy base in Bejucal, Cuba, installed by Communist China to listen to American telecommunications

The attacks of September 11, 2001 signaled the beginning of a long-planned guerrilla war against America, with the object of bringing the U.S. "to its knees," according to Dr. Manuel Cereijo, an expert in electronic warfare, in a recently published article in the predominately Spanish language site, La Nueva Cuba.

China's spy base in Bejucal, Cuba was constructed between 1994 and 1997. The sophisticated listening post was built by the "new" Russia of Boris Yeltsin at a cost of some $800 million. During the construction of the state-of-the-art signals intelligence post, Yeltsin proclaimed his unswerving commitment to democracy and the free market, and his friendship with the United States.

Cuba is doing more than simply playing host to Russian construction workers, or Chinese military personnel. Despite the media image of Cuba as either a decaying communist regime or a great tourist destination, Havana devotes millions of dollars to its world-class espionage service and the operation of a large and highly sophisticated cyber warfare training school.

The events of September 11 were only the first blows in a guerrilla war against the United States, Cereijo asserts. Cuba has already staged a limited cyber attack against the U.S. in 2003, and continues to work closely with Iranian scientists to bring "America to its knees," Cereijo states.

Cuba not only embraces the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the United States government has also recently declared that Cuba enjoys close ties with international terror groups.

Several groups using radiological, nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons in concert with a major cyber attack would probably start the next major assault against the U.S., Cereijo speculates.

The Cuban dictatorship has lost none of its hatred of the U.S., nor of its political and economic system. Havana's communist dictatorship has spawned two closely connected offspring, one in Venezuela, one in Bolivia. Called "leftist" by the media, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia share Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's dream of a continent-wide communist empire - and the destruction of the United States.

The U.S. public is justifiably concerned over the government's delay and disorganization in controlling the nation's borders. The public should be outraged over the lack of information and analysis concerning threats to the U.S. coming from countries south of our borders. We must control entry into our nation, or we will soon find that we are in a life and death struggle within our own country.

Posted May 31, 2006

Toby Westerman publishes
International News Analysis - Today
An investigative, analytical, and uncompromising weekly analysis of the world situation

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Terrorism...Cuban arrested in Spain accused of belonging to Al Qaeda...Breaking News...


Cuban arrested in Spain accused of belonging to Al Qaeda

  • He was identified as Jose Ernesto Mora Feliu, 26.
  • Crimes attributed to him praising terrorism and threats.

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The Spanish Civil Guard arrested Monday in Cala Ratjada, in the island of Mallorca, a Cuban accused of belonging to Al Qaeda and the crime of praising terrorism and threats, reports EFE.
The Cuban was identified as Jose Ernesto Mora Feliu, 26 years old.
According to Spanish Interior Ministry, the detainee had undergone a process of radicalization in recent years and had come to hang in internet-where he managed multi-channel 1120 videos to YouTube-radicals, mostly produced by him same.
Feliu Mora worked as a receptionist at the Hotel S'Entrador, the group  Serrano, where he demonstrated great skill in computer systems, Spanish newspaper El País.
Defender of the thesis and the purpose of global jihad espoused by Al Qaeda, the Cuban developed through internet radical indoctrination work on other individuals, said ministry.
In the search of his home were operated several computers portable external hard drives, USB sticks and SD cards.
A film operative
Moreover, young neighbors were shocked by the police operation, local newspaper
"They have taken all the residents of two blocks, and there were guards civilians everywhere. It was like film. "Some thought it was a narcotics operation. Most, however, José Ernesto branded as a "normal kid".
"There were cars with license plates covered, a helicopter and police countryman. It must be something great because they had much interest.