Friday, October 21, 2011

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Finding a Positive in the WashPo's Attack

Friday, October 21, 2011
Like everything in life, it's important to find the positive -- even in the most negative of situations.

So believe it or not, we have found a positive in the Washington Post's baseless, negative and historically naive attack on whether U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is truly a Cuban "exile."

And that is:

We never thought we'd see the day in which the media would actually find it so "chic" to be a Cuban exile.

Of course, we always knew.

Remembering Celia

Even though she's no longer physically with us, we remember and honor Cuban icon Celia Cruz on her birthday.

Don't miss this great picture (below).

Capitol Hill Cubans
The Castro brothers are scared of Radio Marti's baseball broadcasts
Oct. 21 - The U.S. dismisses Cuban complaint that encrypted baseball broadcasts to the island is part of a “cyber war.”
The mystery of Radio/TV Marti’s encrypted broadcasts to Cuba, which fueled Havana complaints of a U.S. “cyber war” against the communist government, has been solved.
Think baseball.
The mystery began Oct. 10, when a Web site that tracks U.S. government spending on Cuba programs reported that an Israeli firm had won a contract to broadcast Radio/TV Martí programs to the island via satellite.
Worth up to $1 million, the agreement requires RRsat Global Communications Network to provide Radio/TV Martí with the capability of encrypting its satellite TV signal., a Web site run by Tracey Eaton, a U.S. journalist who was based in Cuba for several years, highlighted the contract’s mention of encryption but did not comment on why TV Martí needs it.
Radio/TV Marti are U.S. government stations created to try to break the Castro government monopoly on the island’s news media. Cuba brands them as propaganda arms of the U.S. government.
Martí’s radio signals are broadcast on short wave and AM frequencies, and the TV signals are broadcast from the Hispasat satellite and an airplane that flies along the Florida Keys. Cuba easily jams the airplane broadcasts but cannot jam the satellite broadcast, which work much like Direct TV.
Satellite reception dishes are illegal but relatively common in Cuba, usually mounted on rooftops and disguised inside water tanks or surrounded by hanging laundry.
Two days after the Eaton report, Cuba renewed its allegations of a U.S. “cyber war” against it using the Internet, cellular phones and other high technology equipment.
The RRsat Global contract was “suspicious” because of the requirement for encryption, “which can have no other purpose than intelligence,” noted a column published Oct. 14 in the government’s CubaDebate web site.
Signing the column was Jean-Guy Allard, a French Canadian who has lived in Havana for many years and regularly writes about dark plots by Cuban exiles, the CIA and others against the island.
Allard added spice to the mystery Wednesday with another column reporting that the president of RRsat Global’s board of directors is Shlomo Shamir, former head of the Israeli version of the National Security agency, the U.S. agency in charge of electronic spying.
It’s all much ado about nothing, said Radio/TV Martí director Carlos García-Perez and Tish King, spokesperson for the Board of Broadcasting Governors, with supervises all U.S. government broadcasters.
The contract with RRsat Global is exactly the same as a previous contract with Hispasat for broadcasting the TV signal, free of charge to the receivers in Cuba, except it’s cheaper, they told El Nuevo Herald.
As for the need for encryption, they added, Major League Baseball allows games to be broadcast from the airplane, free of cost to TV Martí because the audience is small — Havana and its surroundings.
But Hispasat’s signal can be received in most of Latin America, the eastern and central United States, most of Europe and part of Africa. MLB would charge millions to broadcast the games on the satellite, they explained.
And that’s why the need for encryption — usually referred to as scrambling the signal — so that unauthorized audiences cannot watch the games. The Miami Herald

Cuba's lady of valor
Oct. 19 - Freedom: Laura Pollan Toledo was a humble schoolteacher who led Cuba's defiant Ladies in White. She died Friday in Havana. But she left a legacy of untold courage that terrified Cuba's long-communist dictatorship.
As surely as the sun will rise, a day will come when Cuba is free of its 52-year Marxist nightmare. And when its history is written, it's likely to begin with the story of Laura Pollan Toledo, the wife of an arrested dissident who shined a light on the totalitarian nature of the regime for all the world to see.
Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, the noted group of dissidents' wives who silently walked in procession, wearing white and carrying gladiolus flowers. They attended Mass together at St. Rita's Church to pray for their husbands' return.
They never made public statements, but the Castro regime understood the power of their silent protest and its global impact. For that, they considered Pollan a threat.
Pollan and the others, mostly wives of 75 dissidents arrested in the Black Spring of 2003, were followed, insulted, harassed, threatened, beaten by mobs and menaced for silently witnessing to the truth about Cuba's lack of human freedom.
Pollan died in a Cuban hospital of dengue fever and a viral infection, in the end at the mercy of Cuba's collapsing state health system, refusing transfer to an elite medical facility as the publicity-nervous regime offered.
It's hard to imagine the courage that Pollan's simple act of witness took, in a regime that considers going to church a threat to the state.
In Castro's island hellhole, praised by the Hollywood and congressional left, free speech is forbidden. Calling for elections brings a knock on the door at midnight. Trying to leave the island brings prison — even death.
Yet amid this island prison just 90 miles from our shores, Pollan and her friends stood up for truth.
She died without seeing the free Cuba she longed for. Still, the pure flame of her courage changed Cuba in ways large and small, and helped set it on a path of ultimate liberation. RIP. Investor's Business Daily
Harry Belafonte Insults Herman Cain—but Hails Fidel Castro
Oct. 17 - New York resident Harry Belafonte recently denounced Herman Cain as a “bad apple” as a “false Negro” and as someone “denied intelligence” and “denied a view of history.” (whatever that means.) His host Joy Behar snickered her approval of Belafonte’s every vocalization, often before they were decipherable.
“If you believe in justice,” vocalized Mr Belafonte in an interview with Cuba’s propaganda ministry years earlier, “if you believe in democracy, if you believe in people's rights, if you believe in the harmony of all humankind—then you have no choice but to back Fidel Castro as long as it takes!”
If only Herman Cain were a lily-white Stalinist whose regime murdered more people in its first three years in power than Hitler's murdered in its first six, jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin's--including the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history. If only Herman Cain proposed policies to plunge a nation more prosperous than half of Europe’s into one that repels Haitians. If only he’d driven into exile—even with machine-gunners and Tiger Sharks as dutiful border guards-- 20 per cent of the population from a nation formerly flooded with immigrants.
Instead Herman Cain spent most of his life creating wealth and promoting freedom. He personifies the antithesis to the disaster and horror known as Castroism. This grates on Harry Belafonte.
And speaking of “denied a view of history.” (whatever that means) Belafonte’s own view is apparently “denied” an important datum: namely that if his hero had prevailed over the Butcher of Budapest in Oct. 1962, Belafonte’s career would have crashed, albeit right as it peaked.
“Of course I knew the missiles were nuclear-armed,” responded Fidel Castro to Robert McNamara during a meeting in 1992. “That’s precisely why I urged Khrushchev to launch them. And of course Cuba would have been utterly destroyed in the exchange.”
"If the missiles had remained, we would have shot them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York City. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.” (Che Guevara, November 1962.)
“My dream is to drop three Atomic Bombs on New York City (Raul –not Fidel—Castro, Nov. 1960.)  Read more
A British man becomes the latest foreign executive jailed in Cuba on corruption charges
Oct. 17 - A British investment fund has become the latest company swept up in an investigation by Cuban authorities of corrupt practices among the Communist island's state businesses and their foreign partners.
Police closed the Havana offices of the Coral Capital Group Ltd last week and arrested chief executive Amado Fakhre, a Lebanese-born British citizen, sources close to the company said.
The offices were sealed and cordoned off with police crime scene tape during the weekend.
Andrew Butchers, the fund's finance director, told Reuters from Coral Capital's London office that the company had no comment now but would release a statement soon.
A month ago, authorities shut down one of the most important Western trading companies in Cuba, Canada-based Tokmakjian Group, after doing the same in July to another Canadian trading firm, Tri-Star Caribbean.
The top executives of both companies and a number of their Cuban employees and business partners were arrested.
A vice minister for sugar, Nelson Labrada, was arrested in late September for signing off on purchases from the Canadian companies, a source close to his family said.
Just as in the Canadian cases, the precise allegations against Coral Capital are not known and have not been reported in Cuba's state-run media but they are evidence that the government's corruption sweep is widening.
Coral Capital, registered in the British Virgin Islands in 1999, is best known in Cuba as the joint venture partner in Havana's upscale Saratoga Hotel and another hotel complex on the resort key of Cayo Coco.
It had plans to build golf courses and related real estate developments near Havana, for which it had begun raising equity capital, and expected to sign a final agreement with the Cuban government by 2012.  Read more

Yoani Sanchez

Laura was Laura is ...

On the same day that Laura Pollan dying in intensive care in a television retransmitted  Schematic reviled serial where the leader of the Ladies Blanco. Among most notable signs of lack of greatness Cuban government is its inability to respect the adversary political, even when it is dying. A system that revels both in the funeral ritual of their own, behaves inconsiderate when dealing with deceased others. That absence of compassion led him to deploy a rough night operating police inside and outside the Calixto Garcia Hospital, to change the body  Laura several times for ambulance did not know to what morgue and finally led him not to take, even a brief note obituary in the national press. If honor honor in this case denigrates denigrating. They have lost a final chance to appear-at less, they are pious.

How do you feel now all those women brought to shout and insult at the door of Neptune 963? What are they thinking right now members of the shock troops that shook and beat Laura on September 24 past? Any remorse among security officers State who led many rallies of repudiation against a woman peaceful passing of the sixties? Which of them will have at least muster the humility of a sympathy, condolences venturing? Unfortunately, for all these questions the answer is still the infinite ideological rancor that knows no pay tribute to opponent. Laura was-they were-and we missed the opportunity to repair so many atrocities. They believed that hang epithets degrading prevented from leaving his house, accusing her of "stateless", would keep people away and the like. But in the morning Last, a funeral full of friends and acquaintances refused the effect of such demonization.

Laura is gone and now all acts of hate they did against it resonate more grotesque. Laura went and left us  a country stretching from ancient totalitarianism can not say that even "sorry". Laura went to the heaviness of his family, his Damas de Blanco and every gladiolus grown and will grow on this long and narrow island. Laura was Laura and there is no single olive-green uniform that looks clean off the white radiance of his  clothing.

If honor honor in this case denigrates denigrating. They have lost a final chance to appear-at least-that is godly.
Thursday October 20, 2011

Several dissidents, including Fariñas, asking not to be treated at a state hospital after the death of Pollan

Several Cuban dissidents, including Guillermo Fariñas, fear being served in any government health center in Cuba for what they have signed a document refusing to be treated in a hospital of the island after the death of the founder of the Ladies in White, Laura Pollan, who died last week at a hospital in Havana.
Among the signatories are the dissident Guillermo Fariñas, Rene Gomez Manzano, Ivan Hernandez and Gisela Delgado, the President of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and Reconciliation Nacional (CCDHRN), Elizardo Sanchez Santa Cruz and former political prisoners  José Daniel Ferrer García and Hector Palacios.
The seven Cuban dissidents have issued a statement under Cuban Democratic Alliance name (ALDECU) that express fear of being seen by a doctor in government health centers without a trusted doctor approves the transfer, the paper El Nuevo Herald, published in Miami.
Pollan, 63, died after being admitted to one week Calixto García hospital for a heart attack caused by a viral pneumonia and diabetes, doctors said. His daughter, Laura Labrada Pollan said Wednesday that he had no reason to doubt that version.
Some opponents speculate on the "untimely" death of Pollan, Oct. 14. "We will not be admitted to schools Hospital of the regime, except in cases of absolute necessity of having to undergo surgery, provided that this need has been proven in a proper manner by an independent doctor of our confidence, "the statement said.
Its objective is "to prevent a suspected illness or death any of us can be manipulated in some way by the Totalitarian regime's political police, "the statement said.
Labrada told El Nuevo Herald that the Calixto Garcia Hospital good care to his mother. "I'm no doctor. But what I saw, she received very good attention, "said the daughter." I thought, they will  do the impossible, because after these conjectures are, "he added.
Pollan founded the Ladies in White in 2003 to require release of her husband, Hector Maseda, and 74 other activists imprisoned for opposing the Castro government's repression of that year known as the Black Spring.

Ros-Lehtinen questioned the presence of U.S. group the Beehive...

A Cuban children's theater group brings to New York with music and dye works social
New York, October 21 (EFE) .- The Cuban children's theater group "The Colmenita "acts today in New York, one of the places where he has decided  show their shows with Cuban music and social dyes after eight years without visiting the United States.
The newest of the three shows they show on their American tour is "Abracadabra", a written with the participation of children themselves and the company it contains allusions to five Cuban agents imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998 on charges of espionage and known as "The five of Cuba ".
"Abracadabra is the first work written almost children that came from a workshop which ran the lives of  Cuban heroes, "he told Efe the director of" The Beehive ", Carlos Alberto Cremata, for whom "is exaggerated aspect concerning the five prisoners. "
The piece is a masterpiece that offers its students do a work with important issues in the history of Cuba, "Including the history of these five people," explained responsible.
"It's an issue that is on all the news and much comment on the island, even among children who were the ones who  brought out during the workshop, "he said.
"We wanted the Children raise their own questions to the subject and find their own  answers, "said the director of this company, which is an ambassador for goodwill of the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) from 2007.
The group, made up of children and adolescents aged 5 to  16 years old, has hundreds of members in various "Small hives" in Cuba, although in this case are a score of young visitors to the U.S. scenario.
His tour in this country, which began this week in Washington and continues in New York and  go to San Francisco (California) consists of two more shows: one in which the children sing and play music and other Cuban and child musical key that fits into the popular children's story "The cockroach Martina ".
All share the goal of the company: "Bring  a message of peace and cultural understanding "and" foster cultural exchange between the children, "said Cremata.
Therefore, claimed not to understand why a representative in Congress Florida American, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, asked for explanations from the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit "The Beehive" to The United States.
"They told us we were a danger to  national security is something we can not understand, "he explained, the said it came time "to share our opinion as do other arts groups, not impose it. "
He noted that sometimes raise "painful issues for the Cuban people" and do "with a message of peace."
The  visit "The Beehive" the United States is framed in the context of more open cultural exchanges in recent years between these two countries, which have no diplomatic relations and maintain a long confrontation for more than half a century.
Thus, musicians and Cuban artists such as singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and orchestra "The Van Van "have performed in the United States, while other musicians, choirs and dance groups and theater have U.S. university visited Cuba.
Created in 1990 with shows aimed at a young audiences, "The Beehive" is not an art school but a place "children who come to play after school" explained its creator.
In principle, intended to form a Cremata group of twenty children, but on reaching the hundred had to create another group, and today there are 21 "small hives" in Cuba, and other in  Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and Dominican Republic.
Of  thousands of children that have passed since then by the group, a small percentage of them dedicated their lives to the theater, but all become "better people who appreciate art and its various Workplaces can spread it to others "according to its director.


Ros-Lehtinen questioned the presence of U.S. group the Beehive

- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the Committee Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, asked the Obama administration an immediate explanation for the granting of visas to children's theater group La Colmenita, which promotes the release of five Cuban agents convicted espionage in the United States.

The Beehive during the performance of the American Abracadabra University in Washington. Background, the image of Gerardo Hernandez, leader of the Wasp Network.

In a letter Monday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Cuban expressed concern about programs cultural and educational exchange that "undermine the priorities U.S. foreign policy and security interests national ".
"To grant visas to an organization that is promoting spies convicts as heroes is an insult to all victims of dictatorship, "the letter states. "These Cuban spies were sent to United States to perform illegal acts against our country. "
Ros-Lehtinen said that "the Cuban Five were convicted of espionage and for his involvement in the downing of the planes of Brothers to the Rescue, which led to the deaths of four innocent individuals in international waters. "
The congressman asked Clinton to provide the Committee of Foreign  Affairs a detailed account of program funding related to Cuba, and urged to suspend all trade cultural and educational with Havana.
The Beehive, composed of 22 children aged between 6 and 15 years- are in the U.S. since last Friday, invited by Brownstone Foundation and the International Committee for Freedom of Five. The group will perform in Washington, New York and San Francisco.

Exaltation of the wasps
In the repertoire that the company will be meeting on tour Abracadabra, a work that calls for the release of five Cuban agents that Cuba called "heroes prisoners of the empire."
During his stay in the Washington area, members of the group were received at the Capitol by legislators Barbara Lee and Laura Richardson, both Democrats by California. A report published in the official press said that On that occasion the Cuban delegation crossed the Ros-Lehtinen halls of Congress.
"Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was photographed laughing and talking loudly.  When he came, he saw the children dressed in white pullovers painted bees playing music. He immediately cut his laughter and his good humor, "said one article published digital site Cubadebate.
Ros-Lehtinen said he did not remember the incident. On Monday in a "Reflection" published in state media,  Fidel Castro called representative of "fascists" and "wolf fierce, "and criticized that as president of the Committee on Foreign House Foreign dictating foreign policy guidelines  the United States.

Conversations from jail
The company started its activities on Saturday at the American University of Washington and on Monday shared with students primary school Oxom Hill International in Maryland.

Omnibus when they moved the members of La Colmenita to the International School of Maryland. Photo: Cubadebate.

The Cuban press has also given the widespread deployment telephone conversations with members of the group  Cuban agents from U.S. prisons. Children also spoke with René González, recently released on parole  after serving 13 years in prison.
The Beehive has scheduled another eight presentations in schools and  American cultural centers, and a special role in  United Nations Headquarters (UN) in New York on October 24.
The UN action will precede the annual vote in the body international embargo on Cuba. Previously, the group was  in the United States in 2003.
The group was declared as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in 2007.
The director, Carlos Alberto Cremata, the son of one of the 73 victims of the explosion of a Cuban airliner in Barbados in 1976. His mother,  TV director Iraida Malberti, accompanying the tour The United States.
It is the second time that Ros-Lehtinen formally requested suspension of cultural and educational exchanges promoted by Obama administration. On September 29, demanded a change in current policy arguing his petition on Human Trafficking Report 2011, presented by the Department of State.
Spanish text of the letter to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:

October 17, 2011
Honorable Hillary R. Clinton

U.S. State Department

Washington, DC 20521

Dear Secretary Clinton:
I am seriously concerned that the State Department is  programs funded educational and cultural exchange with the Cuban regime to undermine U.S. policy priorities foreign and national security interests.
An example is the decision of the Department of State to grant a visa under the program of educational and cultural exchange to a group  Cuban youth called The Beehive to glorify agents Cubans who spied against our nation on behalf of the Cuban regime  a sworn enemy of the United States. According to the organization, children act in a play called Abracadabra, that According to them "is inspired by the history of the Five considered national heroes in Cuba for their efforts to prevent radical exile groups to attack Cuban citizens. "
On June 29, 2011 I wrote you a letter urging the  administration to reverse its current policy and suspend all educational and cultural exchanges with the Cuban regime under Law on Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking of 2000, because of According to U.S. law, countries can not level 3 receive funding to participate in exchange programs culture and education.
Unfortunately, President Obama, once again, raised partially the ban on Cuba to allow exchanges educational and cultural, ignoring the complicity of the dictatorship Cuban traffic and the victimization of young women to promote  disgusting sex tourism on the regime. Grant visas to a organization that is promoting convicted spies as heroes is a insult to all victims of the dictatorship. These Cuban spies were  sent to the U.S. to illegal acts against our homeland. The Cuban Five were convicted of espionage  as well as its involvement in the downing of the planes Brothers to the Rescue, which led to the deaths of four individuals innocents in international waters.
I request that the Department will immediately provide the Foreign Affairs Committee: 1) the justification for granting such visas to the organization and 2) a detailed account of all the funding for educational programs in Cuba. Meanwhile, as  everyone involved in educational and cultural exchanges are employees or representatives of the Cuban regime, I urge the Administration to suspend all educational exchanges and with the Cuban culture in law enforcement U.S. and the priorities outlined by it.
Thank you for your attention to this important issue,
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen