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Richard Klugh about request of Gerardo

August 30, 2011

Interview with Richard Klugh by telephone to his office 23rd August 2011

by Bernie Dwyer
Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five submitted his request for a habeas corpus* relief in March based on new evidence. He received the US reply on 25th April this year turning down his request He has now submitted a reply with additional information.

Radio Havana Cuba spoke to Richard Klugh, a member of the defence team for the Five by telephone to his office in Miami 23rd August 2011 for an up-date on Gerardo’s legal situation:

Bernie Dwyer (BD): What is happening now with Gerardo’s habeas corpus petition?

Richard Klugh (RK): Where we stand right now is that the legal team for Gerardo has filed a comprehensive reply as well as additional memoranda and affidavits in response to the (US) government’s opposition to Gerardo’s petition for Habeas Corpus relief.

The response was filed just last week and we believe we have responded to all the arguments made by the government and we filed further an affidavit from Gerardo and an additional affidavit from his former attorney Paul McKenna which supports the fundamental allegations that we have made in the habeas corpus application. We really feel that we have made many strides towards proving everything we have said and proving Gerardo’s innocence in this matter.

As for Antonio, last week he also filed his reply to the government’s response in which he is also focusing, as did Gerardo, on the use of paid Radio Marti and TV Marti employees to publish articles prejudicial to the Five at trial here in Miami. And that is what his document focused on with affidavits, as we did in Gerardo’s case, indicating how the evidence has gradually come out as to exactly the extent to which the United States tried to prejudice the Five during their trial by publishing articles that were intended to stir up anger and hostility towards Cuba and Cuban agents. Both of these documents present compelling reasons for relief for all of the Five, particularly for Gerardo and the fact that his own attorney has supported the allegations that we have made is a tremendously important development in the case.

BD: Does the application for habeas corpus apply to Fernando, Rene’s and Ramon?

RK: The documents that have been filed for Gerardo and Antonio also apply to Rene. Ramon and Fernando have not yet had the opportunity to request habeas corpus relief. They will be filing their motions within a week or two and we will be raising some of the exact same grounds in support of their claim.

We feel that we have reached a point now where the evidence is overwhelming and establishes the actually hostile and intentionally hostile environment in which the trial was held and that the government’s failure to admit what they had done to poison the atmosphere against the Five is a fundamental violation of their rights. We also believe that the grounds that we allege, specifically in regard to Gerardo establish his innocence and we believe that it establishes the unfairness of the convictions of all of the Five.

This has reached a point where there is a compelling level of evidence that cannot be ignored, it simply cannot be ignored. It’s very unusual when the attorney himself will come forward with an affidavit that sustains the very claims made as to his being hampered in his ability to fully and adequately defend Gerardo. But that has now happened in the case of Gerardo and we are very pleased and very grateful that the attorney has come forward and bravely set forth the very facts that we believe will show that the convictions were unjust.

BD: What are the issues in Gerardo’s Habeas Corpus that don’t apply to the other four?

RK: One of the principal factors in the case was the law that we were operating under. The (US) government has never tried to prosecute someone as they prosecuted Gerardo, not just for the conspiracy to commit espionage, which was a unique charge, where they had conceded that he had not even attempted to commit espionage or never planned to attempt to commit espionage, that nevertheless, that somehow they could sustain a conspiracy.

But apart from the charge which we believe was fundamentally defective, with regard to the claim of attributing to a conspiracy to commit murder is just an incredible charge. One of the problems with that accusation is that the government had never tried to prosecute somebody under that theory before. When the judge tried to restrict their ability to prosecute on a bad theory, the prosecutors admitted in an emergency filing in the court of appeals, that it would be impossible for them to prove Gerardo guilty under the law as found by the judge.

What happened then was a very unusual thing. Even though the judge had agreed to correctly instruct that the jury was limited to one theory under the law, the court of appeals held that the judge didn’t successfully instruct the jury of that limitation, that the jury was left to pursue other theories and so even though the defense attorney didn’t realize it, Gerardo was being convicted on theories that he didn’t even know were before the jury.

So the procedures created a situation where the lawyer really felt that he had not defended the case because he thought that the theory on which the case was sustainable was not even before the jury.

So that’s the origin of the realization that we had on our part that the lawyer was unable effectively to defend because he didn’t even have the opportunity to know even what the jury was considering as a theory. And it is truly a unique theory the government tries to rely on to attribute to Gerardo something for which he had no responsibility whatsoever.

But beyond that so much additional evidence has come forward with regard to Gerardo’s actual innocence and had a lawyer known how the court of appeals would limit his ability to defend the case, then clearly he would have presented more evidence of Gerardo’s innocence. He (Paul McKenna) readily acknowledges these mistakes, readily acknowledges that had he understood the law completely he would have been able to fully present and take on a more affirmative responsibility to prove Gerardo’s innocence and which is what he was left with the responsibility of doing even if he didn’t know it.

And that’s largely where we are right now. He admits that had he understood where the case was going, this novel prosecution, this unheard of prosecution, he would have been able to easily establish Gerardo’s actual innocence and how strongly he feels about the steps he could have taken to do that including Gerardo’s own testimony. And so his willingness to admit how he was foreclosed from presenting fundamental evidence is really a striking testament to his honesty and integrity in coming forward but what you can seen that too is the lawyer’s and all our absolute belief that Gerardo is being punished for something that he is absolutely innocent of and we all await the day, and may it come very soon, when Gerardo is completely exonerated of the false charge.

BD: Is the US government still refusing to release documentary evidence to Gerardo to build his case?

RK: The US government is still resisting the presentation of documentary evidence that shows so much more clearly than we ever could have with the types of evidence that we had exactly what was going on with these airplanes and what was going on with some of the transmissions back and forth that show that he neither intended to do any harm to the United States nor did he intend to do any harm to anybody else. And the government’s documents, including satellite evidence for example, would have shown the way towards a proper defense for Gerardo but the government never produced it.

BD: So the next step in the Habeas Corpus petition is up to the court?

RK: We are waiting the setting of a hearing at which we can further establish all of these facts, further establish Gerardo’s actual innocence-show the evidence that should have been presented at the trial, show the evidence that would have been presented had the attorney not been placed in the position of being unable to defend Gerardo because of a misunderstandings as to the law and what the burdens of proof were. We readily await the opportunity for a hearing in which we can do that.

BD: When is the response due from the US court?

RK: There is no particular time frame. It’s up to the district court to set a stay hearing and we hope that it happens soon.
We want production of evidence and we want a hearing. That’s what we have asked for and we wait an opportunity to go forward with that.

This interview was broadcast by Radio Havana Cuba on Saturday 27th August 2011

* Habeas Corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody. A habeas corpus petition is a petition filed with a court by a person who objects to his own or another’s detention or imprisonment. The petition must show that the court ordering the detention or imprisonment made a legal or factual error. Habeas corpus petitions are usually filed by persons serving prison sentences.

The reform of the Cuban economic model: Causes and perspectives (1 / 3)

August 29, 2011

by Salim Lamrani

Faced with economic sanctions imposed by the United States for over half a century, the global financial crisis and an ongoing problem of productivity, Cuba is forced to reform of its social system and economic order to preserve its social and lifestyle. If external factors partly explain the difficulties confronting the Cuban society, it is impossible to evade the internal responsibilities. As stressed by Cuban President Raul Castro at the Ninth Congress of the Union of Young Communists April 4, 2010, “the economic battle is now more than ever, the main task […] managers as of it depends on the sustainability and preservation of our social system “[1]. A few months later, December 18, 2010, during a speech to the Cuban Parliament, Raul Castro gave a speech more alarmist and put the government and citizens to their responsibilities: “Either we correct [what does not] or we sink after too long lined the cliff “[2]. The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, agreed with this analysis and supported the process of updating the economic system [3]. The alternative is clear: the Cuban economic model must urgently undergo profound structural and conceptual changes under threat of collapse.

External factors
The main obstacle to economic development is economic sanctions that Washington imposed unilaterally in Havana in July 1960, which affect the most vulnerable sectors of the Cuban people and all sectors of society. Unanimously condemned for the 19th consecutive time by 187 countries in October 2010, at the meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations economic sanctions, in addition to block any substantial trade between the two nations (except some raw food since 2000 ), also have a retroactive and extraterritorial. Since the adoption of the Torricelli Act in 1992, the Helms-Burton in 1996 and the new restrictions imposed by the Bush administration in 2004 and 2006, trade with third countries is greatly affected [4].

Thus, since 1992, any vessel landing at a Cuban port is denied entry to the United States for six months, resulting in a significant additional cost for Cuba, which essentially depends on the shipping because of its insularity. Similarly, since 1996, while foreign entrepreneur investing in Cuba on land nationalized in 1959 risk of having its assets frozen in the United States. In addition, since 2004, while car manufacturer, regardless of nationality, must demonstrate to the Treasury Department that its products do not contain a single gram of Cuban nickel to be able to sell in the U.S. market. It is the same for all food companies wishing to invest in the U.S. market. Danone, for example, must demonstrate that its products do not contain any Cuban raw materials. These retroactive and extraterritorial measures deprive the Cuban economy and many Cuban capital and exports in many markets around the world. [5]

On the other hand, the economic crisis, financial, energy, environmental and food have had a disastrous impact on developing countries in general and Cuba in particular. The soaring prices of food commodities, whose price has doubled since 2007 and which the island depends to 83%, and the fall in mineral resources that Cuba exports (such as nickel which the price fell by more than 50%) balance balance of payments and drastically reduced available cash. Between 1997 and 2009, Cuba suffered a net loss of more than $ 10 billion due to declining terms of trade and has seen its purchasing power reduced by 15%. Moreover, Cuba is denied all access to external financing from the International Monetary Fund or World Bank, because of economic sanctions. Cubans abroad, the United States in particular, have reduced the amount of their remittances to the island because of the economic downturn. Tourism revenues also fell for the same reasons. [6]

addition, there are natural disasters – cyclones sixteen in total – between 1998 and 2008, caused damage worth more than $ 20 billion [7]. Thus, Hurricane Gustav which hit the Caribbean in late August 2008 had a dramatic material cost. The provinces of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas and the Isle of Youth offered a spectacle of ruin and desolation. Of 25 000 dwellings in the Isle of Youth, 20 000 were partially or completely destroyed. Nearly 45% of homes in Pinar del Rio, or 102,000 homes were severely damaged. Fidel Castro compared the damage caused by the cyclone “a nuclear attack [8] ” . For its part, Hurricane Ike destroyed in September 2008, among others, 323,000 homes, 700,000 tons of food, much of the electrical infrastructure and drinking water supplies. [9] In addition, erratic between November 2008 and June 2010 have affected crop production and reduced opportunities for exports of certain food commodities (tobacco, rum, sugar) [10].

These hazards have led the Cuban authorities to block financial transfers to the outside from 2008 to avoid a flight of foreign capital. Havana has also been forced to renegotiate its debt deal with payment difficulties. As for growth, it was 2.1% for the year 2010 [11].

Next:
– “Internal factors” 2 / 3
– “The economic and social measures” 3 / 3

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[1] Raúl Castro, “Discurso pronunciado por el General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, y Segundo Secretario del Partido Comunista del Central Committee of Cuba in the clausura del IX Congreso de the Unión de Jóvenes Comunista “ República de Cuba , April 4, 2010. http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/rauldiscursos/2010/esp/r030410e.html (accessed March 26, 2011).
[2] Raul Castro, “Discurso pronunciado por el General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, in the clausura del Sexto Período Ordinario Sesiones of the Legislature of the Asamblea Séptima Nacional del Poder Popular, en el Palacio de Convenciones, el 18 de diciembre de 2010, “Año 52 de la Revolución”, “ República de Cuba , December 18, 2010. http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/rauldiscursos/2010/esp/r181210e.html (accessed April 2, 2011).
[3] Agence France Presse , “Fidel Castro Apoya cambios por su hermano Raúl impulsados,” November 18, 2010.
[4] Salim Lamrani, State of Siege , Paris: Editions Estrella, 2011.
[6] Partido Comunista de Cuba , “Resolución sobre los lineamientos the política económica y social del partido y la Revolución” Prensa Latina April 18, 2011. http://www.prensa-latina.cu/Dossiers/LineamientosVICongresoPCC.pdf (accessed April 20, 2011). See also Andrea Rodriguez, “Alza of precio de alimentos afecta a Cuba,” The Associated Press , April 15, 2011.
[8] Fidel Castro, “A nuclear golpe” Granma , Sept. 3, 2008, Ronald Suárez Rivas, “Housing, the Greatest Challenge,” Granma 2 September 2008.
[9] Marta Hernández, “Más de 320 000 casas dañadas” Granma , Sept. 11, 2008. Orfilio Pelaez, “vivienda Perdidas Millionairess in the” Granma , Sept. 13, 2008; Granma , “Cuba prioriza alimentación por Huracán Gustav damnificados of” September 5, 2008, Prensa Latina , “Cuba prosigue evaluación y recuperación tras danos of Huracán Ike”, September 11, 2008; Freddy Pérez Cabrera, “todo lo relacionado Recuperar con la producción de alimentos,” Granma September 11, 2008; EFE , “Los supermercados presentan problemas de La Habana abastecimiento of” September 16, 2008, Wilfredo Cancio Isla, “Perdidas 700.000 tonelada de alimentos” El Nuevo Herald , 12 September 2008; The Associated Press , “Cuba Estimates Gustav, Ike Damages at $ 5 Billion,” September 16, 2008; Granma “Información oficial sobre los preliminare de datos por los danos ocasionados huracan Gustav e Ike,” September 16, 2008.
[10] Raúl Castro, “Discurso pronunciado por el General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, in the clausura del Sexto Período Ordinario Sesiones of the Legislature of the Asamblea Séptima Nacional del Poder Popular, en el Palacio de Convenciones, el 18 de diciembre de 2010, “Año 52 de la Revolución” “ op.cit.

 

Cuba to Use Optical Fiber Cable for Internet Services Soon

August 28, 2011
Escrito por Osmany González Tocabens   
domingo, 28 de agosto de 2011
 
Imagen activa28 de agosto de 2011, 00:07Havana, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) In the next few months, Cuba will use an optical fiber cable, which covers some 1,600 kilometers also linking Venezuela and Jamaica, said official sources quoted by Cuban websites.

  In the next few months, the transfer from satellite to optical fiber services will start, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Boris Moreno told Parliament members in July, as quoted now by websites http://www.cubasi.cu and http://www.cubadebate.cu.

According to Moreno, the transfer will represent an upgrade in speed connection, but not a cost reduction.

The optical fiber cable arrived to Cuban territory in February and was supposed to be operational by July, Moreno said.

The internet access will be intensified in research, cultural, and artistic centers, and also in libraries, hospitals, government offices, and computer clubs to the population in general, Moreno added.

Other improvements will require substantial investments, which will progressively be carried out and depend on the number of users to be served, Moreno said.

Referring to possible connectivity by Cubans from home, he said it would be offered as economic conditions improve, taking into account the infrastructure needed for it.

Moreno said the US government prevents Cuba from access important Internet contents and tools.

 

Haiti-Cuba : For an International Solidarity Movement with Fidel Castro and Cuba, “Heroes of International Solidarity.”

August 27, 2011

By Franck Laraque *

Transmitted to AlterPresse on August 24, 2011

A large majority of the member countries of the United Nations, countries and popular organizations that have benefitted from the solidarity of Fidel Castro and Cuba in the form of aid in health care, education, and the defense of the political and economic rights of minorities since the Revolution of 1959, have never stopped denouncing and criticizing the criminal embargo of the United States against Cuba, but without much success.

It is time to resort to a peaceful international solidarity movement and unleash a series of mass demonstrations on specified days to protest against an embargo whose aim is to destabilize Cuba’s economy and inflict inhumane suffering on its people, and more specifically on children and the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

Haitians who have served the cause of human liberty by abolishio slavery are well placed to undertake such an initiative.

We are convinced that by establishing links with organizations and countries that have constantly expressed their opposition to such an inhumane policy, we could form a committee to coordinate and actualize these public demonstrations to pressure the government of the United States to end its international violation of the rights of the Cuban people.

Let us then take the initiative to launch such a movement , to which Fidel Castro and the people and government of Cuba, heroes of international solidarity, are entitled . Acta non verba. Abrazo.

* Professor Emeritus, City College, New York.

 

Propaganda and Counterrevolution: The Beginnings of U.S. Radio Aggression in Cuba

August 25, 2011

by Lola Zurbarán

Cuba has not been immune to the use of radio as a tool of the aggressive policy of successive United States administrations, especially during the first decade of the Cuban Revolution. Two key moments have been the mercenary attack at Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) and the Cuban Missile Crisis, both supported by counterrevolutionary propaganda broadcast by radios in the service of U.S. interests.On March 21, 1960 radio aggression against the Cuban archipelago officially began, with a Spanish-language broadcast by the Voice of America (VOA), one of the agencies of the United States Information Agency (USIA).

With a night-time program aimed at Cuba – although they maintained it was directed towards the whole continent – its contents reflected the growing tension in the relations between the two countries and it served as the mouthpiece for U.S. positions on the revolutionary process going on in Cuba.

As the Voice of America was the U.S. Government’s official radio station, there existed a number of constraints for serving as a vehicle of a particular kind of propagandistic content, such as direct incitement to rebellion or providing instructions for subversive activities.

This situation gave rise to another clandestine radio station with a wide-ranging program. Initiated by President Ike Eisenhower, its goal was the overthrow of the Cuban Revolution through military means.

This complex operation included broadcasting in several ways, with Radio Swan in the main role.

This commercial radio station, located on Swan Island – a territory in dispute between Honduras and the United States – was born under the façade of the Gibraltar Steamship Corporation, with headquarters in Miami and chaired by Thomas D. Babor, former president of the United Fruit Company.

The Gibraltar Steamship Company never had a ship and its offices only provided a cover for the operation.

As an undercover operation, the radio station was never registered in the Master International Frequency Register of the International Telecommunication Union.

According to documents made public in 1980, for the CIA the station meant a monthly expenditure of between $400,000 and $500,000 for maintaining a program that eventually grew to cover three timelines: morning, noon and night. The average total daily airtime ranged between eight and twelve hours.

As per sources of Cuban researcher Adonis Subit Lamí, shortly before the mercenary invasion at Playa Girón, Radio Swan was provided with an additional transmitter in the international 49-meter short-wave band directed to Cuba.

The contents of its broadcasts became increasingly more aggressive because they encouraged subversion and sabotage. An example of this were the advertisements composed in the traditional way of commercials, one of which stated:

“Worker, you who know your machinery, destroy it. There’s nobody better than you to destroy it without the communists becoming aware of it…do not grease it, let sand fall into its gears…”

Later on, on April 17, 1961, when the invasion of Playa Girón began, Radio Swan became the radio station directly supporting the mercenaries. A message broadcast on this day said:

“Forces loyal to the Revolutionary Council have conducted a large-scale general uprising on the isle of Cuba…the militia which Castro trusted seems to be possessed by panic…A Liberation Army is in the isle of Cuba to fight with you against the communist tyranny of destabilized Fidel Castro…attack Fidel followers wherever they are….”

After the defeat at Playa Girón, the CIA changed the name of Radio Swan, now completely discredited, to Radio America, The Voice of Truth for the Whole Continent. With this, they continued propaganda against Cuba until budgetary shortages in the Agency caused its demise in the mid-1960s.

However, during the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis, the United States stepped up the use of the radio as an instrument of penetration into Cuba, which was executed in accordance with the Jacobs Plan.

This plan included the installation of two new medium-wave transmitters in the southern Florida Keys, Marathon and Sugarloaf. With their directional antennas, they concentrated broadcasting energy into Cuba, thus avoiding interfering with U.S. commercial radio stations.

These installations initiated another phase of the radio war against Cuba, with which they anticipated considerably increasing their audience within the country.

One day after President John F. Kennedy announced the blockade of Cuba, the Voice of America put out its programs in succession with a dozen U.S. medium-wave stations of great power. These corresponded to assignments in unobstructed channels that could be heard very clearly in Cuba during night-time hours.

These broadcasts were kept on the airwaves all the time that the “quarantine” lasted. Later the provisional stations in Sugarloaf and Marathon remained in regular service. In 1966, hurricane Alma completely destroyed the Sugarloaf station.

During the 1960s, a number of U.S. commercial radio stations, whose signals could be received in Cuba, were used by groups of exiles, directly financed by the CIA, to transmit counterrevolutionary propaganda.

Among them stands out WMIE from Miami, which much later changed its acronym to WQBA La Cubanísima.

WMIE broadcasts were addressed to the central region of Cuba and were used to support counterrevolutionary bands in the Escambray.

The United States also used two private short-wave radio stations, WEUL from New York, owned by Walter Lemmon, and KGET from California.

During the 1966 to 1980 period, only VOA transmissions were maintained for Cuba, of which the authorities suppressed the supplement Cita con Cuba on July 1, 1974, for “lack of reliable information from Cuban sources.”

At the present time, anti-Cuban transmissions total 2,425 hours per week broadcast on 30 radio and television frequencies.

Internet has also shown itself to be another tool of the U.S. government for fomenting the destruction of confidence in the leaders of the Revolution and, in a similar way, manipulating information to support their interests.

Translated by: Maria Luisa Hernandez Garcilaso de la Vega

Revised by Susana Hurlich for Cubanow

 

Terrorism: Not a Trace of the Truth

August 25, 2011

By Néstor Núñez

US political arrogance has become a daily habit in their attempt to
demonstrate to the world that it can judge others of their “wickedness and
sins”, but they forget their own.

As a continuation of its old routine which began in 1982, the US State
Department placed Cuba once again on the list of nations that promote
terrorism in the world.

But, how can they place the small Caribbean nation on that list, when
almost 6 000 of its citizens have died or have been mutilated by violent
actions carried out by extreme right wing elements based in its entirety
in US territory?

Cuba of course, strongly rejected this infamous campaign orchestrated by
US authorities and demanded through diplomatic channels that Washington
detain and try confessed terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, currently
walking the streets of Miami and end the inhuman incarceration of the five
Cuban political prisoners for defending their country against terrorism.

Many honest people must be asking themselves, where is the evidence
confirming the US accusation against Cuba.

Meanwhile, if we take a look at some of the history behind all this, not
only can we see the terrorists that have been protected by Washington in
its attacks  against the island, but have also carried out their violent
aggressions in US soil creating compromising and dangerous situations for
that society.

Late Orlando Bosch, for example, one of the promoters alongside his friend
Luis Posada Carriles in the bombing of the Cubana airliner off the coast
of Barbados killing 73 innocent people of board quickly found refuge in
Miami thanks to the help of George Bush Sr., and let us not forget their
attack against the UN building with a bazooka.

Terrorists of Cuban origin, among them Posada Carriles, were involved in
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

They also killed former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier in
Washington D.C. in 1976 and shot dead in the streets of New York, Cuban
diplomat Felix Garcia Rodriguez in September of 1980.

The extreme right wing elements also killed Cuban American figures that
were in favor of a dialog with their homeland, like the case of Luciano
Nieves, Eulalio Jose Negrin and young Carlos Muñiz Varela in San Juan,
Puerto Rico.

According to published records in Havana, only from February of 1975 to
July 1983, the terrorist groups of Cuban origin based in the US carried
out at least 26 bomb attacks against the same number of US installations:
from post offices, commercial entities, airports, warehouses, restaurants
and even an oil pipeline in Alaska as part of actions to stop any easing
of Washington’s policy towards Cuba.

After this, see for yourself, how the US continues year after year to
judge others of assassinations and terrorism in order to continue
justifying their foreign policy on those that defend their integrity and
dignity against the powerful empire.

 

Nueva sucia provocación subversiva contra Cuba

August 24, 2011

Percy Francisco Alvarado Godoy

23 de agosto de 2011.

El contrarrevolucionario y detractor de oficio Ernesto Hernández Busto, radicado en  Barcelona, España, y protegido de la USAI y de la ultraderecha española, desde donde mantiene un blog provocador y cargado de infundios sobre la realidad de la Isla, ha tenido otra absurda idea que, a la larga, se convertirá en sonado fracaso: enviar mensaje de textos por SMS con noticias distorsionadas a determinadas personas dentro de Cuba. Aunque, según él, son simples noticias, Hernández Busto ha seleccionado una variada gama de personas entre las que se destacan miembros de la contrarrevolución interna, así como supuestos organismos oficiales cubanos, entre ellos el Ministerio del Interior de la república de Cuba. Para ello, dice aprovecharse de la supuesta imposibilidad de que la Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) es incapaz de bloquear a los mensajes de mercadeo. Ahora mismo lardea de buscar nuevas aplicaciones para lograr su provocador cometido.

Esta campaña, denominada por él “Cuba Sin Censura”, se encamina a teléfonos celulares aislados, de los que cerca de 1000 ya han recibido, de acuerdo a confesiones del provocador, este tipo de mensajes de índole contrarrevolucionario. Para ello cuenta con el aumento del empleo de los teléfonos celulares por parte de la población cubana, los que habían sobrepasado la cifra del millón a fines del 2010. No es la primera vez que Hernández Busto se lanza a este tipo de aventura. En el año 2009, intentó utilizar este método mediante un sistema denominado Granpa, el cual fue contrarrestado y neutralizado por las autoridades cubanas.

En el caso de “Cuba Sin Censura”, Hernández planea emplear instalaciones computarizadas de mercadeo de mensajes SMS, que poseen la particularidad de tener una amplia flexibilidad al poder cambiar los números de origen y que presuponen la inexistencia de gasto alguno para los que lo reciben. Esta maniobra se suma a otra ya empleada en Miami mediante el sitio web “Háblalo Sin Miedo”, devenido en tribuna de falsedades por parte de miembros de los mercenarios internos y marco para que escalen en sus falsos perfiles protagónicos dentro de la contrarrevolución.

¿CÓMO SE INSTRUMENTA LA PROVOCACION?

Mediante la nueva web Cubasincensura.com., se envían titulares y llamamientos contrarrevolucionarios que son recibidos por aquellas personas que acceden al mismo solicitando dicho servicio, aunque en realidad Hernández Busto a ”seleccionado” a usuarios sin su consentimiento para realizar su labor provocadora. Posteriormente, el usuario recibe cerca de siete mensajes que persiguen fines provocadores y desinformativos sobre la realidad cubana e internacional. Desde luego, engañan al usuario aduciendo total confidencialidad, sin pensar que Cuba ya dispone de los elementos suficientes para neutralizar esta nueva patraña y se han ido creando los mecanismos adecuados para contrarrestarla.

La maniobra consiste en que el usuario introduzca en la web su número celular, o bien envíe un mensaje SMS al número +34 682 208 190; otra vía es enviar un email a csincensura@gmail.com.

El engaño al usuario es evidente: no hay forma de cancelar la suscripción.

PERFIL DE UN PROVOCADOR

Nacido en La Habana, en el año 1968, marchó a estudiar Matemáticas en la antigua URSS, donde demostró total falta de interés académico, regresando a Cuba e incorporándose al estudio de  Literatura en el Instituto Pedagógico “Enrique José Varona”. Insatisfecho, y buscando un sitio para dar rienda suelta a su ego descontrolado, así como buscando mejores horizontes materiales, se marchó de Cuba hacia México en 1991, donde permaneció hasta 1999. Luego de alcanzar un cierto reconocimiento con la publicación de Perfil Derecho en 1996, por la Editorial Aldus, se mantuvo estudiando Filosofía en la UNAM y colaborando con revistas mexicanas. En 1999 se radicó en Barcelona, donde ha escrito obras como Perfiles derechos, Fisonomías del escritor reaccionario e Inventario de saldos.

En España se vinculó directamente al reaccionario Partido Popular y supo aprovechar la ocasión de convertirse en un acérrimo promotor de campañas mediáticas contra su propia patria, dirigiendo un blog provocador y cargado de falacias sobre la realidad cubana, conocido como Penúltimos días. Sin remilgo alguno, ha apoyado una invasión directa de EE UU contra Cuba, al estilo similar como ocurrió en Iraq y Afganistán. Se ha codeado con periodistas xenófobos y de derecha como Arcadi Espada y otros, gozando del apoyo de la Fundación Nacional Hispano Cubana y de grupos anticubanos, tanto en España como en Miami. Ya en el año 2004 participa en la revista Cubista Magazine, fortaleciendo sus relaciones con el poderoso Grupo PRISA, cuyos medios se dedican a diatribar  contra Cuba y los países del ALBA. Es por ello que Ernesto Hernández Busto fue elegido para recibir el Premio Ortega y Gasset,  concedido por el gigante grupo mediático a Yoani Sánchez, como estímulo inmerecido a otra contrarrevolucionaria y mentirosa de oficio.

El 14 de junio de 2009,  Ernesto Hernández Busto, trató de boicotear fallidamente en  Barcelona una actividad relacionada con Cuba.

En noviembre de 2010 denigró a la figura del Che Guevara en un evento denominado Personal Democracy Forum, organizado en Santiago de Chile por la  Hillary Clinton Civil Society Iniciative, de claros matices anticubanos y donde fue repudiado por amigos solidarios con nuestra patria.

El 23 de abril de 2010, Ernesto Hernández Busto fue invitado a un foro sobre ciberguerra ofrecido por George W. Bush y Freedom House, realizado Dallas, Texas. Paradójicamente, quien ha amasado cantidades de dinero sobre la base de los infundios y falsedades, se atrevió insidiosamente a declarar: “todo el periodismo oficialista es periodismo mercenario al servicio de la propaganda oficial, y las ayudas a la disidencia son lo único que permite sobrevivir a personas a las que el gobierno ha marginado, no solo política sino también social y laboralmente”. Por ello, siempre ha considerado legítimo que la contrarrevolución anti cubana reciba dinero de la USAID y de otras entidades para subvertir el orden en Cuba.

Pero Don Dinero no solo pervierte, sino también crea recelos y encontronazos entre los mercenarios. Esa fue la causa principal de los encontronazos entre tres de los más sobredimensionados parlanchines anticubanos en la web: Yoani Sánchez, Ernesto Hernández Busto y Zoé Valdés, quienes usan sus blogs para atacarse sin compasión. De esas omertas banales y sacaderas de trapos sucios, surgió el gracioso mote de “Pájaro Tieso”, que endilgó Zoé a Hernández Busto y que, para su desgracia, hay que reconocer que le pega bien sin lugar a dudas.

Hoy recuerdo al señor Hernández Busto que debe aprender de los fracasos y que abandone a su  ser obstinado e irracional, pues le espera otra sonada derrota. Debería recordar el fracaso del sistema Granpa y de su Llamamiento a la Insurrección Popular en Cuba al estilo egipcio. Ya estamos preparados, definitivamente, a neutralizar su nueva campaña “Cuba sin Censura”. Los locos que le hagan caso, que  lo sigan y que se atengan a las consecuencias de ser engañados por este Pájaro Loco, que pretende aumentar el tamaño de su billetera. Los demás, los mayoritarios, de daremos justa respuesta a su provocación en su email: ehbusto@gmail.com

No vale más la pena perder el tiempo con trasnochados y oportunistas.

 

US gives asylum to dozens of terrorists and fugitives

August 24, 2011

by Jean-Guy Allard
Source: Granma, 23 August 2011.

The United States, promoter of the “list of state sponsors of terrorism,” whose real purpose is to denigrate nations that reject their policies of domination, has granted asylum to dozens of terrorists, fugitives and swindlers of all types sought by various governments in Latin America.

The website Contrainjerencia.com has established, since the beginning of the year, a list of the better known fugitives. Sixty offenders are identified as Latin American fugitives living in U.S. t, most of them with terrorist pasts.

With the Cuban community in Miami, the “File” had to be limited to the most “infamous” terrorists and killers. The overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, supported by Washington, marked the arrival in South Florida of thousands of accomplices of the dictatorship who the CIA then recruited for terrorist operations which were executed and covered up against the Cuban Revolution.

Several authors of terrorist acts that occurred in Venezuela in recent years have also found asylum in the U.S., as well as participants in the murderous conspiracy of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Among others who promoted the use of terror in different countries of the continent and now reside in the United States with the knowledge and approval of the State Department contrainjerencia.com identifies the following characters:

– Alejandro Melgar, leader of the Santa Cruz conspiracy, Bolivian businessman.

– Angel de Fana Serrano, participated in 1997, in the Isla Margarita, in a plot to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Ibero-American Summit. An associate of Luis Posada Carriles, De Fana also conspired to assassinate President Chavez.

– Armando Valladares, an accomplice in the assassination attempt of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and several terrorist acts, was imprisoned in Cuba for planting bombs in shops and resumed his work with the CIA since his departure from the island.

– Carlos Alberto Montaner, lived for several decades on his performances against Cuba. A fugitive from Cuban justice for planting bombs in shops and cinemas in 1960. He was a member of the terrorist network of Orlando Bosch. He owns homes in the U.S. and Spain.

– Gaspar Jiménez, murderer of Cuban diplomat Dartagnan Díaz Díaz, an accomplice of Luis Posada Carriles and sentenced in Panama for terrorism. Based in Miami with FBI protection.

– Guillermo Novo Sampol, a terrorist, an accomplice in the assassination of former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, a torturer under Operation Condor, the murderer of two Cuban diplomats in Argentina, an accomplice of Luis Posada Carriles for terrorism and sentenced in Panama. Based in Miami.

– Huber Matos, known for directing terrorist activities. His ties to the Central American drug trafficking world are so well known like of his son, who fled to Costa Rica. Based in Miami.

– Hugo Acha Melgar, financier of the terrorist gang made up of Hungarian and Croatian neo-Nazis who tried to assassinate Bolivian President Evo Morales in 2009 in the Santa Cruz plot.

– Joaquim Chaffardet, ex-director of the Venezuelan secret police, linked to international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. He was trained by U.S. intelligence services School of the Americas (SOA).

– José Antonio Colina Pulido, responsible for bombings of diplomatic offices in Spain, Colombia and in Caracas in 2003. Based in Miami.

– Nelson Mezerhane, financial conman, shareholder in Globovisión, among the main suspects in the murder of prosecutor Danilo Anderson. Disappeared from Caracas stealing seven million dollars.

– Patricia Poleo, an accomplice in the assassination of Venezuelan prosecutor Danilo Anderson. She is located behind a variety of CIA operations conducted with the U.S. embassy in Caracas against the Bolivarian Revolution. Based in Miami.

– Pedro Remon, a CIA assassin, murderer of Felix Garcia Rodriguez and Eulalio Negrin, in New York; accomplice of Luis Posada Carriles, convicted of terrorism in Panama. Based in Miami with FBI protection.

– Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA agent and international terrorist. He has an endless history of crimes. Sought by Venezuela for the 73 murders on a Cuban airliner blown up in 1976. Based in Miami.

– Reinol Rodriguez, associated with Luis Posada Carriles: an accomplice in the murder in Puerto Rico by Carlos Muñiz Varela. Currently military chief of the Alpha 66 terrorist group, tolerated by the FBI. Based in Miami.

– Roberto Martin Perez, son of one of the most infamous henchmen of the Batista dictatorship, former head of the paramilitary committee of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF).

– Raul Diaz, convicted of attacks with C4 explosive on two embassies in Caracas which occurred in 2003. Based in Miami.

– Carlos Yacaman, Honduran, murderer of the former minister of housing the administration of Manuel Zelaya, Roland Valenzuela. Located in Miami.

– Branko Marinkovic, Bolivian opposition leader in Santa Cruz, the main financier and accomplice of the terrorist group disbanded in 2009. He gave $ 200,000 to the terrorists to buy weapons. He lives in Miami.

– Jose Guillermo Garcia, Salvadoran general, former minister of defense, responsible for the torture and murder of four American nuns.

– Carlos Vides Casanova, former head of the National Guard of El Salvador, torturer and responsible for the murder of four American nuns.

– Michael Townley, an officer of Pinochet’s secret police, accomplice in the murder of former Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier. Based in Miami.

– Santiago Álvarez Fernández Magriñá terrorist and Cuban-American arms dealer, an accomplice of Posada Carriles. Based in Miami.

– Osvaldo Mitat, terrorist and Cuban arms dealer, accomplice of Posada Carriles. Based in Miami.

– Hector Alfonso Ruiz alias Héctor Fabián, Cuban terrorist, planted bombs in embassies, associated with Posada Carriles. Based in Miami.

– Ramon Saul Sanchez, hitman Omega 7, an accomplice of Eduardo Arocena and Pedro Remon. Based in Miami.

– Rodolfo Frómeta, Cuban terrorist, leader of F4 commandos, the confessed authorof terrorist actions against Cuba. Based in Miami.

– Roberto Guillermo Bravo, Argentine military responsible for the slaughter in Trelew that killed 16 young revolutionaries. He lives in Miami.

– Virgilio Paz Romero, an accomplice in the assassination of Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and his assistant Ronni Moffitt, was pardoned by George W. Bush. Based in Miami.

– Jose Dionisio Suarez Esquivel, alias Charco de Sangre, an accomplice in the assassination of Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt his collaborator, released by George W. Bush. Based in Miami.

– Felix Rodriguez Mendigutía, alias El Gato, a CIA agent, ordered the murder of Ernesto Che Guevara, an accomplice of Posada Carriles in El Salvador’s Ilopango base in arms for cocaine. Based in Miami. trafficking

– Salvador Romani, president of the terrorist Cuban Patriotic Junta in Venezuela, attacker of the Cuban embassy in Caracas, accomplice to the murder of lawyer Anderson. Based in Miami.

– Johan Peña, ex-commissioner of DISIP, planted the bomb that killed lawyer Anderson. He lives in Miami.

– Jaime Garcia Covarrubias, former chief repressor of Pinochet accused of torture and murder, now a professor at an academy of the Pentagon, Washington, USA

– José Basulto, a Cuban-American terrorist, CIA agent, head of Brothers to the Rescue, and author of murderous provocations. He lives in Miami.

– Inocente Orlando Montano, Salvadoran colonel sought by the Spanish courts for murder of the Jesuits.

– José Guevara, ex agent of DISIP. Participated from Miami in the conspiracy to assassinate the Venezuelan prosecutor Danilo Anderson.

In Miami, dozens of Cuban-American organizations linked to terrorism are still active even though the FBI knows their connection with violent activities. The terrorist group Alpha 66 and Commandos F4 openly preach the use of terror against Cuba.

Meanwhile the activities of support of terrorist actions by leaders of the CANF and the Cuban Liberty Council have been publicly denounced on several occasions.

Nothing surprises anyone in this area in the country of Representative Connie Mack, who suggested the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and his colleague Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who suggested, in an interview on British television, the physical elimination of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Florida Court Awards $2.8 Bln to Anti-Castro Agent

August 24, 2011

Despicable people like this continue getting these huge, unpayable –and therefore totally symbolic — awards in US courts because the Cuban government won’t lower itself to even contest such cases in courtrooms where they know there is no such thing as justice. Therefore, everything presented by the anti-Castro golddigers is taken as uncontroverted “truth” by the rules of US courts, so they know they will always win as long as they go through all the formal procedures.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone cut off and sold the testicles of the worm who cut off and sold a lock of Che’s hair, after helping assassinate him? klw

August 23, 2011
Florida Court Awards $2.8 Bln to Anti-Castro Agent
By REUTERS

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida judge ordered Cuba to pay $2.8 billion (1.7 billion pounds) to a former CIA agent who helped hunt down revolutionary leader Che Guevara, an award lawyers called the biggest ever in a civil suit against the communist government.

Cuban-born Gustavo Villoldo said in his lawsuit that the Cuban government tortured him and stripped his family of its wealth after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959.

Florida Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko found that Villoldo was tortured for five days and that Cuban agents had tried to assassinate Villoldo several times since he left Cuba for exile in the United States.

Court documents also said Cuban agents prompted Villoldo’s father to kill himself in 1959, after detaining him several times and threatening to murder the whole family if he did not give up his properties.

The award of $2.8 billion exceeded previous civilian rulings against Cuba in U.S. courts, said Villoldo’s lawyer, Andrew Hall. But it was unclear how Villoldo would collect the damages as confiscated Cuban assets in the United States only add up to $200 million.

Villoldo, 72, joined the U.S. army in the 1960s shortly after he left Cuba. As a CIA operative he helped capture Castro’s right-hand man, Argentine-born revolutionary icon Che Guevara, in the mountains of Bolivia in 1967.

In 2007, Villoldo auctioned off a lock of Guevara’s hair that he had snipped as proof after the Marxist guerrilla fighter was executed. The lock went for $100,000 to a lone bidder in a Texas auction.

And in 2009, a Florida court awarded Villoldo $1.2 billion for the death of his father, in a lawsuit against the Cuban government. But the award was scrapped after a federal judge ruled that Villoldo’s lawyers had not given Cuba the chance to go to arbitration, violating the legal conditions for suing a foreign government in U.S. courts.

This time around Villoldo’s lawyers sought international arbitration, but obtained no response from the communist government. Cuba refused to represent itself in the Villoldo case.

 

How Venezuela & Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care

August 24, 2011

a talk by STEVE BROUWER author of Revolutionary Doctors
new from MONTHLY REVIEW PRESS

joined by the Honorable Jorge Valero Briceño,
Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations

join us to learn what Venezuela is doing with support of Cuba to build a new and human health care system.

Venezuela and Cuba clearly show that the basic human right of access to medical and health care in time of need is not dependent on the level of economic development. Venezuela and Cuba are not rich countries yet, and in spite of this, health care reaches the majority of their populations. They should be considered points of reference for poor countries that want to break with the underdevelopment of health. This book is a rigorous and balanced account of how they did it.—Vicente Navarro, MD, PhD; professor of health policy, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; editor in chief, International Journal of Health Services

Friday, September 2nd, 7 PM Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016

presented by
Monthly Review Press, Bolivarian Circle Alberto Lovera, Cuba Solidarity New York,The Indypendent July 26 Coalition, Casa de las Americas, The Center for the Humanities at,The Graduate Center, CUNYCenter for Place, Culture, and Politics at, The Graduate Center, CUNY, IFCO-Pastors for Peace

For more information about the book, visit http://monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb2396/

To read an excerpt from the book, visit http://links.org.au/node/241

CUNY Center for the Humanities: http://www.centerforthehumanitiesgc.org/

 


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