Archive for October 21st, 2011

5 innocent cubans in US jails, why this injustice ?

October 21, 2011

The presence of Cuban children in US is ” a danger to national security ” ?

October 21, 2011

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Ros-Lehtinen: says the presence of Cuban children in the United States is “a danger to national security”

October 18, 2011

Google translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

The presence of the 22 children of Cuban children’s theater group La Colmenita (The Beehive) is part of a policy that “undermines U.S. foreign policy priorities and interests of national security,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of of Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. Ros-Lehtinen is famous for her links with terrorist circles of Cuban Miami.

The Beehive is made up of 22 children aged between 6 and 15 years and is in the United States from a few days, at the invitation of the Brownstone Foundation and the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five.

The chief of the right-wing Cuban-American clan in the U.S. Congress expresses her “concern” in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which states that the State Department grant visas “to an organization that is promoting convicted spies as heroes “a reference to five Cubans in the U.S. hostages to infiltrate terrorist organizations.

Speaking of these anti-terrorists, the politician is intended Miami Cuban terms located: the “spies” Cuban says, made unlawful acts “against our homeland.”

With her usual rhetoric, Ros-Lehtinen attacks cultural exchange programs and educational and demands Clinton provide to the Foreign Relations Committee a detailed account of funding for programs related to Cuba, then calls for suspension of all cultural exchanges and education with the Island.

From Miami, global capital of Internet pornography, a phenomenon she has never complained about, Ros-Lehtinen will speak in her letter about the alleged existence in Cuba of what she calls a “disgusting sex tourism regime,” another typical usual U.S. propaganda speech. The company presented its show at the American University in Washington after a visit to Capitol Hill “hit” with the congressman who now claims “not remember” the chance encounter.

The Beehive has scheduled several presentations in schools and American cultural and special role in the UN headquarters in New York, just before the annual vote on blocking international organization or Cuba.

The “honorary” President of the Committee in support of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, Ros-Lehtinen is famous for her relations with the Miami terrorist fauna, for her call to kill the leader of the Cuban Revolution made in a British documentary and her blind support to the most violent attacks by Israel against Palestine.

The politician fails to mention Carlos Alberto Cremata, founder and director of The Beehive, in her letter.

Cremata is the son of one of the 73 victims of the explosion of a Cuban airliner in Barbados in 1976 by order of Posada Carriles

For the Cuban Five Young theater troupe brings story to life

October 21, 2011

BY Tanyanika Samuels

Friday, October 21st 2011, 4:00 AM

La Colmenita theater troupe will perform its play 'Abracadabra' at Hostos Friday night.
Courtesy La Colmenita
La Colmenita theater troupe will perform its play ‘Abracadabra’ at Hostos Friday night.

THE STORY of the Cuban Five is a complicated one, but that’s not stopping a troupe of child actors from tackling history.

The Cuban children’s theater group La Colmenita (Little Beehive) will mix fantasy and reality to tell the tale of these Cuban national heroes tonight at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture.

The play, “Abracadabra,” speaks to a top concern among Cubans, said Carlos Alberto Cremata, who founded the group in 1990.

“In Cuba, in all the neighborhoods, in all the schools, they sing and paint and write poetry about these heroes,” he said. “All the children know they are heroes because they were fighting against terrorism against Cuba.”

To ward off terrorist attacks, Cuba had sent spies to the U.S. to monitor militant Cuban exile groups. U.S. officials had been watching them since the 1960s.

In February 1996, disaster struck when Cuban military jets shot down two airplanes run by an exile group, killing four Americans. Five Cuban intelligence officers were arrested and convicted of espionage, among other crimes, for providing Cuba with information about military bases that was used to down the planes.

Tonight, La Colmenita will revive their story.

This is La Colmenita’s first time in New York, and only its second time in the U.S. It will perform in Harlem tomorrow at Public School 154/The Harriet Tubman Learning Center, 250 W. 127th St., before continuing to California. Troupe members are UNICEF goodwill ambassadors.

Filled with music, singing and dancing, “Abracadabra” was written by the 22 young actors, who range from 6 to 15 years old. In it, a teacher gives students the names of classic fairy tale heroes and challenges them to bring the heroes home.

In real life, the Cuban Five received lengthy prison terms. One, Rene González, was released this month.

Asked whether he considered the subject matter controversial, Cremata said he “never thought about it.”

“We come bringing the best will and hope,” he said. “We hope that people who come to see us understand what Cubans today are feeling.”

Hostos’ arts center has a long history of hosting Cuban performers, like Los Van Van, dating to the early 1990s, said Wally Edgecombe, the center’s director.

There was a lull in the mid-2000s, when the Bush administration clamped down on this cultural exchange, but that has since changed under President Obama.

In recent years, the arts center has hosted such Cuban groups as pianist Dayramir González and Septeto Nacional.

“Our focus is on Afro-Caribbean and African-American arts,” Edgecombe said. “We have a lot of Puerto Rican programming and a lot of Dominican programming. Now we’re getting back into Cuban arts, and it’s great.”

La Colmenita

“Abracadabra,” in Spanish with English subtitles, starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Repertory Theater at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture at 450 Grand Concourse. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Children attend free.

For tickets, call the Hostos box office at (718) 518-4455 between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For information about La Colmenita, visit the website

! New optimism in Cuba about economic reforms ! Freedom House study reveals ?

October 21, 2011

The Christian Science Monitor –
New optimism in Cuba about economic reforms, Freedom House study reveals
The Freedom House report on Cuba released today finds that Cubans see real economic change there, and more Cubans now would rather work for themselves than hold once-prized state jobs.

By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer
posted October 21, 2011

Mexico City
When Raul Castro announced radical changes to the economic structure of communist Cuba, the country was in a semi-daze, as we detailed in a cover story last year.

Many Cubans were excited about the prospects of economic change, particularly opening access to self-employment. But, as state jobs were slashed, many were also worried about going it alone after a lifetime of stable, if paltry, government salaries and subsidies.

But a new Freedom House survey released today shows a radical change in perceptions.,  

Forty-one percent of Cubans say the country is making progress, compared to only 15 percent who felt optimistic about the country’s future when Freedom House last conducted field research in December 2010. In fact, today more Cubans say they would prefer to work for themselves than for the government, the survey shows.

IN PICTURES: Scenes from Cuba’s economy –,

Less than a year ago, Cubans were “very skeptical about change. They doubted real change would happen,” says Daniel Calingaert, deputy director of programs at Freedom House and co-author of the study. This survey was carried out in June, after reforms were implemented formally at the Sixth Community Party Congress in April. And now, Mr. Calingaert says, Cubans see “change is real.”

This economic opening is the “most significant positive change to have taken place in Cuba since communism was introduced half a century ago,” the new survey concludes.

At first glance, Cuban optimism could be a good sign for the Castro government. But it could also pose additional challenges. Cubans who have tasted economic freedom say they want more, and a bit of stability has also allowed them the luxury to think beyond the day-to-day economics of feeding a family. “It’s opening people to new possibilities,” says Calingaert. “There is more interest in individual freedoms.”

Indeed, one of the more surprising findings is that, when asked what reforms they most wanted, Cubans said increased freedom of expression and the freedom to travel (28 percent). This is a radical change from the most recent study, when economic reform topped the wish list of respondents.

The Cuban government has a long way to go on the freedom front. Most Cubans continue to get their news from the government. The poll showed that only 40 percent of Cubans surveyed knew what happened to Egypt’s leaders, while only 36 percent knew how the revolution in Tunisia ignited.

Here are some of the survey’s specific major findings:

•79 percent say they have noted visible change in the past six months in Cuba, including more self-employed on the streets.
•63 percent of respondents favor the reforms introduced under Raul Castro. The report quotes an ice-cream vendor: “Imagine, I can make more money selling ice cream than I ever did as an accountant for the government.”
•49 percent say that it is better to work for themselves, compared to 44 percent who say a government job is better.
That is not to say that Cubans aren’t wary of changes ahead of them. For example, the field research culled commentary from Cubans voicing concern about unsteady incomes, having enough funds to start their own businesses – especially those without family in the US to help – and growing resentment among less successful entrepreneurs.

“The changes are causing a sense of insecurity and resentment among some Cubans, as might be expected in a country where citizens were almost entirely dependent on government for their material needs and had no experience of market competition,” the report says. “Such insecurity and resentment accompanied the shift from communism to market economies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. While the insecurity and resentment presents a challenge for reform in Cuba, it is also a reflection of how profound are the changes that are currently underway.”



October 21, 2011


Unterstützen wir Cuba bei seiner Forderung nach Gerechtigkeit
Terrorist acts against Cuba have taken more than three thousand lives and caused injuries and disabilities to more than two thousand innocent people. Well-known criminals, perpetrators of attacks, assassinations and sabotage, live free in Florida today. Five young Cubans, who in defense of their country were closely watching the most aggressive terrorist organizations operating in U.S. territory with absolute impunity, were arrested in Miami in 1998 and condemned in that city to very long sentences after a sham legal process under the pressure and hostility of media paid with federal money. René González, the first of the Cuban Five to complete his unjust sentence, must remain after his release from prison for three years of “supervised release” in the United States instead of returning to his country and his family. We, the undersigned, demand that the U.S. Government immediately return René González to his country and release Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González.
Die Terrorakte gegen Cuba haben mehr als 3 000 Menschenleben gefordert und hatten Verletzungen und Behinderungen bei mehr al 2 000 unschuldigen Menschen zur Folge. Allgemein bekannte Verbrecher, Verursacher oder Täter von Attentaten, Morden und Sabotageakten, leben heute frei in Florida. Fünf junge Cubaner, die in Verteidigung ihres Landes die aggressivsten terro ristischen Organisationen beobachteten, die unter absoluter Straffreiheit vom US-Territorium aus operieren konnten, wurden 1998 in Miami festgenommen und in dieser Stadt zu übermäßigen Gefängnisstrafen verurteilt, in einem unfairen Gerichtsverfahren und unter dem Druck und der Feindseligkeit von Pressemedien, die aus Bundesmitteln bezahlt wurden. René González, der als erster der Fünf seine ungerechte Strafe verbüßt hatte, muß nach seiner Entlassung, anstatt in sein Heimatland und zu seiner Familie zurückzukehren, drei Jahre lang unter ?überwachter Freiheit? in den USA bleiben. Wir, die Unterzeichnenden, fordern von der Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten die sofortige Rückkehr von René González in sein Heimatland und die Freilassung von Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero und Fernando González.
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Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Elfriede Jelinek, Zhores Alfiorov, Nadine Gordimer, Rigoberta Menchú, Noam Chomsky, Oscar Niemeyer, Eduardo Galeano, Danny Glover, Alfonso Sastre, Alicia Alonso, Alice Walker, Pablo González Casanova, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Enrique Herrera, Ignacio Ramonet, Frei Betto, Gianni Miná, Samir Amin, Tariq Ali, Istvan Meszaros, Ramsey Clark, Yeicdkol Polevnsky Gurwitz, Fina García Marruz, Armand Mattelart, Luis Britto García, Cindy Sheehan, Dennis Banks, Thiago de Mello, Cynthia McKinney, Tomás Borge, Miguel Barnet, Miguel D’Escoto, Manu Chao, Saul Landau, Oscar González, Silvio Rodríguez, Luis Eduardo Aute, Daniel Viglietti, Francois Houtart,Vicente Feliú, Vijay Prashad, Graziella Pogolotti, Miguel Bonasso, Domenico Losurdo, Atilio Borón, Noah Gimbel, Alfredo Guevara, Fernando Morais, Walter Salles, Marcelino dos Santos, Paul Estrade, Esperanza Martínez,Martin Almada, Belén Gopegui, Ariel Dorfman, Ernesto Cardenal, Elmar Altvater, William Blum, Jorge Fons, Omara Portuondo, Feredico Mayor Zaragoza, Piero Gleijeses, Eric Toussaint, Ernest Pépin, Paul Leduc, Jorge Sanjinés, Leo Brower, Stella Calloni, Juan Bañuelos, Frank Fernández, Constantino Bértolo, Tato Pavlovsky, Víctor Flores Olea, Pascual Serrano, Theotonio dos Santos, Isaac Rosa, César Portillo de la Luz, Manuel Cabieses, Marjorie Cohn, Magdalena Gómez, Guillermo Toledo Monsalve, Víctor Heredia, Héctor Díaz-Polanco, Santiago Alba Rico, Richard Gott, Amiri Baraka, Amina Baraka, Hildebrando Pérez Grande, Poli Délano, Setsuko Ono, Carlos Fernández Liria, Andy Spahn, Luisa Vicioso, Pedro Lemebel, Keith Ellis, Franz Hinkelammert, Marco A. Gandásegui,Antoine Blanca, Frida Modak, Michele Matterlart, Carlos Fernández Liria, Juan Segarra Palmer, Luis Rosa Pérez, Roberto Montoya, Norman Girvan, Juan Madrid, Carlo Frabetti, Irene Amador, Jane Franklin, Danny Rivera, Pablo Marcano García, Farruco Sesto, Emir Sader, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Gilberto López y Rivas, Coriún Aharoniam, Brian Becker, Raúl Pérez Torres, James Cockcroft, Luciano Vasapollo, Ana Esther Ceceña, Carmen Bohórquez, Hugo Móldiz, Franck Gaudichaud, Adamos Katsantonis, Alicia Hermida, Jaime Losada, Bernard Cassen, Michael Parenti, Vicente Romano, Mitchel Cohen, Digna Guerra, Pablo Armando Fernández, Carilda Oliver Labra, Antonio Preciado, José Steinsleger, Peter Bohmer, Vicente Battista, Susú Pecoraro, Isabel Parra, Ramón Chao, César López, Jaime Sarusky, Reynaldo González, Antón Arrufat, Alfredo Vera Arrata, Pablo Guayasamín, Jaime Caycedo, Fernando Buen Abad, Higinio Polo, Marcos Roitman, Joao Pedro Stedile, Juan Carlos Camaño, Arturo Corcuera, Boris Kagarlitsky, Sandra Levinson, Carlos Fazio, Salim Lamrani, Javier Couso, Maribel Pemuy, Fernando Rendón, Montserrat Ponsa, Ana Rossetti, Shailja Patel, Jorge Bocannera, Red Ronnie, Lasse Söderberg, Hans-Otto Dill, Hernando Calvo Ospina, Iraida Malberti, Carlos A. Cremata, Juan Carlos Cremata, Winston Orrillo, Sergio Vitier, Guido López Gavilán, Martha E. Valdés, Sara González, Desiderio Navarro, Vicente Feliú, Rogelio Martínez Furé, Andrés Sorel, Maurice Lemoine, Heidi Boghosian, Ramón Akal, Richard Becker, Gloria la Riva, Zolani Mkiva, Víctor Ego Ducrot, Beth Carvalho, Raly Barrionuevo, Yamandú Acosta, Luis Arizmendi, Javier Corcuera, Jorge Beinstein, Miguel Urbano, Beatriz Stolowicz, Sargento García, Arnoldo Mora, Gioconda Belli, Pepe Escobar, Robinson Salazar, Electo Silva, María Teresa Linares, Luis Carbonell, , Elma Beatriz Rosado, Rosa Meneses Albizu-Campos, Faride Zerán, Gilberto Maringoni, William Osuna, Nils Castro, Antoine Chao, Cecilia Todd, Pablo Romo, John Gerassi, Roy Brown, Jack Hirschman, Edmundo Aray, Aram Aharonian, Margarita Zapata, Horacio González, Claudia Gómez Haro, Osvaldo León, Medea Benjamin, Roberto Valera, Jesús Ortega, Enrique Bonne, Wilfredo S. Naranjo, Félix Hernández Gamundi, Alejandro Moreano, Satchid Anandan, Carlos Alberto Almeida, Arnold August, Juan Antonio Hormigón, Marielle Nicolas, Rita Martufi, Paulo Nakatani, Claudio Katz, James Early, Plinio de A. Sampaio Jr., Julio García Espinosa, José Villa Soberón, Omar Valiño, Magda González, Rudy Mora, Senel Paz, David Couso, Carlos Martínez, Luis Bilbao, Blanca Chancosa, Michael Avery, Ricardo Flecha, Luis Morlote Rivas, Francisco Villa, José Pertierra, Ivette Viant, Eslinda Nuñez, Nancy Morejón, Carlos Padron, Lesbia Vent Dumois, Walter Martínez Alvez,Ana Ramos, Alessandra Riccio, Susana Oviedo Rosales, Claribel Alegría, Maricarmen Montes, Rachid Boudjedra, Ángel Guerra, Adelaida de Juan, Flora Fong, José Fuster, José A. Choy, Manuel López Oliva, Alejandro Torres Rivera, Cesar Lazo, Reynaldo Naranjo, Rosina Valcárcel, Marcela Pérez Silva, Saskia Guayasamín, Verenice Guayasamín, Milagros Rivera, Marta Harnecker, Michael Lebowitz, Carlos Prigollini, César Seco, Lil Rodríguez, G. Arturo Limón, Gaetano Longo, Cassimiro de Britto, Claudia Camba, Daniel del Solar, Margarita Favela Gavia, Fanny Palacios, Pádraig Ó Cíobháin, Luis Martin Cabrera, Gabriel Rosenstock, Álvaro Miranda, Bruno Portuguez, Jotamario Arbeláez, Sara Rosenberg, Etna Velarde, Federico García, Antonio Gaztambide-Géigel, Israel Shamir, Reinaldo Montesinos, Gerardo Alfonso, Alberto Faya, María Felicia Pérez, Roberto Chorens, Juan Piñera, Caridad Diez, Omar Felipe Mauri, Aida Bahr, Raúl Alzaga, Ángeles Maestro, Pilar Roca, Ivana Jinkings, Chiara Varese, Francisco Adrianzén, Eva Björklund, Pepe Viñoles, Gustavo Espinoza, Antonio Maira, Arturo Arango, Marilyn Bobes, Marta Rojas, Eduardo Heras León, Gabriel Impaglione, Enrique Molina, Verónica Lynn, Daisy Granados, Juan Carlos Monedero, Tanita Temoche, Claudia Korol, Juano Vilafañe, Gerardo Fulleda León, Alden Knight, Nieves Riovalles, María Elena Molinet, René de la Nuez, Humberto Hernández, Agneta Falk, Joseba Macías, Roberto Sánchez, Beatriz Rajland, Juan Diego García, Cristina Prigollini, Steffen Prigollini, Marco Velázquez, Luciano Alzaga, Marisa Rosado, María Toledano, Miguel Mirra, Susana Moreira, Alicia Jrapko, Jacobo Rauskin, Nayar López Castellanos, Manuel de la Rica, Harald Neuber, Ángel Juárez, José Rivera, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Ángel Alderete, Roberto Chile, Mauricio Hernández, Germán Ojeda, Hiram Guadalupe Pérez, Rebeca Chávez, Xiomara Blanco, Aitana Alberti, Alex Pausides, Salah Ahmine, Tito Alvarado, Giovanna Mulas, Raúl Delgado Wise, Lina de Feria, José Luis Fariñas, Juana García Abás, Jaime Gómez Triana, Matías Bosch, Javier Maqua Lara, Gloria Berrocal, Marcio Alfonso Vargas Aguilar, Adnan Ozer, Euphrase Kezilahabi, Carmen Rosa Balbi, Agnar Artúvertin, Enrique Colina, Rolando Pérez Betancourt, José Ramón Artigas, Alberto Luberta, Caridad Martínez, Laura Albizu-Campos Meneses, Jaime Chao, María Cristina Meneses Albizu-Campos, Liudmila Quincoses, Carlos Rodríguez Almaguer, Simón Zavala Guzmán, Rolando Revagliatti, Nery R. Toledo Álvarez, Flor Joglar, Patricia Barba, Eddy Rafael Pérez, Ricardo Luis Plaul, Eduardo Gómez, Carlos Carbone, Miguel Marquez, Antonio Trujillo, Luis Alberto Crespo, Pedro Ruiz, Leonardo G. Ruiz, Sol Linares, Ana María Oviedo Palomares, Julio Borromé, Inés Ruiz, Luis Emilio Romero, Jesús Trejo, Nelson Montiel, Yarisma Unda, Arnaldo Erazzo,Naylet Sierra, Arnulfo Quintero, Dory Rojas, Esmeralda Torres, Raday Ojeda, Yuri Patiño, Jose Gregorio González, Ana Carolina Saavedra, Andrés Mejía, Eduardo Mariño, Franklin Ledezma Candanedo, Daniel Vilá, Julio Bepré, Fabricio Estrada, José Rubens Mascarenhas de Almeida, Paul Fortis, Gustavo Díaz, Gil Zu, Victor Nogal, Felipe Rivas, Gabriel Jaime Franco, Carlos Andrés Sepúlveda, Agustin di Palma, Italo S. 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