Archive for February 26th, 2012

Obama Extends Cuban Emergency Order

February 26, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama extended an emergency order Thursday that has been in effect since Cuba shot down two U.S.-registered small planes 16 years ago.

“The Cuban government has not demonstrated that it will refrain from the use of excessive force against U.S. vessels or aircraft that may engage in memorial activities or peaceful protest north of Cuba,” the president said. “In addition, the unauthorized entry of any U.S.-registered vessel into Cuban territorial waters continues to be detrimental to the foreign policy of the United States.”

The planes were operated by a Cuban-American group, Brothers to the Rescue, which used them to drop leaflets on Havana. The group said they did not enter Cuban airspace, dropping the leaflets at a time when the wind would carry them to land.

The two planes shot down by a Cuban fighter jet on Feb. 24, 1996, were both outside Cuban airspace at the time.

Roberto Gonzalez, one of the Defense Lawyers of The Five, in a Critical Condition

February 26, 2012

(acn) Roberto Gonzalez, one of the members of the legal team of the five Cubans condemned in the United States, is in a critical condition at a Havana hospital after a hard struggle against cancer, which he has been suffering from for several years now.

Roberto is the only brother of Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cubans condemned in the United States. All these years, his condition as a lawyer has turned him into a tireless fighter for the release of The Five.

In October, he agreed to give the Juventud Rebelde newspaper an interview, in which he offers details about his family and speaks about his convictions, as a lawyer and as a Cuban, in favor of the return home of these five compatriots. His wish to see his brother again in Cuba was also present in his words:

“He (Rene) speaks about continuing to work. He would like to chat with his neighbors, or work on the street on the mechanics of a car… He has an agricultural project in mind, of self-supply. He’s working on it. And I’m planning to accompany him.”

USA violate family rights

February 26, 2012

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