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International Figures Call for Freedom for Five Cubans Imprisoned in the United States for 15 Years

October 31, 2013

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PRESS RELEASE: Wednesday 30 October

Noam Chomsky, Emma Thompson, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Ricardo Alarcón, Günter Grass and Ramsey Clark have joined other international personalities in support of Voices for the Five, an international coalition calling for justice and freedom for five Cubans imprisoned in the United States.

Voices for the Five, launched today, brings together supporters from the arts, media, legal, NGO and campaigning organisations calling for justice and freedom for the Cuban Five – five Cubans arrested in 1998 while attempting to prevent terrorist attacks against the Cuban people by groups within the USA.

Human rights and legal groups have raised questions about the fairness of the trial. Amnesty International stated that she has “serious doubts about the fairness of the the proceedings leading to their conviction” The organization says that she is “supporting calls for a review of the case by the US executive authorities through the clemency process or other appropriate means”

On 7-8 March 2014, a major two day Commission of Inquiry into the Case of the Cuban Five will convene a panel of internationally renowned commissioners drawn from legal, human rights, political and academic backgrounds and organisations at the Law Society in London as part of the Voices for the Five initiative.
The Commission will hear testimony from René González Sehwerert, the first and only member of the Five to have been released after completing his 15 year sentence. He will be joined by family members, victims of terrorism against Cuba, lawyers, politicians and campaigners from Cuba and across the world.

A full list of endorsers and video messages from international supporters of the Cuban Five can be found at http://www.voicesforthefive.com. The website calls on people across the globe to sign up online with messages, photos and videos to add their support to the hundreds of international figures already involved.

Michael Mansfield, famous English barrister, says “I am delighted to endorse the Inquiry into the case of the Miami Five to be held in London next March. It will serve as an expression of truth and conscience by the people for the people. Politicians cannot be trusted to undertake such an exercise”

Noam Chomsky, American academic and activist, says “They weren’t criminals. They were heroes. I mean they were exposing to the US government crimes that are being committed on US soil; crimes the US government is tolerating and theoretically should be punishing itself. The five Cubans took a risk in doing that and that was a heroic act and instead of being honored for it they are being severely punished for it.
And that’s why global opinion is so appalled by this travesty. The only way to remedy the injustice is to withdraw the charges completely”

Irmita González, eldest daughter of René González Sehwerert says “I was only 14 when my dad got arrested and I am 29 now. I have been growing up in the middle of this battle. It’s too long. It’s time for it to end and for my uncles to come back to their families, their life and their country, because they are people who have fought against the harm that has been done to Cuba for many years. They should be free and we need them back.”

Notes to editors:
1. The two day Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five will convene a group of internationally renowned commissioners drawn from legal, human rights, political and academic backgrounds and organisations. They will hear first hand evidence from witnesses about their personal experiences of terrorism against Cuba, the arrest, the trial, legal appeals and the treatment and sentencing of the Cuban Five. This public event and will run concurrently with a full programme of rallies, concerts, exhibitions, screenings, media and cultural events to reach out to the widest audience as possible and generate increased international support and awareness for the cause of justice for the Five.

2. Endorsers include
Noam Chomsky, US academic and activist
Julie Christie, UK Actor
Ramsey Clark, Former US Attorney General
Günter Grass, German Nobel Prize for Literature
John Le Carré, UK novelist
Mairead Maguire, UK Nobel Peace Laureate
Michael Mansfield QC, UK legal
Phil Manzanera, musician, Roxy Music
Emma Thompson,UK actor
Alice Walker, US author
Dame Vivienne Westwood, UK international fashion designer

Full list can be found at http://www.voicesforthefive.com,

3. The International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five will be on 7-8 March 2014, The Law Society, Chancery Lane, London

4. The Cuban Five are Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González – five Cuban men arrested in Miami in 1998 while attempting to stop terrorist attacks against the Cuban people. They were arrested in Miami in September 1998, where they were illegally held in solitary confinement for 17 months and charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. An unfair trial resulted in terms of between 15 years and double life.

For further details contact:
Rob Miller, Director Cuba Solidarity Campaign
director@cuba-solidarity.org.uk
Katrien Demuynck, European Coordinator Free the Five campaign,
free-the-five@cubanismo.net
Cuba Solidarity Campaign, c/o Unite, 218 Green Lanes, London N4 2HB, Britain
Tel: +44 (0)208 800 0155 http://www.voicesforthefive.com, voicesforthefive@gmail.com

November letter to Obama / Carta a Obama desde los Pirineos

October 31, 2013

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Mr President Obama November first, 2013
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20500 (USA)

Mr President,

Here we are in November of 2013, and the four Cubans, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, and Ramón Labañino, have still not been set free.

I often wonder what the real reasons were for their being arrested on September 12th 1998. FBI agents had already uncovered the Avispa Network agents since 1996, but held off arresting them as they were infiltrating the Florida Mafia underground and were furnishing precious information to the FBI.

It was during Bill Clinton’s presidency that they were arrested by Hector Pesquera. At that time, Bill Clinton was caught up in the “Monica Lewinski” affair, and the arrests of the members of Avispo sparked off a worldwide media show. I remember, in France, that every TV channel discussed “the arrest of the Cuban spies” all day long. Was it that the attention of the United States and the world had to be diverted from this “Monica-gate”?

When the Cuban agents discovered, in 1998, that terrorist attacks were being planned against airlines serving Cuba, the Cuban authorities alerted the United States government. Curiously, Hector Pesquera, a Porto Rican, arrived in Miami a month later. He was a CIA agent very close to the Cuban-American Mafia underground in Florida. In June 1998, Cuban authorities handed over to an FBI delegation that had come to Havana, all the documents needed to arrest the terrorists.

In Miami, Hector Pesquera was elbowing his way in to be chosen as the head of the South Florida FBI. He achieved his ends in September of 1998 and, ten days later, he had the Cubans arrested.

Hector Pesquera would remain as the head of the FBI until 2003. While he was putting all his energy into dealing with the Cubans, he closed his eyes to the suspicious activities of the fourteen members of Al Qaeda, who were taking flying lessons at the Opa-Locka airport, just a stone’s throw from his office. Nevertheless, these student pilots, very mediocre according to their teachers, accomplished wonders on September 11th 2001. They even brought down the WTC Tower 7 – without even touching it! But, this is another story, and Sibel Deniz Edmonds, a translator, would tell you more about it if she hadn’t been forced into silence. All this happened under your predecessor George W. Bush.

Let’s go back to Hector Pesquera. The assassination of President Fidel Castro was supposed to have taken place in 1997 during the Iberia-American Summit on the Venezuelan island of Margarita. This assassination attempt failed because José Antonio Llama’s yacht, which was transporting the commandos and the materials destined for the assassination had been seized by the Coast Guard while they were heading towards the island of Margarita. The arsenal found aboard the yacht was not that of peaceful fishermen and the “crew members” were arrested. José Antonio Llama and the commando members were acquitted by an indulgent jury in 1999, supposedly because of “lack of proof”. Hector Pesquera’s testimony surely had something to do with this acquittal.

Another assassination attempt against Fidel Castro had been cooked up in 2000, during the Iberia-American Summit in Panama. The notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, with the help of three accomplices, had planned to blow up the amphitheater at the University of Panama where the Cuban president was to have spoken. A horrifying carnage had been just barely avoided. Posada Carriles and his accomplices were arrested and sentenced in Panama. In 2006, Ann Louise Bardach, a North American, revealed that FBI agent Ed Pesquera, Hector’s son, had given the order to put all the original documents of the Posada Carriles case, which were kept in the Miami FBI office, into the shredder. This was just before Hector’s sentencing in Panama. The Panama Court, as a matter of fact, required the original documents, not photocopies or facsimiles.

After having spent eight years in prison in Panama, Luis Posada Carriles and his accomplices were granted a pardon by the President of Panama, Mireya Moscoso, just six days before she finished her presidential mandate in 2004. Hector Pesquera quit his post as chief of the South Florida FBI in December of 2003. In April of 2004, he was running the autonomous BTS (Border and Transportations Security). He was therefore directly controlling the access to every harbour in Florida. This is how Luis Posada Carriles was able to illegally slip into Miami aboard the shrimp boat “la Santrina”, in the middle of March 2005.

Hector Pesquera held his place at the BTS up until March 26th 2012, the date when he was named, for one year, as the Superintendent of the Port Rican Police. To everybody’s surprise, just two months ago this post was renewed.

Mr President, when one digs a little into the Cuban Five story, and that of the FBI officer who arrested them, one comes to the only possible conclusion that these Cubans are political prisoners. You must liberate, as soon as possible, the four who are still in prison.

Don’t you think that the time has come to normalize relations with Cuba for the world of good it will do for your two countries?

Please receive, Mr President, the expression of my most sincere humanitarian sentiments.

Jacqueline Roussie
64360 Monein (France)

Translated by William peterson

Copies sent to: Mrs. Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathryn Ruemmler and to Mr. Joe Biden, John F. Kerry, Rand Beers, Harry Reid, Eric Holder, Denis MacDonough, Pete Rouse, Rick Scott, ad Charles Rivkin, United States Ambassador in France.

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Carta a Obama desde los Pirineos

1º de noviembre de 2013

Señor Presidente Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20500

Señor Presidente:

Ya estamos en noviembre de 2013, y los cuatro cubanos Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González y Ramón Labañino no han sido aún liberados.

A menudo me pregunto sobre las razones de su detención el 12 de septiembre de 1998. Los servicios del FBI habían notado la presencia de los agentes de la red Avispa desde el año 1996, pero sin arrestarles ya que se infiltraron en los círculos de la mafia de la Florida y proporcionaban valiosa información al FBI.

Fue bajo la Presidencia de Bill Clinton que ellos fueron arrestados por Héctor Pesquera. En aquel momento, Bill Clinton estaba sumido en el caso “Monica Lewinski y el arresto de los miembros de esta red dieron lugar a un verdadero programa de publicidad en el mundo. Recuerdo las transmisiones de televisión en Francia donde en todos los canales este era el tema de información, “la detención de los espías cubanos”. ¿Era necesario desviar la atención de la población de los Estados Unidos y del mundo de este “monicagate”?

Cuando los agentes cubanos supieron en abril de 1998 que se estaban preparando atentados contra aviones que brindaban servicios a Cuba, las autoridades cubanas alertaron al gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Curiosamente, el puertorriqueño Héctor Pesquera llegó a Miami un mes más tarde. Era un agente de la CIA muy vinculado con los círculos de la mafia cubano americana de la Florida. En junio de 1998, las autoridades cubanas entregaron a una delegación del FBI venida a la Habana, todos los documentos para detener a los terroristas.

Héctor Pesquera en Miami, realizó su sucia maniobra para que le nombraran jefe del FBI del sur de la Florida. Llegó a su fin en septiembre de 1998, y diez días después fueron arrestados los Cubanos.

Héctor Pesquera, permanecerá al frente del FBI hasta 2003. En el momento cuando él puso toda su energía para ocuparse de los cubanos, cerró los ojos sobre las acciones sospechosas de los catorce miembros de Al Quaida que tomaban lecciones de vuelo en el aeropuerto de Opa-Locka a dos pasos de su oficina. Estos malos estudiantes, según sus profesores, llevaron a cabo sus proezas, el 11 de septiembre de 2001. Incluso habían hecho derrumbarse la Torre 7 del W T C… sin haberla tocada. Pero esto es otra historia y la traductora Sibel Deniz Edmonds podría decirle más, si no hubiera sido obligada a callarse. Fue bajo la Presidencia de su predecesor George W. Bush.

Volvemos a Héctor Pesquera. Un asesinato del Presidente Fidel Castro había sido programado en 1997 durante la Cumbre Iberoamericana en la isla venezolana de Margarita. Este ataque fracasó, porque el yate de José Antonio Llama, que transportaba el comando y materiales destinados a este magnicidio fue detenido por la guardia costera mientras se dirigía hacia la isla Margarita. El arsenal encontrado a bordo no era él de pacíficos pescadores y los “hombres” fueron detenidos. José Antonio Llama y los miembros del comando fueron absueltos en 1999, por “falta de pruebas” por un jurado complaciente. El testimonio de Héctor Pesquera durante su juicio, no fue ajeno a esta absolución.

Otro atentado contra Fidel Castro había sido planeado para la Cumbre de América Latina del año 2000 a Panamá esta vez. El connotado terrorista Luis Posada Carriles, con la ayuda de tres cómplices, tenía la intención de estallar el Paraninfo de la Universidad de Panamá, donde debía intervenir el Presidente cubano. Se evitó in extremis una atroz matanza. Posada Carriles y sus cómplices fueron detenidos y condenados en Panamá. En 2006, la periodista norteamericano Ann Louise Bardach reveló a que el agente del FBI Ed Pesquera, hijo de Héctor, dio la orden, en agosto de 2003 de pasar a la trituradora todos los documentos originales del expediente de Posada Carriles guardados en las instalaciones del FBI en Miami. Fue poco antes de su juicio en Panamá. Los tribunales de hecho requieren el original de los documentos, no copias o facsímiles.

Después de ocho años de prisión en Panamá, Luis Posada Carriles y sus cómplices fueron indultados por la entonces Presidenta Mireya Moscoso seis días antes del final de su mandato presidencial en 2004. Héctor Pesquera dejó sus funciones como jefe del FBI del sur de la Florida en diciembre de 2003. En abril de 2004 dirigió el BTS (frontera y seguridad de transportes) de la Florida. Así, controlaba el acceso a todos los puertos de Florida. Así fue que Luis Posada Carriles pudo sin preocupaciones regresar clandestinamente a Miami a bordo de la embarcación ‘Santrina’ a mediados de marzo de 2005.

Héctor Pesquera se mantuvo en este oficio al BTS hasta el 26 de marzo de 2012, fecha en que fue nombrado por un año Superintendente de la policía de Puerto Rico. Acaba de ser reconducido en esta función hace dos meses, para sorpresa General.

Señor Presidente, cuando estudiamos un poco el asunto de los Cinco y del agente del FBI que les detuvo, se puede entender que estos Cubanos son presos políticos. Debe usted liberar más rápidamente a los cuatro que se encuentren aún detenidos.

¿No cree usted que ya es hora de normalizar sus relaciones con Cuba, por el bien de ambos países?

Reciba Señor, la expresión de mis sentimientos humanistas más sinceras.

Jacqueline Roussie
64360 Monein
France

Copias a: Señoras Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathryn Ruemmler. Señores Joe Biden, John F. Kerry, Rand Beers, Denis MacDonough, Harry Reid, Eric Holder , Pete Rouse, Rick Scott, y Charles Rivkin, Embajador de EEUU en Francia.

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Yes 188 No 2 Abstain 3 Voting Result at the UN General Assembly

October 29, 2013

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One of the areas that the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba has affected most is the public health sector.

This enduring diabolical and extraterritorial judicial stunt which has lasted over 50 years restricts the full provision of medical care, which following the triumph of the Revolution in Cuba, opted for free quality services laden with humanism and solidarity.

Maybe the myriads of patients and citizens who each day come to our medical facilities can not determine how much these facilities and their personnel suffer from the impact of the U.S. blockade, which even has hindered the buying of pills abroad occasionally.

The impossibility of buying lab reagents, spare parts for medical equipments, cutting-edge drugs and disposable materials, etc is the result of the economic war the United States have perpetrated against the island nation.

In a move to tighten even more the loop with which the empire is trying to choke Cuba, Washington does not hesitate in threatening our trading partners in this field, buying companies and bribing people to cut their supplies. Its Government also fines banks and lies about health care provision in Cuba.

As far as this blockade is not lifted, more quality in the medical service, more commitment of the army of white coats, more innovation and a rational use of resources are the best ways to counterattack this policy.

Against such hatred and blindness of the US Government, the rebel island will always use the antidote its moral in defense of the rights conquered by the people.

UN FAO Describes Cuba as Very Positive

October 29, 2013

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MORE than 800 million people go hungry every day, while nutritional deficiencies threaten the health of another 2 billion. At the other extreme however, 1.5 billion people suffer from obesity. 

The message is clear: the global food market is not fulfilling the needs of the poor, and having access to this market doesn’t necessarily translate into access to better nutrition and health. This is why governments must eradicate hunger and malnutrition by implementing public policies designed to ensure food security and adequate nutrition for all citizens.

Cuba stands out

theodore friedrich 2In the midst of this situation, a country like Cuba stands out, with food security measures described as “very positive” by Theodor Friedrich, representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, during the monthly panel discussion Letra con Vida,organized by the
 Dulce María Loynaz Cultural Center in the capital, and this time dedicated to World Food Day.

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Dual currency and the producer/consumer

October 28, 2013

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By Manuel Alberto Ramy

HAVANA – Many friends have communicated with me expressing interest in the announcement of a timetable to eliminate the monetary duality. They want to know. We all want to know. What can I add to what Progreso Semanal/Weekly reported on Oct. 22? Just a few details:

1. Most important is the official announcement of the existence of a timetable aimed at ending the dual currency, just as the item in Progreso Semanal/Weekly said.

2. The process will begin with the business system and continue with the cash liquidity of the population, guaranteeing Cubans that the value of their savings accounts will not be affected. I assume that the guarantee of value refers to the fact that, regardless of the exchange rate (or rates) imposed, the changes won’t affect those who keep convertible pesos (CUCs) in the bank, and the rate of 24 CUPs for 1 CUC will be respected.

3. The official note, I repeat, is the announcement of a process and the reaffirmation of the government’s will to carry it forward.

4. The Cuban peso (CUP) will be the only currency and its relation of 1 to 1, which is how it works in businesses, will be close to the CADECA [Exchange Bureaus] rate of exchange, i.e., 24 for 1.

5. “The official note does not provide details that might indicate the depth of the measure, nor does it say to which point the nominal devaluation of the type of exchange will be a real devaluation,” wrote to me the renowned Cuban academician Pavel Vidal, who is teaching at Xavierian University in Cali, Colombia.

Therefore, what’s essential is the announcement in and of itself. Let me add that already some companies are experimenting with a rate of exchange of 10 for 1. Let me repeat: trial balloons and caution are part of the gradual change, which is how the government works.

The foreign media and various news agencies are reporting the opinions of experts, from which I extract the key words: the reform is “inevitable,” it is “the greatest of reforms,” “much too difficult,” “bold,” “risky,” a “message to investors,” a sign of “an economy opening up to the market.” Obviously, the two last ones are attractive to mighty wallets.

Professor Vidal points to a relevant angle that I have not seen in other works. He says that “the correction in the type of exchange and the unification of currencies will make more transparent the cash balances of business companies and will clarify the national accounts and the State budget.

“Also, it will make clear that monetary duality is not responsible for the low purchasing power of the wages or the inequalities, which are structural – not monetary – issues,” Vidal writes. If that is so (something I don’t doubt, given the academician’s caliber), the measure would lead to a strengthening of the policy of reforms and actualizations. A blow to craftiness.

Evidently, the descriptions of a risky and bold decision (both true) are navigating through the Web and appear in several headlines. Throughout Cuba, many doubts have been voiced as to how monetary unification will be applied and if indeed it will be carried out. This morning, two ladies buying bread at a street-corner bakery talked about the issue.

“I don’t know if I’ll be alive when that time comes,” said one. The other predicted that the changeover would come “late, badly and maybe never.”

The other duality: the producer/consumer

The fact is that reality, always stubborn, imposes itself and the boldness needed to make the move is unavoidable, because the decision has political implications that have a bearing on national security and the health of the process of changes.

To eliminate the monetary duality – which is one of the causes (not the single cause) of corruption, the deflection of resources, and other ills that we’ve been suffering for years – becomes the key to the development of the required transformations.

By definition, each of us human beings has a dual condition: we are simultaneously producers and consumers. If our capacity to consume goods and services exceeds their production, or if we don’t produce those goods, the integrated balance is broken and the individual loses his incentive, beginning (as he began years ago) a vicious circle that feeds upon itself: “I do not produce because I don’t receive a wage with purchasing power;” “What I receive is worthless to me as consumer.” The result is that the “me as producer” becomes depressed and loses his motivation.

The result is a chaotic economy, a dissatisfied citizen, a distancing between the rulers and the ruled, between the project and its makers, the people. The vicious circle feeds on the Empire’s persistent policy of encirclement that heats up the famous pressure cooker. To the Empire, a distancing is the step prior to a divorce, to a breakup. And a broken man does not build a nation or lives within a reality that is meaningless, that does not empower him.

The process of transformations demands a rare and difficult combination of boldness and calculation. It rejects unnecessary restraints. Today’s Cuban is much more complex than anyone might assume. He aspires to a society as complex as he is, where he can play a leading role and have the capacity to scrutinize data and policies. To reestablish the producer/consumer harmony, the nation must deal with the peso issue.

Progreso Semanal/ Weekly authorizes the total or partial reproduction of the articles by our journalists, so long as source and author are identified.

Camilo, símbolo de confianza y fe (+ Video) (#Cuba)

October 28, 2013

Hoy, 28 de octubre, llenaremos los ríos, arroyos y el mar de flores para Camilo. Como en los años anteriores rendiremos el tributo, que desde el primer día decidimos fuera eterno, como eterno es el símbolo de su ejemplo. El Che, su amigo y compañero, lo definió así:

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The blockade against Cuba and providence

October 28, 2013

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by Ricardo Alarcón

In his message to the nation on Sept. 10, President Obama emphasized the United States’ exceptionality.

“What makes America different […] what makes us exceptional,” according to him, is that his country acts “with humility, but with resolve” in the face of violations anywhere. Unhesitatingly, he affirmed that “for nearly seven decades, the United States has been the anchor of global security. This has meant doing more than forging international agreements — it has meant enforcing them.”

A short while later, he reiterated that idea before the General Assembly of the United Nations, at the opening of its 2013 session.

It is a formula that has been stated before by his predecessors in the White House and also by most of the politicians in his country. When using that rhetoric, Obama certainly does not display exceptionality. It is more of the more.

The idea that the powerful nation is different from all others, that it supposedly embodies superior values and that it is destined by the Supreme Being to fulfill a divine mission is rooted in the minds of the WASP (white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant) elite.

Other sectors usually believe the same because, ever since [Antonio] Gramsci [founder of the Italian Communist Party], we know that in every society the dominant culture is the culture of the dominant classes.

It’s quite an old idea. It was mocked, more than a century ago, by Otto von Bismark: “God has a special providence for fools, drunks and the United States of America.”

But it is also a very dangerous belief. So much so, that those who provoked World War II and its horrors believed blindly in their superiority and exceptionality and were confronted precisely by the United Nations Organization.

It is odd that Obama brought that speech back to the U.N. There, he will be able to prove whether “ensuring that international agreements are enforced” is something he said seriously or was only an expression of cheap demagoguery.

On Oct. 29, the World Assembly will reject once more – as it did 22 times before – the economic, commercial and financial blockade that Washington imposes on Cuba. Like every other previous year, the United States will be isolated, barely accompanied by Israel, its faithful ally, and one or two American satellites in the Pacific who will give him their vote, even though none of them practice the blockade.

Since 1992, year after year, the General Assembly of the U.N. has approved, by a wide majority, resolutions condemning the blockade. Obviously, they are “international agreements,” but instead of “ensuring that they’re enforced,” Washington has ignored them. Worse yet, it not only persists in a universally condemned policy but also intensifies it.

Washington tries to impose it upon others, forcing companies and people who are outside U.S. jurisdiction to obey it or punishing them, violating other nations’ sovereignty and causing huge harm and much suffering to the Cuban people.

It is the most rigorous and prolonged genocide in history, lasting more than half a century. Under Obama’s mandate it has been reinforced, because the current president persecutes Cuba’s transactions with other countries and foreign banks with more zeal than George W. Bush.

Every year, Cuba reports on other actions of that type carried out by Washington since the previous session of the Assembly. They involve voided contracts, interrupted operations, supplies suddenly canceled by third-country companies once they’ve been acquired by U.S. corporations.

In many cases, they involve longtime partners from whom Cuba purchased equipment, parts of products that were indispensable for hospital services or the medical treatment of some diseases or ills.

The Cuban children who are brought to our Children’s Cardio-centers are forced to learn at an early age the cruelty of the blockade and the insensitivity of the bureaucrats that enforce it. Those children and their mothers know better than anyone else the painful reality of genocide.

And they also know, perfectly, what the words of the American president are worth.

Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, Ph.D., is a former chairman of the National Assembly of the People’s Power (the Cuban legislature) and a former member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba. This article was published in the Chilean magazine Punto Final, issue No. 792, on Oct. 25, 2013. (thanks to ProgresoWeekly)

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Can Havana trust Washington again?

October 26, 2013

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Progreso Weekly • 25 October, 2013

U.S. government officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States are in possession of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, who is now in Russia.
Revelations give additional credibility to Cuba’s complaint that Havana, in good faith, gave Washington information about right-wing terrorist groups in South Florida only to see its own intelligence-gathering operatives arrested and tried.

The revelation, made by The Washington Post on Friday 25, gives additional credibility to Cuba’s complaint that Havana, in good faith, gave Washington information about right-wing terrorist groups in South Florida only to see its own intelligence-gathering operatives arrested and tried.

According to The Post, “the notifications come as the Obama administration is scrambling to placate allies after allegations that the NSA has spied on foreign leaders” and key functionaries in countries such as Germany, France, Pakistan, Spain, Mexico and Brazil.

“Trust in the United States may be compromised,” The Post points out, in what might be considered a major understatement.

During the trial of the 10 Cuban agents rounded up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was learned that the Cuban intelligence agency had provided a trove of documents to the FBI showing links between Cuban-American terrorists and several bombings in Cuba in the late 1990s.

Instead of taking action against the Miami-based terrorists, who included the notorious Luis Posada Carriles, the FBI in 1998 arrested the men and women who had collected the incriminating evidence. After a seven-month trial, five of them were sentenced in December 2001 to long prison terms. They became known as “The Cuban Five.”

One of them, René González, served most of his sentence and was allowed to return to Cuba after renouncing his U.S. citizenship. The four others – Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, and Fernando González – remain in prison.

Though the full extent of the contacts between the Cuban and U.S. intelligence services in the case of The Cuban Five was not made public, it is unlikely that they will be resumed, in the light of the recent disclosures about the NSA’s unbridled interception of communications worldwide.

If so, it would be a pity. Some cooperation between Cuban and U.S. agencies has proved to be beneficial in the areas of rescuing disabled vessels and spotting and halting smugglers of persons and drugs.

The fundamental issue is one of trust, one official in Washington told The Post. “We depend to a very great extent on intelligence-sharing relationships with foreign partners, mostly governments – or, in some cases, organizations within governments […] If they tell us something, we will keep it secret. We expect the same of them. [If that trust is undermined,] these countries, at a minimum, will be thinking twice if they’re going to share something with us or not.”

The Washington Post story can be accessed at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/officials-alert-foreign-services-that-snowden-has-documents-on-their-cooperation-with-us/2013/10/24/930ea85c-3b3e-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html