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Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism? Yes, if you fight terrorism in Miami.
The lawyer of Alan Gross, an American man who has been jailed in 2009 in Cuba for setting Internet access in the island illegally, will contend before a federal court that he should be enabled to sue the US government.
Cuba's National Ballet Company (BNC), directed by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, is slated to take part in the Cultural Fall Season of the Annual Arts Festival in Yucatan, Mexico.
Members of the agriculture and food business community agreed to form a coalition to overcome commercial obstacles between the United States and Cuba, an expression of today’s increasing rejection of the blockade against the Caribbean island.
According to the Prensa Latina news agency, the group of business persons, which includes the American Soybean Association (ASA) pointed out that their members believe that this is the moment to put an end to that hostile policy of Washington, which has survived 11 U.S. administrations, including that of President Barack Obama, which has intensified it.
The farmers are in favor of allowing the opening of trade and investment, operations that were forbidden with the implementation of that economic, financial and commercial siege.
The information was published by the Ohio’s Country Journal, destined to farmers of that state, located in the region of the Great Lakes and one of the main centers of the northern country.
According to the publication, the U.S. agricultural companies sell their products to Cuba since 2000, when Washington authorized that commercial exchange under previous license, but subjected to arbitrary regulations like cash payment in advance on the part of Havana.
The Ohio’s Country Journal adds that the AAS has the intention of getting actively involved in the struggle against the blockade and for the normalization of commercial relations between the two nations.
In this regard, it plans to carry out lobbying, communication strategies and other efforts that can lead to the end of the U.S. restrictions.
Many Chilean deputies favored normal relations between the United States and Cuba, and the release of the anti-terrorist fighters imprisoned in American jails.
Eleven members of the Committee for Friendship with Cuba of the Chilean Parliament handed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, in which the normalization of ties with the Caribbean island is requested.
The Inter-Parliamentary Group composed of legislators from different parties want to send to you the request to restore relations between the United States and Cuba as two sovereign and independent countries, says the letter.
In arguing its claim, the deputies stressed that when the integration of America lives a promising time the unity of Latin American and Caribbean strengthens.
When most countries of the world have repeatedly condemned the blockade and the majority of Americans support a change in policy towards Cuba, we join the international outcry to normalize ties, says the text.
Accompanied by collective solidarity with Cuba, parliamentary Hugo Gutierrez, president of the Human Rights Commission of the House, was commissioned to deliver the letter to the American Embassy in Santiago, Chile.
‘According to surveys of the Center for Latin America of the Atlantic Council, 56 percent of Americans and 63% of Florida residents support a change in policy toward Cuba, “the note read.
It also said that the 79 percent of Cuban-Americans living in Florida also join the international clamor for normalization of relations between the two countries.
In another vein, Chilean deputies also refer to the case of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly convicted, of which three remain in American jails.
In the eyes of the world is evident the injustice committed since they were taken to prison in 1998 and recalled that International and American jurists have said that the theme of the Five is a political issue, it says.
‘Therefore, it is that we come to ask you, Mr. President, that through your power put an end to the economic blockade of Cuba (…), giving greater freedom and normalcy in relations between the two countries for the benefit of its citizens’ , says.
In particular the letter of parliamentarians put emphasis on freedom of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino, the three Cubans serving long sentences counterterrorism is granted.
A group of experts from the United Nations, more than 10 Nobel laureates, policy makers, intellectuals, trade unionists, students, religious leaders, and others have repeatedly asked you to use his executive powers and sends them to their homeland, they said.
Finally, MPs ask Obama to use his good offices ‘to the prison authorities allow us to visit the Cuban citizens who are imprisoned because we have found it impossible to get permission to enter such penitentiaries’.
Her CIA ties go back to her exile in Switzerland where she not only ate gruyere cheese but had her first romance with Yankee intelligence. Now, after several years of counterrevolutionary activities in Cuba that have made her a millionaire, Yoani Sánchez received a Yahoo grant of $ 60,000 to upgrade at Georgetown University, the Alma Mater of a rich collection of luminaries of American intelligence.
The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) announced the news. They indicated that the Cuban "youngster", who will soon celebrate her 40th birthday, will focus her studies on digital journalism during the academic year 2014-2015. The scholarship includes $60,000 USD to cover "academic and housing expenses" plus an additional $5000 for her "travel expenses".
King Philip of Spain and Bill Clinton studied at Georgetown and several other heads of state and monarchs are among the promoters of the institution. But there are more. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger were professors at the Institute where Alexander Haig was also noted.
In the long list of celebrities also appear L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the controversial Church of Scientology; J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI chief inquisitor; and Jack Abramoff, the corrupting lawyer who ended behind bars.
Among other "famous" alumni from Latin America is Costa Rican right-wing President Laura Chinchilla and Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani who was involved in the famous slaughter of six Jesuit priests in San Salvador, on November 6, 1989.
But what is most interesting: several directors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are distinguished in the list of formers students of the university. Among them, George Tenet, who prompted the criminal aggression against Iraq; Robert Gates, an old agent and favorite of George W. Bush; David Petraeus whom James Petras has called an Israeli agent.
The ugliest of all these lords of imperial intelligence is certainly Allen Dulles who, apart from conceiving, organizing and launching the coup against Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala (1954), multiplied the dirty assaults against the young Cuban Revolution. He was also accused of having ordered the destruction of French ship La Coubre in Havana harbor, causing hundreds of deaths. It was he who invented, together with Richard Nixon, Operation 40 with 40 agents and assassins -- Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch among these-- which preceded the invasion of Playa Girón.
It is no surprise then that the School of Foreign Service and its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) would now sponsor Yahoo’s protégé without requiring her to submit to a contest as outlined in the regulations.
A brief examination of the characteristics of other Yahoo fellows gives an exact clue as to the nature of the CIA link of that "prestigious" institution which in its brochure openly announces its collaboration with American government agencies, including the CIA.
French woman Séverine Arsène, a Yahoo "fellow" in 2011-2012, is an expert in handling Internet networks. Her specialty is China, and during her time in Georgetown "focused on social media as tools for disseminating messages."
Another French woman, Francesca Musiani (2012-2013), worked with Human Rights Watch (HRW), an organization often identified as linked to American intelligence.
Russian Evgeny Morozov, Yahoo Fellow 2009-2010, worked with the Open Society Foundation, of billionaire George Soros.
Another grantee, Han-teng Liao holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Foreign Languages and Literature, a master’s degree in Journalism and another in Computer Science. He worked for years with the National University in... Taiwan.
It is with pride that the institution boasts of its many partners from the U.S. State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the of the United States Information Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.
In September 2013, Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, confessed that her greatest fear was to end up in prison if she did not collaborate with the national intelligence agencies. Later, documents provided by former CIA specialist Edward Snowden demonstrated the link between Internet companies –among these Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebook– and US espionage programs.
Moreover, repeated attempts by US intelligence agencies to use social networks for propaganda purposes, notably in Cuba, are now known.
The CIA connection of Cuban Yoani is known: it goes back to the time when German BND agent and security adviser for Department 211 of the Foreign Ministry (Budeskanzleramt), Volker Pellet, recruited her during her golden exile in Switzerland.
Yoani Sanchez is already in Washington where the official grant handover ceremony took place on Tuesday. During her stay in the US capital she will be able to expand her relationship with imperial intelligence, and will also have the opportunity to develop ties with the scoundrels in the Capitol who admire her so.
Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism? Yes, if you fight terrorism in Miami.
HAVANA – A group of victims of Colombia’s long political violence have called on the government and leftist rebels for an immediate ceasefire so that the peace process can go forward.