United States: Jungle or Hell?

After a large caravan of tear-moving events, a monstrous event took place in Las Vegas.

The largest city in the State of Nevada is one of the main domestic tourist destinations.

Two Associated Press (AP) journalists, Sally Ho and Regina García Cano wrote a chronicle on what happened.

Their introduction synthesizes the tragedy by saying, "a man kills dozens in concert in Las Vegas."

They say he fired from the 32nd floor of one of his hotels against an outdoor festivity where nearly 22 000 people attended.

Sally Ho and García Cano assessed it as "the worst shot slaughter in the modern history of the United States."

And they add, it turned the esplanade into a field of death from which there was not many options to escape."

With the result that, according to the first count, 58 deaths and near 515 wounded.

“I cannot get into the mind of a psychopath right now”, said the chief of police Lombard Joseph.

Assistants to the festival ran for their lives after interpreting the blasts as fireworks.

SWAT team agents entered the aggressor's room who had committed suicide.

His name, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64 years old, who had with him, at least, 17 firearms, including rifles.

Still some wonder how this person transferred that amount of weapons to the tourist hotel.

There was another detail. Who took claim for the attack? A terrorist gang, the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Dozens of ambulances carried the wounded, while some people put the victims in their vehicles and took them to the hospital.

Some of the victims were bullet injured, others tramped by mob at moments of panic.

In a speech to the nation, President Donald Trump qualified the attack as "an act of pure evil".

He didn't mention the hairy issue of the free sale of weapons in several domestic stores, although he did ordered flags to be half mast high.

Before Sunday, the worst shooting had taken place by mid 2016 at a gay disco in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people died.

Looking at the new tragedy           that took place in the United States, experts in the matter wonder the following:

Does this government have the face to demand something from others nations around the world?

Should not they perhaps start by establishing order at home before laying behavior guidelines to their neighbors?

This government harshly questions Havana and Caracas for their respective political, social and economic systems.

But not a word on the brutal influence of the National Rifle Association in their electoral processes.

Everybody knows that that multimillionaire organization throws millions of dollars to the two parties, in particular to the Republican Party.

They are plentiful and they already overflow the reasons that support a very justified question: In reality, what does it mean the United States today, A jungle or hell? The facts speak for themselves.

Amilkal Labañino Valdés / Cubasi Translation Staff

Yemen: U.S.-Backed Strike Kills 9 Civilians

In Yemen, residents of the capital Sana’a say a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led air-strike killed nine civilians Tuesday.

This comes as Doctors Without Borders called for an independent investigation into Monday’s strike on a hospital, which killed as many as 15 people.

Monday’s attack on the hospital marks at least the fourth time U.S.-backed, Saudi-led air-strikes have hit a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital in Yemen during the 17-month conflict.

The medical organization says it had provided the Saudi-led coalition with coordinates for all four of these hospitals, so they would not be struck.

Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, Doctors Without Borders’ legal director, said the attacks have killed patients and staff, and have come with disregard even for the fact that there were no combatants being treated at the premises.

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The Orlando Tragedy: Some Reflections


The Orlando incident was a hatred crime, example of the tragic contradictions in the very core of a system which yet wants to be seen as a universal example…  

The snake biting its tail: after the massacre, the United States presidential candidate Donald Trump hurries to claim that events prove him right, that we must fight strongly against Islamic terrorism… but he forgets the terrorist bought the weapon very easily, despite he had been investigated by the FBI more than once. Now (and just now) Trump believes in the need of somehow regulating the acquisition of weapons; but that is not clearly the opinion of the powerful Rifle Association that has been a close ally of the magnate. Anyways, Trump defends the possibility of buying a revolver with the same strength with which anyone would defend the possibility of buying a TV set. Americans are entitled to defend themselves from the shots of criminals who attack them since almost everybody (just and sinners) are entitled to buying a gun… so easily. A never-ending story.

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That is the country of freedom – some defend. Included the freedom to buy guns and shoot down half a hundred people. It is extreme, it sounds harsh, but it’s the reality.

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The U.S. government has dedicated some resources to the promotion of the rights for the LGBTI community in Cuba. Agree: there’s a lot to do in this country regarding the rights of homosexual, lesbians, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual… homophobic manifestations still remain in certain environments. There is a debate in that sense and some progress has been made, although some people (like this columnist) considers that it’s a slow pace. But something is evident: in Cuba there has never been a massacre of homosexuals. And the hatred crimes don’t make the everyday news. The U.S. government better watch its own backyard.

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The sacred writings may say whatever they say, but no religious man from any religion has the right of attempting against the greatest gift of men: life itself. And no morality should be built on the discrimination of the different ones… for the mere fact of being, of being born, of assuming to be different.

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The murderer's father "explained" his son's reaction somehow: he saw two men kissing each other before him and that bothered him. It is the same annoyance felt by those who saw a black man kiss a white woman a few decades ago in the United States and they considered it was fair to burn the black man. For blacks things have changed there: even the current president is black. But paradoxically the police keep abusing Afro-descendants. For homosexuals the panorama has also changed, at least it is politically incorrect to discriminate against them… but there are people who keep mistreating them regardless. It is not a problem not only from the United States, it happens all over the world, regrettably… but the U.S. government feels morally compelled to judge others (although his "justice" is not blind, it imposes too many double standards).

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Some say: we should not care that most of the victims were gays, we must care that they were human beings. But I say that we must care about the fact that they were homosexual, because in fact they died because they were homosexual. Does anyone believe that it was a chance the election of the place of the massacre?

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I heard this and I could not be quiet: "If homosexuals were more discreet, if they didn't meet in those night clubs, nobody would feel the necessity to attack them. You can have a defect, but there’s no need to shout it out aloud". In the middle of the XXI century somebody (white, heterosexual, "normal") speaks like that, it shows the great challenge we have ahead of us.

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The extremisms are not endemic. History proves the decisive influence of power. The big empires have raised many storms.

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We are hurt by the dead in Orlando (and it is natural we hurt), but we sometimes forget the hundreds of homosexuals who die killed every year in the Middle East conflicts. The Islamic State has been declared a mortal enemy of homosexuals, "Because God has commanded so". But not only the Islamic State.

Massacre-Florida: Who is the Boss in the United States?

The rifle of Orlando’s massacre is easier to buy than an iPhone.

What happened last Sunday in the Floridian city of Orlando corroborates where the true power resides in the United States.

Pulse nightclub witnessed the killing of 49 people and the toll of 43 wounded.

A 29 year-old North American youngster shot them, Omar Mateen Seddique, of Afghan origin, who later killed a cop.

Among the wounded, according to journalistic and consular sources, was a Colombian, Paula Andrea Blanco, and a Mexican, Javier Dale Coria.  

The Orlando medical organization Health indicated this Sunday that they were still performing surgeries.

It youngest victim Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old, and the eldest, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velásquez, 50.

Among the 26 killed identified, 22 are of Latin origin, most of them attending the Noche Latina, organized by the nightclub, and they were Latinos.

According to the Spanish agency EFE, the scenario of that hideous slaughter is frequented by “gays, lesbians, bisexual and transsexual."

The same agency said: the killer from Orlando is a lone wolf “well-known by the FBI."

Another Spanish source, El Diario.es, with the help of the British newspaper The Guardian made an assessment on the event.

They assert that the case in Orlando proves the difficulties created in the United States to investigations on terrorist acts.

They added that the walls exist even for the FBI “even when the suspect has been interrogated and put under surveillance."

They support this claim on the case aforementioned.

The FBI had investigated the perpetrator Mateen Seddique for his links with a man from Florida who acted as terrorist in Syria.

However, the FBI reached the conclusion that his connections were "minimum."

The FBI also closed an investigation on people who later committed an aggression, as it’s the case of the Tsarnaev siblings, authors of the attack to the Boston Marathon 2013.

Finally they mentioned the multiple killings at the LGTB club of Orlando, carried out by a man whose links with terrorism had been qualified as "unsubstantial."

Washington claims that the terrorists called “lone wolves” are difficult to identify before they perpetrate their acts.

But in the case of the attacker from Orlando the appearance of that sort of wolf was broadly known by the FBI.

However he carelessly walked into a store and bought an assault rifle with which he shots his victims.

Other shocking case of impunity and the gigantic power held by the United States the National Rifle Association.

Just one of the multimillionaire corporations that govern in the United States.

Cuban President Raul Castro Transmits Condolences

Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz transmitted his condolences to his US counterpart Barack Obama because of the effects of the terrorist attack in the city of Orlando, Florida, which left a remnant of 50 dead and 53 injured people.

"With deep consternation, we knew about the attack occurred in Orlando, against a nightclub that cause regrettable losses of human lives and dozens of injured," said the message by Raul Castro.

"I am sending the people and government of the United States, particularly, the people who were affected by the tragedy, the victims and their relatives, the deep condolences of the Cuban people and government. Cuba is firmly rejecting and condemning any terrorist action, no matter its size and relevance, circumstance or motivation," said the text of the message.

Early Sunday morning, a man identified as Seddique Mateen, 29 years old and coming from Afghhan parents, came into the nightclub called Orlando Pulse, and opened fire against 300 people in the interior of the club.

This is regarded as the worst massive shooting in the recent history of the United States.

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'Mass killings' of Kurds in Cizre reported to UN

Turkey’s Human Rights Association says it has submitted a report to the United Nations detailing the mass killing of Kurds in the city of Cizre. The documents were sent to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate.
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A Texas university dean is leaving over the state’s new law allowing guns in classrooms

Fritz Steiner, longtime dean of the University of Texas at Austin’s renowned architecture school, is leaving his post, spurred by the arrival of something else on the university’s sprawling campus: guns.

News of Steiner’s resignation was announced by UT-Austin today (Feb. 25). In an interview with the Texas Tribune, Steiner said he “would have never applied for another job” if Texas’s governor hadn’t signed a law last year that will soon allow people to carry concealed handguns inside college classrooms all over the state. While private universities can opt out of the new rule—which goes into effect this August—public universities like the UT system cannot. So, in a few months, any licensed gun holder who is 21 or older will be able to carry concealed firearms into these schools’ buildings.

“I felt that I was going to be responsible for managing a law I didn’t believe in,” Steiner told the Tribune.

Steiner will join the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design as its dean this summer. He declined to apply for the position at Penn the last time it was open, he said, but Texas’s new campus carry law pushed him to say yes this time around.

With Steiner at the helm since 2001, UT-Austin’s architecture school regularly ranked among the top in the nation.

Steiner isn’t the only faculty member uncomfortable over the campus carry law. UT-Austin president Gregory L. Fenves strongly opposes it—but is enforcing it out of public obligation to the state, he has said. Over at the University of Houston, also a public university subject to the new law, a controversy is stirring over a slideshow presentation given to faculty members advising them how to deal with “dangers” presented by armed students. Said Jonathan Snow, the president of the school’s faculty senate, “It’s a terrible state of affairs…We are horrified that we have to change how we teach. No one in higher ed wants this.”

Nine states across the US now allow guns on campus. On the flip side, 21 states have laws expressly prohibiting guns on campus; but eight of these have exceptions for guns stored in locked vehicles. The increased prevalence of gun allowance on American college campuses is a reality that, for faculty and students (not least those from outside the US), will require some adjustments.

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United States: Our Massacre of Every Day

A United States analyst, Jorge Ramos Avalos, dedicated an interesting article to the matter.

He did it this Tuesday in the New Herald, an ultra right-wing newspaper and very anti-Cuba home based in Miami.

He wrote that after waking up that morning he spent five hours to report “the massacre of the day in the United States.”

Ramos clarified, the massacres are already inseparable part of our life in this country.

He commented the massacre of last December 2 with four weapons of war in San Bernardino, California.

What happened this time? A couple of ultra right-wing militants murdered 14 people and wound a few others.

Those figures of fatalities surpass the amount that in 2012 shocked the North American society.

Several media informed that the FBI is looking into what happened as a terrorist act, but others say it was, simply, of a new massacre.

“Again!” this was the first word in his report in the New Herald hours after the tragedy.

Ramos Avalos was even harsher when he sentenced: United States has become the country of massacres… “and it will continue to be.”

The New York Times backed this up after publishing: in the first 336 days of the current year there were massacres in 209 of them.

And only in the months passed fatalities added up to 462 and nearly 1 314 wounded.

The United States, the Herald journalist added, is a country, - and I can vouch for it - that when they set their goals onto something they use all their resources to achieve it.

Do the cases of Argentina and Venezuela prove it? It’s worth asking them.

The normal thing for me, is to report almost every day for television on a massacre that only differs on the place and death toll.

“I cross my fingers so that, when I do it, I don’t see myself reading the name of somebody I knew”, he swore.

Thanks to those twists of life, go hand in hands with another commemoration of the Human Rights Day, instituted by the UN for the world.

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