Miami’s “far-right extremists”: Illustrious ghosts of Cuban origin

Under the title, “The exile runs into the same stone again and again”, Cuban writer Alejandro Armengol, who lives there, published an article on the topic.

He wrote so last Saturday and started ironically saying that, when they do not find their stone “they seek it out and place it on the way”.

He adds they have spread lies aimed at reaffirming a myth, such as, “without the little help” from Cubans in Miami, Trump wouldn’t have reached the presidency.

And also that without his participation, the end of Castrism would be impossible

After detaching himself from the government of the island once again, he states his disapproval to those who call themselves opponents, as well as to the “Little Havana’s late blossom”. And immediately after, he writes, “what you hear is simply a chorus of opportunistic idiots or idiot opportunists”.

Hence he quotes a very controversial Republican senator, Marco Rubio, when he said:

“I am trying to create a Cuban business sector that goes to the Cuban government and pressures them to make changes”.

It was not his sole stupidity, because he also asserted:

“I am also trying to create a flourishing class of private entrepreneurs, independent of the government”.

Armengol remarked that suddenly Rubio has been credited with the role of Cuba’s Czar in the US Administration and Congress.

He recalled that such such entrepreneurship was precisely what Obama tried to do, with “poor results”.

Then he specified, because the self-employed worker and the small private business are accepted in the Antillean nation, but “not the concentration of property and wealth”.

“That is, Armengol wrote, neither Democrats nor Republicans have the slightest idea on how to deal with Cuba”.

An essential explanation lines after, “and I am referring not only to the government but to the population in general as well”.

Finally the maxim from the Miami-based intellectual:

For the moment, Trump’s much publicized policy toward Cuba is merely a juggling act, very acclaimed by illustrious, aged and well-known ghosts that still wander there.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Trump Divides the Cuban “Exile” in Miami

The Spanish news agency EFE insinuated so from Miami.

It highlights the controversy between followers and opponents of approaching Cuba, “it can grow larger” with the changes announced by Donald Trump scheduled next Friday.

According to the same source, this will come amidst great expectation.

Such setback they say that the “anti-Castro groups” of Miami are eagerly expecting the so-called concessions to the island.

EFE says that the core is whether or not, a turning in the politics set under Barack Obama’s administration towards Cuba.

Such a setback, it underlined, it was a promise made by Trump in his electoral campaign of 2016 at the headquarters of Brigade 2506.

That military group, created by the CIA in 1961, attacked Cuba and became symbol of the far-right with Cuban origins.

EFE highlights that its association of veterans trusts Trump to meet his end regarding the Cuban issue.

This group, and other anti-Cuban groups financed by Washington, has asked the president “a zero politics towards Havana”, reads the comment.

“Obama’s concessions were an insult to 57 years of dictatorship”, declared the head of what is left of the failed brigade, Humberto Díaz-Argüelles.

The priority for Orlando Gutiérrez, head of the group Directorio Democratico, is still “reestablishment of freedom and democracy as objective of the North American politics towards Cuba.”

A commitment that, according to Gutiérrez, passes by turning back those “unilateral concessions” towards Cuba and in the “economic opening carried out without the régime granting anything back.”

On the contrary, The CubaOne Foundation, integrated by young Cuban-Americans, asked the leader not to return to the Cold War tactics and defend the North American interests as well as the well-being of the Cuban people.

Ramón Saúl Sánchez, leader of the Democracy Movement and opposed to the so-called blockade against the island, pled that any restriction doesn't affect the ties “of people to people.”

In that panorama, a survey published last Monday by Engage Cuba Coalition dismantles the thesis that republicans oppose the politics passed by Obama toward this.

In fact, the organization asserts, a majority of republican voters want to keep ties with the Cubans.

The study, carried out last May by the entity that comprises private companies, indicates that 64% of republican voters support the changes made by President Obama, while 22% is against it.

“Our new politics towards Cuba has strengthened the economy, created employments in the United States, and reinforced national security”, said the coalition.

They also alerted that it would be a shame that Trump pull back the current politics with Havana.

“If the President is willing to negotiate with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, and the Philippines, why not with Cuba?”, wondered the president of Engage Cuba, James Williams.

Last Tuesday a journalist from the New Herald, Nora Gámez Torres added:

Even when President Trump has not announced yet what his politics toward the island will consist on, a result is already evident:

Cuban opponents of different political trends approve the need to make changes to press their government.

One of the leaders who command the labyrinth of groups directed from Washington, José Daniel Ferrer, wrote to favor the change because Cuba supports Venezuela.

Ferrer, let’s remember, supported the approach that started in 2014 by Barack Obama toward Cuba.

The “dissident”, remarked Gámez Torres, didn't specify which measures the U.S. president should revert.

The journalist remembered that Obama favored changes “boosted by the private sector and not by the dissidents.”

That, according to her point of view, divided to a degree the Cuban opposition.

But now, she emphasized, many of its members prefer a political change that joins the defense of human rights and the blockade to the investing of foreign currencies in a difficult moment for the Cuban nation.

There is the true face of Cuba’s enemies, only hours away from Trump to unroll his new politics towards Cuba.

Washington: the anti-Cuba conspiracy continues

The plot includes a letter that five former diplomats sent to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to reverse Obama’s policy toward Cuba.

El Nuevo Herald journalists, Nora Gámez Torres and Patricia Mazzei, wrote in Miami last Wednesday that their aim is to bring down measures geared at “softening the embargo”.

The text –typical of the extremist language– also asks Trump to hinder further collaboration “with Cuban security forces”.

Since then, the signatories show an interesting concern: that business interests hamper their ultra-right aims against Havana.


One can see this when they request Trump to in his first one hundred days of government, cancel as soon as possible the executive orders that lifted restrictions “to do business with the Castro regime”.

The letter was signed by Everett Ellis Briggs, former ambassador to Panama and Honduras, as well as special assistant to George W. Bush at the National Security Council (NSC).

Also signed were Elliot Abrams and Otto Reich, former Undersecretaries of State for Latin America, as well as Jose S. Sorzano, former ambassador to the United Nations.

Maybe one of the most noteworthy signatures was that of the pretty controversial former head of US diplomatic mission in Havana and current mayor of Coral Gables, James C. Cason.

“We want you to take a fresh look at politics toward Cuba”, stated the latter referring to Trump.

And then added “We have given too much, now the president-elect should step back and reconsider it”.

Although he immediately cleared up: “Not to break relations completely, but certainly to give nothing else”.

By the way, Cason’s statement reinforces criteria on apparent friction between rightwing hardliners and business sectors.

“We still have to wait and see whether principles win over profits”, he ascertained.

He went on to say: “So many enterprises are talking about what is profitable for them that is why we expect there could be an argument”.  

Herald journalists recalled that Trump has promised to put an end to the meltdown in bilateral relations if “Castro’s government does not offer concessions”.

On this regard, analysts on the Cuban issue have remarked that, Havana is not precisely which established an economic blockade on United States, nor has it invaded its territory or launched subversive programs against its authorities, set up radio and TV stations to defame its reality or built a military base on US soil.

What are those mistrusts from the far right?

According to experts on the subject, they are frightened by eventual recoil from Trump that will reverse the progress achieved with Cuban “exiles” who voted for him in Florida.

The letter by Washington’s former diplomats also criticised the performance of U.S. at UN, where its ambassador, Samantha Power, abstained for the first time at a voting that Cuba presents against US blockade.

“It’s scandalous”, commented Sorzano. “The administration abandoned its constitutional responsibilities to defend the law”, he added.

The signatories reach so far as to state that “there’s no need” to nominate an ambassador in Cuba.  
   
New pretext? Until, due to security reasons, hiring of its employees is not carried out as they determine.

At the same time, they suggested that a new manager be appointed “more in line with the views of the new Administration”.

The letter, revealed journalists Gamez and Mazzei, was coordinated by the so-called Center for a Free Cuba (CFC), which supports a hard-line and intransigent policy against Havana.

Hence other pending chapters before one can talk about a real improvement in Cuba-U.S. relations.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Cuban Musicians Cancel US Tour for Supporting Fidel Castro

Washington, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) Blue Night Entertainment Inc. has decided to cancel a tour to the United States of Cuban duo Buena Fe, after it publicly expressed its condolences for the death of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

The company's executives yielded to pressure from anti-Cuban extremist groups based in southern Florida, who demanded the cancellation of the tour scheduled for December 15. It included performances in Washington, New York, Houston and the Masonic Center Theater in Tampa.

'We have decided to cancel the entire tour because of respect for the public, the Cuban community in the United States, we do not want people to be upset,' a Blue Night Entertainment executive told a South Florida newspaper.

Buena Fe has performed concerts in major cities in the United States for several years, including performances in Miami.

In 2014, several anti-Cuban extremist organizations called to cancel a concert at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, arguing that duet Buena Fe had honored Fidel Castro on his 88th birthday, with a concert in Havana.

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Colin Kaepernick Defends Fidel Castro to Miami Reporter

The football player got into a heated argument with a reporter and criticized mass incarceration and genocide of Native Americans.

Colin Kaepernick, the football player who refused to stand during the playing of the U.S. national anthem to protest racism in his country, defended the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro during an interview Wednesday with a Miami-based reporter.

Kaepernick praised the education system promoted by Fidel in Cuba and condemned state repression in the U.S. during a press conference to promote the Sunday match between his team, the San Francisco 49ers’ and the Miami Dolphins, as part of the NFL's regular season.

The argument began when the Miami Herald reporter asked the quarterback about a T-shirt he wore featuring a picture of Fidel next to Malcolm X.

“One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” said Kaepernick.

Kaepernick also criticized the genocide of Native Americans and the mass incarceration system in the U.S. that "breaks up families, before praising the role Malcolm X played in the fight for justice.

“I wore a Malcolm X shirt. I am a believer in Malcolm X and his ideology and what he talks about and believes in as far as fighting oppression,” said Kaepernick.

"The fact that he met with Fidel, to me, speaks to his open mind to be willing to hear different aspects of people’s views and ultimately being able to create his own views as far the best way (sic) to approach different situations and different cultures.”

Malcolm X and Fidel Castro met on Sept. 19, 1960 in Harlem, New York, when the Black activist famously told the Cuban leader, “As long as Uncle Sam is against you, you know you’re a good man.”

Kaepernick announced last week he would donate a million dollars of his salary to organizations fighting against social and racial oppression and injustice, adding the donations will be tracked through a website.

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The Cuban 5: True Heroes Tell Their Story on teleSUR

The five Cuban nationals had been monitoring Miami-based terrorist groups to stop further attacks on the socialist island.

The five Cubans unjustly jailed for years in the United States spoke with Telesur in October 2015 on the circumstances surrounding their arrest, and the series of events that led to their release.

The Cuban Five, as they became known, were sentenced to maximum prison terms on allegations of espionage. Gerardo Hernandez received a double life sentence and Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labañino received life sentences. The remaining two, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, received 19 and 15 years respectively.

Since December 2014 all have been free.

In their teleSUR interview they sit in a semicircle, their eyes emit a contentment, belying the treatment of incarceration that followed their arrest on charges of espionage and terrorism, back in 1998.

They express great love and respect for deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and thank all their supporters around the world for their unwavering solidarity during their many years of imprisonment.

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Miami: Another of its Fallen “Angels”

El Nuevo Herald journalist Daniel Shoer Roth wrote a pathetic article on the constant killing of children in that city.

Now, he referred to the case of Jada Page, the 8-year-old girl, whose life was cut short by a shot on the head.

Shoer Roth’s analysis appeared last Friday in El Nuevo Herald under the title: “The Death of Jada”.

It reads, let‘s talk openly, the premature and violent death of that poor little angel adds another cry to the despair that criminality imposes us.

It explains that she was starting fourth grade in a new school, where she would foster friendships and aspire to knowledge.

Last Sunday, adds the article, the little girl was on the way to the movies with her dad, when a fatal shot from a shooting outside her house struck her.

“A wounded girl. A miracle begged for her salvation that will never work. A demolishing tragedy”.

According to Shoer Roth, Jada’s name joins a long list of children murdered on the dangerous streets of Miami’s marginal neighbourhoods.

There, he states, armed violence is on a war footing and leaves serious social consequences in our city.

The author of the article, who lives there, is able to touch local reality and rules the following:

“The story of children fallen in crossfires from local gangs, drug trafficking and proliferation of weapons in the hands of criminals repeats once again”.

El Nuevo Herald said that little Jada and her dad were about to go outside their house, when they were shot from a moving vehicle, and as a result of it a shot struck the girl in the back of the head.

According to the police, her dad, wounded too, was the target of the criminals.

“I don’t understand how they can sleep at night knowing they killed my child….”, shouted her mother in front of reporters.

And many inhabitants? Observers say that, absorbed in their things, the majority “is quite indifferent”.

A similar tragedy took place half a year ago, when boy King Carter, 6, was playing with other kids in the vicinity of his home.

At the same time, some teenagers from rival gangs clashed in the vicinity and shot him to death.

Has this situation changed in the neighbourhoods of Miami?

Experts have just denied it, saying that parents of kids like King and Jada “still fear that shootings claim the life of their children”.

And the case of this Florida city is not unique in U. S., so it’s a huge cynicism to demand Cuba, Venezuela and other independent countries, to copy the current democracy of the North.


Translated by Jorge Mesa / Cubasi Translation Staff

Demonstrators demand in Miami End of U.S. blockade against Cuba

A caravan of cars, with flags and banners demanding the end of the 50+ years-old U.S. commercial, economic, and financial blockade against Cuba, toured the streets of Miami, according to local media.

Around fifty cars traveled more than 20 miles throughout the most important avenues in Florida, where most of Cuban-rooted emigrants live.

The coalition Alianza Martiana —comprised of several organizations with most of Cuban emigrants in their ranks—was responsible for the organization of the demonstration.

In the words of organizers, the cars traveled with their lights on, honking the horns, carrying Cuba and US´s flags, as well as showing banners demanding the end of the blockade.

Many people supported the demonstrators all the way. Not to mention other cars joined the caravan as well.

Executives from Alianza Martiana confirmed to local media that other demonstrations are to be carried out in South Florida “until the criminal U.S. blockade against the Cuban people can be removed”.

A year ago, on July 31st 2015, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged in Miami the end of the U.S. blockade to the economy and society in Cuba.

Miami, one of the cities with largest presence of Cuban emigration, was —for a long period of time— headquarters of most aggressive operations against Cuba carried out by mercenary groups.

Recent polls revealed that 52% of Cuban people living in the U.S. disagree with the blockade policy.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz//Cubasi Translation Staff

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