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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Miami: The worst in the States?

In 2012, Forbes named Miami “the most Miserable City of the Country” in 2012.

Thus was published this Wednesday in Miami a New Herald journalist, Michelle Kaufman. Browsing a website of Wall Street, dedicated to news and financial opinions, he assures that the Floridian city is the worst to live in the U.S.

Immediately, Kaufman exposes her arguments to prove it.

She began requesting to forget that, among other virtues, it has a warm weather, worldwide famous beaches, cruises trips, tourists, a vibrant multicultural community, amusing night life and a colossal silhouette.

But, Kaufman highlights with a bit of sarcasm, before going to your favorite beach make sure "is not contaminated by bacteria."

The aforementioned study of Wall Street asserted that the medium price of a house in Miami reaches 245 000 dollars, way above the national average which figure go up to the 181 000.

She also said that with a middle family income, equally below the national standard, many of those houses can’t be afforded by many of its residents.

Hence the Wall Street assessment placing Miami below a "frozen city" like Detroit.

A recent poll carried out by the Economic Politics Institute revealed that in the so-called City of Sun the gap between poor and rich is deeper than in other territories.

In Miami the violent rate escalates to 1060 for every 100 thousand inhabitants, a figure greater than the national rate.

This, according to the study, unleashes among other issues, imprisonments, labor uncertainty, children with less education and mounting anxiety.

Michelle Kaufman remembers that three years ago, after carrying out a thorough investigation, Forbes magazine named Miami "The Most Miserable City of the Country".

Now Wall Street was responsible to assert it.

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"Ultras" Cuban Origin: Their Last Breaths in Miami?

Julio Iglesias sings "Las Mañanitas" at a press conference for his 72nd birthday and the launching of his album "Mexico" on Wednesday September 23, 2015.  

An interesting question lingers in the air there, does it show hints of being caught in the beginning of its end?  

Several facts bring up the question that not even dare to deny their more keen spokesmen.  

Now it’s the time of Julio Iglesias, famous Spanish singer located many kilometers far from the left.

A piece of news from EFE agency notified this Tuesday that a manifestation against him included the burn of some of his albums.

That article from Madrid read on the title "Julio Iglesias’s albums burnt in Miami", and it was signed by Fabiana Steinmander.

Demonstrators raised a poster that read, mercenary musicians, and they destroyed before the cameras some albums.

The information also remembered that the singer had declared his disposition to sing his hits in Cuba.

However, Steinmander asserted, he didn't travel before to the island fearing the Cuban "exiles" attempted against his house in the Capital of Sun.

What it was a presumption so far, wrote the journalist, it’s now a fact.

His house was not attacked, she remarked, but rejection was evident there.

EFE showed several pictures of the manifestation that showed the destruction of the disks.

Unbelievable, when so many people thought the dark times were left behind when the famous work of the Cuban artist Manuel Mendive’s The Peacock was thrown to the pavement and set on fire.

More astonishing still the alleged reason back then to carry out that Fascist atrocity: Because the author lives in Cuba.

Bombing threats followed in places where other two outstanding Cuban artists would perform, Luis Carbonell and Rosita Fornés.

Surrounded by a pack ultra-right members was received the famous orchestra Los Van Van, while they isolated and sabotaged work contracts to the troubadour Tony Avila.

Always using the same argument, they live in the island.

These are hard facts that, surprisingly, have never endured in Cuba North American artists.

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