Cuba clinches a berth in the semis after beating Venezuela

TIJUANA, México, August 14, 2014.- Cuba beat Venezuela and advanced to the semifinals after a five setter victory (23-25, 25-20, 25-26, 29-31, 15-6).

Javier Jimenez Scull, Rolando Cepeda and Osmani Uriarte, finished as top scorers for Cuba, as well as David Fiel and Isbel Mesa. Jiménez tallied 20 points, while Cepeda closed with 18. Fiel registered 15 and I Mesa 11.

For Venezuela, Kervin Pinerua leaded the attack with 23 points and also served four aces. Jesus Chourio closed  12 and a couple of aces, while Hector Salerno closed with 11.

Venezuela missed a service in the last set, while Cuba adjusted the blocking strategy.  However Cuba also missed one service and failed in a reception play that gave the advantage to the South American squad. “We suffered a lot in this match, but we won in the end. That was the most important thing. We have won matches in five sets with a young squad, with some mistakes, but I think as long as we move on, we can solve that,” Cuban coach Rodolfo Luis Sanchez, stated.

“It was a good match, we started pretty well in the first set, but in the second and third the ball was on one side and another. We made serving mistakes and in many fundamentals. We won the fourth set with the heart, but after that there was nothing else,” said Venezuela’s coach Vincenzo Nacci.

“I think we could not block enough, but Cuba is a very strong team on the attack, and defending the ball. After that, there were some good moments but we began to get tired and could not get into rhythm”, Venezuelan captain Kervin Pinerua indicated.

“It was a good match. Venezuela was very strong in first and fourth sets. We worked hard on attack and service power to close with a win. Now we are ready to achieve a new goal, that is to win the championship as well as we remain in the World League,” Cuban captain Rolando Cepeda concluded.

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Washington: Plans against Cuba lay bare

This policy is part of that old U.S. behavior of dethroning all governments opposed to their projects of resources plundering, political dominance, and impoverishment of people…

This policy emerges from laws attempting to destroy the Cuban Revolution. Among them, there is one regarding the blockade, which has been harshly toughened by Obama by increasing the amount of fines to foreign banks operating in Cuba. But this is also part of that old U.S. behavior of deposing all governments opposed to their projects of resources plundering, political dominance, and impoverishment of people by means of subversion or war.

From 2002 to date, we have witnessed coup d’états attempts in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Indeed, coup d’états in Honduras and Paraguay were successfully accomplished. Actions aiming at financial and media destabilization have been also carried out against Argentina and Brazil. U.S. plans to overthrow Venezuelan government, relaunched in February 2014 and defeated (only postponed) by the active actions of Chavez´s supporters, meet all the elements of the so-called Fourth-generation war, prevailing element in the destabilization strategy of U.S. all over the world.

The US offensive against Russia and the siege over China are examples of highly-complex, versatile subversive actions, embedded in the rising of their aggressiveness and eagerness to maintain an already weaken dominance.

The most recent leaks about Cuba reveal the hiring of young Costa Ricans, Peruvians, and Venezuelans whose goals were to recruit possible dissidents in Cuban universities. These activists would later play the role of organizers of a “velvet” revolution. The AP has released the names of their top agents. When this project is linked to the mission of USAID contractor Alan Gross, currently serving a prison sentence in Cuba, and the so-called Zunzuneo, and Piramideo —Twitter-like social networks to unite thousands of Cuban people to carry out destabilization actions— it takes shape a very-well orchestrated plan to boost up a future rebellion in Cuba.

The AP already showed us that Mr. Alan Gross is not that noble Jewish man praised by the State Department, who brought internet to such religious community in Cuba. Although the trial proved convincingly all the crimes, it is relevant that the AP — the most renowned news agency in the U.S. — confirmed the facts: Gross was in Cuba installing communication technologies used by the Pentagon and the CIA, such activities violated gravely our national law and sovereignty. By the way, it is clear that Washington is not worried about the luck of the contractor as hypocritically states since the U.S. government has increased the number of subversive actions against Cuba.

Given the resounding failure to have created in the island an opposing force against the Revolution, the United States seems to have instead pushed forcefully for a rebellion led by young people. As they still have in prison three Cubans unfairly, they avoid risking their agents in Cuba and recrui young subcontractors from Latin America, who can deny their involvement in the future.

Victim of their irreversible inability to analyze the complex Cuban society, Washington behaves as if most of Cuban young people were not supporting the revolutionary process; as if they were not patriotic, determined to face any imperialist subversion plan even though the vision of some aspects of Cuban daily life can be regarded as critical.

The U.S. indecency reaches the limit when they even organized a workshop for the prevention of VIH/AIDS as a façade in their attempts to recruit young people in the University of Santa Clara. Cuba is the Caribbean country with less illness rate, much less than the U.S. themselves and Canada!

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Brightest in 20 years: Spectacular ISS pics of Sunday’s supermoon

A Russian cosmonaut has posted stunning pictures of the supermoon, giving a preview to one of the most dramatic space events of the year.

On Sunday, stargazers will be able to view the biggest and brightest moon in 20 years.

Oleg Artemyev posted a series of amazing images depicting the giant moon's journey orbiting the Earth on his Twitter account, calling it “the supermoon moonset.”


The images give a glimpse into one of the most anticipated and exciting astronomical events of the year, when the moon is at its fullest.

This Sunday’s supermoon, known as “Perigee,” will be the second and largest of the three to appear this summer. The moon on Sunday is calculated to be about 50,000 kilometers closer to Earth than when it is at its furthest point, known as “Apogee.” It will make the moon appear 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than full moons usually appear.


The previous supermoon was seen on July 12, resulting in spectacular images and prompting millions to crane their necks to see the phenomenon. The last of the three moons this year is expected to appear on September 9.

"This is the supermoon, the 'superest' supermoon," NASA scientist Noah Petro told during a video interview. "The two full moons around this one are also close, but not the closest. By the strict definition of a supermoon or a perigee moon this one this weekend is the closest full moon of the year. The other ones are spectacular but not quite as close as this one."


For those stuck indoors on Sunday, the online Slooh Community Observatory will give a live broadcast of the supermoon at 7:30 p.m. EDT (23:30 GMT).

Sunday's supermoon phenomenon coincides with one of Mother Nature’s most dazzling celestial displays – the Perseid meteor shower - which may be fainter this year due to the bright light of the moon.

"Lunar glare wipes out the black, velvety backdrop required to see faint meteors, and sharply reduces counts,” said Dr. Bill Cooke from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

Cooke also noted that the Perseids are rich in fireballs as bright as Jupiter or Venus, which will be visible despite the moon’s glare.


Usually some 90 to 100 bright, colorful meteors per hour can be seen during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The source of the meteor shower is the Swift-Tuttle comet, which swings through the inner solar system every 133 years and leaves a trail of dust and grit. As Earth passes the debris, the comet dust hits the atmosphere and produces bright flashes of light.

The Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years, with the earliest information on the meteor shower coming from the Far East. The shower received its name from the constellation Perseus. On the night of its peak, the meteors emanate from a spot in the sky near the constellation.

Cuba, Gold Medal in World Baseball U15 Tournament

The USA Baseball 15U National Team fell to Cuba, 6-3, in the gold medal game of the WBSC 'AA' 15U World Cup Sunday night in a heartbreaking conclusion to an otherwise outstanding tournament for Team USA.

In its first 15U World Cup, the U.S. showed the world powerful pitching and dominant hitting, while also giving the fans in Mazatlán two of the tourney's most exciting contests - a 5-4, 10-inning walk-off win over Chinese Taipei and a 10-9, 10-inning walk-off win over Mexico.

The U.S. concluded the tournament with the best record (9-1) and outscored its opponents 107-29. However, Cuba (8-2) had the better team Sunday night as it trailed 3-1 entering the sixth inning, but rallied to score the game's final five runs to claim victory.

With the neutral crowd squarely in Cuba's corner, the talented squad put the finishing touches on the comeback with a three-run eighth inning that was highlighted by an RBI single from Miguel Vargas and an RBI groundout from Adrian Morejon.

That would be all the runs starting pitcher Morejon would need as he turned in a brilliant effort to lead Cuba to gold. Morejon, who threw an inning in relief in Cuba's 2-1 victory over Panama Saturday, went the distance against the U.S. Sunday as he hurled 124 pitches. He struck out 12 U.S. batters, and gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk.   

At the plate for Team USA, Brice Turang (Corona, Calif.) finished off a remarkable tournament with two more hits and two runs scored. Turang, who was honored by the IBAF (International Baseball Federation) in a post-game ceremony, batted .553 for the tourney and played in every inning of every game for the U.S. He led the squad in hits (21), runs (19) and RBI (13), while posting a .684 slugging percentage and a .617 on-base percentage.

Also honored postgame were Alejandro Toral (Davie, Fla.) and Thomas Burbank (Beaumont, Texas). Toral batted .385 for the tournament and had a homer, six RBI and team highs in walks (9) and hit by pitch (7). Burbank, meanwhile, didn't allow an earned run in 7.1 innings of relief while striking out 11 batters. His most impressive outing was against Chinese Taipei, where he went four innings in relief to pick up the win. His maneuvering of the international tiebreaker inning kept Chinese Taipei from scoring a run in the top half of the 10th frame and set the stage for a thrilling walk-off from Austin Martin (Orange Park, Fla.) in the bottom half.

After dozens of practices, several scrimmages and 10 games in Mazatlan, the 2014 version of the USA Baseball 15U National Team is set to go its separate ways Monday morning. However, the memories of three weeks in July and August 2014, the ups and downs and the smiles and the tears, will last a lifetime.

USA - Cuba Scoring Recap  

Cuba jumped on top early as a single by Ariel Diaz with one out gave Cuba a base runner for Ernesto Martinez. Martinez knocked an RBI single to left field with two outs to give his squad the early 1-0 advantage.

The U.S. responded in the bottom half of the first with two runs to jump in front. Turang and Noah Campbell (Durham, N.C.) both reached base to start the frame before Royce Lewis (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) bunted them over. Raymond Gil (Miami, Fla.), one of the heroes from the win over Mexico Saturday night, plated the first run as he grounded out to the shortstop to easily score Turang. One batter later, Steven Williams (Albany, Ga.) cracked a single up the middle to score Campbell and give the U.S. its 35th and 36th two-out RBI of the tournament.

Lewis added to Team USA's lead in the fifth inning as his RBI single to right field scored Turang to up the score to 3-1. Turang reached base on his second infield single of the night.

Cuba wouldn't go away, however, as a monster two-run double from Martinez in the top of the sixth inning tied the contest at three and ultimately set it on a path to victory. Martinez couldn't be stopped at the plate all day as he finished with three hits, including two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.

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Revelations by Agent Daniel on the Travelers Program

About the new findings published by the AP involving USAID and its contractor Creative Associates International on shipping secretly to Cuba, since 2009, Latin American youths using the coverage of civic and health programs to promote subversive activities, Juventud Rebelde talks with Raúl Capote, former agent Daniel, Pablo to the CIA; who was in contact with these groups in their early days.

Raúl Capote, writer and university professor, former agent "Daniel" of Cuban security and "Pablo" for the Central Intelligence Agency-the CIA- still keeps fresh in his mind the day–at the end of 2009- on which Rene Greenwald, the CIA official who he worked with, and Marc Wachtenheim, in Cuba for the Pan American Development Foundation, talking about the idea of a project like the one that is being reported now, and asking him to support a group of young people coming to the island to search for and identify political activists and leaders within the universities.

Capote's experience as a CIA agent in the Genesis project, which sought to train "activists" through scholarships abroad and upon return to become leaders within their schools, and even take responsibilities within the UJC and FEU- would serve the interests of these young 'travellers' of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, with little experience in the subject of Cuba.

"They needed me to give them guidance on how to reach out to our youngsters, who could be recruited and trained with the aim of promoting among young Cubans a new kind of political opposition. This has much to do with Genesis, which was exactly what they wanted, creating a counter revolutionary leadership in Cuba in the intellectual field, which had social bases and support in an important sector of the population.

"But from 2008, when the most important phase of Project Genesis began, they were going to start the scholarship scheme to train" leaders" in European and North American universities - they began to shuffle the idea of "contractors" -actually mercenaries- coming to Cuba -now we know that they could be from Creative Associates International-able to "prepare" college students in the field."

Between 2009 and 2010 some of those people began to arrive in Cuba. "I remember in 2009 a Honduran and a Guatemalan, -you can even see me walking with them in the material Manufacturing a Leader in Reasons of Cuba- and we go to the University of Havana, do a tour, precisely on Student's Day, and see my participation in all the activities they had planned," he recalls.

"It was an ordinary day, as always, a big fiesta; but they wanted to see close up what was happening in the University environment. I made up a story and they fell for it with a set of three totally opposite historical moments, because we were talking about what Student Day meant in Cuba, but also the famous confrontation in Prague of the Czech students against Nazism and that day also marks the fall of socialism in Czechoslovakia, therefore, I put out the idea that many of these youngsters knew that this day was celebrating the fall of socialism in Czechoslovakia and some, influenced by the Genesis project, were celebrating at the same time as Student Day and it had to be done covertly," recalls Capote narrating his adventures.

"The thing that amazed me –and also in my contact with the CIA agents- is how little they know about Cuba, they have such a closed idea of what happens in the country that when they come and see students of the faculty of Philosophy are doing a culinary competition and when they appear in the dining room with a tray as part of the exhibition of dishes with a fried egg, a few peas, they see that as an act of dissidence, rebellious, a challenge to the " regime ", great stuff.

"At another time of that day, recalls Capote, they went to see Clytemnestra, a play prepared by the students, and when the energetic actress screams "Freedom!" that girl who was with me "her hair stood on end" thinking about the possibilities that exist with these students for their purposes. The culmination of that day was when they got to listen to the songs of a group of troubadours, very young, little known in the media and the songs were quite critical about everyday things that happen in their college or Cuban society and that they understood as the beginning of the end of the Cuban Revolution."

For former agent Daniel, that profound ignorance the enemies of Cuba have of our society is what makes them fail: "They confuse the dissent of revolutionaries, human beings by nature, with opposition to the system and that is the great mistake because they have never been able to find that person who might be leader of the change they seek."

Memory and the five CUC

According to documents and stories revealed by the AP, Latin American youths, recruited by USAID to subvert the order of the country from the universities, began arriving in Cuba In 2010,. Among the anecdotes of Raúl Capote is one about the Costa Ricans who wanted direct action at the University of Havana.

"The "ticos" came with a mission to gather information about what was happening in academia and identify who that they could come to and subvert, and even came with flash drives that brought in a manual prepared especially for young Cubans to overthrow the Revolution and the task of going to the University of Havana and distributing the flash memories and giving five CUC to each student, and there I came in to deter them."

The simple arguments of Capote put paid to the idea: "Look, if you arrive and you hand it to the youngsters on the steps they are going to use the money for a fiesta or spend it on the corner and they will delete the manual and eventually that will not get you anywhere. Also it seems very risky and not serious."

Then came a Colombian, who was much more professional and -he told us- linked to the work of USAID and the Pan American Development Foundation visiting the University with me, also with the aim of finding ways to prepare for the arrival of the 'travellers' in Cuba and setting up this type of element.

At that time, agent 'Pablo' of the CIA had precise instructions from his contact, Rene Greenwald, to prepare a group of these Latin American youngsters now known as the 'travellers' program.

"They asked me to keep a low profile, not to raise suspicion, help the "travellers" in everything that could to make their work succeed. They even trained them to know the names of teachers of the Latin American School of Medicine, ELAM, they were given a white coat, a stethoscope to carry in their bag, medical books; everything needed if someone asked them at some point, or anywhere in the country, simply respond that they were foreign students at ELAM and what they sought was with other students."

A different collar?

The clock is ticking against the American government plans to overthrow the Cuban Revolution with unconventional warfare strategies; if before it was with the application of extraterritorial laws and the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, for some years they have been doing it by means of subversion, but with the same purpose, to overthrow socialist Cuba.

USAID began promoting scholarships abroad, but it was cumbersome to achieve, then they endeavoured to teach online courses in the Interests Section in Havana, later came on site courses to train their opposition leaders in power. Now immigration policy has changed in Cuba and they are beginning to exploit the use of scholarships abroad to prepare their "leaders", but it doesn't change anything in the strategy?

For Raúl Capote "all those plans were hastily driven by the American government in order to have a trained favourable leadership that took power in the time of generational change in Cuba. But to date, they lack the necessary basis, with activists to act on what they call the "generational change" which they're told is very close."

The sum of plans against Cuba continues, but the goal is the same: "The Genesis project in leadership training, the program of 'travellers' reported by AP, ZunZuneo," the Cuban Twitter "; Piramideo, and others, is the same, attempts are part of a grand scheme to overthrow the Cuban Revolution through subversion," he stresses.

In Cuba, the CIA and USAID envoys have only found people looking to make money, and subversion has become a business to benefit personally and often counter-revolution activists are "fighters" for a visa to travel abroad. That's the kind of human material with which they have encountered."

Just before we parted, Raúl Capote, who cannot shake his trained vocation, sums up: "They need another type of person in order to fulfil their plans against Cuba, people with other human qualities, skilled people with a social base, with conviction, and that it is very difficult; precisely because each time you are a leader or a person with that ability that they are looking for, it is a revolutionary, trained in the best values of the nation; people with more qualities in our universities, and those who will never betray their country."

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