The Political Trial against Gente de Zona in Miami

Harassed by the press in the middle of the street, Randy Malcom, one of the members of Gente de Zona has just made a mea culpa in front of the cameras of one Miami’s television stations.


At the show Suelta la Sopa, of Telemundo 51 channel, the singer apologized "to all" Cubans, "without any exception", and added: "it’s a sensitive issue that we will talk about in its due time."


This episode is part of the political trial to which the music group has been submitted for singing to their people and greeting from the stage the Cuban President, who was among the attending public.

Remarkably, although the terrible sin was committed in July 2018, the inquisitorial authorities of Miami anti-Cuban mafia realized the terrible crime no less than on New Year’s Eve 2020.


For this reason, Gente de Zona was excluded from participating in an end-of-the-year concert with venue in the city of Miami, to which they had been invited by the Cuban-born reggaeton singer Pitbull.


To further enrage the intolerant inquisitors, during the concert on December 31st at Bayfront Park, Pitbull came up with the idea to say regarding the absence on stage of the famous Cuban duo: “They are not here tonight for other things, but I want to send greetings to Gente de Zona. Music is music, politics is politics. ”

Words that unleashed the anger of the brigades of retarded action among which were musicians like the antiprophet Willy Chirino and the repentant communist Arturo Sandoval.


To save face and not be exiled forever from the city of hatred, Pitbull was forced to appear last Sunday in the dock at Univision television network, which, according to some, was in turn the one who invited Pitbull to the concert.


After saying that his intention by greeting Gente de Zona during the concert had "been none other than to unite," the Cuban-American singer acknowledged before the acting judge, journalist Jorge Ramos, "that he had screwed up."


Among other reasons, he said, due to his ignorance of what was going on in both Cuba and Miami, something that he demonstrated when the journalist asked him what would happen to Gente de Zona if they didn’t sing in Cuba and the reggaeton singer replied that if they didn’t, probably "they would be killed or their family would be killed."



The interview finished with a mea culpa of Pitbull, who almost apologized to his accusing colleagues, as well as to the entire city of Miami for which "he has done so much."


After his humiliating confession, the reggaeton singer was acquitted no less than by the journalist acting as jury Ninoska Pérez Calderón, who openly celebrated the musician's take back.


However, the trial, despite Randy Malcom’s apology is not over yet, if you take into account a headline published in the official Miami Mafia newspaper, The New Herald, that reads: "Randy Malcom, of Gente de Zona, has already apologized, but Alexander Delgado is still silent ", so it remains to see if the other singer of the group is also called to the stand.

Although, as we highlighted in a previous comment, the fascist-like intolerance in Miami seems to have reached paroxysm after the current president signed a memorandum with the intention of blocking the cultural exchange between Cuba and the United States, this sort of political trial is nothing new in that city in South Florida.


Before visiting the Island to participate in 2018 concert for which Gente de Zona is today excommunicated, the Italian singer Laura Pausini told reporters: "I have been asking to go for 25 years, but singing in Cuba means having problems with radios from Miami. Now People from Genete de Zona invited me, how could I say no? "


In reality, such media lynching leaves naked the so-called freedom of expression that should exist in the ill-named land of freedom. Or is it that this only happens in a Miami trampled by the boot of the dictatorship of the anti-Cuban mafia?

Gente de Zona, the Blockade and the Hysterical Babbling of Miami

The Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona has become the last victim of neo-fascist intolerance which, for decades, has set the pace of cultural terrorism policy in Miami.


A week ago, the mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, asked that Cuban musicians be excluded from the list of participants of the traditional New Year's Eve concert organized by the reggaeton singer Pitbull in Miami.

According to Suarez, he assured to El Nuevo Herald, that he had asked organizers to "analyze the participation of these artists and the history of Gente de Zona with the Cuban regime (...)".


In reality, the reasons given by the mayor on duty to ban the artists are nothing more than false excuses to follow the policy of blockade against Cuba exacerbated by the current Trump administration.

In a memo signed by the president and sent to the State Department early in November, it was announced that “the United States will not provide non-humanitarian or trade-related assistance, nor will it allow officials or employees of the governments of Cuba, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Syria and Russia participate in educational and cultural exchange programs for fiscal year 2020”.


It’s striking how during the so-called thaw of relations between Cuba and the United States in the Obama era, cultural terrorists in Miami haven’t realized the "history of Gente de Zona with the Cuban regime." In those years, even the now censored duo was given the keys to the city of Miami.


Trump's new policy regarding the so-called "cultural exchange", however, can no longer agree with the intolerant spirit of the anti-Cuban mafia regarding Cuban artists. Miami, the city of hatred, has stood out "culturally" "for the burning of paintings, bomb threat to concerts, crushing of CDs and acts of rejection against anyone who doesn’t give up their roots and homeland.

 

Besides the duo Gente de Zona, the campaign against Cuban artists unleashed on social networks by the followers Pérez Ruora and Ninoska Pérez, now disguised as clowns on YouTube, have made the target of their injudicious defamation other artists like Micha and Haila María Mompié. The first one was excluded last November from a Thanksgiving concert and the second, for the same mental retardation of the Miami mayor, was declared non-grata person.


The dirty machine activated against Cuban artists by the new Mafia spokesmen, rather than against the artists is aimed against the entire Cuban people. It’s the media justification of another of variant of the blockade.

It’s no secret to anyone that, like El Nuevo Herald said, when announced Trump's anti-cultural memo: "The cultural exchange between Cuba and the U.S. has been the target of harsh criticism by sectors of the Cuban exile that consider this to be a way of currency income to the island government. " Everything else is just hysterical babbling.

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Five Years of Cuba-US Relations and Trump's Jump Backwards

Only five years after the former presidents of Cuba, Army General Raul Castro, and the United States, Barack Obama, announced the restoration of diplomatic relations, the deterioration of the situation between the two countries has reached such extent that experts don’t rule out a setback in that regard.



Cuba doesn’t want the rupture of relations with the United States, but that reality can’t surprise us, if it happens, warned Carlos Fernández de Cossío the general director for the U.S. of the Cuban Foreign Ministry on Monday in Havana.


The diplomat said to the press that the Cuban government believes there should be bilateral relations with Washington, and works in favor of their existence. That is also the interest of most of the North American people, but a group of powerful people in the U.S. intends to break the relations.


The date of December 17th, 2014, many described it as miraculous, because of the coincidence of the announcement with the national festivities for Saint Lazarus Day, which include processions, altars with offerings of sweets, clothes, and jewels, there were candles and thanking prayers for his intervention in these worldly matters.

For a short period of time the world found meaning in optimism. In just over two years the embassies of both countries were reopened, 22 agreements were signed in several sectors and more than half a million North Americans traveled to Cuba.


The millions of dollars for subversive programs, the Cuban adjustment law, the occupation of the Guantanamo naval base and that gigantic political dinosaur that is the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba remained untouched.


Washington's policy change towards Havana did not answer to the recognition of Cuba’s achievements, but to a change in the strategy to obtain the same dominant objectives of destroying the Cuban social project.

Now with president Trump, whom for many is a bull at a china shop within the North American political tradition, he returned almost immediately to the bravado and atmosphere of the Cold War.


By February 3rd, 2017, the former White House spokesman, Sean Spice, announced that Washington would review all policies towards Cuba. A few months later, on June 16th, Trump signed a presidential memorandum announcing the annulment of the approach initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama (2009-2017) and ordering new restrictions on individual travel and commerce.


Only in 2019, that administration has passed more than twenty unconventional measures, to prevent the supply of fuel from various markets through sanctions and threats to ships, shipping companies and insurance companies.


As the Minister of Foreign Affairs denounced at the U.N. General Assembly last November, unilateral measures include the authorization of the filing of lawsuits before U.S. courts of law against Cuban, North American and third-country entities, under the Title III of Helms-Burton Act .


Remittances were restricted to Cuban citizens, the granting of visas was reduced and consular services were limited, an agreement between baseball federations was canceled, individual trips of U.S. citizens were canceled, denounced the Cuban Foreign Minister.


During this time, cruise ships and direct flights to Cuban airports were also banned, except for Havana; the leasing of airplanes with more than 10% of U.S. components and the acquisition of technologies and equipment in similar condition were prevented; commercial promotion activities, cultural and educational exchanges were terminated.

In an exercise in rhetoric and cynicism, the current North American president has affirmed more than once that his actions are aimed at helping the Cuban people, when this procedure has been the main cause for human rights violation of Cubans.


You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to realize that while he is cornered by the impeachment and the race for the 2020 elections begins, the Cuban subject has become a wild card for the republican president, who has been characterized by showing an ambiguous concern towards the course that must follow the relations between Washington and Havana.


On December 17th, thousands of Cubans will pilgrimage again to El Rincón Church to pay their promises to San Lazaro. In houses and town halls there will be ceremonies with drums and ancient rites that came centuries ago from Africa.


There will be those who will ask for more private matters such as healing or a clear path for personal and professional projects. But perhaps there will be a candle to ask the also called Babalú Ayé to intervene in these matters of men and help rebuild the torn down bridges or give strength and character to persevere and resist.

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The Blockade against Cuba which According to Washington doesn’t Exist

On several occasions the propaganda of the United States has said that the blockade against Cuba does not exist.


But life proves exactly the opposite, while Donald Trump announces his intention to reinforce it.


The penultimate evidence was told this Tuesday in Miami by a journalist from El Nuevo Herald, Nora Gámez Torres.


The U.S. government “punished” the Corporation Panamericana S.A., because they helped Cubans alleviate the blockade on the oil supply.

Excuse? Working as intermediary so that certain amounts of that oil reached Cuban territory.


The event was so rude that Gámez Torres commented on the inclusion of that firm in Washington’s blacklist:



“It was executed by the Treasury Department despite being a Cuban company and without justifying it with the “embargo”.


They only grabbed the regulations related to the situation in Venezuela.

Another example, the journalist wrote, how far the Trump administration establishes a link between the two governments.


A statement from the Under Secretary of Treasury, Justin G. Muzinich, states:

"The Treasury continues to pursue evaders of sanctions to deny resources to the illegitimate Venezuelan regime."


On the other hand, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, at a press conference said on Tuesday that the new punishment "
"Today's action will further squeeze the illegal profit-making scheme Cuba carries out to help the illegitimate dictator Nicolas Maduro,".


It was in that context that the Florida senator, Marco Rubio took advantage of Washington's new punishment to demand his European allies to do more in relation to Venezuela and Cuba.


His implicit admission that they don’t, at least, as the rotten Senator Marco Rubio wishes them to do.


By cruel coincidences in life, almost at the same time that Pompeo and his senator spoke in Washington, the young Dylan Cruz died in Colombia.

He had been seriously injured by the police from Iván Duque, faithful allies of Pompeo and Rubio.


He was 18 years old and his deadly sin was to participate in a demonstration against the murderous and pro-North American regime that bleeds his nation.


Last Saturday he was hit on the head by a bomb launched by the police.

He died at the hospital on Monday while Pompeo and Rubio forged new plans against Cuba.

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The Need to Keep the Tax on the U.S. Dollar

While Cubans rush in crowds to the stores opened in the capital to acquire various items, using magnetic cards backed by bank accounts in USD, among other currencies, the question or doubt remains on why the Cuban government keeps the decision to tax the US dollar a 10%.

To those doubts or questions Granma newspaper answered with a wide explanation in its front page.



It was necessary to apply this measure in response to the bans of operating with such currencies in foreign banks, measures that are intensifying today and cause significant damage and create serious risks for the normal exercise of international financial affairs.



Cuba's determination to face the pressures and blackmails of the US while defending its economic and social model, guarantee the path of development and well-being for the entire population.



The United States has declared a unique war on Cuba, -without light, medium or heavy caliber weapons - other kinds of weapons, but just as lethal, after all, in trying to suffocate and starve a country, through limitations of all kinds to have a country give in its sovereignty and independence.

It must be said aloud over and over again: the blockade is an act of war, and the defense to resist it, a legitimate right.



On that principle is based the sovereign decision through which, in 2004, the Cuban Government established a 10% tax on US dollars in cash that entered the national banking system, in response to the banning of operating with such currencies in foreign banks.



To explain the degree of validity of the measure taken in 2004 and the reason why this mechanism still protects commercial operations from additional risks, a synthesis of the questions and answers provided by the Central Bank of Cuba is offered here.



Which causes triggered the government measure to establish the tax on US dollars (usd) in cash?



The Government of the United States increased the pressures and threats to foreign banks to prevent Cuba from depositing USD abroad in cash. This money was acquired through the payments made by the population and foreign visitors paid in the establishments which, at that time, operated in foreign currency.



The Deposits of North American dollars in foreign banks are essential to meet any country's commercial obligations, because the imports of products are not paid in cash, but through bank operations.



When dollars are received in bills, in order to be used in international transactions, Cuba must send them abroad and have banks that want to receive them, which implies high risks and additional costs.



In response to such actions, in 2004 the Cuban Central Bank issued Resolution No. 80 of October 23, with the fundamental objective of discouraging the entry of USD in cash to the Cuban banking and financial system.



When taxing the bills that would enter the country, two objectives would be met: to compensate for the costs and risks associated with their physical transfer abroad after the escalation of the blockade, and to motivate economically those who wish to enter money into the country, to do it using banks or through the use of other currencies (foreign currencies).



Why are only US dollars taxed in cash?



To discourage the entry of cash only from this specific currency.



Are bank transfers in USD received from abroad subject to taxes?

They are not subject to tax because bank transfers are not associated with the aforementioned costs and risks for the physical manipulation of USD in cash.



Are international card transactions taxed?


The operations associated with magnetic cards are not taxed with 10%. In Cuba, Visa or MasterCard cards not issued by US banks are accepted.

Why is it necessary to keep the validity of the tax to USD in cash?

In recent years, the U.S. Government has intensified its economic war against the people of Cuba, dictating new measures that cause significant damage and create serious risks for the normal exercise of international financial activity.



Therefore, the tendency to refuse operations with Cuban banks is increasingly growing by foreign banking and financial institutions.

The Cuban Central Bank reiterates that the tax established for operations in US dollars in cash has been and continues to be a subject of evaluation and permanent attention of the banking system and authorities from the Cuban Government.

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Who can Bridled Donald Trump?

Apparently, like a psycho, the current emperor has redesigned the world political map according to the immeasurable limits of his megalomania and paranoia.


Branded by the United States government as the main fake news spreaders, social networks, Facebook and Twitter, recently announced the launch of several measures to brake the misinformation that thrives on their servers.


Hence only a year to the presidential elections in the U.S., Facebook is preparing not to repeat again the 2016 mistakes and debacle, with a plan to avoid international interference.



"We have a responsibility to deter any abuse and interference on our platform," said the group commanded by Mark Zuckerberg.

To reach this goal, the social network is testing a user profile verification system with a sort of video-selfie, which implies facial recognition and that, he believes, could be a 0brake on fake accounts.


On the other hand, a little less than a week ago, and having the same intention, Twitter published that, as of November 22nd it will no longer spread political advertising anywhere in the world.


"Although internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertising companies, that power brings about significant risks in politics," said Jack Dorsey, co-founder and president of the company, in a tweet.


Undoubtedly, the new policies, from both Facebook and Twitter, will help to contain the flow of what has been called euphemistically post-truth, and avoid international interference that, according to the United States government, influenced in the 2016 elections.



To please the continuous pressures of the Congress in this regard, in recent months both networks have closed hundreds of pages and user accounts of alleged enemies that "influence" the U.S. elections; however, it remains to be seen what the policy of these networks will be for the fake news generated by people like the U.S. president, Donald Trump.



It’s no secret to anyone that most of the fake news of the U.S. presidential campaign in 2016 was spread by Trump's campaign advisors.

Donald Trump raised false statements like that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama founded ISIS or that Obama was born in Kenya, information that was published "as statements of the Republican candidate" in the traditional media.


According to the study «Media and Post-truth: Analysis of Fake News in U.S. Presidential Elections of 2016 », by Priscilla Muñoz Sanhueza, the election process was tainted by a shroud of fake news, which had its peak from August 2016 until elections day, where more fabricated information was shared on Facebook than the "True" (which, for the most part, favored Donald Trump).



The same study recalls that the mythomania of the current president is nothing new: «There are records that since 2011 he began to question Obama's country of birth on television and Twitter, quoting alleged sources and websites like WND.com and FreedomOutpost.com , which are characterized by publishing fake news (Maheshwari, 2017) ».


It’s also memorable the sayings of the Republican like: “in New Jersey was celebrated the 9/11 attack; that his commercial empire began with a "small loan" from his father, when he inherited forty million dollars ».

In March 2017, again using Twitter, he accused Barack Obama of having ordered to spy on him in October 2016, tapping the telephones of his operations center, without delivering any evidence, which was denied by a spokesman for the former president.



As if that weren’t enough, in April 2019, The Washington Post published a report that assured that after 800 days in office, the U.S. president had made more than 10,000 "fake or misleading" statements.

If anyone still doubts about this personal characteristic of the current White House owner, just have to review the contents of Trump's last intervention during the 74th Session at the United Nations Assembly.

What can be done when even the so-called quality press remains silent, with complicity, before Trump's cynical lies about Iran, China, Venezuela or Cuba.



For those who witnessed the intervention of the U.S. ambassador to the UN, regarding the vote on a bill against the Blockade of Cuba, there’s no doubt that, in Donald Trump’s imperial era, lies have taken over truth.


Apparently, like a psycho, the current emperor has redesigned the world political map according to the immeasurable limits of his megalomania and paranoia.



Regarding this last trait of his personality, more than once he has summoned, as if they were federal companies, the owners of the social networks to accuse them of censoring his person or the supporters of conservative thinking that took him to the oval office.


It’s worth wondering: If Trump manages to survive, regardless of his lies, the impeachment to which the Democrats attempt to submit him, can anyone dare to put a bridle of honesty on him?

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The World against the Blockade and Defeat of the New U.S. Acolytes


As it has been happening since 1992, Cuba achieved again a blasting victory at the UN during the presentation of the draft Resolution to End the U.S. Blockade against Cuba before the General Assembly of that organization. A total of 187 countries voted to end the genocide that, for almost sixty years, the United States has perpetrated against the Island.

The novelty this time, however, was that to the votes of the United States and Israel it was added that of Brazil, while Ukraine and Colombia chose to abstain.


To justify Brazil’s position, which for 27 years invariably voted in favor of Cuba, the current president of that country, Jair Bolsonaro, said yesterday:

“It’s the first time that Brazil accompanies the United States in the matter of the embargo on Cuba. (...) We are in favor of the embargo against Cuba; After all, isn't there a dictatorship?


Likewise, the current Foreign Minister of that country, Ernesto Araújo, defended the change in the historical position of the Brazilian diplomacy as a "defense of the truth."


Servile submission to the current U.S. administration aside, the truth is that the current Brazilian president, more than once has expressed his desire to reinstate a military dictatorship similar to the one that ruled that country after the coup d'état to João Goulart , in 1964.


Bolsonaro has more than once praised as national heroes the military who, in the dictatorial period from 1964 to 1985, were responsible for governing the country. The very ones who put into practice repressive methods such as kidnappings, private prisons, torture, murder and concealment of corpses.


According to the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, during Lula da Silva’s time in office, 475 people died or disappeared for political reasons in those years, a figure that may be bigger, if the territorial extension of Brazil is taken into account, the absence of statistical studies, the high number of requests for compensation, the non-inclusion of some people in the missing persons list, or the refusal to include those whose relatives did not report.

Likewise, at the vote yesterday at the UN it was striking how Ukraine as a North American satellite joined in. As it’s known, that country now plays a leading role in the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. According to witness statements, Trump conditioned, through blackmail, the delivery of U.S. aid in exchange for Ukraine to publicly investigating Joe Biden, Trump's political adversary, Biden's son and other Democrats.


We’d need to see this time, in exchange for what the United States obtained the abstention of that ex-Soviet republic.


Equally significant was the debut of Colombia, a nation that, if the United States really were interested in defending human rights somewhere in the world, would have long since blocked.

According to a report prepared by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the UN High Commissioner released yesterday, in the matter of killings of human rights activists in Latin America, Colombia is the country that accumulates the most crimes, with a total of 63 cases.


These figures, says the same source, are lower if compared to those handled by other institutions within that country.


The UN Office for Human Rights not only keeps record of these crimes, but also advances the "verification process" of another 43 murders "where it’s presumed that the victim was a human rights defender. The cases occurred in 19 of the 32 departments of Colombia and correspond to the period between May 1st and September 30th” says ANSA.

Anyway, as the vote in favor of Cuba demonstrated, the lies defended by the United States UN ambassador, Kelly Craft cannot fool anyone. The overwhelming Cuban victory, receiving the support of the large majority of countries in the world, was inversely proportional to the defeat of the United States and the new acolytes of the current world fascist dictatorship.

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Australians against the US blockade To Cuba

The Australia-Cuba Friendship Association (ACFS) issued a statement demanding the immediate lifting of the US blockade against the island, a few days after a resolution was voted in the United Nations.

It is a new one of the active and firm work of solidarity that the ACFS has deployed on Australian soil for more than 40 years, the ambassador of the Caribbean nation here, Ariel Lorenzo, told Prensa Latina today.

The declaration was signed by seven territorial delegations of the Association and was handed over to me by members of their representation in the city of Brisbane, the diplomat said.

The text, he explained, urges the United States government to cease that illegal and genocidal policy and to pay compensation to Cuba for the economic damage it has caused for almost six decades.

He also calls on the Australian government to support actions against the siege of the island through the use of diplomatic channels and pronouncements in international forums, Lorenzo said.

The ambassador pointed out that ACFS's gestures of solidarity towards his country are systematic.

Since its creation in 1979, the organization has held acts of protest against the blockade every second and seventeenth day of each month, in front of the US Consulates General in the cities of Perth and Sydney, he said.

A few days ago, Lorenzo reported through a radio station in Canberra the increase in the aggressive escalation of the United States against his country and the damage caused by the blockade.

Speaking to the Latin American Connection program, which broadcasts the 2XXFM radio station, the diplomat presented the main actions of Donald Trump's government against the island, characterized by the continued imposition of restrictive measures and attacks of various kinds.

On November 6 and 7, Cuba will present once again at the General Assembly of the United Nations a resolution that demands the cessation of the unjustified economic, commercial and financial harassment imposed by Washington.

In the last 27 years, our country has received overwhelming support from the international community and this will happen again this time, the ambassador said.

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