The Revolution has never sponsored terrorism, but this scourge has taken the lives of 3,478 Cubans

“Cuba will always pay tribute to the victims of the October 6, 1976, terrorist attack. We have historical memory and demand justice," Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, tweeted on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the crime in Barbados.With a pilgrimage to Havana’s Colón Cemetery, on Victims of State Terrorism Day, the 73 people who lost their lives in the bombing of a Cubana Airlines plane were remembered yesterday morning.

Alongside relatives of the victims were Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, first secretary of the Party in the capital, and Reinaldo García Zapata, president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, as well as representatives of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation (Inder), among others.On October 6, 1976, Cubana Flight 455 exploded off the coast of Barbados, after bombs were planted aboard by terrorists.

Fifty-seven Cubans lost their lives, including young members of the country’s fencing team, returning to Cuba after winning gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Championship, several of whom had not reached 20 years of age.Also killed were 11 Guyanese and five citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Lost were “useful lives dedicated to noble activities, which were cut short by an act of violence,” said Cubana Airlines pilot Eliecer Romero during the commemoration held at the Revolutionary Armed Forces Pantheon.

Families of victims continue to demand that the U.S. government be held accountable, said Captain Romero, who at the time of the attack was only nine, but still remembers Fidel's impassioned eulogy, when he said, “And when an energetic and virile people cries, injustice trembles!”The infamous counterrevolutionary terrorists of Cuban origin, Orlando Bosch Ávila and Luis Posada Carriles, the intellectual authors of this abominable act, never paid for their crime.

Cuba repeatedly denounced these dangerous murderers, who lived on with impunity, under the protection of the U.S. government, until their deaths, never expressing the slightest remorse for the crimes they committed.

Venezuelans Freddy Lugo and Hernán Ricardo, who planted the bombs aboard the Cuban plane, were sentenced to 20 years in prison. These four international criminals were trained and paid by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The crime in Barbados was not the first, nor the last, terrorist attack against the Cuban Revolution. Such acts have taken the lives of 3,478 Cubans, and 2,099 were left disabled, victims of imperialist aggression against the Cuban people.

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At least 31 killed, 100 injured during Islamic holiday in Iraq’s Kerbala

At least 31 people were killed and a further 100 injured in a stampede during the Shia Muslim ritual of Ashura in Kerbala, Iraq, according to the health ministry.

Initial reports suggested that a pedestrian walkway had collapsed, but additional bulletins suggest there was a stampede, though Iraqi officials have yet to confirm this. 

Video from the scene shows the injured being stretchered away. While harrowing photos show piles of bodies among the dispersing crowds.

Ashura is a Muslim holiday commemorating the death of the prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussein, at a battle near Kerbala in the year 680. Every year, Shiite Muslims carry out a pilgrimage from all over the world to the holy site.

@Kbestansuri90 Iraqi Health Ministry: 31 dead in stampede at Iraqi Shia shrine. #Karbala#Ashura#كربلاء

 

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Wasp Network: a film about anti-terrorist Cubans presented at Venice Film Festival

Venice, September 3 (RHC)-- The movie Wasp Network by France’s Olivier Assayas has been one of the attractions at the 76th International Venice Film Festival running in the Italian city until September 7th.  Based on the story of the Cuban Five -- five anti-terrorist Cubans infiltrated in anti-Cuban terrorist groups in the United States -- the film is competing for the Venecia 76 Award, a coveted prize currently underway in Venice’s Palazzo del Cinema.

At a news conference, Assayas, who made his debut at the famous Italian festival in 1986 with Désordre, referred to the shooting process in Cuba and how faithful he was to the real events and story. ‘Filming in Cuba was something that had to occur, because it’s impossible to recreate Havana,’ said the movie maker, ‘…and at the end we managed to stick to the project I had in mind.  We did what we did and did it there,’ Assayas concluded. Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, who in the film plays the part of Olga Salanueva, the wife of René González, one of the five anti-terrorists, thanked the director for joining the team and learning the Cuban accent, something that motivates her in each performance.

The movie is based on the story of the book "Last Soldiers of the Cold War" by Brazilian writer, Fernando de Morais, and its cast includes Mexico’s Gael García Bernal, Venezuela’s Édgar Ramírez, Brazil’s Wagner Moura, Argentina’s Leonardo Sbaraglia and Cuba’s Ana de Armas,  René de la Cruz, Iris Pérez and Omar Alí.

Edited by Damian Donestevez
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Who are the rulers of the United States?

A perfect example —among many— is Florida Senator Rick Scott (former governor of the state).

According to some official sources, he has a net worth of $166 million and declared $133 million for investments covering all sectors of the economy.

He is being regarded as one of the wealthiest lawmakers in the Senate.

His wealth was somehow affected after he spent $65 million to beat Democrat candidate Bill Nelson.

It is believed the actual wealth of Senator Scott is hardly difficult to determine as the informational standards only need certain revenue categories.

Ann Scott, his wife, bought some assets valued at $1 million or more. Hence, her estate cannot be calculated either.

Suffice to say that this multimillionaire Senator served as governor of Florida, and he took charge thanks to his billions.

Few have forgotten that when Scott aimed to work as governor, he was supported by neo-Nazi political party Tea Party.

Miami —known to be headquarter of several terrorist groups of Cuban origin since 1959— belongs to that state.

Not always clandestine, some of those who carried out terrorist attacks against Cuba went as far as to say publicly what they had done.

Moreover, resounding tributes were made to celebrate terrorists like Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch Avila.

Observers believe Rick Scott had some sort of involvement behind the scenes as he facilitated every plot of the darkest sector of the American society, particularly in Florida.

Thus, it is not surprising Florida is a very valuable state when it comes to U.S. elections.

This Senator strengthens the idea of who the rulers of the U.S. are.

Today’s President Donald Trump took office with the least amount of popular votes. But he was backed by an important sector of Wall Street.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/ CubaSi Translation Staff

Iranian parliament declares US Central Command a ‘terrorist organization’

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) has been designated as a “terrorist organization” by the Iranian parliament, in a mirror response to Washington’s blacklisting of Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard.

All organizations, institutions and forces under CENTCOM command were acknowledged to be “terrorists” by the overwhelming majority of the Iranian MPs, who approved the contents of the bill, which also condemns the US move to blacklist the IRGC, an official military branch of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Armed Forces.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s government and Armed Forces are required to adopt preventive actions and preemptive defensive measures whenever necessary, to deter any hostile US forces’ use of any possibilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s interests,” the bill states, according to Fars news. Anyone offering military, intelligence, financial, or any other support to CENTCOM and its affiliate forces will be considered supporters of terrorism.

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The 13-article legislation also mandates the general staff to begin gathering intelligence about CENTCOM activities so that the material can be used in Iranian courts to prosecute specific individuals. The bill, however, does not mention the exact mechanisms through which Americans are expected to be brought to justice under Iranian laws.

Last week the US, for the first time ever, designated an official foreign military institution –the IRGC– as a terrorist organization, as tensions between the states were pushed to the limit following President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iranian Nuclear deal (JCPOA) and the reintroduction of sanctions that followed.

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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been the elite force of the Islamic Republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for the last 40 years, after overthrowing the US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. While Washington claims that various branches of the IRGC actively participate in Tehran’s “global terrorist campaign,” Iran accuses the US of fearmongering and of waging a smear campaign against it.

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Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6

The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.

On his regular program Con el Mazo Dando, broadcast by Venezolana de Television, Cabello assured that the revolutionary forces will fill Caracas 'from end to end' in light of the opposition's desperation.

He ruled out the call by the opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself Venezuela's president in charge, a maneuver scheduled for the same day as part of the so-called Operation Freedom, aimed at destabilizing the country.

On several occasions, Guaido has called on his supporters in the opposition to organize in the next few days for an alleged peaceful occupation of the Miraflores Palace (the Government's venue) and the activation of large-scale local protests.

In that regard, Cabello, who is also the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), pointed out that the failure of those calls to mobilization by the speaker of the National Assembly (parliament) in contempt shows Guaido's lack of leadership.

Cabello also revealed the satisfaction by some right-wing spokespersons when they learned that Guaido had been disqualified to hold public posts and that he had been stripped of his parliamentary immunity due to several crimes that he has committed flagrantly.

In that regard, the socialist leader pointed out that the decision made on Tuesday by the Constituent National Assembly, which authorized the judicial power to indict the 'self-proclaimed' president, was adopted in accordance with the Constitution of Venezuela and the legislation in force.

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US Policy on Iran is not Economic War, but Terrorism, Iranian FM Says

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammed Yavad Zarif, accused Tuesday the US policy against Tehran of economic terrorism.

By imposing more sanctions against our nation, he said in a message on social media, it is even impeding relief efforts for people affected by the floods throughout the country.

With that decision, said the Iranian Minister, the United States violates U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 and a ruling of the International Court of Justice.

U.S. sanctions prohibit the Iranian relief organization Red Crescent from purchasing goods and products to help communities devastated by unprecedented flooding.

Blocked equipment, Zarif said, includes rescue helicopters.

'It's not an economic war, he said, but economic terrorism.

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100s of children facing terrorism charges after forced confessions – HRW

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report claims that Iraqi and Kurdish governments have imprisoned hundreds of children who have been forced, through torture, into confessing that they are Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) members.

In a damning 53-page report, released Wednesday, HRW alleges that some 1,500 children have been charged with IS terrorism offences. It says that many are based on dubious accusations and forced confessions extracted via torture.

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In addition, 185 foreign children have already been convicted on terrorism charges and sentenced to prison, according to Iraqi government officials cited by HRW.

This is despite the fact that international law recognizes children, recruited by armed groups, primarily as victims.

“This sweeping, punitive approach is not justice, and will create lifelong negative consequences for many of these children,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director for HRW.

Many of the children claim circumstantial evidence, mistaken identity or even personal grievances are behind their detention and that they are sentenced after hastily-prepared trials which can often last mere minutes. They also fear reprisals once they are released.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in particular, has been accused of employing “beatings with plastic pipes, electric cables, or rods; electric shocks; and being forced into stress positions,” to elicit confessions.

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“Iraq and the KRG’s harsh treatment of children looks more like blind vengeance than justice for ISIS crimes,” Becker said. “Children involved in armed conflicts are entitled to rehabilitation and reintegration, not torture and prison.”

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