John And Ken Show Protested By Latinos

John Kobylt , Kenneth Chiampou

John And Ken Show Protested By Latinos, As Conservative Talk Radio Program Expands To New York

(The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 02/12/2013 6:21 pm EST)

A Latino group is re-launching a campaign against a talk radio show it accuses of fueling hate speech against Hispanics.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition said Tuesday it would renew its push to force the “John and Ken Show” off the air, now that the show will begin syndicating its program in New York, according to La Opiníon.

Despite a round of cultural sensitivity training, the radio personalities have built a reputation for offending people of color, the Coalition says. The hosts routinely bash undocumented immigrants on their show.

The Coalition first launched its attack on the radio duo back in 2011. Just before the passage of the California DREAM Act, the hosts read the cell phone number of immigrant rights activist Jorge Mario Cabrera on air and urged their listeners to call him. Hundreds of “John and Ken Show” fans obeyed, many leaving hateful and threatening messages, including one who said:

You illegal immigrant, piece of sh*t motherf***er. We will do everything to fight you motherf***ers until you’re all dead, you’re all motherf***ing dead.

Kobylt and Chiampou apologized for the incident and wrote in a letter to the Los Angeles Times that they hadn’t intended for their listeners to threaten Cabrera and said his cell phone appeared on his organization’s press releases.

But their response didn’t satisfy the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which says on its website:

For years John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of “The John and Ken Show,” have terrorized and targeted Los Angeles communities, creating an atmosphere of hate, intolerance, discrimination and legitimizing hateful attitudes against members of these groups. John and Ken are known to habitually use unsubstantiated claims, divisive language, flawed argumentation and dehumanizing metaphors to shock and anger their audience.

Advertisers including General Motors and the Anaheim Angels pulled their money out of the show in response to a boycott led by Latino activists after the Cabrera incident.

Kobylt and Chiampou were suspended for seven days last year for calling Whitney Houston a “crack ho” after her death. They apologized for the remarks.

With a weekly audience of 1.2 million, the afternoon talk show is one of California’s highest rated, according to Los Angeles Magazine.



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A much more universal José Martí

3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR WORLD EQUILIBRIUM

Pedro de la Hoz / Photos: Juvenal Balán & Jorge Luis González (GRANMA INTERNACIONAL)

 Jose Marti Cuban Revolution

Jose Marti Cuban Revolution

A much more universal José Martí emerged from the 3rd International Conference for World Equilibrium, the closing session of which took place January 30 in Havana’s International Convention Center.

One of the most eloquent results of the conference, which brought together more than 800 delegates, is the José Martí World Solidarity Project Declaration and the commitment made by the Youth Forum, included on the event’s agenda.

The Declaration, signed by eminent intellectuals and read by Ignacio Ramonet, warns of the dangers of nuclear war, climate change and the social crisis produced by increasing inequalities within the dominant economic model. It identifies the growing strength of those proposing alternatives and fighting for peace and justice. To this end, Martí’s thinking has become a necessary reference and opens the way to a better world.

For their part, young people affirmed their commitment to promoting Martí’s ideas, fighting to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba and for the liberation of the Cuba Five serving unjust sentences in the heart of the empire.

In the closing session, attended by Council of State Vice President Esteban Lazo and Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, various speakers confirmed the value of the conference and the continuing relevance of Martí’s ideas. At the same time, they addressed significant current issues such as the new movement in Latin America and the Caribbean, solidarity with the Bolivarian process in Venezuela and its leader Hugo Chávez, the adoption of successful strategies against global hegemony, and the need to promote environmental solutions and protect nature.

INTEGRATION TO CHANGE THE HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva advocated systematizing a doctrine of Latin American and Caribbean integration which would serve as an intellectual platform for the arduous tasks being undertaken in the region to fulfill Martí’s ideas.

His appeal was directed at participants in the 3rd International Conference for World Equilibrium, which closed with a dedication to the Cuban national hero on the 160th anniversary of his birth.

Full integration would contribute to changing the history of Latin America, Lula stated. “We must forge concrete unity among intellectuals, students, labor unions and social movements. We are constructing something that would have seemed impossible a number of years ago.”

Lula mounted the podium wearing a red guayabera shirt in honor of President Hugo Chávez, who is battling in Havana to recover his health, and expressed his happiness at having met a few hours earlier “with that great compañero Fidel,” and then with President Raúl Castro.

After asking for a minute’s silence in a tribute to the young victims of the tragedy in the university city of Santa Maria, the former President recalled the first time he spoke at the International Convention Center, in 1985, during an international meeting, led by Fidel, on external debt.

“Cuba has a very special significance. The moral authority constructed by this people in defense of dignity and sovereignty is even respected by those who do not sympathize with the Cuban Revolution,” he affirmed.

Referring to the five Cuban anti-terrorists unjustly sentenced in the United States, Lula recounted that, as President of Brazil, he interceded on behalf of the heroes on a visit to Washington during the George W. Bush administration.

“Unfortunately, it would seem that the Americans turn a deaf ear when the issue is about the problems of our beloved Latin America. I hope that in his second term, Obama will release the Five, end the blockade of Cuba and look more equitably and justly upon our region. Obama should have the same daring as his people had when voting for him.”

Lula shared some of his experiences as President over eight years, heading an administration which was able to reduce poverty, implement policies of inclusion and social mobility, give people land, and open new universities, policies now being extended by the Dilma Rousseff government.

In the last part of his speech, Lula called for a new political and economic order, the premises of which include the democratization of the United Nations and international financial organizations, and reiterated his confidence that the construction of a better world will become a reality sooner rather than later.

Positive contributions were made during the closing session by former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom; Mikhail Ostrovski, Vice President of the Russian Civic Chamber; Jean Pierre Bel, President of the French Senate; and Ecuadoran Defense Minister María Fernanda Espinosa. Other speakers were Simon Deuseuil Desras, President of the Haitian Senate; former Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana and Senator María de los Angeles Higonet, both from Argentina; and the Culture Ministers of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, Pedro Calzadilla and José Antonio Rodríguez, respectively. Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal closed the conference with a moving speech in which he recalled how, through the Moncada assault, Fidel restored the figure of Martí in order to illuminate the paths of resistance and dignity of the Cuban people after the triumph of January 1, 1959.

A much more universal José Martí

What is the U.S. Government Afraid of ?

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In 2001 Gerardo Hernandez was condemned to two life sentences, one of them for conspiracy to commit murder for the shooting down of two planes of Brothers to the Rescue. Gerardo had nothing to do with the shooting down of these planes on February 24, 1996 and the U.S. Government could present no evidence to the contrary. That was a decision of the Cuban Government in defense of its sovereignty after 26 violations of Cuba’s airspace by this group.

Despite the fact that Gerardo had nothing to do with this incident, the proof of the place where the planes fell holds the key information to this unfortunate episode caused by Brothers to the Rescue. The evidence of NASA satellite images from that day could exonerate Gerardo. Well within his rights, he has requested the U.S. government to present evidence for which he was condemned by that false charge. To this day the U.S. has refused to do so.

Why is it that the U.S. government continues to hide such crucial evidence? It alleges that the aircraft fell in international waters. Cuba has reiterated with sufficient evidence before international organizations that the aircraft fell in waters within Cuban jurisdiction.

If the US government had the basis to indict Gerardo, why is it hiding the satellite images after 17 years? What is the United State governments afraid of?

Satellite Images Demand Goes to Reluctant Circuit

Friday, January 11, 2013

By MATT REYNOLDS

PASADENA, Calif. (CN) – There is no reason for the U.S. government to shield the existence of satellite images showing the Cuban government shoot down airplanes, a group told the 9th Circuit.

In 2010, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law filed a federal complaint under the Freedom of Information Act against NASA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The group wants access to any satellite pictures taken on Feb. 24, 1996, of an area near the north coast of Cuba, where Cuban MiGs shot down two aircraft flown by Cuban exiles in the group Brothers to the Rescue, killing four U.S. citizens. The center believes that such information is critical to a Habeas Corpus petition for Gerardo Hernandez, who is serving life in prison based on charges that he fed Cuba the information that led to the 1996 shooting.

Hernandez belongs to a group of Cuban men known as the Cuban Five, detained for spying on Brothers to the Rescue on American soil. After Hernandez was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, an appeals court briefly overturned the convictions against him and his compatriots. The full 11th Circuit eventually reinstated the convictions, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant certiorari.

The Center for Human Rights said confirmation of the satellite images would help it determine where the shoot-down occurred to undermine Hernandez’s conviction. But the NGA refused even to confirm or deny the existence of the records or images that the group seeks. Refusing to acknowledge the existence of an item requested under FOIA is known as a Glomar response, named after the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a ship used in a classified CIA project to raise a sunken Soviet submarine from the Pacific Ocean. Responding to the center’s lawsuit, NGA director Barry Barlow explained the reasoning behind the agency’s decision in a declaration to the court.

U. S. District Judge Margaret Morrow in Los Angeles found this explanation credible and granted the government summary judgment in 2011.

“The court holds that the NGA has met its burden of showing that it acted permissibly in determining that acknowledging the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to plaintiffs’ request might disclose sources or methods of foreign intelligence and harm national security,” Morrow wrote. Represented by its executive director, Peter Schey, the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law urged the 9th Circuit on Wednesday to revive the case. Schey said this case represents the “very first time” an intelligence agency had taken the position that it would apply a Glomar response to every Freedom of Information Act request. Confirming the existence of the images would only confirm what the world already knows: that America gathers foreign intelligence, he argued. Skeptical, Judge Margaret McKeown told Schey: “That hardly trumps the view that there’s a significant national security interest.” Schey insisted that Barlow’s declaration was inadequate, calling it a “cookie cutter” affidavit that the agency could wield to deny all future requests for satellite images under the Freedom of Information Act.

Judge Milan Smith seemed convinced by Barlow’s declaration. He noted that the plaintiffs had a mountain to climb because of lack of case law. Matters of national security are an “area of expertise” for the government, not the courts, he added. In response, Schey questioned NGA’s authority to deny the request at all. He argued that the director of national intelligence, not the NGA, must protect intelligence sources. But Justice Department attorney Thomas Byron said the agency was “authorized” to use a Glomar response. He also disputed the notion that all future requests of a similar nature would be denied using the same exemption.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski asked Bryon why it would threaten national security to confirm the existence of the images. “I’m not sure how saying that we have a picture at a particular time and place reveals anything at all,” the chief said.
Bryon stuck to the line that America’s enemies might gather information on U.S. intelligence-gathering capabilities and limitations, even if the agency did no more than confirm or deny the existence of the images. He said foreign spies could track where the satellites operate, and glean intelligence from the resolution of the image, and the angle at which a picture was taken. Kozinski pressed for an answer as to whether the agency would use an exemption to deny all Freedom of Information Act requests for images.
After some back and forth, Bryon conceded that, when it came to images taken at a certain time and place, the exemption could apply. The attorney also said that the agency was happy to provide the court with more detail in camera, but argued that such an examination should be a “last resort.”
“I’m not asking to see the pictures,” Kozinski said to chuckles from the courtroom. “I have enough trouble with the fact that you can see my house on Google maps. If you look close enough, you might see me sunbathing on the patio.”

Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez: State department of US, please grant the wives visas.

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The Department of State is prohibiting entry, from Cuba to the US, to two of the wives of the Cuban Five. These women want to visit their husbands incarcerated in US prisons. Olga Salanueva, wife of Rene Gonzalez, and Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, are law abiding and productive citizens of Cuba who simply want to visit with their respective husbands.

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Come to support the Bolivarian Revolution

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The opposition is calling for a demonstration against the Bolivarian Revolution this coming January 23.

The Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York is calling all progressive and revolutionary forces in the city to defend the Bolivarian Revolution this coming January 23 in front of the…

Consulate of Venezuela in New York at 11 am

Those who in April 2002 attacked the Bolivarian Revolution, deposed members of the National Assembly, kidnapped our president and murdered hundreds of Venezuelans today call themselves “defenders of national constitution.” They are saying that it is unconstitutional for Chavez’s inauguration to be postponed, with Vice President Nicolas Maduro in charge in the meantime, even though this has been approved by the supreme court. Suddenly, they are “defending” the very constitution that for years they have sought to undermine.

We asked them, Where and by whom was the dictator Carmona sworn in?
The opposition is calling for a global day against Chávez, we will demonstrate that January 23 it is a global day for Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution.

Please bring red shirts, drums and signs that say “I am Chávez/Yo soy Chávez” people all over the world are taking pictures with this message to show that they stand behind not only Chavez himself, but the revolutionary ideas and struggle that he represents – see here

Please spread the word and invite your friends, use yours networks. This is urgent! .Let us know if you will endorse the activity and we will add the name of your organization.

Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle NY, The International Action Center, Alliance for Global Justice, HondurasUSAResistencia, Cuba Solidarity New York, Latin America Solidarity Coalition, July 26th Coalition, Nicaragua Network; Stan Smith, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five; US-El Salvador Sister Cities, May 1st Coalition, National Immigrant Solidarity Network, The International Concerned Family and Friend of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Colaition.

Consulado de la Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela en Nueva York7 East 51st Street, New York, New York 10022 between Madison and 5th avenueIn Manhattan, next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral

FREE THE CUBAN 5 AND THE PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONERS

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Saturday January 5, 2013

@ 6pm (Reception) 7pm (Cultural program) Casa de las Americas
182 E. 111th St.
(Btwn. Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.)

Dos Alas 2013 A cultural/political evening of celebration and solidarity presented by
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign and Casa de las Americas! Dedicated to the
FREEDOM OF THE CUBAN 5 AND THE PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONERS!

Join us as we celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Cuban revolution anniversary and the 70th Birthday of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera!

• Keynote address by the new Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations
• Boleros: Abram Alberto
• Poetry: Bobby Gonzalez and Rafael Landron

Save the Dates: Second “5 Days of Actions for the Cuban 5″ in Washington DC May 31-June 5, 2013

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

In the Final Declaration of the “8th Colloquium of Holguin for the freedom of the Cuban Five and against terrorism” held from November 28th to December 1st, more than 300 delegates from all over the world agreed to work on a number of actions over the coming year.

In the third point of the declaration delegates at the Colloquium approved to “support a second series of actions in Washington DC “5 days for the Cuban 5″ and that during these days, committees from all over the world will hold demonstrations in front of U.S. embassies. Also people from other countries will adapt the poster “Obama Give me Five” and post them all over their cities during these 5 days, among other activities”.

The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuba 5 has set the dates for the actions in Washington DC from May 31st to June 5th.

Among the various activities that will take place during these days, on Saturday June 1st there will be a rally held in front of the White House to demand that Obama immediately free the Cuban 5. Also the committee is planning to organize two days of lobby in Capitol Hill as well as public meetings.

We make an appeal to the entire solidarity movement with Cuba and the Five in the U.S. and all over the world to join and support these days of actions in Washington DC.

TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT!!!

 

Cuban Foreign Minister Named to Top Party Body

By DAMIEN CAVE

Cuba has elevated its foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, to the Communist Party’s Political Bureau, where he will join a handful of other senior leaders who are a generation younger than Fidel and Raúl Castro. Mr. Rodríguez, 54, is a former military officer, law professor and ambassador to the United Nations. He became the foreign minister in 2009. Known for his command of English and his loyalty to the Castros, he delivered a speech last month to the United Nations criticizing President Obama for failing to advance United States-Cuba relations despite the president’s promise to “launch a new chapter of engagement.”

The announcement about his rise to the Political Bureau in Granma,Cuba’s state-run newspaper, did not say whether he was replacing one of the 14 current members of the Political Bureau, nor did it signal whether Mr. Rodríguez was being considered as a successor to Raúl Castro, 81. But it did describe the move as part of a generational transition, and as a necessary break from what it called a “blockade of thinking that still persists when the time comes to select and prepare young leaders.”

Cuba Shares what It Has, not what it has Left

*important* – ACN: Cuba Shares what It Has, not what is Left
Sat Dec 8, 2012 1:17 pm (PST) . Posted by:
“Walter Lippmann” walterlx
Cuba Shares what It Has, not what is Left

HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 8 (ACN) Over 40 thousand Cuban professionals are currently working in 65 countries, in sectors such as health and education, as part of the island’s international cooperation based on sharing the local achievements in favor universal social development.

According to first deputy health minister Jose Angel Portal, Cuban medical cooperation has reached over 60 nations, where some 39 thousand workers are currently offering their services.

Official statistics this year say that the cooperation by Cuban doctors, nurses and other specialized personnel has allowed saving 4 million 600 thousand lives, administering 6 million surgeries and assisting 921 million patients, PL news agency reported.

The Cuban support of different countries has also allowed the setting up medical attention networks and hospitals, healthcare centers, dental clinics, rehabilitation centers outfitted with modern technology.

The Cuban Revolution, based on the principle of sharing what it has and not what it has left, offers its medical cooperation, said the official in statements to reporters this week.

Significant enough is the cooperation with Haiti, where 700 Cuban medical professionals are currently working, or with Venezuela where millions of citizens have benefited from important medical assistance programs.

Cuba has also assisted many nations in the field of education, as over 2 thousand Cubans are working in 23 countries said Education official Miriam Egea.

Up to date, the Cuban literacy methodology know as “Yes, I Can� has helped some five million 852 persons how to read and write in different parts of the world, while more than one million persons are currently taking lessons under the Cuban program, which allows students to reach elementary school level.

Thanks to the Cuban initiative, countries like Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have declared themselves free of illiteracy, while other countries have done away with illiteracy in several regions or provinces.

Haitian President Michel Martelly paid an official visit to Cuba in November. During his stay on the island he stressed “the cooperation, support and solidarity we have always received from Cuba,� where over 1 thousand 100 Haitian professionals have graduated from higher education centers.

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