Cuba: la ganadora silenciosa de la Cumbre de las Américas

16 Abril 2012

No se alcanzaron acuerdos trascendentes, reinaron las divisiones entre latinoamericanos y estadounidenses y hasta algunos presidentes se fueron dando un portazo, pero quedó una silenciosa ganadora de la Cumbre de las Américas: Cuba.

Por primera vez en la historia, presidentes izquierdistas y conservadores de la región limaron sus asperezas y se plantaron frente a Estados Unidos exigiendo que el Gobierno  de la isla sea sumado a las reuniones continentales.

Aunque el reclamo fue vetado por Estados Unidos con apoyo de su vecino Canadá, renovó las presiones sobre Washington y sobre la patrocinadora de la cumbre en Cartagena, la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).

“(Pasamos) del llamado consenso de Washington, el proyecto neoliberal que se nos quiso imponer, a un naciente consenso sin Washington para la unión de América Latina”, dijo el domingo Nicolás Maduro, canciller de Venezuela, país que es el principal aliado de Cuba en el hemisferio.

La sorpresiva unidad de Latinoamérica -una región dividida durante décadas entre ideologías de izquierda y de derecha- muestra la menguante influencia de Washington.

Estados Unidos se opone a incorporar a Cuba en las Cumbres de las Américas porque asegura que La Habana no muestra avances democráticos y políticos suficientes para reintegrarse a la OEA, de donde fue expulsada en 1962 poco después de que estallara la revolución de Fidel Castro.

Y mantiene un embargo comercial sobre la isla de cinco décadas que algunos dicen que es arcaico.

“Cuba seguramente volverá a tener protagonismo en otro tipo de convocatorias que se van a abrir, mientras que Estados Unidos pasará a sufrir el aislamiento y el señalamiento que ha vivido Cuba”, dijo el analista en asuntos internacionales Vicente Torrijos, de la Universidad El Rosario de Bogotá.

Para una parte de Latinoamérica, la OEA es un sistema de diplomacia dominado por Washington que no ha logrado mantenerse al ritmo de los cambios en la región.

“Me asombró hoy escuchar el discurso de José Miguel Insulza en Cartagena. Pensaba que quien hablaba en nombre de la OEA, se ocuparía al menos de reclamar el respeto a la soberanía de los países de este hemisferio que a lo largo de siglos fueron colonizados”, dijo el ex presidente cubano Fidel Castro, en un comentario publicado en Cuba Debate el domingo por la noche.

“La Cumbre de Cartagena tiene escenas que no serán fáciles de olvidar”, sostuvo.

ADIOS AL PATIO TRASERO

Las críticas contra la OEA llegaron al punto en que 33 países del continente, con la intencional ausencia de Estados Unidos y Canadá, crearon en Caracas a fines del año pasado la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC).

Aunque la idea del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez de reemplazar a la OEA con el nuevo organismo es bastante ambiciosa, al menos la CELAC le restará algo de influencia a la organización con sede en Washington.

“Parece que Estados Unidos todavía quiere aislarnos del mundo, piensa que va a seguir manipulando a Latinoamérica, (pero) eso va terminando”, dijo el presidente boliviano, Evo Morales, en una entrevista con la cadena de televisión Telesur.

“Yo siento que es una rebelión de países de América Latina frente a Estados Unidos”, agregó.

Hasta hace dos décadas, Washington lideraba el continente y la mayoría de las economías latinoamericanas estaban alineadas a las políticas de su mayor socio comercial.

Pero la indiferencia de Estados Unidos en los últimos años, combinado con una mayor solidez de las economías de la región y el creciente peso comercial de China -ya es el principal socio comercial de Brasil y de otros
vecinos- instalaron el sentimiento de que Washington ya no es indispensable.

“Hay un mundo que se nos abre a la región muy interesante, con muchas posibilidades y que por lo tanto hoy nuestro destino no está atado de ninguna forma a una decisión norteamericana”, dijo en una reciente entrevista con Reuters Diego Guelar, ex embajador argentino en Washington.

“Nosotros fuimos el patio trasero, hoy la realidad no es así”, agregó.

Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Venezuela resolvieron no participar en las próximas Cumbres de las Américas en las que Cuba no sea invitada.

“Al final de cuentas no es ningún favor que se le estaría haciendo a Cuba, sino un derecho arrebatado que se le estaría reconociendo a Cuba”, sostuvo el presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, que estuvo ausente en Cartagena en apoyo a la isla.

Cuba: la ganadora silenciosa de la Cumbre de las Américas

(Con información de Reuters)

 

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Ozzie Guillen Does It Again, Pero No Es Pa Tanto!

Written by Julio Pabón,  Latino Sports – www.latinosports.com
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Ozzie Guillen is capable of insulting the Pope on Easter Sunday and not know that he did.
(Photo LSV)

Ozzie Guillen Does It Again, Pero No Es Pa Tanto!

Bronx, NY – If the Miami Marlins wanted to get more attention and publicity to go in line with their new $515 million dollar stadium, new logo, and new superstars like José Reyes it could not have been done better than this. Ozzie Guillen, their new manager, the man that does not know how to bite his tongue has done it again. This time he gave the Miami Cuban community who is vehemently anti the Cuban island a fastball to hit out of the park.

Everyone who knows anything about politics in South Florida knows that you can’t be a public figure and say anything that does not tow the anti-Castro/Cuban line, or your dead fish. Ozzie Guillen told a Time magazine reporter, “I love Fidel Castro” and “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.”  That is Ozzie being Ozzie. Ask the numerous people, groups, organizations, and players that he has offended while in Chicago. My favorite was when he said: “Our Fans (Chicago White Sox) are not stupid like the Cub fans.” To his credit, when he knows he was wrong he would apologize and if he felt he was not he won’t. That is Ozzie Guillen.

Ozzie who has lived in Florida for a good many years should have known better. If he would have gotten to know the grassroots Cuban community he might have seen a community that is blinded on the issue of Cuba.  What other community do you know that will go as far as to want their people in their home country to suffer just because they disagree with the government of their country? That is exactly what you have when the strongest opposition against ending a blockade that has done nothing to weaken the government, but everything to make their country folk suffer is spearheaded by the very Cubans who are criticizing Ozzie Guillen.

When it comes to baseball, Ozzie is a winner. Now if he would only stick to that. (Photo LSV)

Puerto Ricans don’t think of who’s in power when we are asked to make donations to help our island when a Hurricane, or other natural disaster hits? While in Puerto Rico party officials would go out of their way to fire someone not from the same party, those of us in on the mainland don’t care if the government is Pro-Statehood, Pro-Independence, or for remaining a Commonwealth, we all just want to help the island and relieve suffering. Same with countless of other exiles that had run away from their countries for economic, or political reasons like South Koreans, Haitians, Vietnamese and many others who have had to flee dictatorships, or countries for political reasons. I never heard any of these exiles say, “don’t send any food, or medicines to my country” like we have heard some of these Miami Cuban’s say about Cuba

I can’t help to think back to the 1970’s when I first heard of how far these folks would go to block anything to improve relations, or to have a different thought about the island nation. Back then two young Cubans, one being a friend of mine were at the forefront of starting a small company to begin flights back to Cuba to allow Cuban families to reconnect. They were working hard to make these legal trips. I remember my friend Mandy sharing his excitement with others and me who knew him. Mandy and his partner worked hard on that project doing what they had to do to get all the necessary paperwork done from the State Department and all the other government agencies. He also spoke about the many criticisms and threats they received. The many warnings not to continue, however, they were determined because being Cuban themselves they represented a large sector that did want to visit Cuba and re-connect with the families. Unfortunately, this growing sector had to be mainly underground for fear of reprisals from the pitchfork crowds that are ready to stamp out anything that is not anti-Cuban government.

Mandy and his crew finally prevailed and opened an office in Miami. Soon the list of travelers wanting to visit their island was growing so fast that it was beginning to become an embarrassment to those promoting the solid anti-Cuban government line. The pitchforks were thrown and so was a bomb that destroyed their new office and killed one of the young men. It was a devastating blow to many young people that could not believe that these folks would go so far as to use such blind violence against their own youth. However, to Mandy’s credit that did not stop the movement to visit Cuba and today Marazul Tours is a premier travel agency to the island.

What about the number of Puerto Rican artist like Andy Montañez, Danny Rivera, Lucesita Benitez (to name a few) who were all victims of the Cuban “can’t say anything positive about Cuba campaign” as they were all blacklisted from Miami radio stations and from performing in Miami’s Calle Ocho Music festival and from Miami clubs, or concerts for either visiting Cuba, or saying something positive about the island.

I mean these folks went to the extreme like in the case of Andy Montañez who was criticized and blacklisted simply for hugging world re-known Cuban composer and singer, Pablo Milanes in a New York Concert.

Ozzie Guillen should have surely remembered what happened in 2000 when a young boy by the name of Elian González was picked up on a floating tire barely alive off the cost of South Florida. His estranged mother and her con-artist boyfriend illegally took the child out of Cuba when the boat capsized drowning everyone except Elian. They literally kidnapped this child from the legitimate custodial father.  We all know the rest of the story since it became an international political incident. In practically any country on earth this would have been a no-brainer, you return the child to the legitimate parent, in this case the father and his grandparents in Cuba, however that was not the case. Though the child had no immediate family members here in the US, Elian became the new poster child for the same Miami political machine that is on call to bury anyone that does not tow the anti Cuban island line. The same group that wants to burn poor Ozzie on the stake.

I’m not defending Ozzie Guillen, or defending any political cause. I just want to make it clear that Ozzie does not know anything except baseball; to try to burn him to the stake for his comments outside of baseball is like trying to burn the poor village idiot for comments that do not make any sense. I would respect these critics of Ozzie Guillen more if they would have said one word against Major League Baseballs decision to play its 2011 All Star Game in Arizona a state that blatantly introduced a bill to discriminate and harass Latinos. I would have respected them so much more if they would have said anything about the Arizona’s education department discontinuing Mexican American studies in a state that was once Mexico.

Let’s all stick to baseball where it’s much simpler, three strikes and your out!

Enorme Cartel por los 5 Cubanos en una Autopista del Norte de California

Hoy 5 de abril, mientras personas desde todo el mundo llamaban a la Casa Blanca y enviaban correos electrónicos exigiendo a Obama la libertad de los 5 antiterroristas Cubanos, el Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos colocó un enorme cartel en medio del intenso tráfico de la mañana sobre una de las autopistas más transitadas en el área de la Bahía de San Francisco.


Foto: Bill Hackwell

Miles de personas que viajaban a esa hora por la autopista Interestatal 80, pudieron leer el mensaje “OBAMA LIBERTAD YA A LOS CINCO CUBANOS!” En señal de aprobación, muchos conductores tocaban las bocinas de sus camiones, autobuses y automóviles.


5 DIAS POR LOS 5 CUBANOS EN WASHINGTON DC, 17-21 DE ABRIL

Únase a Dolores Huerta, co-fundadora del Sindicato de los Trabajadores del Campo y al Actor Danny Glover en esta histórica jornada de denuncia y solidaridad para demandar la inmediata libertad de Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando y René.

Distintas formas de apoyar los “5 Días por los 5 Cubanos”

  • Para participar en las acciones o agregar su organización a la lista de endosantes escriba a info@thecuban5.org
  • Colabore en la colocación de carteles y otras tareas, por favor escriba a info@thecuban5.org
  • Si reside en Nueva York, reserve su asiento ahora junto a los amigos solidarios que viajarán a Washington DC el 21 de abril para participar en un rally frente de la Casa Blanca. Llame a (917) 045-9877 o al (718) 601-4751 para reservar su asiento.
  • Hacemos un llamado especial a todos los comités de solidaridad con los 5 y los amigos solidarios del mundo a organizar actividades paralelas durante esos 5 días, del 17 al 21.

Que la fuerza de la solidaridad internacional demande al Presidente Obama

¡LIBERTAD YA A LOS 5 CUBANOS!

AGENDA DE LOS 5 DIAS POR LOS 5 CUBANOS

LISTA PARCIAL DE ADHESIONES

Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos

EL MES DE ABRIL POR LOS 5 CUBANOS

Abril, un mes importante en la lucha por la libertad de los 5 Patriotas Cubanos.

Hace solo unos días René viajó a su amada patria -por dos semanas- para visitar a su hermano Roberto, gravemente enfermo. Compartimos la alegría del reencuentro con sus seres queridos,  pero no habrá justicia verdadera hasta que René, Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio y Fernando regresen definitivamente a Cuba.

Durante el mes de Abril se llevarán a cabo las Jornadas de Denuncia y Solidaridad “5 días por los 5 Cubanos en Washington DC del 17 al 21”. 
Decenas de personalidades y organizaciones solidarias de EEUU y el mundo, están enviando  sus adhesiones y mensajes de solidaridad.

El Premio Nobel de la Paz Adolfo Pérez Esquivel y la reconocida escritora y amiga de Cuba y de los Cinco, Stella Calloni nos dicen:

Stella Calloni:

“Adhiero a todo lo que se haga por los Cinco y los acompaño en todo lo que sea, porque ellos son nuestros, de todos. Están ya en la historia como un ejemplo de dignidad y como un ejemplo de cómo resistir a la impunidad de un imperio que en decadencia  está produciendo un holocausto de los pueblos afectados en sus nuevas guerras coloniales.  Los Cinco  luchaban por proteger a su pueblo de estos crímenes de lesa humanidad que se cometen sin ninguna contención, sin ningún castigo, sin que aparezca la Corte Penal Internacional, que en lugar de condenar estos crímenes, condena a las víctimas. Ante esta realidad se hace más urgente arrancar a los Cinco de las manos de un poder fundamentalista que se propone controlar el mundo, con todo lo que de fascismo y criminalidad esto conlleva.  Salvar a los Cinco es dar un paso hacia el rescate de la humanidad para decir basta al verdadero terrorismo que azota a nuestros pueblos: el terrorismo imperial”  

Durante los “5 días por los 5 en Washington DC” nos acompañarán personalidades y amigos de EEUU y del mundo. Entre ellos Dolores Huerta, Cindy Sheehan, Danny Glover, Wayne Smith, Saul Landau, Mavis Anderson, José Pertierra, James Early, Salim Lamrani, Norma Paech, Stephen Kimber, Gordon Brian Gordon Sinclair y muchos otros.

Amigos solidarios viajarán desde diversos puntos de EEUU, Europa y Canadá para participar de las jornadas de solidaridad. Hacemos un llamado especial a todos los comités de solidaridad con los 5 de todas partes del mundo a organizar actividades paralelas durante esos 5 días, del 17 al 21 de abril, incluyendo manifestaciones, plantones, entrega de información,  eventos públicos, eventos culturales, etc. para hacer sentir desde todo el mundo la fuerza de la solidaridad y pedirle al Presidente Obama ¡LIBERTAD YA A LOS 5 CUBANOS!

RECUERDE,  el próximo jueves 5 de Abril comuníquese con la Casa Blanca y súmese al reclamo mundial por la libertad de los 5.

DIFERENTES FORMAS DE COMUNICARSE CON LA CASA BLANCA

Por teléfono: 202-456-1111
Si llama desde fuera de los EEUU, marque el Código Internacional del respectivo país + 1 (Código de EEUU) 202.456.1111

Por fax: +1- 202 456-2461
Por correo electrónico:  president@whitehouse.gov

Por correo postal
Presidente Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Haga clic en el siguiente enlace y ENVIE UN MENSAJE AL PRESIDENTE OBAMA


Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos

La Colmenita – The National Children’s Theater of Cuba


In a rare US appearance, La Colmenita, an internationally acclaimed Cuban children’s theater group and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will perform in New York City.

The US tour will introduce some of Cuba’s most talented children to an American audience that has, in spite of the decades-long U.S. embargo, enthusiastically embraced Cuban culture. It is their hope that their productions will build greater understanding between two countries whose people have been divided by politics for too long.

Where and When:
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture at Hostos Community College
Friday, October 21, Play: “Abracadabra”
Time: 7:30pm, Bronx, New York Tickets $20,
students & seniors $15.00, CHILDREN FREE.

Also at
PS 154 – The Harriet Tubman Learning Center
Saturday, October 22, Play: “Abracadabra”
Time: 3pm, Harlem, New York Admission Free

www.lacolmenitacuba.com

René González is in Cuba

Reprinted from Prensa Latina

René González, one of the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly given harsh prison sentences in the United States, arrived to Cuba on Friday on a family, private visit in the wake of authorization by a US judge to visit his gravely ill brother.

According to information released by the TV news program, René arrived minutes alter midday.

On February 24, René had filed through his lawyer an emergency motion before the South Florida District Court, requesting an authorization to visit his brother, seriously ill in Cuba.

Nearly a month later, on March 19, Judge Joan Lenard, who have been handling the case of The Cuban Five since the start of their proceedings, authorized the trip for 15 days under certain conditions, including obtaining all US government travel permits needed.

She also set as a prerequisite failing a detailed travel schedule, his location in Cuba and information of contact in the country, as well as a systematic phone contact with his probation officer.

The judge also made clear that all conditions of Rene’s supervised release remain unchanged and he has to go back to the United States as soon as the two weeks pass from the date of his trip.

After having suffered 13 years of unfair prison, René is under a supervised release regime for another three years during which he has to remain in the United States, which constitutes an additional sanction.

The decision of authorizing his trip is fully in line with conditions established for his supervised release, which allow him to travel to Cuba after an approval by the probation officer or the judge.

Even the US Government, which has opposed all motions filed by René to be allowed a permanent return to Cuba and his temporary visit to his brother, admitted that conditions of his supervised release do not prevent him from visiting our country.

In this regard, as of March 7, 2011, the Attorney General’s Office argued that the terms of Rene’s supervised release do not prevent him from traveling to Cuba during that period. “Nothing will prevent him from requesting his probation officer (or the court, if he was denied that by the former) a permit to travel to Cuba to visit his wife, his old parents or other relatives.”

In the motion filed by his lawyer, Rene said he would comply with the terms established for the visit and return to the United States.

Despite the terms imposed, our people, with deep respect, welcomes home our beloved René, and do not stop fighting for his final, permanent return home along with his four close brothers, says the press release.

René González, along with his comrades Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, was detained in 1998 in the United States for monitoring Miami-based violent groups operating against Cuba.

CONFESSION IN MIAMI

Pesquera had to “persuade”Janet Reno to arrest the Five

BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD —

Miami Herald – CONFESSION IN MIAMI

HECTOR Pesquera, Florida’s FBI chief, had to “persuade” Attorney General Janet Reno to arrest the five Cuban patriots who had infiltrated terrorist groups and were subsequently converted into “spies,” because other people in the Justice Department didn’t want to touch the case. The man who devoted his time to pursuing these patriots whilst Al-Qaeda was staging the September 11 attacks in his own backyard, made this confession to a Miami journalist on announcing that he was retiring from the federal police.

Héctor Pesquera devoted his time to pursuing the five Cuban patriots whilst Al Qaeda were planning the September 11 attacks in his own backyard.

No one in Miami’s “free press” took the initiative to ask Janet Reno how she allowed herself to be “persuaded” to make such an evidently bad decision.

“Everything was on the line,” recalled Pesquera in an interview with Larry Lebowitz from The Miami Herald, a daily strongly linked to the right-wing Cuban-American groups dominant in the Florida metropolis. The meeting took place days before the official announcement of the retirement of this sulfurous special agent who has maintained ambiguous relations with extremist leaders in Miami.

“But you do it because you’re right. Or at least you think you’re right at the time,” added the police officer enigmatically.

Pesquera’s Miami appointment came in September 1998. That same month, he carried out a spectacular raid, accompanied by overtly political statements to the press, systematically awarding the detained Cubans with the title of “spies” prior to their appearance in court. A description that was taken up, completely unethically, by the Miami and national press.

A RAPID RISE

When a U.S. coastguard vessel intercepted La Esperanza yacht in Puerto Rican waters on October 27, 1997, it was suspected that the vessel was transporting drugs. Instead of narcotics, the agents who went on board found an arsenal of weapons and several suspects, all of whom were linked, in one way or another, to the Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF) in Miami.

Amongst the objects found in a secret compartment were seven crates of ammunition, military uniforms, six radios, a satellite telephone, night vision glasses, and two 50-caliber assault rifles capable of reaching targets more than one mile away, according to a description given by Lieutenant Brendan Pearson of the U.S. Coast Guard Service.

Immediately recovering the file, the astute Pesquera – who sensed there was profitable business involved – directed it in such a way, with the complicity of the defendants’ lawyer (a relative of his), that the individuals on board were acquitted on all the charges. The criminal expedition to assassinate the Cuban head of state on the Venezuelan island of Margarita was transformed, little by little, into an innocent “fishing” excursion, despite an initial confession by one of the suspects.

Meanwhile, Pesquera had already, and swiftly, been paid his reward. FBI chief Louis Freeh did not hesitate to offer him the much sought-after post of Special Agent in Charge in Florida, bestowing upon him almost total control of FBI operations in a heated zone of terrorists, drug-traffickers, fugitive torturers and corrupt policemen.

He arrived at his new offices on Second Avenue and 163rd St. in Miami with the evident mission of offering frustrated CANF leaders spectacular “compensation” for the humiliation suffered in Puerto Rico.

LIGHTNING COMPENSATION

Héctor Pesquera was appointed on September 2, 1998.

At 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, his men, armed with rifles and handguns and wearing bullet-proof vests, burst into the apartments of several Cuban patriots in a spectacular operation worthy of a Hollywood movie, smashing doors and furniture and tying up “suspects” like animals, right in front of their respective families, including several children.

On September 14, the Florida media circulated the spectacular news. For the first time since the start of the Cuban Revolution – that is to say, 39 years! – a “network” of “Castro spies” had been dismantled with the arrest of several of its members.

In a press conference at FBI “headquarters”, chief Pesquera basked in his glory. On the day of that media show, he became a political spokesperson. Credit for the operation was attributed to him and he boldly proclaimed: “we have been investigating the group since 1995 – check the date – that the arrest was “a significant blow to the Cuban government” and that “Castro’s espionage efforts have been defeated.”

And then the police spokesperson unleashed a witch-hunt: “We have done this to bring the public’s attention to the situation,” he affirmed, requesting people to call in with the names of “suspects”.

In an analysis published some months ago, Cuban journalist Lázaro Barredo commented on how the Miami press acknowledged at the time that “many experts could not understand why the FBI had arrested individuals monitoring counter-revolutionary groups on that weekend, when it was precisely that agency which was benefiting from the information they were gathering concerning the violent actions of those groups.”

A few days later during a press conference, Héctor Pesquera – recently appointed FBI chief in Miami – publicly acknowledged for the first time that the arrests had generated contradictory opinions amongst certain officials.

He then added that this case “would never have appeared before the courts” if he had not urged “Louis Freeh directly”. He refrained from referring to Attorney General Janet Reno at that time.

EVERYTHING ENDS UP CONFIRMED

Pesquera’s latest confession to Larry Lebowitz at The Miami Herald confirms the conspiracy inspired by the high-ranking federal police representative’s terrorist friendships.

No one from the Miami “free press” took the initiative to ask Janet Reno for her version of events.

How was it that she was “persuaded” in less than 10 days to take a decision so obviously wrong that no one was “interested in touching the case”?

Speaking on behalf of U.S. President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, U.S. under-secretary for National Security, recently revealed how the order to arrest the Cuban patriots infiltrated amongst Cuban-American terrorist groups in Miami was given by the White House in the framework of a series of measures taken to please leaders of the Miami mafia community. Rice mentioned how they had uncovered a Cuban espionage network in the United States. In a characteristic manner, she used the same deliberately disparaging descriptions used by the Miami press…at Pesquera’s “suggestion”.

Shortly afterwards, top official Roger Noriega took up the matter once again and offered fresh confirmation of the essentially political nature of the arrests and the rigged trial that followed…with a script edited by Pesquera and the other conspirators.

A LONG AND SUSPICIOUS CAREER

At that time, Special Agent Pesquera had clocked up 27 years service with the FBI and had had a long and rather unusual career behind him.

He worked successively in Tampa, Montevideo (Uruguay) and as supervisor of counterintelligence at the central offices in Washington.

But he had also touched on the subject of drugs many times.

In July 1996, The Washington Times (property of the Moon sect) revealed how an FBI team “led by agent Héctor Pesquera” had arrested an “well-known drug trafficker” holding 323 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $4.2 million.

He arrived in Puerto Rico in 1992 and in 1995 occupied the leading post on the island, “specializing” in the drug trafficking gangs active in the region.

Pesquera’s expert narcotics investigations and his friendships with Miami mafia leaders are, of course, not at all suspicious. Just as it is pure chance that the majority of Miami terrorists of Cuban origin have a history of links with drug trafficking.

Having recently celebrated his 57th birthday and 27 years of service, Pesquera announced his retirement. News of the decision was followed by a farewell dinner attended by more than 200 people, according to the Miami press. They did not, however, publish a list of those particular friends.

To the journalists who revealed his suspicious relationship with controversial businessman and convicted drug trafficker Camilo Padreda, Pesquera flatly denied that he had committed any errors during his time with the FBI.

He didn’t want to touch on the subject of the gold watch that Padreda had helped him purchase or discuss the criminal’s ineffective attempts to pull strings and secure him the Miami police chief’s job.

He also declined to comment on how his bureau tried to cover up the accident that occurred in 1999 in Broward Country in which one of his investigators, David Farrell, caused the deaths of two people through drinking and reckless driving.

THE DISASTROUS FAILURE OF THE AL-QAEDA CASE

Whilst he was devoting his time to pursuing Cuban patriots infiltrating the terrorist groups tolerated by his office in Miami – an office staffed by 150 experienced detectives – he had absolutely no idea of the fact that at least 15-19 terrorists, who would subsequently go on to fly planes into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, were training in the area in which he had overall responsibility for counterintelligence.

Mohammed Amanullah Atta, leader of the Al Qaeda cell, was a student at the Fuman Aviation school in Venice and began piloting Boeing 727 aircraft on simulators at the SimCenter in Opa-Locka.

Waleed Al-Shehri and his brother Wali lived in Daytona Beach. Wali then moved to Boston Beach as did Satam Al-Suqami. Abdulrahman Al-Omari lived in Vero Beach in the vicinity of the two other suspects, Adnan Bukhari and Amer M. Kamfar, where they studied at the Flight Safety International Academy.

Marwan Youssef Al-Shehhi, lived in Venice with Atta; Fayez Ahmed, in Delray Beach as well as Ahmed Al-Nami, Nawaf Al-Hazmi, Sabed Al-Ghamdi, Molad Al-Sheri, Hamza Al-Ghamdi and his brother Ahmed.

Ahmed Al-Haznawi was a resident of Lauderdale-by-sea with Ziad Jarrah.

Al Qaeda terrorists were all over the place!

With false passports, suspicious backgrounds and frequently strange behavior, none of them were detected by Héctor Pesquera’s 150 detectives.

Nevertheless, within a matter of hours, a contingent of detectives was mobilized for the operation that took the Cuban patriots to the worst cells that he could find and initiated the continuous pressure to crush these real anti-terrorist fighters…who were indeed fulfilling their duty to counteract extremist groups.

Freedom Ride for the Cuban Five – Spanish

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Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, y René González, cinco cubanos, fueron arrestados por el F.B.I. por “conspiración” y otros cargos fabricados. El verdadero motivo de su encarcelación fue que infiltraron y recopilararon información sobre los grupos de extrema derecha cubanoamericana en Miami con el fin de evitar sus ataques terroristas contra Cuba.  Los 5 llevan más de 13 años presos por defender la soberanía de su patria.  Unete a la campaña internacional por su libertad. Exijámosle al Presidente Obama su liberación inmediata. ¡Sí Se Puede!

¡UNETE! ¡PARTICIPA!

INICIA Y AUSPICIA: El Puente, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights-NYC Chapter, DC 37/AFSCME-Local 372, Casa de las Américas, July 26 Coalition,  Cuba Solidarity New York, Wives Without Rights Campaign, Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, Latin America Democracy  Committee, 1119/SEIU, and Occupy Harlem, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Venceremos Brigade, NYC Jericho Movement, Peoples’ Attorney Michael Tariff Warren, NYC Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC), Fuerza de la Revolución Dominicana (FR/NY),The U.S./Cuba Labor Exchange,. National Network on Cuba (NNOC), La Mesa de Izquierda Dominicana, New Black Panther Party, Peoples Organization for Progress, Mesa Redonda Dominicana, Hartford Committee for Cuba, Bolivarian Circle – NY, Socialist Workers Party (SWP), Cuba In Focus/WBAI Radio, Fundación Andres Figueroa Cordero, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, International Action Center (I.A.C.) and Workers’ World Party (WWP).

 “¡Pa’Washington Con Los 5!” se une a la campaña “5 Días por los 5 Cubanos” en
Washington, D.C. del 17-21 de abril, 2012, iniciada por El Comité Internacional
por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos.

Sitio autobús para ir a Washington D.C.

El Barrio – East Harlem
106 St. and Lexington

The Bronx
Hostos Community College
149 St. and Grand Concourse

Washington Heights – Upper Manhattan
Port Authority Bus Terminal
179 St. and Broadway

Lower Manhattan (this bus is full)
DC 37
125 Barclay St.

Tel: 917 – 412 – 4451 Nancy C.

917 – 945 – 9877 Franklin F.

718 – 601 – 4751 Frank V.

SEPTIEMBRE 2012:
CONFERENCIA NACIONAL POR LA LIBERTAD DE LOS 5 CUBANOS

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The Cuban man who outwitted CIA tells his story

CubaSI
Written by Aday del Sol Reyes

Cuban Man Outwitted CIA

Raul Antonio Capote was filtered in the United States of America’s CIA. He was known as agent Pablo and had —among other tasks—, to convert university students into enemies of the Revolution.

For years, Raul Antonio Capote, agent Daniel in Cuban security force, was filtered in the United States of America’s CIA. He was known as agent Pablo and had —among other tasks—, to convert university students into enemies of the Revolution.

The CIA developed a complex plan of subversion to penetrate a key sector for them, university students.

His experiences in facing these plans and the circumstances surrounding agent Daniel to carry out the mission are addressed in Enemigo (Enemy), a book launched at the 21st Havana’s International Book Fair on February 18th.

It was the perfect pretext for JR (Juventud Rebelde newspaper) to talk with university professor and Master in Contemporary History and International Relations, agent of Cuban State Security and writer Raúl Antonio Fernández Capote (Havana, 1961).

-First El Adversario (Plaza Mayor Publishing House, Puerto Rico, 2005), and now Enemigo. Is there any other relation between these two books besides the similarities in the title?

-In El Adversario, Havana natives face the evil forces that have selected Havana as the final battle scenario in which they will try to defeat Gemini (equality), and the good will prevail. The history of battles between Cuban people and the special services of their mortal enemy, specially the CIA, is narrated in Enemigo. Both texts are a tribute to heroism of a people.

The difference? Well, the first is fiction and the other book is a testimony. Both have high human value. At least I tried to achieve it as a writer and protagonist of the time we are living. El Adversario is the struggle of the best human values against animal instincts, against lust. In Enemigo I tried to portray the human side of an agent of the Cuban State Security, of a revolutionary intellectual, a communist writer, against the enemies of his country, a battle that is carried out from the absolute silence, not expecting any reward other than satisfaction of the mission accomplished. In this unusual case, the identity of the agent is revealed and the recognition of his people is seen.

-Both books outwitted the CIA. Is Capote engaged with this sort of confrontation?

-That is my own war to the same extent this is the war of a whole people. As long as the enemy exists, this fight will never stop. It is not rhetoric, it is conviction of life.

-Much of the book Enemigo is dedicated to report how the U.S.’s CIA has committed million of dollars in the execution of subversive political and ideological plans aimed at young Cubans. What is the role of new technologies in this project?

-The enemy has elaborated a subversive plan, where new technologies play an important role, e.g. Libya, Syria, etc… Clearly, men are the ones who work, organize, and generate ideas, start revolution or counter revolutions. But the Internet and new equipment designed to communicate within seconds allow a great level of mobilization. Building on these strengths, the government of the United States provides the internal counterrevolution with sophisticated and expensive equipment like Bgan to increase their ability to articulate and summoning.

We cannot forget we are referring to the same government that forbids Cuba’s access to the Internet, by blocking and pursuing any attempt of Cuban government and companies to do business with American companies and their subsidiary companies all over the world. This government controls more than 80% of the Internet service and the necessary technology for its use.

Blocking the accessibility of Cuba to new technologies of communications and information, and simultaneously, facilitating the access to internet to Cuban counterrevolutionaries for internal subversion, training them in its usage, flooding the country with the necessary tools to bring the Cubans manipulated information, distorted and elaborated in the U.S., without any control required by the relevant international standards, would allow them to monopolize the information in the country and eventually, encourage people to carry out actions against the Revolution to justify an armed attack. We can never forget that, because the plan against Cuba was and still is to occupy the country to return the properties to Americans, as stated in U.S. laws such as the Helms Burton Act. The plan in Cuba is that of Iraq, not that of Poland or Czechoslovakia. It means to occupy the country to try to overcome the resistance they will find. Then, they will remove even the memory of the Revolution. Hose people still in doubts, I invite them to read the Bush Plan. I invite them to read Enemigo.

Young people who belong to a new digital era and were born in the midst of this technological revolution become ideal target for these plans. The American empire and its special services mastermind such projects. Organizations like the United States Agency for International Development ‘(USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI) and many others, regarded as facade of the CIA, spend millions dollars to work with subversion aimed at Cuban youth and highly qualified specialists.

– Did the CIA recruit you for being a university professor? Why does the U.S. government consider Cuba’s youth as the most vulnerable sector?

I do not think that young people in Cuba are the most vulnerable sector. I don’t even believe they are vulnerable. These days I have discussed many topics with many young people across the country and such meetings have given me elements to confirm that we have a mostly firm and revolutionary youth. I heard that some U.S. officials believe they lost their particular war against the historical leadership of the Revolution. Therefore, they bet on who they have named the grandchildren of the Revolution. We should not forget that we live in a world ruled by capitalist culture and our young people know about capitalism by the things we tell them, and we did not know it either. Our enemy knows it well. This is a war of axiology, a war that takes place in the minds of men. If they succeed in changing our thinking, if they succeed in conveying the values ​​of capitalist culture in the new generations of Cuban, then they will have won the battle. This Cuban struggle against demons is the greatest challenge of youth nowadays.

-You venture into testimony in Enemigo. Is it something temporary or an abandonment of narrative fiction?

-No, I have not abandoned the fiction. I’m writing a novel, but I have the intention to keep on writing testimonies. I have many things to say and this literary genre allows me to achieve the communication I need with the Cuban people.

– How would you define yourself, university professor, writer, or agent of the Cuban State Security?

-The great strength of the Cuban State Security, the strength that has allowed it to defeat the CIA, with its well-trained officers, agents and technicians, with its unlimited budget, with its latest technological resources, is that the Cuban State Security is composed of all Cuban revolutionaries, most of the people. I define myself as an intellectual revolutionary. That’s me.

-Do you think Enemigo can help young people to understand that the enemy is actually everywhere and it is not a fable like that of the Wolf.

-The book is dedicated to young people. I was also a young man not too long ago. I remember we referred to the enemy to justify our own mistakes. Moreover, the enemy and its lackeys try to convince us that the danger is not real, trying to demobilize us, with the resource thousand times repeated, that there is no threat and it is only an exaggeration of the revolutionary government.

My experience within the enemy allowed me to fully appreciate the danger is real and constant. I wondered sometimes: why were we worried with the enemy? The mission I accomplished let me know that such concern was actually small. The enemy will never stop trying to destroy the Revolution. Why? Because Cuba is an example too powerful and Cuban revolutionaries are by far the most active dissidents within this world of global capitalist power, because we are managers and promoters of a culture that is deadly opponent of capitalist culture; because they fear us, because they hate us more than anyone else, because we ended half a century of absolute dominion of the empire over the land and sow hope in the land of a possible better world.

If the book helps to clarify the truth, if the book serves as a tool for the revolutionary, if it serves as argument for the fighters in this battle of ideas, and helps to encourage the timorous, instruct the ignorant, convince unbelievers and denounce the traitors, then it will have well its purpose, right?.

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