Friday, September 01, 2006

One of Cuban 5 Shadowed Terrorist

Havana, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) To watch actions by terrorist Orlando Bosch, accused of the explosion of a Cuban airplane in Barbados, was the mission of Fernando Gonzalez, who is serving 19 years of prison in the US.

According to an article published by Granma newspaper Friday, evidence on Bosch s labor was presented in the trial of Gonzalez and the other four Cubans, however he is still free, while the Cuban Five are unfairly imprisoned.Bosch, with permission from former president George Bush, organized along with Luis Posada Carriles the explosion of the Cubana aircraft that in 1976 killed 73 people, as well as other violent actions against the island or other targets in the world.

The persistence of such threats obliged Cuba to send Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Rene Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero to south Florida, to prevent terrorist actions against their homeland.Gonzalez mission was to follow closely Bosch, whom he filmed plotting against Cuba.

This evidence was presented in the Miami trial of these anti-terrorists, in which they were condemned to sentences running from 15 years to double life imprisonment.After eight years of unfair imprisonment on September 12, the Cuban Five, as they are universally known, see their case drawn out even more after a recent failure at the US Court of Appeals 11th Circuit in Atlanta.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Chomsky Slams Silence on US-Cuba
Havana, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) US academic Noam Chomsky criticized Wednesday western silence on US plans for Cuba, terming them a reflection of an imperial mentality that is imperceptible for those who suffer from that disease."The idea is totally offensive," he said to Prensa Latina Chomsky, and also spoke of new White House threats on the island, which mention a secret chapter which makes some people suspect of a possible military aggression.Political activist from the times of the war in Vietnam, which he was always opposed, the professor is among the almost 22,000 figures and citizens of the world, including nine Nobel prizewinners, who have signed the Declaration "Cuba"s Sovereignty Must Be Respected."By retaking the anti-Cuban plans, he stated the US reflecting a savage imperial mentality that "has caused terrible suffering on the world for several centuries."Among US signers are journalist Saul Landau, actors Benicio del Toro, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte.The declaration "Cuba"s Sovereignty Must Be Respected" warns that right after Fidel Castro"s proclamation on his health and the provisional delegation of his responsibilities, US top officials formulated explicit declarations on Cuba"s immediate future.Faced with this threat against integrity of a nation, peace and security in Latin America and the world, signers demand that the US government respect Cuba"s sovereignty."We must impede at all cost a new aggression," states the text.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cubans Faced Storm with Discipline and Organization
Havana, Aug 29 (ACN) Cubans in the eastern part of the island faced the passage of tropical storm Ernesto with discipline and organization; while there were no accidents or victims, material damaged is being assessed. During a televised round table discussion, held on Monday night in the presence of Cuban Vice-president Carlos Lage Davila, panelists analyzed the impact of tropical storm Ernesto and the actions taken to prevent damage during its passage. Participants agreed that the general public and authorities gave a rapid and effective response to the passage of the storm.Civil Defense official Colonel Jose Betancourt noted that 1,204 safe areas were set up for evacuees, though nearly 80 percent of those who were evacuated went to homes of their neighbors and relatives where they received material support and food. Betancourt stressed the effectiveness of measures to prevent damage to public and personal property, stored food and raw materials and other resources. A group of power generators were also activated to guarantee electricity for the production of basic services. Likewise, herds of cattle were transferred to safe locations and communications and other equipment were protected from damage.Betancourt said no accidents or fatalities were reported and he called on the people to keep abiding by preventive measures over the coming hours. He underscored the importance of the recovery stage, beginning with essential services for the population, including the reestablishing of transportation. The assessment of infrastructure damage is underway, said the Civil Defense official. Meanwhile, air and railway transportation to eastern Cuban provinces were re-established by Tuesday morning. Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to gain intensity on its way to the US southern Florida coast, where it could arrive as a hurricane, warned Cuban weather expert Jose Rubiera. On its passage through the western Cuban provinces, Ernesto left rainfall accumulation of more than 100 millimetres, resulting in floods in local areas - particularly in Guantanamo province. Heavy seas, high tides and floods caused by rains could still be consequences of Ernesto along Cuban coasts, said Rubiera. The meteorologist said some atmospheric conditions have limited the development of storms in June, July and August, though only five storms have thus far formed in the western Atlantic. He warned though that September and October are the most dangerous stage of the hurricane season in this part of the world. However, he Tropical storm Ernesto reportedly left at least one death in Haiti while thousands were evacuated in the Dominican Republic.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More US Students at Cuba Med School
"We are bringing young people who couldn’t fulfill their dreams in the United States," said Rev. Lucius Walker, as he accompanied a new group of US students to the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana.
ELAM began primarily as a center to train doctors from the Central American countries hit by hurricane Mitch in 1998. Soon after, it expanded to accept low-income students from around Latin America and more recently has also given underprivileged
young people from the United States the opportunity to study medicine.
Rev. Walker said that the new students are themselves victims of "the values in our country" that turns medicine into a commercial product and of a deficient public health system. He noted that these young people haven’t lost their dreams and now can continuing dreaming thanks to Cuba.
"We have a marvelous task through Pastors for Peace —which each year sponsors a caravan to Cuba in defiance of the US
blockade against the island—, but we have never been part of a project that brings so much joy as the Latin American School of Medicine, said Walker.
After expressing his gratitude for all that Cuba does, Walker asked that Fidel Castro be told "the immense appreciation we feel for him, for his ideas, and also reiterate to him our commitment to continue working together for this project."
The new US students, seven women and six men, were welcomed by ELAM President Dr. Juan D. Carrizo Estevez. With this new group, a total of 88 young people from the US are now studying medicine in Cuba.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Miami, shelter of a hysterical and merciless mafia
By Orlando de la Cruz Barbán
Miami has become the paradise of the rage and the lies, where for some miserable dollars a fauna of frustrated people cry our for Fidel Castro’s death, one of the men that history already recognizes as a moral giant.
Those who pay are the same guys that have got rich with a hostile and murderous policy toward the Cuba people for decades; and of course, they are those who take the biggest cut in the money that the government of the United States dedicates to its faithful servants of the counterrevolution, at the taxpayers’ expense.
Fortunately, in Miami, not everybody is in favour of those who define themselves “anti-Castro fighters”; that is the members of the Cuban American National Foundation, and others of same kind, as the so-called Comandos F-4, Alpha-66, Omega-7 and Brothers to the Rescue who intimidate no one in this untamable Island with boasts of criminals.
Amid the rarefied atmosphere of that city, marked by a sordid, anti-human, warlike spirit and saturated of lies and public scandals, Five Cuban patriots were judged for penetrating those groups in southern Florida; groups devoted themselves to illegal activities including terrorism.
The mission of de Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino and Fernando González was to impede that those radical organizations could fulfil their macabre plots against Cuba, activities that they have been perpetrating for almost 50 years affecting not only Cubans, but citizens from other nations.
With all these antecedents and more, the jury of Miami-Dade did not have the enough courage to issue a fair verdict, when the real terrorists such as the members of the Cuban American National Foundation launched all kind of threats; liked that of José Basalto, ringleader of Brothers to the Rescue when said: “These jurors have to be concerned unless they convict these men of every count lodged against them”.
It seems that the members of the jury had to “understand” that clear and evident message: " if you don't indict the Five, then you’ll have to accept the consequences!, and if you want more elements, just look at the television cameras, everyone knows that you are members of the jury, and you cannot forget that and you cannot make a mistake."
That is why, the Five Cubans that are serving long and unjust sentences in federal prisons in the United States should not be tried in Miami, because it was not a neutral city, on the contrary the law of the jungle rules there and the justice is permanently squashed by the enemies of the Cuban people, that roll around on the dunghill of their ill hatred against the Revolution.
But little by little the North Americans will learn the injustices that have proliferated around the trial of the Cuban Five, thanks to George W. Bush ‘s “buddies”, masterminds of the cheatings that took him to the White House.
The world must know everything about it, and know that the current president of the United States that “champion” of the antiterrorist crusade, houses infamous murderers like Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch in his own country.
As far as I know, you can not put out a fire with a thimble of water, and the truth of the Cuban Five antiterrorists fighters, imprisoned in jails of the Empire, is more or more known by the public in the United States. Definitively, they are the ones who will demand justice for René, Fernando, Antonio, Gerardo and Ramón.
That’s enough! Justice should be done.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Cuba Opens Baseball Tournament with Adiel Palma
"We’ve got a team ready to win a birth in the [Beijing] Olympics, with strong pitching, excellent defense, clutch hitting and most importantly, tremendous inspiration on the field," said the manager of the Cuban national baseball team at a press conference on Thursday.
The Olympic qualifying event hosted by Cuba gets underway Friday evening with a lone night game between Cuba and Colombia.
Cuba, competing in Group A of the two group event that will determine two qualifiers from the Americas for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, announced lefthander Adiel Palma as its starting pitcher.
The Cuban manager said that if the Colombian starter is a righthander he will use a lineup with Eduardo Paret SS, Michel Enriquez 3B, Yulieski Gouriell 2B, Alexander Mayeta 1B, Frederich Cepeda in LF, Ariel Pestano C, Osmani Urrutia DH, Alexei Ramirez RF and Giorvis Duvergel in center. "It’s a fast team with three left handed batters, a lineup that did well in Cartegena" [the site of the recent Central American and Caribbean Games].
Two noticeable absences on the Cuban team are outfielder Yoandry Garlobo and pitcher Yadel Marti who both played extremely well in the World Baseball Classic in March, but poorly in the Cartegena Games. Coach Benito Camacho said Garlobo was not up to par in practice and Yadel is still not fully recovered from a shoulder injury.
The opening game between Cuba and Colombia will be preceded by an inauguration ceremony of the Pre-Olympic Tournament, which features a tribute to more than 70 stars of Cuban baseball since the 1959 revolution.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Medical graduates: 1,593 from 26 countries
IF a system for training doctors en masse like the one implemented by the Cubans is not adopted, the future of the peoples is uncertain, because between epidemics and social marginalization the health of the poor of the planet is constantly threatened.
So said Cuban Health Minister José Ramón Balaguer at the central graduation event for students in Medical Science yesterday afternoon at the Victoria de Girón Institute of Basic and Pre-Clinical Science.
As of yesterday, Cuba has 2,314 new health professionals and 1,593 students from 26 countries also received their medical diplomas.
It was in this same venue, inaugurated by Fidel 44 years ago, that the mass training of doctors began after many of those existing on the island emigrated to the United States as a result of campaigns against the Revolution, he recalled.
“Cuba now has 71,000 doctors,” he noted. “Thanks to their responsibility and human sensibility we have achieved a giant army that is giving solidarity within and without the island, not only raising the quality of life of their patients but other values that are also promoters of health.”
“Our country is lending medical assistance in 68 nations and has offered aid in a hundred countries,” noted Balaguer, who recalled the interest in establishing 11 faculties similar to that of the Latin America School of Medicine (ELAM) in various Third World countries, above all in Africa.
Brazilian doctor Alexander Sales, the best all-round ELAM graduate, affirmed that the principles forged in the six years of study will be applied in their countries of origin and wherever they are needed.
Reading out the oath of the graduates, Julio Arma, a general doctor, emphasized maintaining the ethics of the profession in any part of the world and serving the most unprotected peoples of the planet.
This central event, dedicated to President Fidel Castro’s 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Granma Landing, was attended by José Ramón Machado Ventura, Pedro Ross Leal and Concepción Campa, members of the Political Bureau.