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UNPACU uncovers a plot by Cuban state security

In English:
Press Release
UNPACU uncovers a plot by Cuban State Security to assault its headquarters in Santiago de Cuba

Two citizens, Enma Isaac and Manuel Sanchez, seriously threatened to justify the assault
Link to press release in HTML: http://www.unpacu.org/la-unpacu-denuncia-complot-de-la-seguridad-del-estado-para-asaltar-su-sede-en-santiago-de-cuba/
For further information, please contact:
José Daniel Ferrer, Executive Secretary of UNPACU. Telephones: (+53) 53 74 0544 / (+53) 58 14 6606 / (+53) 58 32 3612 / (+53) 53 14 6740
Best regards,
Unión Patriótica de Cuba
www.unpacu.org
email: info@unpacu.org

En español:
Nota de Prensa
La UNPACU denuncia complot de la Seguridad del Estado para asaltar su sede en Santiago de Cuba

Dos ciudadanos, Enma Isaac y Manuel Sánchez, fuertemente amenazados para facilitar la excusa para el asalto
Enlace a Nota de Prensa en HTML: http://www.unpacu.org/la-unpacu-denuncia-complot-de-la-seguridad-del-estado-para-asaltar-su-sede-en-santiago-de-cuba/
Si desea mayor información puede ponerse en contacto con:
José Daniel Ferrer, Secretario Ejecutivo de la UNPACU. Teléfonos (+53) 53 74 0544 / (+53) 58 14 6606 / (+53) 58 32 3612 / (+53) 53 14 6740
Un saludo cordial,
Unión Patriótica de Cuba
www.unpacu.org
email: info@unpacu.org


Continue reading UNPACU uncovers a plot by Cuban state security

Shame on the Democrats for playing “the race card”

 

That mess in South America known as Venezuela

 

Antonio Rodiles: “The time for our fundamental rights has come”

Antonia Rodiles of Estado de Sats, continues fighting for the God-given human rights of the Cuban people.

Capitol Hill Cubans:

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Rodiles: We Must Accept Nothing Less Than Fundamental Freedoms
at 9:21 AM Thursday, October 30, 2014
Excerpt by Cuban democracy leader and head of the independent think-tank, Estado de Sats, Antonio Rodiles:

The temptations of some political actors to enter into a political dialogue with the regime and defend a quasi-unconditional reconciliation can be many. Some dissidents, like [Catholic activist] Dagoberto Valdes, defend this thesis. Yet, it's important to note that without a broad social base to exercise sustained pressure against the old elite and its allies, it would be very difficult to advance in the direction of political changes. Venezuela, where the Cuban regime has already shown its cards, is a good example. They used those who decided to dialogue in order to silence and weaken the student movement and -- once that movement was under their control -- they ended the supposed dialogue as well.

The Cuban situation can become even more complicated. Missteps would create conditions that would place us on the path to becoming a failed state, whereby in addition to our current economic and social disaster under iron-fisted political control, we would have high levels of insecurity and the establishment of criminal organizations. The embargo, like every other international sanction, should be a tool to pressure the regime to accept the substantive measures necessary to prevent the tragic experiences that many former Communist republics encountered on this journey. Why repeat the same mistakes?

We are faced with a regime on a regressive count, but with the ability to transmute. It's not the time to grant anything to oppressors who treat their citizens with such disdain. The time for our fundamental rights has come -- a simple and powerful idea, which should not be overshadowed by any other argument or supposed strategy. We are weary of those who would be satisfied by less or who wish to "dialogue" for less. Politically, the door should not be closed, but neither opened to the point where we become a loyal opposition.

That every Cuban, inside and outside the island, can fully exercise their fundamental rights. That we obtain a firm commitment with respect to our freedoms by ratifying and implementing the U.N.'s human rights conventions. Only then would we be talking about real reforms.

Why do Cubans refuse to procreate? And why do so many kill themselves?

Guess which one of these Cubans is the oligarch?

Okay.  The Castro Kingdom has the highest suicide rate in Latrine America and also the lowest birth rate.

In other words, Cubans kill themselves in record numbers and refuse to procreate.

Could these two statistical benchmarks be related to the political repression endured by those who live in that Caribbean island prison?

Could it be due to the fact that only a tiny number of repressive oligarchs can enjoy life in this world and rest assured that their children will not be slaves?

Naaaaaah.  Of course not.  This is due to other factors, such as great access to birth control, stellar job opportunities for women, a "tough economy" and housing shortages.  In other  words, there are only two reasons for these statistics: the great success of the socialist utopia and the great evils caused by the U.S. "blockade."

It's a socialist paradise.  And the U.S. is to blame for making that paradise less wonderful than it could be.  Never forget that.  Political repression has nothing to do with Cuban attitudes towards life in this world.

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From NBC News Lateeeeeeeeen-oh:

Castro regime to Women: Please Have More Babies

The Cuban government is encouraging women to have babies and turn around its falling birth rate, which is now the lowest in Latin America.

Authorities announced this week they will soon be unveiling financial incentives for couples who are thinking of starting a family. The government has already expanded maternity, and in some cases paternity leave, to a full year with pay. In addition, Cuba has opened dozens of special centers for infertile couples and special maternity units where women can live full time during high-risk pregnancies.

"We've been evaluating this low birth rate for years," said Roberto Alvarez Fumero, chief of the maternity and child health unit at Cuba's Ministry of Health. "Now we're taking action to improve sexual and reproductive health, which can help drive up the country's birth rate."

The average Cuban woman had nearly five children in the 1960s but the birth rate has fallen to less than two children since the late 1970s. Due to decades of fewer births, the number of working-age people in Cuba is expected to shrink starting next year, which is bad news for an island trying to improve its economy.

In socialist Cuba, the decades-long falling birthrate is attributed to several things, including more women in the workforce, wider access to contraception and abortion, a tough economy, housing shortages and high levels of emigration among young people.

Make more slaves for me!

Make more slaves for me!

 

Isn’t the NY Times’ Ernesto Londono’s obsession with succoring Castro getting a little creepy?

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Yet another NY Times editorial by Ernesto Londono (on right) pleading for a U.S. financial bail-out of the Castro regime appeared just yesterday. That makes FIVE in three weeks!...so just wondering....?

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The elections in Brazil plus other US-Latin America stories with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz of Fausta’s Blog

 

Letter to the Minister of Justice of Cuba

Who are Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique, Jorge Olivera Castello, Hector Fernando Maseda Gutierrez, Angel Juan Moya Acosta, Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, Eduardo Diaz Fleitas, Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, Felix Navarro Rodriguez, Diosdado Gonzalez Marrero, and Librado Ricardo Linares Garcia? They are all members of the group known as the 75 Cuban political prisoners of the “La Primavera Negra", the Black Spring.

I say are members instead of former members, because these twelve are among the group of prisoners who refused to accept exile as a condition of release. They are free from prison but only under an “out-of-prison license” that leaves them in legal limbo and subjected to threats and harrassment. Though they no are no longer surrounded by the concrete and bars of a Cuba prison, they remain political prisoners, denied legal status and the right to travel that supposedly all Cubans are now able to enjoy.

Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello has written to Cuba's Minister of Justice on behalf of herself and those on the list above wherein she demands what ever measures are necessary to restore their rights and grant them their right to travel. "Por todas estas razones, exigimos se tomen cuantas medidas sean menester a fin de que se nos restituyan los DERECHOS CIVILES que no disfrutamos con el fin de poder viajar al exterior, los que así lo consideren."

Read her letter, in Spanish at Hablemos Press.

Explanation of U.S. vote on U.N. Cuba resolution

Here's the text of Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Ronald D. Godard, U.S. Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs, on the Cuba Resolution in the General Assembly Hall.

Ambassador Ronald D. Godard, U.S. Senior Area Advisor
New York, NY
October 28, 2014

AS DELIVERED

Mr. President, as do all member states, the United States conducts its economic relationships with other countries in accordance with its national interests and its principles. Our sanctions toward Cuba are part of our overall effort to help the Cuban people freely exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms, and determine their own future, consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the democratic principles to which the United Nations itself is committed. We therefore stand in opposition to this resolution.

Mr. President, the Cuban government uses this annual resolution in an attempt to shift blame for the island’s economic problems away from its own policy failures. The Cuban government now publicly recognizes that its economic woes are caused by the economic policies it has pursued for the last, past half-century. We note and welcome recent changes that reflect this acknowledgement, such as those that allow greater self-employment and liberalization of the real estate market. But the Cuban economy will not thrive until the Cuban government permits a free and fair labor market, fully empowers Cuban independent entrepreneurs, respects intellectual property rights, allows unfettered access to information via the Internet, opens its state monopolies to private competition and adopts the sound macro-economic policies that have contributed to the success of Cuba’s neighbors in Latin America.

Mr. President, the United States remains a deep and abiding friend of the Cuban people. The Cuban people continue to receive as much as $2 billion per year in remittances and other private contributions from the United States. This support has made possible - was made possible - by U.S. policy choices. By the Cuban government’s own account, the United States is one of Cuba’s principal trading partners. In 2013, the United States exported approximately $359 million in agricultural products, medical devices, medicine and humanitarian items to Cuba. Far from restricting aid to the Cuban people, we are proud that the people of the United States and its companies are among the leading providers of humanitarian assistance to Cuba. All of this trade and assistance is conducted in conformity with our sanctions program, which is carefully calibrated to allow and encourage the provision of support to the Cuban people.

Mr. President, the United States places the highest priority on building and strengthening connections between the Cuban people and the people of the United States. U.S. travel, remittance, information exchange, humanitarian and people-to-people policies updated in 2009 and 2011 provide the Cuban people alternative sources of information, help them take advantage of limited opportunities for self-employment and private property and strengthen independent civil society. The hundreds of thousands of Americans who have sent remittances and traveled to the island, under categories of purposeful travel promoted by President Obama, remain the best ambassadors for our democratic ideals.

Mr. President, the United States strongly supports the Cuban people’s desire to determine their own future, through the free flow of information to, from, and within Cuba. The right to receive and impart information and ideas through any media is set forth in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is the Cuban government’s policies that continue to prevent enjoyment of this right. The Cuban government now claims to share our goal of helping the Cuban people access the Internet. Yet the Cuban government has failed to offer widespread access to the Internet through its high speed cable with Venezuela. Instead, it continues to impose barriers to information for the Cuban people while disingenuously blaming U.S. policy.

Moreover, the Cuban government continues to detain Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for facilitating Internet access for Cuba’s small Jewish community. The United States calls on Cuba to release Mr. Gross immediately, allow unrestricted access to the Internet, and tear down the digital wall of censorship it has erected around the Cuban people.

Mr. President, this resolution only serves to distract from the real problems facing the Cuban people, and therefore my delegation will oppose it. Though Cuba’s contributions to the fight against Ebola are laudable, they do not excuse or diminish the regime’s treatment of its own people. We encourage this world body to support the desires of the Cuban people to choose their own future. By doing so, it would truly advance the principles the United Nations Charter was founded upon, and the purposes for which the United Nations was created.

Thank you, Mr. President.

For a primer on the embargo's history read Lift the Cuba Embargo? by Henry Gomez, from April 2009.

My parents saw this movie about ‘soaking the rich”

 

Surprising expertise by a British Cuba “expert” (somebody screwed up)

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Apparently Cuba experts across the big pond need more "dialogue" and "engagement" with their U.S. counterparts. The two sets of experts have their talking points oddly out of sync. To wit:

Putin's Ria Novosti (his regime's propaganda organ) just published this interview with Univ. of Kent's Dr.George Conyne--and Castro's CubaSi reprinted it. Didn't The New York Times get the word? Somebody f*cked up seriously here. Heads will roll. To wit:

US Maintains Cuba Embargo to Secure Florida Vote...The US politicians oppose lifting the Cuban embargo in order to secure the Cuban-American vote in both Florida state and national elections..."In order to secure the Cuban-American vote that often decides state elections, these groups must oppose lifting the embargo," Dr. George Conyne, a history professor at the University of Kent told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Whoops!!!....But if most Americans (and especially most Cuban-Americans) oppose the embargo--as claimed by the New York Times and their pet Cuba experts--how can this be?

"There were no real disadvantages (to maintaining the embargo) Americans have not paid attention to UN votes for many years," he said...Besides, the professor underlined that the embargo had the advantage of never hurting the US, since Cuba doesn't produce anything most Americans want. So, although free trade with the US would strengthen the Cuban economy, there would not be a great difference."

Whoops!!!...But the New York Times and their pet Cuba "experts" all claim that the embargo costs U.S. businessmen mucho $billions in lost revenue and gravely damages U.S. diplomatic leverage, especially in Latin America?

"The embargo was enacted in 1960 after Cuba nationalized properties belonging to US citizens and corporations."

Whoops!!!...but the New York Times and their pet experts always leave out this teeeeenzy little detail.

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Ros-Lehtinen: UN resolution against U.S. embargo on Cuba’s dictatorship another example of the world-body’s dysfunction

From the offices of U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):

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UNGA Resolution Against the U.S. Embargo on Cuba is Yet Another Example of the Dysfunction of the World Body, Says Ros-Lehtinen

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the United Nations General Assembly vote against the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“For the 23rd time, the representatives at the UN General Assembly have demonstrated their disconnection from the realities in Cuba by ignoring gross human rights violations and the lack of fundamental freedoms for the Cuban people as a result of Castro’s tyrannical regime. The international community should focus its efforts on being a voice for pro-democracy forces in Cuba and condemn the abuses perpetrated by the regime of Havana.

“The vote at the United Nations General Assembly negligently overlooks the duplicitous behavior of the Castro regime at the international stage when a shipment of military equipment originating from Cuba, was intercepted in Panama destined for North Korea, in violation of several UN Security Council Resolutions.

“We commend and thank our close friend, the democratic State of Israel for joining us in voting against this senseless resolution.”

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Member of Cuban Ebola-fighting team in Guinea dies a mere three weeks after his arrival

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It didn't take very long for Jorge Juan Guerra Rodriguez to become deathly ill in Guinea.

Did he die from Ebola?  Maybe.  His symptoms were very similar to those of Ebola patients.  But then again, maybe not.

Since the only news available on this man's death come from the Castro Ministry of Truth,  it is impossible to verify the details.

According to various Castronoid publications, Guerra Rodriguez arrived in Guinea on October 6.  Sixteen days later, on October 22, he came down with diarrhea due to "an eating disorder" and developed a high fever.   Though he was treated at two hospitals during the next two days his condition continued to worsen and he died on October 26.

The Castro-controlled news media insist that Guerra Rodriguez tested negative for Ebola two times and that the cause of death was a virulent strain of malaria.   These reports also insist that he was merely a "health cooperator" in charge of the Ebola fighting team's finances and that he never came in contact with any Ebola patients.

Whether he really died of malaria is irrelevant.  The man is dead, and his death was not just sudden, but horrific, and suspiciously similar to that of any Ebola patient.   In addition, none of the Cuban medical "experts" that were part of his team --and who are in Africa to deal with a deadly epidemic --were able to save his life.

This is probably just the first of many such deaths among the Cuban Ebola fighters.  Get ready for more.  These medical slaves have to serve for six months in Africa (as opposed to the six weeks that are the norm for other foreign medical teams).  In addition, the Castro regime has made it clear that none of them will be allowed to return to Cuba if they contract Ebola  in Africa.

From Outbreak News Today:

Cuban worker in Guinea, Jorge Juan Guerra Rodriguez, dies from cerebral malaria

A member of the Medical Brigade team from Cuba who went to West Africa to fight Ebola, died from complications of cerebral malaria, according to a Cuban News Agency report today.

60-year-old economist, Jorge Juan Guerra Rodriguez, died Monday from the serious parasitic disease, cerebral malaria from a Plasmodium falciparum infection. Rodriguez arrived in Guinea on Oct. 6 as part of a vanguard team of the medical brigade sent to battle Ebola.

The report states, as an economist with the medical brigade, Rodriguez never had any contacts with any Ebola treatment centers or with patients of that disease; however, he was submitted to two Ebola diagnostic tests whose results were negative.

Continue reading HERE (for details on the type of malaria that allegedly killed this Cuban).

Reports from Cuba: Has stagnation returned?

By Fernando Damaso in Translating Cuba:

Has Stagnation Returned?

For years, stagnation was a constant of Cuban-style socialism, as it was in the socialism of Eastern Europe. Starting in 2006, with the change at the helm, it seemed as if the country was going to awaken from its long lethargy and start to move forward, albeit too slowly for many people. A few timid steps were taken, but they were enough to create some hope that, finally, we would begin to travel along the correct path, leaving behind years of failed experiments and constant political, economic and social improvisation.

There began a process of eliminating absurd prohibitions, which pleased everyone, although it was known that the contents of our wallets would be insufficient to fund such niceties as travel, hotel stays or buying a car or house. It also seemed as though the economy was going to begin to take off, salaries and pensions would improve, and we would begin to live as normal people. Congresses and conferences were convened wherein short-, medium-, and long-term plans were discussed and approved which, according to their creators, would facilitate our secure path towards development, without pressures but also without slow-downs.

Some years have now passed since then, and the scene has changed but little: agriculture continues to lag behind the demand for reasonably-priced foods for the majority of citizens, livestock breeding continues to be stagnant, milk production is seriously below national demand, basic industrial products are scarce, health and education services get worse daily, the lack of hygiene is widespread, the state of the epidemiological system is worrisome, streets and sidewalks remain broken and unrepaired, buildings collapse and new housing units are not built, businesses are deteriorating and under-supplied, and incivility is rampant.

The list of problems could go on ad infinitum, adding to it, besides, the prevailing corruption, diversion of resources, social violence and generalized indiscipline. It appears that erstwhile gains are insufficient, or that actions taken do not resolve the problems that prompted them. It could be that, without realizing it, we are falling once again into stagnation.

It is true that it is unjust to own lands when the owner does not work them, or when the lands are unproductive. However, it is also unjust to work them and make them productive, and not own them. The same thing happens when business properties are legally transferred to non-agricultural, non-private cooperatives. After the State, through its interventions, nationalized these properties when they were in good condition and let them deteriorate, now it pretends that the responsibility to repair them falls on the private proprietors – while the State continues to maintain ownership of the real estate.

We are face to face with a reality. As long as the State, which during 56 years has demonstrated its economic illiteracy and its incapacity to make productive ventures out of agriculture, livestock breeding and industry – as well as being unable to run its enterprises and services at a quality level – continues to try to maintain itself as the absolute owner of everything in the name of the people (that generic entity) – and doesn’t permit real Cubans the exercise of real private ownership, nothing will work.

Translated by: Alicia Barraqué Ellison