Bay of Pigs Survivor & Hero Fernando Marquet

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Bay Of Pigs Shoulder Patch

On this date 53 years ago the United States Government abandoned thousands of Cuban Soldiers it had trained, at the Bay of Pigs. May their Memory be Eternal. I remember them and Honor them today. This is their shoulder patch. Viva Cuba Libre !! Via John O Donnell Rosales on our Facebook page Freedom For Cuba News & Analysis

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Cuban Lolita The legend of Dolores Rondon

A poem, in the guise of an epitaph, appeared in Camagüey’s cemetery early in 1883. It was painted in black on small piece of whitewashed wood staked over a 20 year old, previously unmarked grave.

Aquí Dolores Rondón

Finalizó su carrera.
Ven mortal y considera
Las Grandezas cuales son:
El orgullo y presunción,
La opulencia y el poder.
Todo llega a fenecer
Pues solo se inmortaliza
El mal que se economiza
Y el bien que se puede hacer.
Here Dolores Rondón
Concluded her career.
Approach, mortal, and consider
The earthly desires which are:
Pride and vanity,
Opulence and power.
All of them come to a close
For only immortalized is
The wrong that is minimized
And the good that can be achieved.

Camagüey was at that time a small town in the central plains of Cuba, four days by steamship and then railroad from the capital, longer on horseback. The population then was no more than 35,000 souls. The war for independence from Spain was still raging and once-prosperous Camagüey was in economic ruin.

In the days after the epitaph’s appearance, not many people took notice. But as the months and the years passed, curiosity over the poem increased, especially when anonymous hands periodically repainted and re-stenciled the weathered wooden board.

Who was Dolores Rondón? Who was the author of the poem that memorialized a loved one by censuring her life in such an unkind way? Searching the back issues of newspapers yielded only
commentaries ruminating on the poem, not facts.

In 1933, the mayor of Camagüey, Mr. Pedro Garcia Hagrenot, ordered the erection of a small marble monument to replace the wooden board. His action saved for posterity what had by then become a significant piece of the city’s lore. You can see it yourself today in the northern part of the first section of the cemetery.

Dr. Abel Marrero Companioni researched public records and interviewed people from that era that were still alive. In 1958 he published an essay on Dolores Rondón and her epitaph.  He notes that this historical mystery has spawned a number of legends but that his version is the definitive one.  This English-language account is an expanded translation of his work. More

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hijacked Cuban Planes Still In Limbo

Via Freedom for Cuba News & Analysis on Facebook

Associated Press

KEY WEST, Florida (AP) — At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 — two by hijackers, one by its pilot — all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile (186-kilometer) flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S.

Fidel Castro repeatedly demanded the planes be returned. Instead, they were seized by U.S. courts to satisfy part of a $27 million judgment won by a Cuban-American woman who had unwittingly married a Cuban spy in Miami.

The story of what happened to the planes in the ensuing years reads like another chapter in the history of stymied, contentious U.S.-Cuba relations, the new owners unable to get the planes anywhere.

The first of the three planes to land in Key West was a yellow, Soviet-built, crop-duster that pilot Nemencio Carlos Alonso Guerra used to fly seven passengers, many of them relatives, to the U.S. in November 2002.

Cuba wanted the biplane back, but a Florida judge agreed with Ana Margarita Martinez that the plane should be seized and sold to partially pay the judgment she was awarded under an anti-terrorism law.

In 1996, her husband, Juan Pablo Roque, had fled back to Cuba after infiltrating the Miami-based, anti-Castro group, Brothers to the Rescue. The next day, Cuban fighter jets shot down two of the group's Cessnas over international waters, killing four pilots.

The aging Antonov AN-2 Colt was auctioned at the Key West airport in 2003 and Martinez placed the highest bid, $7,000. "We had a victory — we got to keep this property of the Cuban government," Martinez said after the auction.

She hoped to sell it for a profit later, but instead gave it to Cuban-American artist Xavier Cortada, who painted half of it with a colorful mural as part of an exhibit commemorating Cuba's independence.

After the exhibit, Cortada eventually donated the plane to Florida International University, which planned to display it, but couldn't find a building to house it. Today, it deteriorates under tarps on a far corner of FIU's campus. More

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Gusano the documentary

An outstanding new documentary from inside the sinister island clearly describes the state sponsored acts of repudiation that the Castro brothers employ to continue their half century reign of terror in Cuba. Especially despicable is the explicit use of unwitting schoolchildren at these dehumanizing events In Spanish 48 minutes.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A super guy passes away remembering Jesus 'coso' Prieto

An original peacock. Our cousin Val Prieto's dad Jesus 'Coso' Prieto passed away last night. He was a true old school blue collar working man of honor and respect. We mourn his death today but recall his life with much joy and fondness. Our deepest condolences to our beloved cousin Val and the entire family. Bobby Companioni and John O' Donnell Rosales.  Via Babalublog

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Our Forgotten Man In Havana

Jewish American Alan Gross feels abandoned by his government after 4 years of Castro prisons. Via Freedom For Cuba News and Analysis

"On the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment in Cuba, former U.S. government contractor Alan Gross said he fears his country has “abandoned” him and appealed to President Obama to personally intervene in his case.In a letter to the president, sent via the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, Gross describes his isolation from the world, adding that his daughter and mother have been stricken by cancer, his wife has had to sell the family home in Maryland, and “my business and career have been destroyed. Original story via The Washington Post

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Albita's Dynamite New Album Una Mujer Que Canta

The latest from the wonderfully Irrepressible Cuban artist  Albita  Una Mujer Que Canta  (A Lady Who Sings)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fontova's New Book Blasts The Media's Long Running Love Fest with Castro

Cuban exile author, sportsman and all around ball buster Humberto Fontova strikes again with his new book blasting the mainstream media's half century love affair with dictator Fidel Castro.
Via our Facebook page Freedom For Cuba News & Analysis

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jersey Cop Killer Still Laughing From Cuba

Joanne Chesimard, 57, was convicted in 1973 of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster as he lay on the ground. (Photo: AP)
"This week (May 8 2013) the FBI announced a $1 million reward for "information leading to the apprehension" of Joanne Chesimard also known as Assata Shakur who they named a "Most Wanted Terrorist." Chesimard is the first woman to make the FBI's list. The New Jersey State Police also wants her and added another $1 million to the pot.
Convicted cop-killer (of a New Jersey State-Trooper) and "domestic terrorist" Chesimard has been living in Cuba since 1984 as a Castro-coddled celebrity of sorts. And it's not like bounty hunters can operate freely in a Stalinist country. So the $2 million may be symbolic, as in the U.S. Justice Department is putting on a game face and saying: "Look Castro, we're serious here!"
In the early 1970's Chesimard belonged to a Black Panther offshoot known as the Black Liberation Army. "This case is just as important today as it was when it happened 40 years ago," according to a recent press release from Mike Rinaldi, of the New Jersey State Police.

"Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a radical left wing terror group that felt justified killing law enforcement officers...This group conducted assaults on police stations and murdered police officers."
More than a mere member of these domestic terrorists, Chesimard was described by former assistant FBI director John Miller, as "the soul of the Black Liberation Army."

In 1973, while wanted for multiple crimes from bank robbery to murder, Chesimard and two accomplices were pulled over for a tail-light violation on the New Jersey Turnpike. As the troopers were routinely questioning them, Chesimard (who was in the passenger seat) and her pals opened up on the lawmen with semi-auto pistols (no word on whether these were properly registered.)

As trooper Werner Foerster grappled with the driver, Chesimard shot him twice-then her gun apparently jammed. As Foerster lay on the ground wounded and helpless, Chesimard grabbed the trooper's own gun and blasted two shots into his head, much in the manner of her Cuban idols Che Guevara and Raul Castro murdering hundreds of their own (always defenseless at the time) "counter-revolutionary" enemies.

"This crime was always considered an act of domestic terrorism," stresses Mike Rinaldi.
She escaped but was captured in 1977, convicted of murder and sentenced to life plus 33 years. Then in 1979 she escaped from prison-with some ultra-professional help, probably by Cuban or Cuban-trained terrorists. "Two men smuggled into the prison, took guards hostages and broke her out," explained John Miller to CBS News.

Chesimard's 1979 escape from prison was well planned, Rinaldi explained. "Armed domestic terrorists gained entry into the facility, neutralized the guards, broke her free, and turned her over to a nearby getaway team."

"In 1984, they smuggled her to Mexico. Using a network of Cuban intelligence officers who worked with American radical groups, they got her into Cuba," adds former Asst. FBI Director John Miller.
Since then, according to New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, Chesimard "flaunts her freedom....To this day from her safe haven in Cuba Chesimard has been given a pulpit (by Castro) to preach and profess, stirring supporters and groups to mobilize against the United States by any means necessary.

She has been used by the Castro regime to greet foreign delegations visiting Cuba."
"Joanne Chesimard is a domestic terrorist," declared FBI agent Aaron T. Ford, during a recent news conference. "She absolutely is a threat to America."

Along with coddling Chesimard, Castro's fiefdom provides haven for over 70 fugitives from U.S. law, including several on the FBI's most wanted listed. Cuba harbors convicted cop-killers Michael Finney and Charlie Hill, along with Victor Gerena, responsible for a $7 million heist of a Wells Fargo truck in Connecticut in 1983, as a member of the Puerto Rican terrorist group, Los Macheteros.

All requests by U.S. authorities for these criminals' extradition have been rebuffed, often cheekily by Fidel Castro himself: "They want to portray her as a terrorist, something that was an injustice, a brutality, an infamous lie!" Castro answered a U.S. request for Chesimard on May 3, 2005".

Via Humberto Fontova In The Blaze

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lady In White Leader Soler Endorses Cuban Embargo

Damas de Blanco leader Berta Soler Is an afro Cubana who describes the Castro regime as practitioners of state sponsored terrorism against it's own people and forcefully endorses the so called embargo against Castro's Cuba.

Via Mary Anastasia O'Grady In the Wall Street Journal. Hat tip Capitol Hill Cubans

In the debate about whether the U.S. should end what is left of the embargo it has imposed against Cuba for the last half century, the side that wants to lift it often invokes the names of dissidents on the island who agree. But there are also Cuban dissidents who support the embargo because they fear that ending it would strengthen the dictatorship.

One of the most prominent supporters of the embargo was in Washington last week. She is Berta Soler, wife of former political prisoner Angel Moya and a member of the prestigious Ladies in White. Ms. Soler's visit drew attention because what she lacks in support from Washington politicians and lobbyists who want to do business with the dictator she makes up for in moral authority.

Ms. Soler's movement began in 2003 with a handful of women. Each Sunday they attended Mass together at St. Rita's church and then, each carrying a single flower, they walked silently in the streets of Havana to demand the release of their husbands, brothers and sons who were political prisoners. It seemed like a suicide mission. For decades Cuban dissidents have met grisly ends. Many have been murdered, many more have been tortured in prison until they were broken.

Nevertheless the women were able to hold their ground thanks in part to the international recognition they got and the embarrassment they caused the regime. In 2005 they were awarded the European Parliament's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought, though they were denied permission to pick it up. When supporters wielding cell phones took photographs of pro-Castro mobs assaulting the women, the pictures went around the world, further revealing just how nasty and brutish life is in the revolutionary paradise.

In January the regime partially lifted its ban on Cubans traveling outside the island, and earlier this month Ms. Soler was finally given permission to travel with others from the group to Brussels to pick up their Sakharov prize. Then she headed to the U.S.

Last week in a meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) Ms. Soler explained how important international support is to the cause of liberty in Cuba. "I am looking for moral and spiritual support from governments that love liberty, lovers of peace and from the international community," she said. "The government of Cuba sells an image to foreigners and I bring the true history of my people, because I am a woman who has suffered day after day abuses, beatings only for having expressed myself."

During her visit to Washington, Ms. Soler also alluded to the regime's specious claims that the embargo is what makes Cuba poor: "First, I want to say that the embargo, the blockade, is inside Cuba." As to the U.S. position, she said, "I respect the opinions of everyone in the world, but mine [and] that of the Ladies in White is don't lift the embargo."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ana Belen The Spy Who Loved Castro

Unrepentant Castro spy & acolyte Ana Belen Montes did untold damage to America betraying her country and disgracing her family but she remains an enigma to most Americans. 12 Years after her arrest many more details have emerged of her largely unknown but historic case.

Via The Washington Post

"Ana Montes has been locked up for a decade with some of the most frightening women in America. Once a highly decorated U.S. intelligence analyst with a two-bedroom co-op in Cleveland Park, Montes today lives in a two-bunk cell in the highest-security women’s prison in the nation. Her neighbors have included a former homemaker who strangled a pregnant woman to get her baby, a longtime nurse who killed four patients with massive injections of adrenaline, and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the Charles Manson groupie who tried to assassinate President Ford.

But hard time in the Lizzie Borden ward of a Texas prison hasn’t softened the former Defense Department wunderkind. Years after she was caught spying for Cuba, Montes remains defiant. “Prison is one of the last places I would have ever chosen to be in, but some things in life are worth going to prison for,” Montes writes in a 14-page handwritten letter to a relative. “Or worth doing and then killing yourself before you have to spend too much time in prison.”

Like Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen before her, Ana Montes blindsided the intelligence community with brazen acts of treason. By day, she was a buttoned-down GS-14 in a Defense Intelligence Agency cubicle. By night, she was on the clock for Fidel Castro, listening to coded messages over shortwave radio, passing encrypted files to handlers in crowded restaurants and slipping undetected into Cuba wearing a wig and clutching a phony passport.

Montes spied for 17 years, patiently, methodically. She passed along so many secrets about her colleagues — and the advanced eavesdropping platforms that American spooks had covertly installed in Cuba — that intelligence experts consider her among the most harmful spies in recent memory. But Montes, now 56, did not deceive just her nation and her colleagues.

She also betrayed her brother Tito, an FBI special agent; her former boyfriend Roger Corneretto, an intelligence officer for the Pentagon specializing in Cuba; and her sister, Lucy, a 28-year veteran of the FBI who has won awards for helping to unmask Cuban spies". More

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Eye On Cuba Late Nite: Venezuelan Electoral Fraud & Castro's Cosa Nostra

Buonasera the superbly counterintuitive Conversa Cuba Companioni on Blog Talk Radio & Facebook.

Eye On Cuba late nite music, news & analysis of Cuban & other bizarre affairs.

On the menu tonite Venezuelan electoral fraud Infraganti & Castro's Cuba con salsa.

Rosa Maria Paya,Pitbull,The Children Nobody Wanted,Jay Z & much more. Music of soneras Celia Cruz & Albita, rappers Pitbull & Problem Kids & pianist Jesus Rubalcaba.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Venezuelan Election Fraud Compels Capriles For Total Recount

Venezuela on the brink of anarchy as allegations of massive electoral fraud Infraganti compels Capriles to call for popular protests & demand a vote by vote recount.
Go to live coverage here via Venezuela's Globovision

Pitbull to Jay Z: It's The Freedom That We Rap For

"On Cuba It's the freedom that we rap for, It's the freedom that we die for"

Rap superstar Pitbull takes Jay Z to school on Cuban history with this musical response to his Ill chosen visit to Castro's Cuba.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Jay Z Blasted for Cuba Vacation

Momonation In full effect as  megastar musicians Jay Z & wife Beyoncés trip to Cuba provides a fresh hit of useful Idiocy for the Machiavellian and racist Castro regime to manipulate.

"Jay-Z and Beyonce are clueless about the tortures happening in Cuba, and it's insulting they chose to visit the communist country for a celebration ... so says a Cuban rights lobbyist. Via TMZ

Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC -- a group committed to fighting for democracy in Cuba -- tells TMZ the A-listers should've educated themselves about what's really going on there before taking photo ops.

Jay and Bey were photographed Thursday in Havana -- reportedly to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary -- but have since come under fire from some Cuban-American groups.

US citizens are still technically banned from traveling to the island purely for tourism ... and are supposed to obtain a travel license from the US government.

Mauricio says he's disappointed the superstars chose to vacay in Cuba because, "There are women getting beaten on a daily basis, women who are being jailed for no reason ... people are fighting for their freedom. It’s extremely insensitive."

We reached out to Beyonce and Jay-Z for comment. So far ... nada back.

Watch the propaganda video of their arrival complete with screaming Castro turbas (mobs) and onerous secret police presence. They will escorted and handled like this throughout their stay no doubt their every move and word recorded.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Yoani In Miami Produces a Joyous Welcome

Yoani Sanchez at La Ermita de La Caridad In Miami

La Piccola Cubanita blogger arrives In Miami to a joyous welcome marveling at the true Cuban culture and customs preserved here by its displaced and disparaged people.
Via The Miami Herald

Cuban dissident journalist and blogger Yoani Sánchez received an ebullient welcome in her first public appearances Monday in Miami, as she called exiles and citizens of the Communist-ruled island a single people and urged them to overcome divisions imposed by a dictatorial regime to secure a future for their homeland.

In a long day that began with a wide-ranging discussion with journalists at The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald and culminated in an evening talk at Florida International University on how information technology is accelerating change in Cuba, Sánchez charmed, courted and at times challenged audiences of mostly exiles and Cuban-Americans in the blunt, eloquent style that has made her an Internet and old-media darling.

While taking frequent jabs at Cuba’s repressive Communist government, Sánchez touched on subjects as disparate as the role of Twitter and independent journalism in Cuba, the inadequacy of the regime’s modest reforms, her fears about her planned return to the island, her family life and her impressions of Miami, which she is visiting for the first time. She also unapologetically stood by her support for ending the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba and for closing the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, which has prompted leery if largely respectful criticism from some exiles.
It was a first encounter for both the journalist and an audience that had known Sánchez only through her Generación Y blog, which is translated into 20 languages; her unvarnished Tweets on daily life in Cuba, and her campaigning for freedom of expression and human rights on the island.

What she’s seen in a few days in Miami, she said, has only affirmed her conviction that the Cuban government is propped up by lies. Instead of the underdeveloped cultural wasteland Cubans are taught to expect, she found Miami to be a vast, vibrant metropolis with a Cuban community that has managed to keep alive traditions and a way of life that have vanished on the island, Sánchez said.
And she marveled at how much at home she felt in the city.

“It’s fascinating to see the Cubans here being so Cuban,’’ she said in an interview. “You see them walking down the street and just the way they move, the way they gesture, the way they speak, how colorfully they dress — it makes me feel like I’m walking down a street in Havana. The familiarity is exactly the same.’’ More

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Lifting Travel Ban May Been the Castro Regime's Biggest Mistake

"Whatever benefit the Castro dictatorship thought it might enjoy when it allowed dissidents like Yoani Sanchez and Rosa Maria Paya to travel overseas remains a mystery -- especially considering the positive response they have received and the yet-to-be tested willingness of the regime to let them back into Cuba.  Via Marc Mas Ferrer of Uncommon Sense

But it is hard to imagine that the dictatorship worked into its calculations the powerful message that the world travelers, especially Paya, have delivered to new audiences. They are more well known than ever before.

In Paya's case, in a few short weeks she has won international support for her call for an independent investigation of the deaths of her father Oswaldo Paya, head of the Christian Liberation Movement, and another activist, Harold Cepero, in a car crash last year in Cuba.

Only 24 years old, she already has proven herself a new leader in the struggle for Cuban freedom.
The latest to endorse her campaign was a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

“Oswaldo Payá was a brave man trying to peacefully advocate for greater political freedom for his fellow Cuban brothers and sisters,” the senators said in a letter to the the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. “It increasingly looks like he paid for that effort with his life. His memory and his family deserve an honest and independent accounting of what happened. We urge the Commission to undertake this investigation without delay.”

The only response the regime has had to Paya's message was a thuggish, and ultimately failed attempt to block her from addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Of course, it remains possible that the regime only let Paya and Sanchez and other dissidents leave Cuba so that it could keep them from returning, to starve the opposition of their example and their leadership.

But more likely is that the Castros never guessed that a young woman -- whether a blogger like a Sanchez or a daughter in mourning like Paya -- could expose the ugly truth about the regime, and that the world would believe them".

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Key West Cuban Making Hoops History @ the U

Fit as a fiddle at 63 on Saint Patty's day, Miami Hurricane coach Jim Larranaga , who looks like an Irishman but is Cuban descent made history today with his team , bringing Miami Hurricane basketball their first ever ACC title. 

Below are coach Larranaga's little known Cuban connections via Greg Stoda  The Palm Beach Post

"Larranaga had met Miami businessman Jorge Mas while working at a Michael Jordan fantasy camp. It was Mas who called Larranaga when the Miami job opened upon Frank Haith’s departure for Missouri, and it was Mas who asked him to send UM his résumé.

Larranaga, though, happened to be in Erie, Pa., at the time, watching his son, Jay, coach a game in the NBA’s Developmental League. “I don’t travel with my résumé,” Larranaga told Mas.

Jay had an idea. He told his father to cut-and-paste his online Wikipedia biography and submit it as an introduction. Larranaga, who was 14 years into a gig as head coach at George Mason and had taken the Patriots on a Cinderella run to the Final Four in 2006, did exactly that.

Mas saw to it that the document got to the necessary sets of eyes – from Board of Trustees members to athletic director to university president – and soon enough Larranaga was invited to Boston for an interview he didn’t think went particularly well.

He was wrong. Not long thereafter, the hire was made.

Sitting on a black sectional sofa in his BankUnited Center office amid pictures describing his personal and professional lives, Larranaga recalled thinking about the UM process as it began to unfold.

“Our university president at George Mason, Dr. Allen Merton, was retiring,” Larranaga said. “I was very close to him, and I remember considering that maybe it was a sign for me.”

There were other factors.

“We own a home in Sarasota,” Larranaga said. “My father was born and raised in Key West, and my grandfather is from Cuba.”

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Castro Healthcare Killed Chavez

Chronology of Chavez's Cancer Battle

Off the Mojo Wire Via NBC News Miami FL

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has undergone surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment since June 2011 for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer.

Key moments in his medical treatment have included:

— June 30, 2011: Chavez says on television from Cuba that he had a cancerous tumor removed from his pelvic region. He later says the tumor extracted was the size of a baseball.

— July 4, 2011: Chavez returns to Venezuela, but later travels to Cuba periodically for chemotherapy and medical tests.

— Sept. 23, 2011: Chavez says he completed chemotherapy and calls the treatment successful. Says later that tests show no reappearance of cancer cells.

— Feb. 21, 2012: Chavez says his doctors found a new lesion in the same place where the tumor was previously removed, and announces plans to return to Cuba for surgery

— Feb. 26, 2012: Chavez undergoes operation that removes the tumor from the same location in his pelvic region. Says later that follow-up tests showed the tumor was "recurrence of the initially diagnosed cancer."

— March 24, 2012: Chavez travels to Cuba to begin radiation therapy.

— April 14, 2012: Chavez travels to Cuba for second round of radiation treatment.

— April 26, 2012: Chavez returns to Venezuela following cancer treatment in Cuba, saying his latest round of therapy was successful.

— July 9, 2012: Chavez says at a news conference that tests show he is "totally free" of cancer.

— Oct. 7, 2012: Chavez wins re-election to another six-year term, beating challenger Henrique Capriles.

— Nov. 27, 2012: Chavez says he will travel to Cuba for more medical treatment. He says doctors have recommended he "begin special treatment consisting of various sessions of hyperbaric oxygenation."

— Dec. 9, 2012: Chavez announces that a cancerous tumor reappeared and that he must travel to Cuba for another operation. He says the surgery could be complicated and that if he is unable to stay on as president, Vice President Nicolas Maduro should run in an election to take his place.

— Dec. 10, 2012: Chavez travels to Cuba and undergoes surgery the next day

— Jan. 10, 1013: Chavez misses his scheduled swearing-in ceremony, which was indefinitely postponed by lawmakers. Supporters stage symbolic inauguration in the streets of Caracas, swearing themselves in in their leader's place.

— Feb. 13, 2013: Maduro says Chavez is undergoing "extremely complex and tough" treatments.

— Feb. 15, 2013: Government shows first photos of Chavez in more than two months, says he is breathing through a tracheal tube

— Feb. 18, 2013: Chavez returns from Cuba, tweets, "We will live and we will triumph!!" Supporters celebrate in streets. But Chavez heads immediately to a military hospital, making no public personal appearance.

— Feb. 22, 2013: Foreign Minister Elias Jaua reads long letter from Chavez to summit of African and South American leaders.

— March 1, 2013: Maduro says Chavez is receiving chemotherapy and "continues his battle for life." He describes the treatments as "intense and tough."

— March 4, 2013: Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas says Chavez has "a new and severe infection" and is in a "very delicate" condition.

— March 5, 2013: The government announces that Chavez has died.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cuban Airborne Scholar Juan Clark Passes Away

Cuban exile hero and scholar Juan Clark “defended his principles, first with gun in hand and later with the power of the word and an unbreakable civic commitment.”

An airborne mortar man In "La Brigada" 2506 during the Bay of Pigs, who became Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Cuban Exile author Juan Clark also revealed Castro regime vampirism or the forcible taking of blood from condemned prisoners before they were executed, the blood later to be resold to North Vietnam at a premium pert pint of blood.

Via The Miami Herald

"Juan Clark fought for a democratic Cuba as a paratrooper in the Bay of Pigs invasion and then in academia, by chronicling the lies of the Castro revolution and the stories of waves of exiles arriving on U.S shores.

Clark, professor emeritus of sociology at Miami Dade College, died Wednesday at the age of 74, said his brother, Jose Benito Clark, a member of the infiltration teams sent ahead to prepare the way for the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Just two years ago, Clark had smiled as he recalled how his group of Brigade 2506 fighters, hungry after hiding for four days in the swamps near the site of the disastrously failed CIA-backed invasion, had captured a small pig.

To avoid the noise of a gunshot, another brigade member strangled the animal while muttering, "Forgive me, God! Look what Fidel Castro has driven me to do!” Clark recalled in an interview for a report marking the 50th anniversary of the 1961 invasion.

“Juan was one of the most prominent members of the paratrooper units, very beloved by all and a very intelligent man,” said former brigade president Felix Rodriguez. “He was a great companion, a great friend and an eternal fighter for the freedom of Cuba.”

“This is a day of great sorrow for Miami Dade College,” said MDC President Eduardo Padrón. Clark “defended his principles, first with gun in hand and later with the power of the word and an unbreakable civic commitment.”

Clark’s greatest contribution to the struggle over Cuba may well have been his Spanish-language book, Cuba, mito y realidad: Testimonios de un pueblo, published in 1990. Through personal stories, he chronicled the myths and realities of life in Cuba.

While Fidel Castro cultivated the myth of a Robin Hood revolution dedicated to helping the poor in Cuba and abroad in the early 60s, Clark noted that the Cuban security apparatus was keeping about 60,000 peaceful political opponents in prison. Comparing the populations of Cuba and the United States at the time, that would have amounted to at least 1,410,000 American political prisoners, he wrote in the book.

Clark parachuted into Cuba several miles inland from the beach landings at the Bay of Pigs and was a member of a mortar crew that helped block the advance of Castro’s troops until they ran out of ammunition and were forced to retreat.

Eventually captured along with 1,173 other brigade members, he spent about 20 months in Havana prisons until Castro was paid the $53 million ransom that he demanded and freed most of the invaders.

Cubans on the island would never again pose a challenge to Castro, Clark told The Miami Herald for the 50th anniversary report.

“This castrated the spirit of rebellion”’ against Castro in Cuba, he said.

When he returned to the United States, he enrolled at the University of Florida to study sociology and later was the first academic to detail the waves of Cubans that went into exile in the United States and other countries.

He also wrote two books on the Catholic Church in Cuba, and last year was responsible for a chapter in a new book, Cubans: An Epic Journey, on the struggles to free Cuba.

“Juan was a great spokesman for the brigade. He was a well-educated man who could intelligently explain why the Bay of Pigs invasion happened, why it failed and why it mattered — and as a professor, he often explained it to the younger generation,” said Julio Gonzalez Rebull, a fellow brigade veteran.

And as recently as Monday, he told The Miami Herald he did not believe Cuban President Raúl Castro’s promise that he would leave power in five years.

“I think many people were eager to see the end of the system and unfortunately that hasn’t happened,” Clark said.

He is survived by his widow, Clara de Leon, and sons Juan and Jose Alberto Clark. Funeral arrangements are pending".

Hat Tip  Agustin Blazquez

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Isla Interior Reveals Hidden Anguish of Life Under Castro

Chronicling the cryptic and stifling nature of Cuban life under Castro, Isla Interior is a defiantly poetic & startling masterpiece against Totalitarianism
Read the outstanding Isla Interior via digital publishing by condemned writer Angel Santiesteban Prats another victim of Castro opression against humanity and Cuban culture.

“Siempre lo digo, qué más quisiera yo que callar, hacer como la

mayoría de ellos, mantener en silencio todas esas angustias que

ocurren a mi alrededor y que recojo como un imán y me acompañan

para siempre. La única posibilidad de cumplir con esas angustias

y conmigo, es llamar a la conciencia de aquellos que de

alguna forma pueden erradicar, o al menos parcialmente, solucionar

esa realidad, y no importa el precio que tenga que pagar y

las traiciones que tenga que sufrir. Esa es la intención del blog,

un intento literario del mundo cultural cubano que nos concierne.

Porque si el costo es que me dejen de querer por decir lo que

pienso, lo que creo justo y necesario destacar, les puedo asegurar

que estoy dispuesto a soportarlo.

(…) Sé, estoy consciente, de que cada acto de rebeldía que cometa,

será respondido con un acto de castigo. Si no queda otra

opción, entonces lo espero. Es el precio. Eso sí: no dejaré de asumir

y defender lo que pienso y escribo.”

Blogger Beppe Grillo Upends Italy In Historic Election

Populist comic & blogger Beppe Grillo stuns Italy with an astonishing showing at the polls during national elections. Who's laughing now?

"The outcome of Italy's national election is still uncertain. But what is already clear is that the massive winner is Beppe Grillo, a shaggy haired comedian whose anti-establishment 5-Star movement could well become the country's largest party.

It had been clear from weeks that Grillo, with his fiery invective against the traditional parties, was making impressive progress in the polls, but no pundits had imagined he could win roughly one-fourth of the votes cast.

"It's marvelous, in three years we have become the biggest party in Italy," Grillo said in uncharacteristically calm tones in his first comments after the vote in a live video feed.
"It's been a wonderful adventure and we will do everything we promised in the election campaign," he said.

Touring the country in a camper van and attracting tens of thousands to his rallies, 64 year-old Grillo channeled the rage and frustration of Italians at the rampant waste and corruption of their political leaders.

Grillo wants Italy to hold a referendum on remaining in the euro. His policy platform, which sapped votes from the left and right alike, includes cuts in politicians' privileges, a minimum income for the unemployed, clean energy and free internet.

"The implications of Grillo's success extend far beyond Italy," said London-based political think-tank Demos. "His success demonstrates an appetite for change, and mainstream parties would do well to take the movement seriously."

Grillo now holds the key to any chance of a government being formed in the eurozone's third largest economy". More

Yoani Sanchez Wants The Cuban 5 Free?

Has Yoani lost her mind parrotting Castro regime talking points In Brasil?

Especially shameful is her timing on the anniversary month of nefarious multiple murders by Castro sadists upon The Brothers To The Rescue and Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

Never mind the more recent assasinations of regime opposers Oswaldo Paya, Harold Cepero and Laura Pollan. What a disgrace.

Off the mojo wire via Secretos de Cuba

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

U.S.S. Maine Monument Restored In Havana

"Terrorist regime of Cuba restores U.S.S. Maine heroes monument"

Via The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans Cuba Libre Camp 172

"It was a little before 10 p.m. that February night in 1898 when a fiery explosion roiled the normally calm waters of Havana Harbor, blowing out windows in the city and sinking the USS Maine to the bottom of the bay, just the mast and some twisted metal wreckage left to poke above the waves.

Havana's monument to the 266 U.S. sailors who died that night was dedicated 27 years later as a tribute to lasting Cuban-American friendship, a thank-you for Washington's help in shedding the yoke of Spanish colonial rule, which was known for its cruelty.

The years since have been unkind to the twin-columned monument, and to U.S.-Cuba ties. But while relations between Washington and Havana remain in deep freeze, the monument, at least, is now getting a facelift.

The restoration project is fraught with symbolism, with the monument's scars telling the story of more than a century of shifts in the complex relationship and changing interpretations of the marble structure.

"Of the monuments in Havana, that's one that really is struggling to contain all of these different historical episodes," said Timothy Hyde, a historian of Cuban architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. "It doesn't just symbolize any longer this single moment of the sinking of the Maine. It symbolizes all these periodic moments of antipathy and hostility and challenges between the two nation-states."

Soon after the USS Maine suddenly sank off the coast of this Caribbean capital 115 years ago Friday, the United States accused Spanish colonial authorities of responsibility in the blast.
"Remember the Maine!" became a rallying cry in the States, and after the U.S. victory in the brief Spanish-American war, Spain ceded control over Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam.

The Maine monument was inaugurated in 1925 and bears the names of all 266 sailors. Two statues standing shoulder-to-shoulder at the base represent a maternal America guiding the maiden Cuba into independence.

Words etched into the marble quote an 1898 U.S. congressional resolution recognizing a free Cuba, and the massive bronze eagle that long capped the monument faced due north to symbolize Washington's promise to return home after helping the island break from Spain. More

Monday, February 18, 2013

Suddenly Free Yoani Sanchez Arrives In Brasil

Suddenly a freebird after being released on the whims of  a paranoid dictatorship the famous Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez arrives In Brasil  Via The Real Cuba

"Sanchez was barred from leaving Cuba for the last decade. But she's taking advantage of the communist island's relaxation on travel restrictions.

Sanchez arrived in northeastern Brazil early Monday. She's expected to participate in the screening of a documentary on press freedom in Cuba in which she appears. The Miami Herald

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mas Canosa y Marti Para Mi Ya Es Hora

Marti dividio a los hombres en dos grandes grupos: "los que odian y deshacen y los que aman y construyen"

Via Facebooks' Por el levantamiento popular en Cuba

Mas Canosa y Martí, a propósito del aniversario de natalicio del apóstol

"Para mí ya es hora"

Jorge Mas Canosa (Santiago de Cuba, 21 de septiembre de 1939 - Coral Gables, Florida, 23 de noviembre de 1997)

"Vivimos en un exilio dividido por odios infecundos y bastardas ambiciones. Vivimos en un exilio sin Marti. No porque Marti este ausente fisicamente, sino porque sus ideales, ensenanzas y predicas - fragua de espiritus y forjadoras de conciencia - no han conmovido los corazones de muchos cubanos envilecidos por el odio y el resentimiento. Cubanos, que perdieron esta honra cuando el Maestro sentencio: "Quien piensa en si no ama la Patria" y "solo es mi hermano quien la ama".

Cubanos, rindamos justo y diario homenaje a nuestro insigne Maestro, deponiendo actitudes, olvidando prejuicios y resentimientos que nos hacen inmerecedores de llamarnos cubanos, y uniendo nuestro esfuerzo en el empeno comun de reconquistar a la Patria oprimida. Ganemonos el derecho de volver a ser cubanos y el honroso privilegio de llamarnos martianos.

Marti dividio a los hombres en dos grandes grupos: "los que odian y deshacen y los que aman y construyen". Los primeros estan alla junto a Castro, destruyen y odian a una sociedad que los vio nacer y que hoy ahogan en un mar de sangre, depravacion e injusticias. Los segundos, los que aman y construyen, estamos frente al tirano, lo mismo alla en la Patria irredenta que aqui en el suelo amigo pero extrano.

Pero recordemos que no solo por estar aqui estamos frente al tirano y junto a Marti. Para ser legitimos portadores de las ansias libertarias de nuestro pueblo; para ser fieles propulsores de la Revolucion Martiana y enemigos verdaderos de la revolucion atea y materialista; para enfrentar el amor al odio, la concordia a la violencia, la construccion honesta al vandalismo genocida, la soberania y la independencia a la sumision abyecta y denigrante; tenemos que comerzar por amarnos, por saber construir una firme unidad nacional desprovista del odio castrista, por fomentar el patriotico acercamiento de todos los cubanos democratas y amantes de la libertad, despojandonos de esteriles e infecundos resentimientos que a nada conducen y que solo destruyen.

Mientras sigamos alentando posturas excluyentes, mientras haya un grupo de "buenos y malos", de "puros y maculados", mientras haya cientos de grupos olvidandonos de que todos somos cubanos, Cuba seguira sufriendo. No importa que regresemos. Asi, en estas condiciones, quizas nuestros hijos tendran que tomar algun dia de nuevo el camino del destierro.

Que cada cubano se someta al tribunal de su conciencia, y que cada hombre se coloque alli donde mas util le sea a su Patria. Entonces se habra convertido en hermosa realidad el apotegma martiano de "Con todos y para el bien de todos"."Los derechos no se piden, sino se arrancan; no se suplican, sino se conquistan".

Y el derecho a ser cubanos exige el cumplimiento de deberes inexcusables: el de ahora -encarar la muerte en la guerra justa y necesaria; el de manana- ciudadanos cuya conducta dentro de la sociedad sea ejemplo edificante para futuras generaciones, seguridad y estabilidad de nuestra republica y sus instituciones democraticas y la mejor garantia para el destino superior de nuestra Patria. Solo asi, sirviendo a la Patria en las horas mas dificiles y angustiosas y enalteciendola una vez conquistada y redimida, sera posible construir la republica que todos sonamos "y donde la primera ley sea el respeto a la dignidad plena del hombre".

Cubanos, que el ideal martianao, proyeccion visionaria que adquiere vigencia ejemplar en estos dificiles momentos, sea la llama votiva que empape con la luz inagotable de sus glorias inmarcesibles la conciencia de todos los cubanos dignos que, puestos de pie para la empresa definitiva de la liberacion, griten juntos con el Maestro: "Para mí ya es hora".

Extracto del discurso pronunciado por Jorge Mas Canosa en Miami en el mes de Febrero de 1963.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Exiliados Temen Futuro Del Ajuste Cubano

“Van a darse cuenta de que la Ley de Ajuste Cubano no se está aplicando con el objetivo inicial de proteger a los huidos del régimen”.

Via Cuba Encuentro

"Varias agrupaciones de exiliados cubanos en Miami expresaron hoy su temor de que la flexibilización de viajes al exterior recién aplicada en Cuba haga peligrar la Ley de Ajuste Cubano, y pidieron a los congresistas de origen cubano que ejerzan presión en Washington para protegerla, reportó Efe.

“La ley de ajuste cubano corre peligro de ser derogada, porque se aprobó en los 60 para proteger a los que escapaban. Ahora van a salir millones de personas más, pero buscando mejoras económicas y no por motivos político”, dijo hoy a Efe Pedro Pérez, del Partido Liberal Cubano

Según detalló, ese temor es común a su organización y a otras como la Brigada de Asalto 2506, el Colegio Médico Cubano Libre, el Consejo del Presidio Político Cubano, el Consejo por la Libertad de Cuba, la Junta Patriótica Cubana, Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio, el Partido Protagonista del Pueblo, la Unidad Cubana, el Proyecto Cuba y la Asociación de Músicos Cubanos Libres en el Exilio.

Todas ellas, “como integrantes del Exilio Histórico Consecuente”, se pronunciaron hoy conjuntamente en Miami sobre la reforma migratoria que entró en vigor el lunes en Cuba y que flexibiliza los requisitos que se exigen a los cubanos para entrar y salir de la Isla, añade la nota de Efe.

 En representación de esas agrupaciones, Pérez defendió que no es correcto llamar “reforma” a esa medida, que, en su opinión, es “un filtro discriminatorio” pensado “para evitar un estallido social, que la oposición engrose sus filas, que el casi millón de desempleados busque sustento fuera de la Isla y que los jubilados de Miami vayan allí por temporadas a meter dinero”.

Según dijo, las citadas agrupaciones, reunidas en su mayoría en el llamado Foro Patriótico Cubano, temen que “al llegar miles de personas adicionales a EEUU llegue un momento en que el Congreso diga ‘hasta aquí; nosotros no podemos permitir la entrada masiva’”. “Van a darse cuenta de que la Ley de Ajuste Cubano no se está aplicando con el objetivo inicial de proteger a los huidos del régimen”.

Promulgada en 1966 —siete años después del acceso de Fidel Castro al poder—…lllll, esa ley permite a los cubanos que logran entrar a EEUU obtener la residencia permanente pasados un año y un día. En los últimos días medios oficiales cubanos han defendido que la ley “obstaculiza cualquier avance en el proceso de conversaciones para regular la migración de forma ordenada, regular y segura” y la tachan de “paradoja legal y anacronismo”.

“Queremos la colaboración de los congresistas cubanoamericanos para llegar al Congreso y a las esferas de poder de EEUU”, apuntó Pérez. Su intención es, dijo, que éstos “busquen resortes que lleven a la Ley de Ajuste Cubano a su espíritu original, que era proteger a los opositores y los que escapaban de Cuba porque no podía respirar en la Isla por falta de libertades”.

En opinión de algunas de las organizaciones del exilio más tradicional, “es necesario salvar esa ley”, porque es “una herramienta muy útil para proteger a los opositores, blogueros y otros cubanos que buscan lo mismo que en su día buscamos nosotros: democracia y libertad para Cuba”. Se calcula que cada año solicitan beneficios migratorios bajo la Ley de Ajuste Cubano unos 20.000 cubanos: unos 18.000 por vínculos familiares y el resto arguyendo persecución política.

Frente a la posición común de estas organizaciones, otros cubanos residentes en EEUU —incluidas algunas voces del exilio tradicional— reconocen que, con las nuevas medidas, la medida podría empezar a dejar de tener sentido. Ese es el caso del exiliado Wilfredo Allen, uno de los abogados más reconocidos en Miami en materia de relaciones migratorias, quien dijo a Efe que, en su opinión, la mayoría de la gente que sale de Cuba lo hace ya por motivos económicos, y no políticos o ideológicos".

Via Cuba Encuentro

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Puerto Rico Vive Momentos Dificiles

Via Guillermo I Martinez

"Hace más de 50 años, cuando Luis Muñoz Marín moldeo una relación política y económica especial con los Estados Unidos las cosas erna diferentes. El presidente John F. Kennedy nombro al puertorriqueño Teodoro Moscoso como director de su famosa Alianza Para El Progreso – programa dedicado a mejorar las relaciones con los países del hemisferio.

Por muchos años los académicos compraban los avances económicos en Puerto Rico y los contrastaban con el descalabro que había en Cuba. Eso, decían los expertos probaba que estar cerca de Estados Unidos era mejor para los puertorriqueños que estar cerca de la Unión Soviética era para los cubanos.

Hoy día todavía se comparan los dos países, y a pesar de todos los problemas que aquejan a Puerto Rico, los boricuas están mucho mejor que los residentes de Cuba. Hace décadas que Puerto Rico empezó a tener problemas, los cuales se agravaron a partir de 1996 cuando Estados Unidos no renovó una ley que le proporcionaba beneficios tributarios a las empresas americanas que tuvieran ensambladoras en la isla". More Via Marti Noticias

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chavez y La Transicion Cubana

"Me decido hacer unas notas sobre Chávez, debido a que tengo la impresión de que el pueblo venezolano no tiene la noción de lo que realmente está pasando en su país. Como yo veo el panaroma venezolano, puede ser que esté equivocado, pero es mi opinión". 

Via Marzo Fernandez  Frente Patriotico
"Para empezar. Estoy convencido, y si conozco al gobierno cubano, que Chávez está cautivo, mejor dicho prácticamente preso en Cuba. El gobierno cubano maneja cuidadosamente la enfermedad de Chávez, emite los partes y pronósticos de la enfermedad, le da eventualmente sus pases de salida y entrada a Venezuela, y es el el único que realmente conoce la verdadera situación de Chávez.
Y si esto fuera poco, son más de 60 mil funcionarios cubanos, los que dirigen todas, absolutamente todas, las dependencias del gobierno venezolano, nada escapa al escrutino rigurosos de los asesores que en la práctica ya han asumido las funciones de dirección.
Los cubanos ya dirigen la economía,controlan la importación y distribución de alimentos, todo el sistema de salud pública y de relaciones exteriores, el ministerio del interior, la Disip y todas las fuerzas armadas, el sistema electoral, y lo más importante, la riqueza nacional: el petroleo.
La famosa empresa PEDEVESA, que en un tiempo fue un ejemplo administrativo, hoy se dirige desde Cuba. Cuba dirige Petrocaribe, refina la gasolina de Venezuela y la riqueza nacional, que fue retirada de USA ya está en manos cubanas. ¿Quién vende el petroleo venezolano en el Caribe?
En mi opinión, lo 1ro. que debe hacer el pueblo venezolano, es rescatar a Chávez de las manos del gobierno cubano, y lo 2do., fusilarlo por traidor, por entregar todo el patrimonio nacional a una potencia extranjera.

La traición de Chávez al pueblo venezolano, no tiene antecedentes en la historia universal. ¿Cómo un presidente, puede estar sometido a semejante cautiverio? Ningún funcionario, menos un especialista médico, por supuestas medidas de seguridad nacional, tiene acceso a Chávez y menos a su historia clínica.
El gobierno cubano, que maneja muy bien el arte de la política, del engaño. Que es un verdadero prestigitador, con una mano nos entretiene y con otra hace el truco. Genera noticias: la libertad de Carromero, la prisión de Alan Gross, la represión permanente, la privatización de la crisis insoluble de la economía, la libertad de los 5; eso es el diversionismo.

Con la otra se consolida el sistema empresarial en divisas controlado por los herederos militares, se hacen inversiones faraónicas financiadas por Brasil y Venezuela y preparan una nueva Asamblea Nacional que será la responsable de llevar a cabo la verdadera transición. La política y la económica ya están prácticamente terminadas.

Ya han saneado, prácticamente todo el sistema empresarial, con el despido de más de 450 mil trabajadores. Aspiraban llegar al millón, pero tembló el pulso. Los herederos recibirán empresas rentables, nuevas uniones basadas en un sistema de acciones, depositadas en bancos extranjeros, con propietarios.
Que nadie se sorprenda, los preparativos se han elaborado muy cuidadosamente. Para el gobierno cubano, Venezuela ha sido una provincia extremadamente rica, que ha permitido financiar una verdadera transición. Ellos saben muy bien, que el sistema socialista sin un financiamiento externo, NO FUNCIONA.
Estoy seguro que estas notas, no serán del agrado de muchos hermanos venezolanos, pero es la triste realidad, de la entrega de un pais a una potencia extranjera".

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The West Nile Virus Nature or Bioterrorism

"Until summer  1999, the West Nile Virus had never been seen In the western hemisphere.The outbreak in the United States is one of the most Important biological events to occur In the world of Viruses In this century" Via Dr Manuel Cereijo

"Since August 1999 a brain virus, a previously unknown variant of the West Nile virus has killed over 750 persons in the United States, and it has spread in almost all of the states In most people, the West Nile virus feels like flu. Humans catch it from the bite of an infected mosquito. Usually, the illness lasts from six to 10 days, and people recover from it. But in young children, elderly, and people with a weak immune system, West Nile can turn into encephalitis-an inflammation of the brain. The brain becomes red and puffs up inside the skull. These victims may get tremors-their muscles become uncontrollably weak-and they can have seizures, fall into coma, stop breathing, and die.

The West Nile virus was first identified by virologists in 1937, in the West Nile district of Uganda, along the Albert Nile near the border with the Congo ( note Cuba’s stance in the Congo during the 1970s and early 1980s). Mosquitoes are its main carriers and birds are its main hosts. They are its deep reservoir in nature. It has been found all over east Africa, in Western India, in Australia, and in Egypt and the Middle East. Birds have occasionally carry West Nile into Eastern Europe during their annual migrations out of Africa.

In 1999/2000 there was a major outbreak in southern Russia, around the cities of Volgograd and Rostow-on-Don. There are reports that over 35 people died. American scientists have been trying to persuade Russian scientists to send them samples of tissue and blood from the outbreak. So far, the Russians haven’t sent any samples.


For one thing, until now the virus has generally not been fatal to its avian hosts. It presents all the characteristics of what is known as an operational bioterrorist attack-one that spread over large geographical regions, causes a minimum number of deaths as compared to an attack with smallpox or anthrax, but it causes economic damage,as well as panic and psychological effects

The mystery of how the West Nile virus got first to New York city in 1999, and how it has developed in the past few months over all the nation has been troubling the CIA. Adding to the intrigue, it turns out that in 1985 the Center for Disease Control had sent samples of West Nile virus to a researcher in Iraq, and later, samples of the St. Louis encephalitis virus-very similar to West Nile, to the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Cuba.

Ken Alibek, the former deputy chief of research for Biopreparat, , the Soviet Union’s main biowarfare program-who defected to the United States in 1992, has said to Congress, in relation to the West Nile virus, : “It looks very suspicious.” “We need to take these situations with a high degree of seriousness"

The virus in the United States is encountering a whole new ecosystem. Everything is unfamiliar to the virus-the weather, the climate, many of the birds, and in spite of that, it has spread over the country. The virus is a stronger strain that the one found in the Middle East. It seems it has been genetically altered in a bioengineering lab. The CDC gave Cuba the St. Louis encephalitis virus, very similar to the West Nile virus.

Yury Kalinin , one of the most important persons in Russia’s biological development, visited Cuba in 1990 to establish in Cuba the Biocen, a Center very similar to Russia’s Biopreparat. He acknowledged at the time, the involvement of Cuba in biological weapon development. Some 25 Cuban scientists were periodically trained in the Soviet Union , and later Russia, from 1986 to 1999. Furthermore, Cuba has advanced tremendously in the area of nanotechnology, an essential tool in the development of bio-weapons, and computer related technology.

Fidel Castro Diaz Balart, Castro’s oldest son, and former head of Cuba’s nuclear program, visited India and Iran to strengthen collaboration on this vital area. Castro visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASSR) in October, 2000. Cuba and India agreed in collaboration on areas like biotechnology, tropical medicine, nanotechnology and computational technology. Prof. V. Krishnan, JNCASR President said Cuba had tremendous advancement in biotechnology and nanotechnology. After his visit to India. Castro Diaz Balart visited Iran.

From 2002 to 2010, 52 persons in Florida have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus. Health officials in Florida also announced that 55 dead birds and several horses, as well as 20 “sentinel” chickens monitored by health workers, have tested positive since January, 2003. Also, in 2010, 6,268 cases of West Nile nationwide were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Sixteen of those persons died.

The Director of the CDC has stated that “the alarming factor is the speed of propagation of the West Nile virus this year. At this date, 2011, there had been 7,000 cases, in 47 states. In 2003, 365 cases, in 16 states. Nature or bioterrorism? If bioterrorism, from where?

Friday, August 24, 2012

West Nile Virus Likely Introduced By Castro

Did Fidel Castro's "Biological Front" plan the nefarious Introduction of the West Nile Virus Into The US? Humberto Corzo via Cubanology lays out the case. Bio Terror Development In Castro's Cuba.

"Dr. Luis Roberto Hernandez, a Cuban entomologist who defected in 1995, in an interview to El Nuevo Herald on October 18, 1999, asserted that he worked in the Institute of Zoology where the laboratories for the Biological Front were established and that “those were laboratories to identify and produce viruses to be used in birds as ‘hosts’ for their dissemination.”

According to Dr. Hernandez, the project continued at a farm outside Havana, where a vast nesting program had been established to study the routes and habits of migratory birds.

In the article “Castro Weaponizes West Nile Virus”, published in Insight Magazine on September 16, 2002, Dr. Hernandez said:  “We were instructed to look into viruses such as encephalitis which are highly resistant to insecticides.

Military-intelligence officers running the labs ordered us to trap birds with migratory routes to the United States with the idea of releasing contaminated flocks which would be bitten by mosquitoes which, in turn, infect humans.”

These viruses are suitable for inoculating migratory birds that fly to the U.S. in the spring. Obviously it is possible to introduce biological agents like the West Nile Virus (WNV) into the U.S. by way of migratory birds that will transmit it to mosquitoes, and they will spread it to horses, people and other mammals.

According to Carlos Wotzkow, former researcher and ornithologist at the Cuban Institute of Zoology, in exile in Switzerland since 1992, the migratory birds project was proposed by Castro himself and led to the creation of what was called the Biological Front: “An idea to undertake biological warfare against the United States territory through the introduction of viruses of infectious diseases inoculated in migratory birds.”2

The WNV first appears in New York in July 1999, after the birds’ spring migration. This virus had never been present in North America.

John Roehrig of the CDC said, “It is not yet clear how the virus got to New York, but it could be from bird migration or from virus-carrying imported birds that infected the area’s mosquito population.”

According to Ernesto F. Betancourt there is enough circumstantial evidence of the possibility to select birds to “host” the introduction of viruses, such as the West Nile, in the US, to justify its investigation.

One of the important pieces of evidence introduced by Betancourt is this one, “It so happens that Dr. Rosa Elena Simeon is the person responsible for the Biological Front that is developing the capability to wage biological warfare directly under Castro’s oversight.

She attended the UN General Assembly in 1999, the year of the encephalitis outbreak, a strange diplomatic assignment for an official responsible for science, technology and the environment.

More so, upon her return with the delegation to Cuba they were welcomed in person by Castro in an unusual event at Havana University during which Castro made reference “to their historic and victorious battle in the heart of the Empire.” Could this battle have been the encephalitis outbreak? Was this a battle won by the Biological Front? Strange wording, indeed.”3

During the year 1999, 7 deaths and 59 severe cases of the WNV disease were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in New York State ( A total of 64 severe human cases, including 9 deaths of WNV were reported to CDC from January to December 2001.

Fidel Castro, in an address during the dedication of a social workers school in Villa Clara province on October 16, 2001, warned that, “Today this country has more options than ever, is stronger than ever, and has more weapons than ever to wage the ideological battle -and let’s not forget the other (weapons) we have stored away and the very clear idea on how we will use them.”

During the year 2002, the CDC confirmed 284 deaths and 2946 severe cases of the WNV disease in 40 states. The spread and number of casualties kept growing, and at the same time the coverage by the main stream news media has been practically nil.

Close to 200 species of birds, reptiles and mammals fell ill from West Nile in 2002. The WNV has decimated bird populations. Crows, owls, hawks and blue jays have been hardest hit, with the number of dead birds easily in the thousands, estimate state and federal wildlife officials.

“It’s the most unbelievable situation confronting public health in a long time. I’m shocked by how quickly it has spread,” says Wayne Rowley, Iowa State University entomology professor, as he talks about the WNV in the Wallaces Farmer, October 22, 2002.

“In my years of working, I’ve never seen a mosquito-borne virus spread so quickly,” said Robert McLean of the Agriculture Department’s National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. In North American wildlife, the virus has proven to be unusually aggressive and capable of infecting a surprisingly diverse array of animals, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec 29, 2002.

Dr. Jonathan F. Day of the University of Florida, entomology expert, said to the World Net Daily: “The sporadic appearance of WNV is disturbing, especially its appearance in the Florida Keys. It really appears that WN has been seeded throughout the eastern half of the United States. I guess the question is, by whom?

The Florida and East Coast situations relative to human cases are remarkable. In some places, Atlanta, the Florida Keys, WNV appeared in humans without any other indication that the virus was present.

In some cases, humans are acting as sentinels for the sentinel (animal carriers). This is unlike any other mosquito-borne virus in North America.”4

Senator Pat Leahy is the first government official to sound the alarm that the recent outbreak of WNV looks suspiciously like the work of terrorists. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-VT, said that he suspects the recent outbreak of West Nile virus that has killed more than 30 Americans across the nation this summer is the work of terrorists.

In an interview with WKDR (Burlington, Vt.) radio host Mark Johnson, he said, “I think we have to ask ourselves, is it a coincidence that we’re seeing such an increase in West Nile virus. Or is that something that is being tested as a biological weapon by the terrorists?”5

Dr. Ken Alibek, arguably the world’s foremost expert on bioweapons and former head of the old Soviet Union’s bioweapons program, offers some chilling insights in his recent confidential briefing for NewsMax readers on a new tape, “Off the Record with Dr. Ken Alibek”,, Sept. 28, 2002.

He reveals that the spread of West Nile is “one of the most puzzling” matters he has ever witnessed in studying diseases and their epidemiology. Alibek notes that nowhere on the planet is West Nile spreading to the degree it is here

 “Why it’s spreading so fast throughout the United States?” he asks. Alibek has strong suspicions West Nile is indeed a bio-weapon employed against the U.S.

This is Carlos Wotzkow’s description of how the birds are used as carriers of viral infectious diseases, “There are new ICBMs in Cuba. They are new-age Inter-Continental Bird Missiles…. Castro learned that he needed a new weapon that could not be seen in spy photos, so now there are no rocket launchers…These new missiles are very small, have feathers and flap their wings.

They have beating hearts and carry deadly, living, biological warheads. They travel unnoticed, in flight paths programmed by nature to chosen targets… As migrating birds arrive in Cuba, some are found with identification leg bands installed by scientists in the United States.

These coded leg bands let military bio-weapon scientists know which birds have come from which geographic location, such as New York. When that bird and the birds of that flock return to the United States they will return to New York.

Infecting that flock with a disease just before releasing them at migration time in Cuba will result in delivery of the warhead to New York, or somewhere else in route if blown off course… Nowadays it is quite possible to use birds as ICBMs and West Nile Virus as one type of warhead.

What could be coming next? How about a genetically altered form of a common disease that would be much more deadly? This is a likely development in the cycle since weapons systems are flight tested before widespread deployment.”6

Dr. Cereijo, with respect to the ongoing epidemic of the WNV, states that: “Until 1999, the virus had never been present in the western hemisphere.

The appearance and the epidemic sprout that took place in that date in the United States are one of the most important biological events that had happened in connection to viruses in the 20th century…The virus in the United States is encountering a whole new ecosystem.

Everything is unfamiliar to the virus-the weather, the climate, many of the birds, and in spite of that, it has spread over the country. The virus displays a variety more resistant than the original virus, giving rise to think that it has been genetically altered.”7

Because birds are the primary carriers of the virus, there is nothing to really stop its spread to other states, and the WNV epidemic has been spreading like wildfire. The fast spread of the virus and number of casualties strongly point to bioterrorism

A total of 13,135 of severe human cases, including 1204 deaths have been reported to the CDC from January 2001 up to December 13, 2011. The severe case-fatality rate average associated with WNV is at 9.2% since the virus was introduced on the United States.

This is an unusually high percentage since normally it shall be below 3%. The epidemic has all the characteristics of a bioterrorism attack. A total of 27,115 human cases, including mild and severe cases, have been reported to CDC from January 2001 up December 13, 2011.

The virus has been found in more than 300 species of birds since it first surfaced in North America according to CDC reports ( Crow´s population has declined 45% since the introduction of the virus. The virus also has been detected in at least 40 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

During the year 2003, 264 deaths and 2860 severe cases of WNV were reported to the CDC in 46 states. In 2003 also were reported 192 cases of SAR and no fatalities in the United States.

The SAR epidemic gave rise to widespread coverage by the mass media that led to the publication of 750 articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The anthrax attacks in 2001 caused only five deaths, but received a wide coverage by the mass media. Inexplicably both cases received ample coverage, but not the WNV epidemic.

Since 2001 the WNV epidemic has killed more than 1,200 people, an average of 110 deaths a year.

The WNV statistics have received very little coverage. What could be the reason that the mass media behaved in that way? It seems to be a deliberate effort by most of the mainstream media to hide such information from the public.

Certain number of experts and journalists have  claimed that Cuba does not have the resources or the ability to develop biological weapons technology.

After 53 years they continue to use ideological blinders with regard to the Castroit military tyranny.

They are sympathetic to the regime because of their liberal vision and ideological affinity, choosing which stories to report and how to report them with biased information, causing the majority of people who depend mainly on the mass media for their news to be aware only one side of the story.

The most serious manifestation of the WNV infection is a deadly inflammation of the brain in humans and horses. There is a vaccine for horses but not people. The young and persons over 50 years of age have the highest risk of contracting the severe disease.

Ongoing studies of neuroinvasive cases show some patients suffer “lingering neurologic problems months or even years after the initial disease.” Experts believe WNV has become an endemic seasonal epidemic in North America, which flares up in the summer and continues well into the fall.

Despite the high proportion of human victims, the effects of WNV on wildlife have been far worse. It has decimated bird populations across the U.S., with the number of dead birds easily in the millions. The birds have been dying at such a rate that wildlife officials can’t test them fast enough and determine how many birds have been stricken.

Indeed, the epidemic has so resembled a bioterrorism attack that the nation’s zoos, which spearheaded an effort to track West Nile’s march and mount emergency vaccinations, could end up with potentially important roles in the emerging arena of homeland security.

The spreading of the WNV, besides the loss of human life and public health impact, had a substantial ecological and economical impact.

The collections of the dots and their subsequent connection provide conclusive evidence, the famous smoking gun, of the introduction of a low level biological weapon, the WNV, to test the delivered system and the impact in human, animals, ecology and economy, by a terrorist nation.

After the system has become operational, it will be stored away. This will be follow, in due time, by a surprise strike with the introduction of a more deadly biological weapon that will cause high human fatalities and severe disruption of the economy." Full Story