Mostrando entradas con la etiqueta Tracey Eaton. Mostrar todas las entradas
Mostrando entradas con la etiqueta Tracey Eaton. Mostrar todas las entradas

miércoles, abril 22, 2015

Cumpliendo peticiones del regimen: BBG to discuss Cuba Broadcasting

complaciendo peticiones reiteradas publicamente por diaz-canel recientemente. podran a radio marti a transmitir la mesa re-tonta y a silvio "unicornio" rodriquez.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors plans to meet on April 29 to discuss the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, the agency announced today.
The OCB will give a presentation on its operations and activities. The BBG will also consider a report to be submitted by Interim CEO/Director André Mendes.
A BBG announcement stated:
The public may attend any or all of these sessions in person by registering here by 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on April 28. The meeting will also be streamed live on the BBG website,
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Additional information, including any updates or adjustments to its starting time, will be posted on the BBG website. Minutes, documents and a video recording will be available after the meeting concludes.
For more information, please contact BBG Public Affairs at (202) 203-4400 or by e-mail at

sábado, febrero 01, 2014

A conversation with Judy Gross
Forget South Florida politics, negotiate with the Cubans and find a way to bring Alan Gross home. That's what Judy Gross told me earlier this week.
Her husband has been in jail in Cuba for more than four years - 1,521 days, to be exact. And she said she is angry and frustrated that the U.S. government doesn't do more to secure his freedom. She said:
...It's been way, way too long and our government is responsible for Alan being there and I just can't believe that they can't do anything about it. Sometimes I wonder if there's some kind of motive behind it. Not to be paranoid, but it just blows my mind still that they don't even mention Alan's name.
Gross reiterated her call to President Obama to step up efforts to free her husband. Asked about Secretary John Kerry's recent request that the Vatican help out, Gross said:'s really Secretary Kerry's job to free Alan, not the Pope. So instead of asking the Pope, I think Secretary Kerry should work on it.
Judy Gross also faulted the Cuban government for jailing her husband in 2009, but expressed admiration for the Cuban people.
I really love Cuba and I hope to keep going back under different circumstances. The people are so friendly...
A full transcript of our interview is below:

Tracey Eaton: How are you?

Judy Gross: I'm doing OK, just you know living life every day and trying to do the best I can.

Eaton: After your last visit to Cuba, do you see any hopeful signs? Did you learn anything new that gives you reason to be more optimistic?
Gross: You know, I was just there three weeks ago. The thing that was positive, I think, and that was different is that just coincidentally Scott (Gilbert, the Gross family lawyer) and I were there at the same time as the State Department delegation for the migration talks, so they got to meet with Alan and that's the first time, other than the Interests Section in Cuba, that's really the first time somebody from State has met with him.

So if there was anything positive I think it was very good for them to see Alan and to talk to him and to see what his daily life is like and to hear his issues and how he's feeling. It put something real to the person, to get to really see him face to face.
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sábado, octubre 19, 2013

Along the Malecón: Ex-hijacker appeals to Barack Obama

William Potts in Cuba. Photo: Tracey Eaton
This is a letter from William Potts, who has been trying to return to the United States from Cuba.

Open Letter To The President From American Muslim Hijacker

Apparently High officials in the Obama administration have targeted me and have decided to make me into a modern day Black Nathan Hale by refusing to issue me a one way passport that would allow me to return home to the U.S. after having completed a 15 year prison sentence in Cuba for hijacking. On March 27th 1984 I hijacked a North American airliner from New York to Havana Cuba. There I was taken into custody, tried in a Cuban court of law and sentenced to fifteen years in prison, all in accordance with the strict and specific stipulations of The Hague Convention For The Prevention Of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft to which both the U.S. and Cuba are both signatories. Robert Patrick Richter, a white American, who also hijacked a plane to Cuba, in July 1983, was issued such a passport and a twin engine private plane was procured and the white American hijacker did in fact return to the United States in 1988 where he was sentenced to five additional years by U.S. District Judge William Zloch taking into consideration the time Richter had already spent in Cuban prison.

Two convicted American hijackers. One white, the other Black. Why the double standard?

I have been in contact, since September of 2012, with the Asst. U. S. District Attorney’s office of Mr. Todd Mestepey and have made clear my sincere desire to return to the United States and face the charges against me. A Mr. Brent Brown, a U.S. federal officer I met with at the U.S. Interest Section here in Havana to discuss my imminent return to the U.S. informed me that he was awaiting instructions from Mr. Mestepey’s office to issue me a document, a one way passport, which would allow me to return directly to the United States. At that meeting Mr. Brown, to my surprise, treated me quite decently. He explained to me how, due to the outstanding federal warrants against me, I would formally be taken into federal custody and how the return would play out. Everything Mr. Brown explained was perfectly reasonable and completely acceptable to me. Over a year has passed however and I have yet to be issued this one way passport to travel back home to begin the judicial process, the only process by which this pending case of nearly thirty years can finally be brought to a close.
Keep reading on Along the Malecón >>

jueves, octubre 10, 2013

Tracey Eaton wins award for feature on former Cuban spy

By Natalie Merante 
In his longest interview in 15 years, Juan Pablo Roquez opened up to Flagler College’s Tracey Eaton about his life as a Cuban spy, and what he had been accused of in the early 1990s. That 2012 piece has now won Eaton a feature story award in the Spanish category from the Florida Society of News Editors.
Eaton, assistant professor of communication at Flagler College, received the award for the piece he did for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, an online publication that specializes in investigating injustice across the globe.
“[Juan Pablo Roque] swam and went over to the [U.S.] Naval base, posed as a defector, got political asylum, and then managed to infiltrate this group called ‘Brothers to the Rescue,’ and he became a pilot for them,” Eaton said.
When a Brothers to the Rescue plane was shot down, Roque was believed to have reported to the Cuban government about the dates and times of the flights from the American naval base. This has landed a warrant for his arrest, and a spot on an FBI wanted list.
“To me what’s fascinating about these kinds of stories is that the Cold War goes on,” Eaton said. “The Soviet Union broke up, and so that doesn’t exist anymore, but the same kind of Cold War that was happening when the Soviet Union was strong is happening now. But it’s in Cuba, and Cuba has lasted a socialist government 90 miles off U.S. shores for more than 50 years, so I find it really interesting.”
Eaton is no stranger to Cuba.
While working for the Dallas Morning News in Mexico City, Eaton was sent to Cuba open a bureau for the newspaper; something that an American publication had not done since they were forced out of Cuba by the Cuban government in the 1960s. It was during this process that he found himself immersed in the Cuban culture.
“We wanted to be the first newspaper to return to Cuba. I was given the task to try to learn more about Cuba, and go through all the applications to make that bureau happen. It took seven years and 29 trips to Cuba to get permission from the Cuban government,” Eaton said.
While living there from 2000-2005, he had developed a passion for Cuba. Eaton tries not to bring it into the classroom setting too often, because he says his students may not feel the same passion for Cuban culture as he does, and does not want to turn them off to Cuban history.
“If I can find teaching points where it makes sense to talk about Cuba, or stories that I’ve done about Cuba, then I like to incorporate it, but I try not to overload students on Cuba since none of my classes really deal with Cuba,” Eaton said.

viernes, abril 26, 2013

FBI Indictment details of Cuba's spy Marta Rita Velazquez

Along the Malecón/ Tracey Eaton
The U.S. government's case against Marta Rita Velázquez is a tale of intrigue and clandestine travel, false passports and secret meetings.
Prosecutors say Velázquez introduced Ana Belén Montes to Cuban agents in 1984 and later helped Montes land a job with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
Montes went on to become one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history, authorities say. She was arrested in 2001, convicted in 2002 and sent to prison.
In 2003, a grand jury charged Velázquez with one count of conspiracy to commit espionage. The indictment was filed on Feb. 5, 2004, but remained under court seal until Thursday. It's unclear why U.S. authorities unsealed it now, more than nine years after the indictment.
Velázquez is thought to be living in Stockholm, Sweden. I called what I believe to be her mobile phone number. I heard a message in a language I do not understand, and left a message.
A Swedish reporter also called Velázquez's number and said that a woman answered, irritated, and said, "What? Who is it? Oh, OK," and then hung up.
The Swedish TT news agency reported that Velázquez is now a Swedish citizen.
The Washington Post reported that U.S. authorities in December 2011 told Velázquez "she was under suspicion."
The U.S. extradition treaty with Sweden does not include espionage in crimes requiring extradition. See treaty. (H/T Phil Peters).
Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Local, an English-language newspaper in Sweden, reported Friday that Velázquez's husband was an official in Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The paper did not name the husband, but said:
The acts of espionage were carried out while the two were married.
Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Charlotta Ozaki Macías confirmed that the ministry had been aware of the case for years.
"The Foreign Ministry official with a connection to the case is not guilty of criminal activity," she told the TT news agency.
The Swedish man remains in service at the ministry.
Sweden has not received any requests to extradite the woman to the US, according to Per Claréus, press secretary to Justice Minister Beatrice Ask.
He told TT that if the US was to send an extradition request, it would be refused.
The indictment (H/T Capitol Hill Cubans) alleges that Velázquez carried out the following overt acts:
  • September 1983: Traveled secretly to Mexico City, intending to meet Cuban agents, but they evidently did not show up.
  • Spring of 1984: Took Montes to dinner and told her she "had friends who could help Montes in Montes' expressed wish to assist the people of Nicaragua."
  • July 31, 1984: Wrote Montes a letter stating, "It has been a great satisfaction for me to have had you as a friend and comrade (compañera) during this time we've spent as students. I hope our relationship continues outside the academic sphere."
  • Fall of 1984: Invited Montes to travel with her from Washington, D.C., to New York "ostensibly to meet a friend who could provide Montes with an opportunity to assist the Nicaraguan people."
  • Dec. 16, 1984: Went with Montes by train to New York and met with a Cuban intelligence official who worked at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations and was identified in the indictment only as "M." Velázquez later told Montes that "M" told Velázquez that Montes "would be one of the best."
  • Early 1985: Gave Montes and typewriter and instructed her to write a detailed biography, including a description of the Justice Department job she had at the time. The two again traveled to New York to meet with "M."
  • March 1985: Traveled with Montes to Spain on a purported vacation. Met with a Cuban man who supplied false passports. Traveled clandestinely from Madrid to Prague using the false passports. Met with two Cuban men, including an agent referred to only as "F." Picked up clothes at an apartment, then traveled with Montes and "F" to Cuba.
  • U.S.: Velázquez wanted to practice taking a lie detector test.
  • April 1985: Met with a Cuban agent referred to only as "A." The agent explained that no one met her in Mexico City in 1983 because Mexican authorities on Sept. 1, 1983, had arrested, detained and interrogated two Cuban officials who had been trying to meet with Cuban exiles from Miami. Velázquez and Montes "received Cuban Intelligence Service training, including instruction in receiving encrypted High Frequency radio broadcast messages of the Cuban Intelligence Service." Velázquez asked Cuban agents to give them "practice" polygraph exams "so that they would be able to pass polygraphs they might have to take in connection with future United States government employment." Cuban agents gave Velázquez a code name: Barbara. Velázquez and Montes traveled back to Spain, via Prague, posing for a photo in Madrid so they'd have evidence of their "vacation."
  • 1988: "Provoked a dispute with Montes and publicly broke off their relationship."
  • June 15, 1992: "Traveled to Panama to clandestinely meet with Cuban Intelligence Service officers and/or agents."
  • Mid-1996: "Received encryption/decryption software from the Cuban Intelligence Service, and used it for her clandestine communications with the Cuban Intelligence Service."
  • June 2002: Velázquez quit from her U.S. government job after Montes pled guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage and agreed to cooperate with law enforcement. Since then, Velázquez has lived continuously outside the U.S.
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
FBI agents arrested Montes on Sept. 21, 2001.  (See FBI affidavit explaining case against her). She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage and is now serving a prison term at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a Texas facility that provides specialized medical and mental health services to female inmates. Her scheduled release date is July 1, 2023.
Velázquez, like Montes, is from Puerto Rico. She was born in the town of Ponce and grew up in the United States. Her degrees include:

  • A bachelor's degree in political science and Latin American studies from Princeton University.
  • A law degree from Georgetown University.
  • A master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, or SAIS.
The Daily Princetonian reported that Velázquez helped organize the Third World Center Cultural Festival at the school. The Dec. 13, 1976, issue of the Princetonian quoted her as saying:
We are all part of oppressed nationalities throughout the world. Here at the university, which is very conservative and white-male-oriented, if we can put together a performance as successful as this one was, it's almost unbelievable.
Velázquez: "We are all...oppressed..."
While at SAIS from 1982 to 1983, Velázquez was a legal intern at the U.S. Agency for International Development. The indictment says she:
  • Worked for the Department of Transportation from 1984 to March 1989, and had a SECRET security clearance. Unauthorized release of SECRET information could reasonably be expected to cause "serious" damage.
  • Became an attorney adviser for USAID in March 1989, and had a TOP SECRET security clearance. Unauthorized release of TOP SECRET information could reasonably be expected to cause "grave" damage. Her responsibilities at USAID included Central America.
  • Was posted at the U.S. Embassy in Managua from June 1990 to September 1994.
  • Worked for USAID in Washington from September 1994 to May 1998.
  • Was on leave without pay from May 1998 to June 2000 and lived with her husband in Sweden.
  • Returned to USAID in June 2000 and worked at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City. She was director of the agency's Regional Office of Trade and Economic Analysis.
  • Left USAID in June 2002, but continued to live in Guatemala.
The indictment says Velázquez began spying for Cuba as early as 1983. It states:
From at least in or about 1983 and continuing until the present, within the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendant, Marta Rita Velázquez, also known as Marta Rita Kviele, also known as "Barbara", unlawfully combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to communicate, deliver and transmit, directly and indirectly, to the government of the Republic of Cuba and to representatives, officers, agents and employees thereof, documents, writings, and information relating to the national defense, with the intent and reason to believe that they would be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of the Republic of Cuba, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 794(a).
Montes, right, at a party in Madrid. Photo: Washington Post
The indictment also gives background information about the Cuban Intelligence Service and explains the accusations against Montes. It states:
The Cuban Intelligence Service has long had an aggressive program aimed at spotting and assessing persons within the United States academic community who may be suitable for recruitment to serve a variety of roles on behalf of Cuba's interests. The most important role is that of agent - that is, a person who is not an employee of a hostile intelligence service (such as the Cuban Intelligence Service) but who is aware that he or she is working for that service and who is willing to engage in clandestine operational activity, including intelligence gathering, for that service.

An agent-in-place is a recruited agent who occupies a position in which he or she has authorize access to current intelligence information, and who acts under the direction of a hostile intelligence service so as to obtain such information for that intelligence service. In order to protect recruited agents, and maintain operational security, intelligence services often limit discernible contact between agents; this practice is called compartmentalization.

The Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., are the principal establishments to which Cuban government officials having diplomatic immunity - including Cuban Intelligence Service officers - are assigned in the United States.

FBI: Belén used this "cheat sheet" to help her encrypt and decrypt messages.
The Cuban Intelligence Service often communicates clandestinely with its officers and agents operating outside Cuba by broadcasting encrypted radio messages at certain high frequencies; such clandestine communications were used by Ana Belén Montes and by some of the defendants convicted in June 2001 in the Southern District of Florida, in the case of United States v. Gerardo Hernandez, et al., 98-721-CR-Lenard, of committing espionage on behalf of Cuba and acting as unregistered agents of Cuba.
Ana Belén Montes is a United States citizen who was employed by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency (DAI) in Washington, D.C., as an intelligence analyst from September 1985 until September 2001; beginning in 1992, she specialized in Cuban matters. Between 1982 and 1984, Montes had been a part-time graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., together with defendant Velázquez. On September 21, 2001, Montes was arrested in the District of Columbia on charges of committing espionage against the United States on behalf of Cuba, in United States v. Ana Belén Montes, Criminal No. 02-131 (RMU). In a public proceeding on March 19, 2002, she pled guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage and she stated that she agreed to cooperate with the United States government in its continuing investigation into Cuban espionage activities against the United States.
Ana Belén Montes receives an award. Photo: DIA
On April 18, the Washington Post published a fascinating story about Montes. Jim Popkin, a former NBC News reporter and senior investigative producer, wrote the piece. It was entitled, "Ana Montes did much harm spying for Cuba. Chances are, you haven’t heard of her." The story said:
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.

[Photos] Cuba's spy Marta Rita Velazquez at home in Stockholm?

Along the Malecón/ Tracey Eaton
Possible residence of Marta Rita Velazquez, 55, accused Thursday of conspiracy to commit espionage. See FBI press release.

lunes, abril 08, 2013

Cuba second to last in Internet freedom

de buena tinta kubiche que siempre son jeroglificas: van a abrir el banderin.
Tracey Eaton
Freedom House rates Internet freedom on 0-to-100 scale
The State Department plans to award up to $15 million for Internet freedom programs in countries where the Internet is restricted.
Grants will range from $500,000 to $2 million each, although individual Internet freedom grants of $1.5 million or more are unusual.
Up to $7 million of the $15 million will focus on programs aimed at:
  • Assisting digital activists in "acutely hostile Internet environments"
  • Enhancing "Internet freedom technology, training, policy and diplomacy."
The remaining $8 million will focus on technology, specifically the "development and support of web and mobile anti-censorship technologies to expand open and uncensored access to information and communications."
Priority will be given to the development of:
  • "High-risk, high-reward" tools used to get around censors and communicate securely.
  • Expansion or improvement of existing Internet freedom tools.
  • Merging or modifying existing technologies "to address specific unsolved or under-solved real-world Internet freedom challenges." These technologies include "alternative network infrastructures."

lunes, marzo 25, 2013

The secret files of Alan Gross

Tracey Eaton
A drawing from a confidential Alan Gross memo
Alan Gross envisioned setting up satellite Internet connections for Cuban Jews in Havana and six other provinces, then expanding his effort to include as many as 30,000 Masons at more than 300 lodges across the country.
Cuban Jews had "strategic value" in the democracy project because of their religious, financial and humanitarian ties to the United States, Gross said in an October 2008 memo filed this month in U.S. District Court.
Jewish synagogues were a "secure springboard through which information dissemination will be expanded," Gross wrote in the 27-page memo to his former employer, DAI, a federal contractor in Bethesda, Md.
The memo and other documents filed this month in U.S. District Court give new details about the original scope of the multimillion-dollar project, which was designed to go far beyond helping Jews connect to the Internet as the State Department has repeatedly suggested.
Gross, 63, and his wife, Judy, are suing DAI for $60 million, saying that the contractor failed to prepare Gross for his risky mission, resulting in his capture in 2009. DAI has denied the accusation and says it isn't to blame for the subcontractor's jailing.

Alan Gross
Cuban authorities arrested Gross in December 2009. He was convicted of crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
His 2008 memo said U.S.-based humanitarian organizations that take computers and other supplies to Jews in Cuba could be useful in DAI's democracy project. One possible implication is that these groups could be used, perhaps unwittingly, to shuttle equipment to Cuba, although Gross doesn't explain in detail what he had in mind.
He writes that Cuban Jews and later Masons could help DAI establish an information and communications technologies "foothold."
These groups are likely targets for successfully establishing a low-profile ICT foothold. Both have extended organizational networks and communities throughout the island and both are connected and/or have strong institutional relationships with US faith-based and humanitarian organizations that frequently sponsor Island missions.
In his proposal to DAI, Gross proposed setting up Internet sites at 12 Jewish synagogues in the provinces of Havana, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Guantanamo, Granma, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba. Some 1,800 men, women and youth were members of the synagogues. They were the initial target of the democracy project. Gross wrote:
Members of the primary target group will be able to help train members of the secondary target group in the event of a follow on project.
The secondary - or follow on- target included members of 319 Masonic Lodges in Cuba.
An infographic Gross submitted to DAI also cites "youth, women and Afro-Cubans."
Gross said in court documents he was coordinating some of his activities with the Pan American Development Foundation, or PADF, another organization that had received U.S. government funds to try to hasten Cuba's transition to democracy.
José Manuel Collera Vento
Cuban agents wound up infiltrating PADF's operation in Cuba. One of the organization's main contacts, José Manuel Collera Vento, former head of the Freemasons fraternal organization in Cuba,  turned out to be an informant for Cuban State Security (See interview with Collera, also known as Agent Gerardo).
At the time, Gross headed a small company called JBDC . He worried about the Cuban government's counterespionage efforts and was especially concerned about the fate of his contacts in Cuba's Jewish community.
The 2008 memo underscored the need for secrecy:
All information on this page is considered highly confidential and is not to be disclosed or reproduced for distribution without the expressed written permission of JBDC, LLC. Failure to comply with this could lead to irreparable harm to certain parties on the island.
In court documents, Gross's lawyer said DAI's biggest concern was figuring out who would replace him if he could no longer carry out the project.

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sábado, febrero 23, 2013

Pro-Castro Group Takes Aim at Menendez

This morning, journalist Tracey Eaton wrote a post in his blog, Along the Malecon, about Dr. Salomon Melgen and the Federal Aviation Administration.

It was clearly an indirect hit-piece on U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

There was no mention of Cuba or Cuba policy, which is the focus of Eaton's blog.

Eaton is a generally thoughtful person.  He's done some great interviews with Cuban pro-democracy activists on and off the island. However, his main focus (or target) are democracy programs, which he feels are secretive and he's strongly opposed to.

We disagree, but fair enough. Yet, today's post seemed out of his usual context.

Then, a few hours later, the weekly "news blast" from The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) came out.

Curiously, in a week full of interesting Cuba news -- Senator Leahy's delegation in Havana (and an Iranian one), blogger Yoani Sanchez's trip to Brazil, human rights activist Rosa Maria Paya's speech in Geneva, the state-sponsors of terrorism debate -- it was focused on Dr. Melgen and the FAA (FAA).

And then, the kicker:  "In 'Doctor now flying under the radar,' Tracey Eaton, an investigative reporter with whom our organization is working, has posted a detailed piece about Dr. Melgen..."

The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) is a Washington, D.C.-based group, with "unique" access to Castro regime officials, which hosts trips to Cuba for Members of Congress and their staff. They also serve as a public relations tool for the Cuban dictatorship, whether in leading effort to release the so-called "Cuban Five," to unconditionally normalization relations, to sweeping human rights abuses under the rug.

By the way, we don't use the "pro-Castro" label loosely -- here's CDA's Assistant Director lauding Fidel Castro "as an inspiration for developing countries," praising Che Guevara as "Latin America's greatest 20th century hero," validating Castro's "elections," explaining how to "revitalize" socialism in Cuba and inviting everyone to join the "Bolivarian Revolution."

They are now obviously targeting Senator Menendez, who is a strong opponent of Castro's dictatorship.

Now back to Tracey.

Why not disclose to your readers that you are working with this pro-Castro group on Menendez hit pieces?

You don't have to.  After all, it's a free country and -- as a private citizen -- you can write, disclose or not disclose, whatever you'd like.

But then spare us the sanctimony.

jueves, febrero 07, 2013

GAO report on Cuba programs due out today
CANF has been critical of USAID in the past. In 2008, the foundation studied the agency's democracy programs in Cuba and found that less than 17 percent of all USAID Cuba funds were used for direct, on-island assistance. Some 56 percent went to universities and other institutions to study post-Castro scenarios and other issues.
Much of the money was used to pay operating expenses, office costs and salaries. One organization, Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, spent $6,054,079 from 1996 to 2005. Only 4 percent - or $251,077 - reached Cuba, the study said.
Grupo de Apoyo disputed those findings. Garcia had left the CANF by then. USAID has since said its priority is to ensure that as much the democracy aid as possible reaches Cuba.
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martes, enero 08, 2013

Castro Apologist Seeks Obama Support For Cuban Five

Letter to Obama: Alan Gross not a "hostage"
Courtesy:  Tracey Eaton – Along the Malecon
Below is the text of an open letter from Canadian journalist Steven Kimber to President Barack Obama. He is writing a book called, "What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five."
Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
This is my first ever letter to an American president. That’s not just because I’m not an American citizen. I’m also a journalist, and journalists are not in the habit of writing letters to heads of governments.
But having spent the past three years researching the case of the Cuban Five, I believe I have an obligation to write to you.
The fact is American journalism hasn’t done a very good job of explaining to the American public the case of the five Cuban intelligence agents who have been incarcerated in the U.S. since 1998. As a result, your administration has mostly managed to avoid dealing with the issue at all or, when forced to comment, responding with the tired, rote rhetoric of the Cold War era.
But the case of the Cuban Five has recently been brought back into the public spotlight because of Alan Gross, the USAID subcontractor currently serving a 15-year jail term in Cuba for bringing satellite communication equipment into that country.
The media reporting of his case has been equally problematic, mostly parroting your own State Department line that Gross is a “humanitarian” who was arrested while trying to help Havana’s tiny Jewish community communicate with the outside world, and is now being held “hostage” by Havana.
You know that’s not true. So, of course, should the media. After all, it was Desmond Butler, a foreign affairs reporter for the Associated Press—a news agency subscribed to by most American media and unlikely ever to be mistaken for a tool of the Cuban regime—who documented the facts of the case.
Alan Gross was “paid a half-million dollars” by USAID, your government’s “democracy promoting” agency, to smuggle sophisticated communications equipment into Cuba. That technology included Internet satellite phones capable of avoiding detection and spy-quality SIM cards “most frequently” used by the Defense Department and the CIA.
The goal of all of this was not to assist Cuba’s Jewish community communicate, as your government has insisted (the Jewish community already had Internet connectivity) but to promote regime change—to overthrow the government of Cuba.
Gross’s own reports make clear he knew he was engaged in “very risky business” and that discovery of what he was up to “will be catastrophic.”
That said, Alan Gross’s family and friends, not surprisingly, want him freed.
Just as the Cubans want the Five—who are considered national heroes in their homeland—freed.
Your government’s unblinking response has been that there is simply “no equivalence.” The Cubans were trained intelligence agents convicted of trying to steal military secrets and conspiracy to murder four innocent civilians killed in the shootdown of two unarmed Brothers to the Rescue aircraft in 1996. By contrast, the American argument goes, Alan Gross was just a humanitarian do-gooder.
We now know Alan Gross was much more than that.

lunes, enero 07, 2013

Raul's New Wave of Repression

Arelis Rodriguez has the word “"Libertad”," or freedom, tattooed across her back.  Tracey Eaton for USA TODAY
Journalist Tracey Eaton has written a good article for USA Today about the human rights situation in Cuba.

It's entitled, "Cuban rights abuses, jailings up in new repressive wave."

It contains some great insight from some of Cuba's pro-democracy leaders.

Here are some excerpts:

Héctor Maseda, who served several years in prison for his political views, says authorities are switching to short-term arrests to give the impression of tolerance.

"The government is trying to confuse public opinion. It is trying to show that repression has lessened," said Maseda, 69, a former nuclear engineer. "But that is not happening. Repression is increasing." [...]

José Daniel Ferrer, 42, who served eight years in prison after his arrest in the "Black Spring of 2003" along with 74 other democratic activists, says repression is as bad as ever.

Security agents "have no rules, no limits when it comes to trying to stop, paralyze or terrorize a dissident," said Ferrer, a fisherman and member of the Christian Liberation Movement imprisoned for collecting signatures on a petition demanding freedom of speech, assembly and political participation [...]

Police keep Las Damas (The Ladies in White) under tight surveillance and often stop the women before they reach the church. 

Omaglis González, 41, tried to avoid arrest one day, hiking around a highway checkpoint, but police caught her. González said an officer twisted her arm, dislocating her wrist, while forcing her into a car. Despite such episodes, she is optimistic. 

"Freedom will come one day," she said. "We can't lose hope." 

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jueves, noviembre 15, 2012

Cuba proposes bilateral talks with the U.S.

Tracey Eaton

Bruno Rodríguez. Photo: La Radio del Sur
Cuba's foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, repeated his government's willingness to hold talks that could lead to a normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba.
He also hinted that Cuba is willing to trade jailed American Alan Gross for the Cuban Five.
Rodríguez said:
I reiterate, on behalf of President Raúl Castro Ruz, the firm willingness on the part of the Cuban government to move on towards the normalization of relations with the United States through a respectful dialogue, without preconditions, on the basis of reciprocity and sovereign equality, without undermining in the least our independence and sovereignty.

Today, here and now, I am again submitting to the US government a draft agenda for a bilateral dialogue aimed at moving towards the normalization of relations which includes, as fundamental topics:
  • the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade;
  • Cuba’s exclusion from the arbitrary and illegal list of terrorism-sponsoring countries;
  • the abrogation of the Cuban Adjustment Act and the wet foot/dry foot policy;
  • the compensation for economic and human damages;
  • the return of the territory occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base;
  • the end to the radio and TV aggressions, and;
  • the ceasing of the financing of internal subversion.
An essential element in this agenda is the release of the Five Cuban anti-terrorists who remain cruelly and unjustly imprisoned or retained in this country. An act of justice, or at least a humanitarian solution, will arouse the gratitude of my people and a response by our Government.

I likewise offer here and now the US government to negotiate several cooperation agreements in the areas of greatest mutual interest, such as the combat of drug trafficking, terrorism, human smuggling and for the full normalization of migratory relations, as well as for the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters and the protection of the environment and our common seas. We also propose to resume the talks that were unilaterally suspended by our counterpart about migration issues and for the resumption of postal services.

Reporter questions "crappy policy" toward Cuba

Screenshot of Matt Lee appearing on C-SPAN in 2009
Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee on Tuesday asked State Department spokesman Mark Toner when the United States government was going to recognize that U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba amount to "a realy crappy policy."

Here's the exchange:
QUESTION: All right. Can we stay with the UN just for a second?

MR. TONER: Yeah. Sure.

QUESTION: Earlier today, the UN General Assembly, as it has every year for the past several decades, voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The vote, I’m sure you’re aware of it, was 188-3. You and Israel and Palau voted against, as the same that’s it been for the last several decades. My question is this: When are you guys going to realize that the rest of the world thinks that this is a really crappy policy?

Mark Toner
MR. TONER: Matt, your opinion to the contrary, we are --

QUESTION: Not my opinion. It’s the rest of the world. You’re always talking about the international community. The international community has spoken here, yet again.

MR. TONER: Our policy remains in place.

QUESTION: I know. But when – is it the international community speaks and unless you’re part of that – unless you’re part of it, it’s not really the international community? Do you recognize that the international community, all countries in the world except for the three and the three who abstained, say that this policy is bad and should be reversed? Do you take that as the international community speaking as – with a single voice here?

MR. TONER: Look, our Cuba policy is generated towards creating better ties with the Cuban people outside of the government. You know our concerns about the Cuban Government. Our policy remains the same. It’s not going to change.

QUESTION: Can you accept that the international community is speaking out here, and speaking out against a policy that you’ve had in place for five decades?

MR. TONER: I’m just telling you that --

QUESTION: No? You can’t.

MR. TONER: -- our Cuban policy remains intact.



lunes, noviembre 05, 2012

Entrevista a Tracey Eaton: Blogueando desde el periodismo entre Cuba y Estados Unidos

Tracey Eaton

Tracey Eaton

Entrevista exclusiva al bloguero Tracey Eaton.
“El Malecón es la famosa avenida que se extiende por más de cuatro kilómetros en La Habana. La gente va allí todos los días: se puede encontrar blancos, negros y mulatos –gente de todos colores. Jóvenes y viejos, todos van, acérrimos revolucionarios y los que están hartos de la revolución. Toman el aire que viene del mar, bailan y buscan el amor. Toman ron y fijan la vista en el agua.
Este blog –no es de la derecha, o de la izquierda, pero está metido en algún lugar en el medio– se dedica al Malecón y a la gente que va allí para escapar y soñar, aunque solo sea por unas horas.”
Este fue el comienzo de Along the Malecon, blog del periodista y académico Tracey Eaton. Fue creado en agosto de 2008 para “aprender acerca de los blogs”, según declara el propio autor. Un par de años más tarde, en diciembre de 2010, le nació un hermano, producto de la necesidad de Eaton de hacer “un enfoque más limitado, que añadiera algo nuevo a la conversación sobre Cuba”. Así surgió Cuba Money Project, sitio que sigue la ruta del dinero de los programas “pro-democracia” financiados por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos.
“Me gustan los blogs porque me dan una conexión inmediata y directa con el público”, explica. “Cuando yo era un reportero de un diario, no creo que la relación siempre fuera tan fuerte. Entrevisté a gente todo el tiempo, pero tuve poco contacto con los lectores que sienten pasión por Cuba.”
Antiguo reportero durante muchos años, Eaton guarda en sus espaldas numerosos recorridos por el continente y una relación que llega hasta nuestros días con Cuba. Con su quehacer ha logrado convertirse en un referente en la web en materia de relaciones Cuba-Estados Unidos. A propósito de su trabajo y su actividad como bloguero, lo entrevistamos para Cuba 2.0
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domingo, octubre 28, 2012

Politica y Business: 26.4 millones de dolares de "ayuda" a la Democracia en Cuba

total amount of 26.4 million that nobody can explain for sure how they contribute to the democratization of Cuba. who cares.


Tracey Eaton

USAID updated its list of organizations that carry out democracy-promotion programs in Cuba. USAID partners and Cuba grant amounts are below:
Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba
$3.4 million from September 2011 to September 2014

Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia
$3  million from September 2012 to September 2015

 International Relief and Development
$3.5 million from September 2011 to September 2014

International Republican Institute
$3 million from September 2012 to September 2015

Loyola University
$3 million from September 2010 to September 2013

National Democratic Institute
$2.3 million from September 2011 to September 2014

 New America Foundation
$4.3 million from September 2012 to September 2015

Pan-American Development Foundation
$3.9 million from September 2011 to September 2014


miércoles, octubre 03, 2012

Juan Pablo Roque (part 3)

El Rolex del espia/ Tracey Eaton

El Rolex del espia/
El teniente coronel Juan Pablo Roque usaba su Rolex con orgullo, el único orgullo de un doble agente cubano que una vez trabajó para el FBI.
Pero ahora el hombre que una vez fue uno de los espías más ilustres de la isla, no tiene dinero. Y quiere vender su preciado reloj y su casa en La Habana.
“Necesito el dinero”, confesó Roque en su entrevista más extensa en más de 15 años.
Su historia ilustra la vida incierta que espera a los espías cubanos que quedan al descubierto. Pero también es un recordatorio de las extensas y exitosas actividades de espionaje de Cuba, incluso ahora, 21 años después del final de la Guerra Fría.
Roque, ex piloto de combate con una figura digna de Hollywood, nadó hasta la Basa Naval de Guantánamo en 1992, declarando su oposición a Fidel Castro.
Se convirtió en piloto de Hermanos al Rescate, un grupo dedicado a sobrevolar las aguas del Estrecho de la Florida en busca de balseros. Pero entonces asombró a todos en 1996 al regresar a Cuba un día antes que un caza MiG de Cuba abatiera a dos avionetas civiles del grupo de exiliados cubanos.
Ahora con 57 años y viviendo con su novia en un apretado apartamento de La Habana, Roque dice que lamenta que cuatro personas murieran en el incidente del 24 de febrero de 1996.
“Si pudiera viajar en una máquina del tiempo”, dijo, “sacaría a esos muchachos de los aviones en que fueron derribados”.
Los cuatro fallecidos fueron Carlos Costa, Mario de la Peña, Pablo Morales y Armando Alejandre Jr.
Maggie Khuly, hermana de Alejandre, dijo que nunca se ha hecho justicia.
“Hablando a nombre de las familias, mi familia en particular, estamos esperando el día en que Roque se enfrente a un tribunal de Estados Unidos por su encausamiento pendiente”, declaró Khuly, quien vive en Miami y es arquitecta.
Espía por espías
El derribo de las avionetas llevó las relaciones entre Cuba y Estados Unidos a un nuevo nivel mínimo y provocó que el entonces presidente Bill Clinton firmara la Ley Helms-Burton, que arreció las sanciones económicas contra Cuba.
Desde entonces, las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba siguen profundamente frías. El presidente Barack Obama alivió algunas restricciones de viaje a la isla tras asumir el cargo, pero ha hecho poco por aliviar la tensión. De hecho, funcionarios estadounidenses han trabajado regularmente para subvertir al régimen, gastando más de $200 millones en programas para promover la democracia en Cuba desde 1996.
Espías cubanos en Miami y La Habana observan estos esfuerzos cuidadosamente y algunas veces los frustran.
En el 2009, las autoridades cubanas arrestaron a Alan Gross, un subcontratista de Maryland que trabajaba para la Agencia para el Desarrollo Internacional de Estados Unidos y que fue arrestado mientras llevaba equipos sofisticados de comunicaciones por satélite a la isla. Las autoridades cubanas lo condenaron a 15 años de prisión en el 2011.
Por su parte, las autoridades cubanas dicen que están dispuestas a canjear a Gross por agentes cubanos arrestados en la Florida después que el FBI desarticuló la Red Avispa de espionaje en septiembre de 1998.
Cuatro de esos agentes siguen en prisiones estadounidenses. Un cuarto pasó 13 años en prisión y ahora está en libertad, pero no puede regresar a Cuba hasta que cumpla tres anos de libertad condicional en Estados Unidos.
Los agentes son conocidos como los Cinco. Durante 14 años han estado en el centro de una masiva campaña de propaganda de Cuba, que los consideran héroes que defendían su patria. Sus nombres son muy conocidos en la isla y hay imágenes de ellos en vallas publicitarias y edificios.
Las actividades de espionaje de Roque fueron tan significativas como cualquiera de los Cinco Cubanos, pero regresó a la isla a una vida en las sombras.
Sin embargo, las autoridades estadounidenses no lo han olvidado y algunos exiliados cubanos exigen que el gobierno de La Habana lo devuelva para que enfrente cargos.
Un encausamiento federal acusó a Roque en 1999 de no inscribirse como agente extranjero y de confabularse para estafar a Estados Unidos.
A preguntársele sobre los cargos, Roque suspira. Afirmó que el gobierno cubano tenía derecho a defender su espacio aéreo, pero que él no debe ser considerado responsable de las muertes.
“Yo no tengo la culpa. Yo no hice nada indebido. Yo no ordené que mataran a nadie”, declaró. “La decisión de derribar los aviones fue una decisión del gobierno soberano de Cuba. La decisión de derribar las avionetas fue tomada por sus constantes incursiones aéreas, violaciones del espacio aéreo”.
Pero algunos críticos cuestionan su sinceridad.
“Si Roque está tan convencido de su inocencia, entonces que se entregue, se someta a juicio y limpie su nombre”, afirmó Thomas Van Hare, coautor de Betrayal ( Traición), un libro del 2009 sobre el derribo de las avionetas.
“Es un parásito”, agregó el otro autor del libro, Matt Lawrence.
José Basulto, líder de Hermanos al Rescate, comentó que es difícil saber si Roque sabía de antemano del derribo, pero que Roque “fue clave” en el incidente y que “no hay nada que perdonar sobre eso”. Sencillamente es culpable.
No hay duda de que Roque es una de las figuras más odiadas en el sur de a Florida después de los hermanos Castro. Es el espía que se escapó. Y después de un video casero que salió a relucir en YouTube en el 2011, donde se le ve cantando, bebiendo alcohol y saludando a su madre en España, los exiliados cubanos lo criticaron duramente.
“El hijo de perra reaparece”, proclamaba el video.
“La cucaracha es el principal culpable de la muerte de cuatro valientes de Hermanos al Rescate”, expresó un comentario. “Si le pongo la mano encima lo torturo”.
“Es un hombre bien parecido”, expresaba otro comentario. “Pero es una pena que sea el ser humano que es”.
Aislado en Cuba
“El doble cubano de Richard Gere”, como han llamado a Roque, aprendió a volar cazas MiG en la antigua Unión Soviética.
Pronto se convirtió en el favorito de la comunidad exiliada de Miami. La Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana incluso financió sus memorias, The Deserter ( El Desertor), en que cataloga a funcionarios cubanos de “gordos comunistas” y “bebedores de cerveza”.
En las fotos del libro se le ve junto a legisladores anticastristas como el senador demócrata Robert Menéndez, de Nueva Jersey, y la representante republicana Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, de la Florida.
Roque recuerda esos días con una mezcla de nostalgia y arrepentimiento.
Confesó que ahora está solo en Cuba y que extraña a sus familiares en Estados Unidos.
“Allí tengo a mis tres hermanos, mis tíos y mis primos. Tuve una relación magnífica con ellos mientras estuve allí”.
Alejandro Roque, de 48 años, dice que no ha tenido contacto con su hermano mayor desde 1996. Y agrega que incluso entonces no concordaba con las ideas de su hermano.
“La situación mundial es compleja y con frecuencia los ideólogos no distinguen entre los gobiernos y los pueblos… los bandidos y las víctimas”, indicó Alejandro Roque.
Al preguntársele si tenía algo de qué arrepentirse, Juan Pablo Roque dijo que quisiera haber hecho más por impedir el derribo de las avionetas.
“Quizás ahora… yo trataría de tener un papel mucho más fuerte en las cosas que sucedieron”, comentó. “Trataría de jugar un mejor papel. Si mi papel fue bueno o malo, hay que dejar que la gente decida. Que los que me quieran juzgar me juzguen”.
Roque sigue convencido de que Cuba tenía el derecho a defenderse de las organizaciones exiliadas en la Florida. Un salvadoreño, que dijo que exiliados cubanos le pagaron para colocar bombas en Cuba, cumple una condena de 30 años por un atentado en el que murió un turista italiano en La Habana en 1997. Roque opina que los exiliados estaban decididos a provocar en Cuba un caos que justificara una intervención militar de Estados Unidos.
“Todavía hay grupos que quieren una confrontación, que quieren sangre. Quieren tres, cuatro, cinco días para matar”, declaró Roque.
Antiguos miembros de Hermanos al Rescate reconocen que ocasionalmente dejaban caer panfletos políticos sobre La Habana, pero dijeron que su principal misión era humanitaria. A principios de los años 1990 realizaron cientos de misiones sobre el Estrecho de la Florida y detectaron a más de 17,000 balseros cubanos, ayudando así a salvar vidas. Alegan que Roque mintió sobre el grupo al FBI, presentándolo como un grupo extremista interesado en realizar actividades de sabotajes en la isla.
“No conozco a nadie, a ninguno que volara en las misiones de Hermanos al Rescate, que tuviera en su alma otra razón que no fuera salvar vidas”, dijo Matt Lawrence, el autor del libro. “El señor Roque y el resto son espías, y mienten como espías que son”.
Roque quiere que Estados Unidos y Cuba cesen las hostilidades y normalicen las relaciones. Sueña con ver a pilotos de combate de Estados Unidos, Cuba, Vietnam y Rusia reunirse para compartir ideas.
“Espero que ese momento llegue y que podamos sentarnos a una mesa a fumarnos la pipa de la paz”, aseguró. “Bueno, yo no fumo, pero la tendré en la mano. Con placer, con mucho placer lo haré”.
Sin dinero y desesperado
Ana Margarita Martínez no cree una palabra, y no podría ser de otra manera. Como parte de su elaborado disfraz, Roque se casó con ella en 1995, sólo para abandonarla con sus dos hijos menos de un año después.
“Si usted busca la definición de un sociópata, lo describe muy bien”, declaró Martínez. “El pensó que iba a ser alguien en Cuba, y no es nadie. Probó la libertad en Estados Unidos y ahora no tiene ninguna. Ni siquiera puede decir que siente un temor real de repercusiones. Le vendió su alma al diablo y ahora está pagando un alto precio. Le tengo pena”.
Pero Van Hare, quien es uno de los autores del libro sobre Roque, no comparte esa pena. “Un agente de inteligencia que queda al descubierto y se le identifica públicamente, esencialmente se queda sin trabajo. No lo siento por él. Escogió su camino en la vida y no hay duda de que conocía absolutamente cómo se “retiran” los agentes de inteligencia en Cuba y lo poco que reciben como resultado”.
Roque reconoce que ajustarse a la vida en Cuba desde su retiro forzado a los 40 años ha sido “muy, muy brutal”. Considera el tiempo que pasó en la Florida sus “mejores cuatro años como profesional. Y de repente, como dicen los pilotos, todos los motores de apagaron”.
“Me hubiera gustado continuar volando. Me hubiera gustado tener un trabajo vinculado con lo que he aprendido. Pero bueno, no fue así”.
Hubiera podido ser peor. Roque hubiese podido terminar en prisión en Estados Unidos.
“Pensé en eso varias veces”, dijo. “Lo único que me salvó espiritualmente fue no estaba haciendo nada malo”.
Le sorprendió el nivel de agresividad con que las autoridades estadounidenses persiguieron a otros miembros de la Red Avispa.
“Pensé que los iban a soltar rápidamente, que los iban a subir a un avión hacia Cuba”.
El líder de la red, Gerardo Hernández, fue condenado a dos cadenas perpetuas. Eso fue “groseramente injusto”, subrayó Roque, porque Hernández ni siquiera se acercó a ninguna de las organizaciones del exilio. “Gerardo no estaba absolutamente en nada. No participó en nada, en nada”.
Roque está libre, pero no enteramente contento. Dijo que echa de menos el estilo de vida de Estados Unidos: “la disciplina, el amor al trabajo”.
“Yo hice muchos trabajos. Asfalté calles, trabajé con afroamericanos. Yo les caía muy bien. Cada vez que me preguntaban de dónde era, les decía que era cubano. Entonces me preguntaba si eso estaba cerca de Alaska. Pero sentí mucha solidaridad con ellos.
“Asfaltamos calles a las 10 de la noche. Trabajamos toda la noche. Era un trabajo muy duro”.
Las cuadrillas de trabajo no son tan disciplinadas en Cuba, donde los obreros colocan el asfalto “a las 10 de la mañana, al mediodía. Un camión lo aplasta, y otro más. El trabajo es muy chapucero”.
Roque dio que trabajó duro en Estados Unidos, pero “uno ve los resultados y eso me gustó mucho”.
Desempleado ahora, Roque consideró que lee lo más que puede sobre ciencia, aviación y el cosmos. Hace ejercicios con regularidad y prefiere el levantamiento de pesas y las barras paralelas, un régimen que aprendió en la Unión Soviética.
Dio que si tuviera que irse nadando otra vez a la Base Naval de Guantánamo —unos 6 kilómetros, o 3.7 millas— no lo dudaría.
“No exagero si le digo que puedo hacerlo ahora sin ningún problema. Me encanta nadar”.
Roque declinó revelar el precio de la casa de dos pisos y tres habitaciones que está vendiendo. La casa era de sus padres y tiene un jardín trasero lleno de plantas tropicales y frutales.
El Rolex del antiguo espía es un GMT Master II, un modelo diseñado para pilotos con ayuda de Pan Am Airways en los años 1950.
“Lo tenía puesto todo el tiempo”, afirmó su ex esposa en Miami. “Nunca entendí cómo pudo comprarse un Rolex. Después me di cuenta que lo compró con el dinero que el FBI le pagó como informante”.
Un GMT Master II usado se vende en $4,500 y más en eBay, pero Roque espera que le den más en una subasta.
“Creo que algún coleccionista americano estaría interesado en comprarlo. Alguien a quien le guste James Bond”.
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Retratos de fusilados por el Castrismo - Juan Abreu


"EN TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES" - Heberto Padilla

A aquel hombre le pidieron su tiempo

para que lo juntara al tiempo de la Historia.

Le pidieron las manos,

porque para una época difícil

nada hay mejor que un par de buenas manos.

Le pidieron los ojos

que alguna vez tuvieron lágrimas

para que contemplara el lado claro

(especialmente el lado claro de la vida)

porque para el horror basta un ojo de asombro.

Le pidieron sus labios

resecos y cuarteados para afirmar,

para erigir, con cada afirmación, un sueño


le pidieron las piernas

duras y nudosas

(sus viejas piernas andariegas),

porque en tiempos difíciles

¿algo hay mejor que un par de piernas

para la construcción o la trinchera?

Le pidieron el bosque que lo nutrió de niño,

con su árbol obediente.

Le pidieron el pecho, el corazón, los hombros.

Le dijeron

que eso era estrictamente necesario.

Le explicaron después

que toda esta donación resultaria inútil.

sin entregar la lengua,

porque en tiempos difíciles

nada es tan útil para atajar el odio o la mentira.

Y finalmente le rogaron

que, por favor, echase a andar,

porque en tiempos difíciles

esta es, sin duda, la prueba decisiva.


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La columna de Cubanalisis

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]
¨Saturno jugando con sus hijos¨/ Pedro Pablo Oliva


Carta desde la carcel de Fidel Castro Ruz

“…después de todo, para mí la cárcel es un buen descanso, que sólo tiene de malo el que es obligatorio. Leo mucho y estudio mucho. Parece increíble, las horas pasan como si fuesen minutos y yo, que soy de temperamento intranquilo, me paso el día leyendo, apenas sin moverme para nada. La correspondencia llega normalmente…”

“…Como soy cocinero, de vez en cuando me entretengo preparando algún pisto. Hace poco me mandó mi hermana desde Oriente un pequeño jamón y preparé un bisté con jalea de guayaba. También preparo spaghettis de vez en cuando, de distintas formas, inventadas todas por mí; o bien tortilla de queso. ¡Ah! ¡Qué bien me quedan! por supuesto, que el repertorio no se queda ahí. Cuelo también café que me queda muy sabroso”.
“…En cuanto a fumar, en estos días pasados he estado rico: una caja de tabacos H. Upman del doctor Miró Cardona, dos cajas muy buenas de mi hermano Ramón….”.
“Me voy a cenar: spaghettis con calamares, bombones italianos de postre, café acabadito de colar y después un H. Upman #4. ¿No me envidias?”.
“…Me cuidan, me cuidan un poquito entre todos. No le hacen caso a uno, siempre estoy peleando para que no me manden nada. Cuando cojo el sol por la mañana en shorts y siento el aire de mar, me parece que estoy en una playa… ¡Me van a hacer creer que estoy de vacaciones! ¿Qué diría Carlos Marx de semejantes revolucionarios?”.


¨La patria es dicha de todos, y dolor de todos, y cielo para todos, y no feudo ni capellaní­a de nadie¨ - Marti

"No temas ni a la prision, ni a la pobreza, ni a la muerte. Teme al miedo"
Giacomo Leopardi

¨Por eso es muy importante, Vicky, hijo mío, que recuerdes siempre para qué sirve la cabeza: para atravesar paredes¨Halvar de Flake [El vikingo]

"Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir" - Lorca

"Al final, no os preguntarán qué habéis sabido, sino qué habéis hecho" - Jean de Gerson

"Si queremos que todo siga como está, es necesario que todo cambie" - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

"Todo hombre paga su grandeza con muchas pequeñeces, su victoria con muchas derrotas, su riqueza con múltiples quiebras" - Giovanni Papini

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" - John Lennon

"Habla bajo, lleva siempre un gran palo y llegarás lejos" - Proverbio Africano

"No hay medicina para el miedo" - Proverbio escoces

"El supremo arte de la guerra es doblegar al enemigo sin luchar"
- Sun Tzu

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother" - Albert Einstein

"It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office" - H. L. Menken

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented" - Elie Wiesel

"Stay hungry, stay foolish" -
Steve Jobs

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert , in five years ther'ed be a shortage of sand" - Milton Friedman

"The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less" - Vaclav Havel

"No se puede controlar el resultado, pero si lo que uno haga para alcanzarlo" -
Vitor Belfort [MMA Fighter]


A la puerta de la gloria está San Pedro sentado y ve llegar a su lado a un hombre de cierta historia. No consigue hacer memoria y le pregunta con celo: ¿Quién eras allá en el suelo? Era Liborio mi nombre. Has sufrido mucho, hombre, entra, te has ganado el cielo.

Para Raul Castro

Cuba ocupa el penultimo lugar en el mundo en libertad economica solo superada por Corea del Norte.

Cuba ocupa el lugar 147 entre 153 paises evaluados en "Democracia, Mercado y Transparencia 2007"

Cuando vinieron

Cuando vinieron a buscar a los comunistas, Callé: yo no soy comunista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los sindicalistas, Callé: yo no soy sindicalista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los judíos, Callé: yo no soy judío. Cuando vinieron a buscar a los católicos, Callé: yo no soy “tan católico”.
Cuando vinieron a buscarme a mí, Callé: no había quien me escuchara.

Reverendo Martin Niemöller

Martha Colmenares

Martha Colmenares
Un sitio donde los hechos y sus huellas nos conmueven o cautivan


Donde esta el Mundo, donde los Democratas, donde los Liberales? El pueblo de Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan los Green, los Socialdemocratas, los Ricos y los Pobres, los Con Voz y Sin Voz? Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan el Jet Set, los Reyes y Principes, Patricios y Plebeyos? Cuba desesperada clama por solidaridad.
Donde Bob Dylan, donde Martin Luther King, donde Hollywood y sus estrellas? Donde la Middle Class democrata y conservadora, o acaso tambien liberal a ratos? Y Gandhi? Y el Dios de Todos?
Donde los Santos y Virgenes; los Dioses de Cristianos, Protestantes, Musulmanes, Budistas, Testigos de Jehova y Adventistas del Septimo Dia. Donde estan Ochun y todas las deidades del Panteon Yoruba que no acuden a nuestro llanto? Donde Juan Pablo II que no exige mas que Cuba se abra al Mundo y que el Mundo se abra a Cuba?
Que hacen ahora mismo Alberto de Monaco y el Principe Felipe que no los escuchamos? Donde Madonna, donde Angelina Jolie y sus adoptados around de world; o nos hara falta un Brando erguido en un Oscar por Cuba? Donde Sean Penn?
Donde esta la Aristocracia Obrera y los Obreros menos Aristocraticos, donde los Working Class que no estan junto a un pueblo que lanquidece, sufre y llora por la ignominia?
Que hacen ahora mismo Zapatero y Rajoy que no los escuchamos, y Harper y Dion, e Hillary y Obama; donde McCain que no los escuchamos? Y los muertos? Y los que estan muriendo? Y los que van a morir? Y los que se lanzan desesperados al mar?
Donde estan el minero cantabrico o el pescador de percebes gijonese? Los Canarios donde estan? A los africanos no los oimos, y a los australianos con su acento de hombres duros tampoco. Y aquellos chinos milenarios de Canton que fundaron raices eternas en la Isla? Y que de la Queen Elizabeth y los Lords y Gentlemen? Que hace ahora mismo el combativo Principe Harry que no lo escuchamos?
Donde los Rockefellers? Donde los Duponts? Donde Kate Moss? Donde el Presidente de la ONU? Y Solana donde esta? Y los Generales y Doctores? Y los Lam y los Fabelo, y los Sivio y los Fito Paez?
Y que de Canseco y Miñoso? Y de los veteranos de Bahia de Cochinos y de los balseros y de los recien llegados? Y Carlos Otero y Susana Perez? Y el Bola, y Pancho Cespedes? Y YO y TU?
Y todos nosotros que estamos aqui y alla rumiando frustaciones y resquemores, envidias y sinsabores; autoelogios y nostalgias, en tanto Louis Michel comulga con Perez Roque mientras Biscet y una NACION lanquidecen?
Donde Maceo, donde Marti; donde aquel Villena con su carga para matar bribones?
Cuba llora y clama y el Mundo NO ESCUCHA!!!

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