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2014-04-16 | Guantanamo base; Medical R&D; Energías renovables; Zafra | Opiniones
16 abril 2014


» Guantánamo judge orders inquiry into FBI’s involvement
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Military prosecutors turned Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s self-published “Invitation to Happiness” over to the FBI as potential evidence soon after his lawyers handed them the document last year, a court filing shows.

» Cuba starts making money from its support for medical R&D
Cuba’s long-term investment in medical research is starting to pay off economically, with the communist nation poised to sell products and drugs around the world, said Salvador Moncada, a consultant with the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the WHO.

+ EPA and the Moral Failure of African Leadership

» Energías renovables en la mira
El 5 % de la energía en Cuba se obtiene a partir de fuentes renovables, y de este, casi el 90 por ciento proviene de la agroindustria azucarera, según indicó Julio Torres, vicepresidente de CUBASOLAR en conferencia de prensa efectuada ayer en la Asociación Cubana de las Naciones Unidas (ACNU).

» El Uruguay en su trono
JATIBONICO, Sancti Spíritus.— Ni la ausencia absoluta del invierno; ni las lluvias a destiempo que empaparon los campos y las guardarrayas y más de una vez le hicieron la vida imposible a las combinadas; ni siquiera la maduración tardía de la caña, que en esta parte del país sacó de sus casillas a todos los entendidos, pudieron con el reinado del Uruguay.


» Seis meses para el caso de Carlos Muñiz Varela
El Secretario de Justicia de Puerto Rico, César Miranda, ha dado un plazo de seis meses para lograr armar el caso sobre la investigación del asesinato político del exiliado empresario cubano Carlos Muñiz Varela, ocurrido hace 35 años.

» Real Caribbean man
We join the other contributors to the memory of Norman Girvan, a special Caribbean man, by relating personal encounters with him beginning almost 50 years ago.

+ Cuba’s bold new moves...

» Consideran únicos en el mundo vínculos de Cuba con Africa
Santiago de Cuba, 15 abr (PL) Los estrechos vínculos de Cuba con Africa se han construido sobre una base única en el mundo, con una visión distinta, afirmó hoy aquí Angel Villa, director de Africa Subsahariana del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores.

+ Califica OMS importante y útil cooperación cubana de Salud en África
+ Cuba y Sudáfrica, dos décadas de cooperación y amistad

» INFO 2014 superó expectativas, afirma comité organizador
La Habana, 15 abr (PL) Con una participación nacional de casi 400 especialistas y la asistencia de unas 90 empresas foráneas, INFO 2014 superó las expectativas en comparación con congresos anteriores, informaron a Prensa Latina directivos del evento.

‎» Rechaza Argentina operaciones británicas en Islas Malvinas
BUENOS AIRES, abril 15.— Las Fuerzas Armadas británicas han iniciado una serie de maniobras militares en una de sus bases en el archipiélago de las islas Malvinas, una acción calificada por el Gobierno argentino de «agresión colonial».

» Más de $623 mil millones se ha invertido en derechos sociales de los venezolanos (+Video)
Caracas, 15 de abril de 2014.- El presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, informó que 64.1% de los ingresos que percibió el país durante 2013 se destinaron a la inversión social.

+ Hija de la Caperucita: Mi hermano fue gravemente herido en un pulmón en Chacao (+Foto+Video)
+ Paramédico herido: Guarimbas atentan contra la vida de cualquier venezolano (+Video)


» When Is Foreign Aid Meddling?
The New York Times - Apr 15

With the revelations that a U.S. agency secretly developed a Twitter-like network for Cuba, we ask experts if the United States is justified in using assistance to promote democracy and other political changes abroad?

[L.A.: We reproduce below two of the opinions in the Times' Room for Debate.]

Respect the Sovereignty of Nations

Gerald Sussman, a professor of urban and international studies at Portland State University, is the author or editor of several books, including "The Propaganda Society," "Branding Democracy" and "Global Electioneering."

April 15, 2014

Recent reports of U.S.A.I.D.’s covert involvement in a Twitter-like propaganda project in Cuba, obviously intended to help overthrow that country’s government, once again undermine that agency’s claims to supporting economic development and giving humanitarian assistance to poor countries. However, this comes as no real surprise to anyone familiar with its past support of antidemocratic and regime-change efforts in various parts of the world.

In the 1960s and early 70s, U.S.A.I.D. was involved, in close collaboration with the C.I.A., in funding police training programs (Office of Public Safety) and similar efforts for right-wing forces or military juntas in a number states in Asia (Taiwan, South Vietnam, Laos), Europe (Greece) and Latin America (Uruguay, Brazil, Guatemala). Until it was shut down by Congress in 1974, the O.P.S. was found to be engaging in torture training techniques. More recently, U.S.A.I.D., involved in what it calls “democracy promotion,” has encouraged local efforts to overturn governments in various parts of the world, including financial support for the “color revolutions” of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which clearly were designed to both open markets for transnational capital in the region and extend the reach of NATO closer to Moscow's doorstep.

The initiative taken by President Harry Truman with the creation of the C.I.A. and other covert instruments of the state to broaden the military presence of the United States has been taken up by every subsequent American president acting as commander in chief of U.S. military bases around the world. If not seen by most Americans, “democracy promotion” by the United States is recognized throughout most of the world as an effort to bring untapped regions of the world into the orbit of transnational capital and industry, and overriding the sovereignty of nations at will via the rhetorical cloak of “democracy” and the newfound rationale of “right to protect” interventionism.

President Obama has accused Russia of expansionist ambitions in historically Russian Crimea; he would be better served by studying his own country’s postwar history of rogue invasions thousands of miles from home, for which no apologies have been issued.

Secret Programs Hurt Aid Efforts

Peter Kornbluh is the director the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive. He is the co-author of the forthcoming, "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana."

April 15, 2014

There is a world of difference between American foreign assistance programs that openly support democratic development, human rights and socioeconomic progress, and the type of clandestine operations aimed at regime change that United States Agency for International Development has been running under the guise of a “democracy” promotion program in Cuba. Those programs are not only counterproductive, they are an abject violation of Cuba’s sovereignty, undermine American interests in Cuba’s slow but steady political and economic transition, and endanger the legitimate missions of U.S.A.I.D. around the world.

U.S.A.I.D. was created in 1961 to help the United States win the “hearts and minds” of citizens in poor countries through civic action, economic aid and humanitarian assistance. As a cold war policy tool, the agency was, at times, used as a front for C.I.A. operations and operatives. Among the most infamous examples was the Office of Public Safety, a U.S.A.I.D. police training program in the Southern Cone that also trained torturers.

In the 21st century, U.S.A.I.D. has overcome its tainted legacy and undertaken humanitarian, political and economic work around the globe. It runs democracy promotion efforts from Afghanistan to Kenya — building political leadership capacity, electoral education and registration programs, and judicial reform projects — with little controversy. It is when U.S.A.I.D. undertakes “discreet” regime change operations that it runs into trouble. Indeed, its Office of Transition Initiatives now seems to be competing with, or at least complementing, the C.I.A. on hi-tech propaganda and destabilization programs in Cuba, if not elsewhere as well.

Regime-change programs have a negative impact on larger U.S. foreign policy interests as well as on the legitimacy of U.S.A.I.D.’s own core missions to advance global health and economic welfare. At a Senate hearing on U.S.A.I.D.’s budget last week, Senator Patrick Leahy told the agency's administrator, Rajiv Shah, that his oversight committee was receiving “lots of emails” from aid workers around the world asking this question: “How could they do this and put us in such danger?” The solution is simple: ban U.S.A.I.D. from conducting such covert operations in the name of advancing democracy.


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» Ukrainian Federalists Move Deeper into Kramatorsk, Set Barricades on Fire | RIA Novosti

» Those who don’t lay arms, will be destroyed - Ukrainian military op commander – RT News

» AM - Former Kremlin advisor gives Russia’s view of the crisis in Ukraine

» FBI to have 52 million photos in its NGI face recognition database by next year | Ars Technica

» Raid and shoot: This ain’t your grandpa’s PD «

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» U.S. Still Attacks Cuba, 53 Years after Bombing Airports
Havana, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is commemorating today the 53rd anniversary of the bombings of its airports, ordered by the government of the United States and resulting in the prelude of the mercenary invasion that was defeated in record time in Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs). The commemoration is taking place at a time when evidence shows new modalities of aggression against Cuba, described as non-conventional warfare in a training handbook of the Special Operation Forces of the U.S. Army.
At the dawn of Saturday, April 15, 1961, enemy planes camouflaged as aircraft of the recently-founded Revolutionary Armed Forces, attacked the airport in Ciudad Libertad (in the capital), the air base in San Antonio de los Baños (southeast of Havana) and the airport in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. Eight B-26 planes departed from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with the mission of destroying, on the ground, Cuba's modest aviation and guaranteeing the impunity of other incursions. A fleet armed and financed by the U.S. government had departed from that Nicaraguan city, carrying a mercenary brigade whose mission was to occupy a beachhead from where they would announce the establishment of a puppet government.
The air strike that day aimed to make international public opinion think that an internal uprising was taking place in Cuba.

» En español: EE.UU aún agrede a Cuba, 53 años después de bombardear aeropuertos

» The 1964 Brazilian Coup: What 'Communist Conspiracy'?
It all began with Cuba in 1959. That was a line in the sand for Tio Sam. Kennedy launched the Alliance for Progress in '61, and caudillos throughout South and Central America lined up for lessons on how to prevent their own homegrown communists from reproducing what Fidel and El Che had brought down from the Sierra Maestras. The School of the Americas' manual of torture, originally drafted in Scotland and likely passed along during WWII to eager Yanks in the OSS, was in due course thumped like the bible into the hands of willing thugs in the pay of ruling elites from Guatemala to Chile. In Brazil, when the military grabbed the reins of government on April 1, 1964, the torture manual came off the shelf for immediate application to those who were obnoxious to the dictatorship ideologically, and with lethal consequences for some who fought from the more militant wings of the resistance.

I was in Brazil at the time of the 1964 coup, spending a year at Rio's exclusive Catholic University (PUC). I spent considerable time at first with a guy named Bud who worked for USIA, the "public" face of American overseas diplomacy. The agency operated cultural programs and libraries, also, back in D.C., Voice of America, where I worked part time as a Georgetown undergrad. My friend was a good guy, a kind of mentor twenty years my senior who welcomed me into his family as I slowly acclimated to the seductive lifestyle of the Brazilian gentry on the coattails of their sons and daughters, my classmates, who would invite me home for the hot sit-down midday meal, cooked and served by the black live-in empregadas. An American student was a novelty in those days, and, being short of funds, I was happy to eat out on it.

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