Why José Daniel?

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I knew they would go after him. When I spoke with José Daniel Ferrer for the first time, by phone, I immediately noticed his exceptionality. Shortly after, we talked around the table in our house and this impression was further confirmed. While outside night was coming on, the man from Palmarito de Cauto told us of the years he spent in prison, from the Black Spring of 2003 to mid-2011. The beatings, the denouncing, the inmates who respectfully called him “the politician” and the guards who tried to crush him by force. We spent hours listening to those stories, at times of horror and at others of true miracles. Like when he managed to hide a small radio, his most precious possession, from the searches until he himself smashed it against the floor, seconds before a guard confiscated it.

José Daniel, the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), is today State Security’s main headache in the East of the country. He occupies that place — admirable but dangerous — in part because his every word projects honesty and determination. Good-natured, young, conciliatory, he has managed to revive a dissident movement languishing between repression and the exile of some of its members. His drawing power, and the respect many have for him, comes also from his perseverance and, in particular, from the fact that he is quicker to embrace than to distrust. He has become a human-bridge between several citizen projects and, right now, that makes him a sharp stone in the Cuban government’s shoe.

For 23 days this tireless Santiaguan has been detained. He can no longer traverse the steep roads connecting the towns of his region, nor respond to interviews, nor send messages via Twitter from his cell phone. Last Monday he declared a hunger strike in the police station where they are keeping him incommunicado.  His wife, Belkis Cantillo, still has no information about how much longer he will be under arrest, or even if they plan to file legal charges. Some of us, his friends, have a bad feeling. José Daniel Ferrer has come to have an ability to call people together that frightens the Cuban authorities and they will punish him harshly for that. They fear him because he could give Santiago de Cuba’s slogan, “Heroic City,” a new meaning in these times.

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  1. YOUTUBE: ANDRES CARRION REAFFIRMS HIS AFFILIATION WITH UNPACU – Andres Carrion Alvarez is officially welcomed as a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), meeting was held at the headquarters of the organization in the municipality Contramaestre, Santiago de Cuba, under extraordinary circumstances because of the repression against UNPACU and arrest of its leader, former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer. ANDRES CARRION REAFIRMA FILIACION A UNPACU – Entrada oficial de Andres Carrion Alvarez a la Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU), realizada en la sede de la organización del municipio Contramaestre, Santiago de Cuba, en circunstancias extraordinarias debido a la represión contra la UNPACU y la detención de su líder, el ex prisionero de conciencia Jose Daniel Ferrer. (SPANISH ONLY)

  2. Its 2012…Time to arrest every nations government,religious leaders,teachers,big business who destroy other businesses,army,police,intelligence working for them against their own people…victims of the human beasts…and parasites.
    In Cuba may be 4 million of these parasites…so arrest them all now.Cuba libre should be in charge of the punishment of these criminals and put back inquisition…for them

  3. Cuban Revolution can be called Cuban Holocaust…which is similar to the World Holocaust that did go on in the last centuries by human animals,beasts,zombies etc.

    Being proud killing and torturing,enslaving and terrorizing them…is not called revolution but a crime against the humanity. So arrest all the criminals of the world who run the holocausts in every country. Who be with criminals will be arrested too. You are with us or against us…the victims…of the holocausts in every nation=prison or concentration camp

  4. Cuba Liar, don’t you think it odd this alleged pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize winner praised the man who wanted to nuke New York? Fidel Castro, the man who sent thousands to the firing squad, who ordered a ferryboat full of women & children to be rammed and sunk? The man who sent an army to Africa to fight a series of wars that slaughtered millions, wars which still continue to this day? The same man who sends his goons to beat up women peacefully walking to church?

  5. 88Cuba Libre

    Abril 30th, 2012 at 20:15
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    You have to understand that same people that gives out Nobel prizes are the ones that bought the gold Nazis took out the mouth of millions of Jews killed in gas chambers, are the same people that implemented extermination policies on all Swedish mental, or physical handicapped, same people that left Hitler troops marsh through Swedish territory to attack Norway, same people that actually discriminate Sami and Gypsy people, same people that today produces more “white power” music in the world……. it is not rare those people awards a castrofascist apologizer like Adolfo Perez Esquivel…… they was and are stinky fascist too.

  6. C.L. ON COMMENT #90 !! RADIO ANGULO I SEE!! GOOD TRY!! JE JE JE!

    Copyright © 2001-2012. CMKO Angulo Radio Station, Holguin, Cuba.

    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN CUBA- Amnesty International Publications 2010
    STATE MONOPOLY OF THE MEDIA: The media is a key arena in which the right to freedom of expression is exercised. It plays a critical role in any society, for example raising awareness of human rights and exposing human rights violations. The media has the potential to help shape public opinion and to monitor and assess the performance of those holding public office at all levels; it is an important tool for scrutinizing government practices in all societies no matter their political ideology. The absence of an independent media is a serious obstacle to the enjoyment of freedom of expression and the adequate review of corrupt and abusive official practices. Restrictions on the Cuban media are stringent and pervasive and clearly stop those in the country from enjoying their right to freedom of opinion and expression, including freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.8 The state maintains a total monopoly on television, radio, the press, internet service providers, and other electronic means of communication.9 According to official figures, there are currently 723 publications (406 print and 317 digital), 88 radio stations, four national TV channels (two devoted to educational programming), 16 regional TV stations and an international TV channel. All are financed and controlled by the government.10 Three newspapers provide national coverage: Granma, which is the organ of the Cuban Communist Party, Juventud Rebelde and Trabajadores.

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/005/2010/en/62b9caf8-8407-4a08-90bb-b5e8339634fe/amr250052010en.pdf

  7. VOICE OF AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS YOANI SANCHEZ: Press Freedom Matters – Press freedom matters because without a free press, few other human rights are attainable.

    Press freedom matters because without a free press, few other human rights are attainable. A strong press freedom environment encourages the growth of civil society, which leads to stable democracies and political and economic development. That’s why the United States is highlighting journalists around the world who are suffering intimidation, imprisonment, and sometimes death for exercising their right to free expression.

    Yoani Sanchez is a Cuban blogger who is not permitted to leave the country. She has attracted an international following for her blog, Generación Y, which gives readers unprecedented insight into the harsh realities of life in Cuba. Her work has won numerous awards, including Columbia University’s Maria Cabot prize for journalism, and the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award in 2011. But Cuba’s Communist government has refused to allow her to leave the country to accept these honors. Requests by Ms. Sanchez to travel have been denied 19 times.

    Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States urges the Cuban government to allow Ms. Sanchez to travel abroad freely and for all governments to stop the use of travel bans against journalists or dissidents for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

    Elsewhere, Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen has been silenced by the Chinese government. Wangchen was detained by Chinese authorities in March 2008 on charges related to his 25-minute documentary titled “Leaving Fear Behind.” The film is based on 40 hours of footage and over 100 interviews conducted over five months. Filmed in China’s Amdo region (located principally in Qinghai Province), the footage includes interviews with Tibetans who expressed views on a range of issues from the Dalai Lama to the human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China.

    Wangchen was reportedly beaten, deprived of food and sleep during interrogations, and held incommunicado for a full year. He was tried in secret in 2009 and is serving a six year sentence in Xichuan Prison, Qinghai Province.

    The United States urges the Chinese government to respect the universal human rights of all Chinese citizens.

    Press freedom is a fundamental human right that must be respected by all governments. The United States will continue to shine the spotlight of international attention on all those who abuse this basic human right.

    http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Press-Freedom-Matters–149575695.html

  8. Yet another Nobel Peace prize winner who speaks out about the outstanding things that Fidel Castro has achieved.

    Quote; “Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel (Argentina) praised the wisdom and coherence of Fidel Castro, and the stance shown by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, when he said that “Fidel is a wise man,” and this does not mean having read more books, but understanding the deep sense of life and sharing that knowledge with his people and the entire humankind.”

    http://www.radioangulo.cu/en/news/cuba/15263-nobel-peace-prize-winner-extols-fidel-castro.html

  9. Small-scale communism is needed in all the wilderness of the west…which looks like a jungle where the human animals hunt and eat each other…same as the eastern world cannibals…Now the western world look like the east…a world cannibalism united…

  10. Cuban workers have lots of rights:

    They have the right to earn 10 to 20 dollars a month.

    They have the right to follow orders.

    They have the right to be fired.

    Sounds like a worker’s paradise to me.

  11. HAPPY MAY DAY TO ALL!! JE JE JE!

    INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS (ICFTU) CUBA REPORT:

    There still is no freedom of association, no genuine collective bargaining and the right to strike is still not recognised in law. Six of the seven independent trade union leaders sentenced to lengthy terms in 2003 remained in prison. An independent trade union leader was arrested at the beginning of the year.

    TRADE UNION RIGHTS IN LAW
    A single union
    The Cuban authorities only recognise a single national trade union centre, the Central de Trabajadores Cubanos (CTC). The Labour Code, which was published in 1985, does not provide for any genuine freedom of association. The government explicitly prohibits independent trade unions, though it claims there is no legal requirement for workers to join the CTC.

    The government has told the ILO that it is undergoing a comprehensive revision of its Labour Code. A new code is unlikely to guarantee genuine freedom of association, as the government maintains that existing laws already do so. According to the Cuban authorities “Freedom of association, protected in Convention 87, does not translate into the false concept of ‘trade union pluralism’ imposed by the main centres of capitalist and imperial power.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE REPORT!

    http://www.icftu.org/displaydocument.asp?Index=991223866&Language=EN

  12. GUESS THE CASTROFASCIST AGENTS ARE OUT DOING THEIR MARCHING ROUTINE & MEMORIZING THEIR NEW SCRIPT SO THEY CAN BE THEIR BEST AFTER THE MAY 1 “FESTIVITIES”! FUNNY THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE RECOGNIZED POLITICAL PARTY & “UNION” IN THE “ISLAND PARADISE”!BUT NO MATTER, JOSE DANIEL IS FREE AND WE WILL KEEP A TIGHTER EYE OUT FOR HIS WELFARE FROM NOW ON!

    “Under Cuba’s “dangerousness” law, authorities can imprison people who have not committed a crime on the suspicion that they might commit one in the future. “Dangerous” activities include handing out copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, writing articles critical of the government and trying to start an independent union.”

    AFP NEWS SERVICE: Cuba frees dissident detained after Pope visit

    HAVANA — Police in Cuba released Jose Daniel Ferrer, a political dissident arrested shortly after the visit to the island by Pope Benedict XVI, the activist told AFP.

    “They released me around 1:00 pm,” Ferrer said by telephone from his home in the town of Palmarito de Cauto, in the province of Santiago de Cuba, 900 kilometers (550 miles) southeast of Havana.

    “Physically I don’t feel well, but my spirits are high,” said Ferrer, 41.

    Ferrer, leader of the banned Patriotic Union of Cuba (UPC), was arrested on April 2 along with 42 activists in a crackdown on protesters in Santiago de Cuba after the pope visited the island.

    The group was arrested after protesting the detention of a dissident who chanted anti-government slogans during the pope’s visit in late March. Most were released after a few days.

    Ferrer said that police told him he could wait at home for a trial on disorderly conduct charges, although no date has been set. The police also warned that they would be monitoring him.

    “They told me that the activities that I instigate, organize and finance are actions against the revolution that cause public disorder, and that if I continued they would … take me back to prison,” Ferrer said.

    However if he limited his opposition to writing behind closed doors, then the authorities told him that they could dismiss the case.

    Ferrer vowed to continue with his outside activities.

    While in detention, Ferrer went on a three-day hunger strike complaining about prison food. He ended his protest when prison officials let his wife bring food.

    Ferrer was one of dozens of dissidents sentenced to prison in 2003 but was released in 2011 through the mediation of the Catholic Church.

    About 130 political prisoners were freed as a result of that dialogue. Most left for Spain, but Ferrer and 11 others refused to leave their homeland.

    Havana considers dissidents “mercenaries” in Washington’s pay.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hQdxijujaCZt4eY7_oCwwjUhFDSw?docId=CNG.8471a5a1266bfc56b71df0c51fda4af5.01

  13. THE MAN WHO’S “DOWN WITH COMMUNISM” HEARD & SEEN AROUND THE WORLD! INSTANTLY! THANK YOU FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INTERNET, BLOGS! BUT MOST, THE PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT LIBERTY! AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH! “EL CAMION CARRION”! MY PET NAME FOR ANDRES!

    MIAMI HERALD: Andrés Carrión describes his anti-Castro shouts during papal visit in Cuba – In an exclusive interview, the man who shouted anti-Castro-slogans recalls the globally broadcast incident that occurred during the pope’s visit. – BY JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ
    Andrés Carrión, the man who shouted “Freedom!” “Down with communism!” and other anti-Castro slogans on March 26, shortly before the papal Mass on Antonio Maceo Square in Santiago de Cuba, remembers that moment as if it had been the end of his life. His throat was dry. He panted. He thought about his family.

    “I was worried because I thought that, at the moment of truth, my voice would fail and my shouts wouldn’t come out,” Carrión recalled in a telephone interview with El Nuevo Herald. “But they did, and I know that they caused the dictatorship much harm.”

    The incident occurred in an area near the platform where TV cameramen and photographers stood. It was broadcast widely, throughout the world. As he was removed violently from the square, Carrión was struck by several government sympathizers. One member of the Cuban Red Cross beat him savagely on the face and struck him on the head with a folded stretcher.

    “If I had an opportunity to find the stretcher bearer, I’d try to explain to him that his intransigence only benefits the government,” Carrión said. “The same government that keeps him working hard and selling bleach on the streets.”

    Carrión thought that he wouldn’t leave the square alive.

    For days, Cuban authorities kept his identity secret, until it was disclosed by Alfonso Chaviano Peláez and José Daniel Ferrer García, members of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU). Chaviano said in a phone interview with El Nuevo Herald that he had recognized Carrión but that he was unable to report it immediately because he lacked a means of communication and his home was under close surveillance.

    “Not long ago, I was able to see some videos of the protest and the great pounding they were giving me,” Carrión said. “But in the midst of that situation, your adrenaline and state of mind are altered and you don’t realize it. The only thing I felt was that my soul was separated from my body.”

    Carrión said that the idea to stage a protest began when he heard that Pope Benedict XVI would visit Santiago de Cuba. One week after the papal Mass, he toured the square repeatedly. He even selected the best location for his protest.

    That day, Carrión was among the first to arrive. He took 10 candies and a bottle of cold water. The wait was long and exhausting. He arrived at 11 a.m. The Mass was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. One hour before evading the police cordon and shouting his slogans, a Colombian journalist approached him and asked him what he thought about the Cuban government.

    Carrión did not reply.

    “I looked at him and said to myself, ‘stick around and you’ll find out what Cubans think,’ ” he recalled.

    On the evening of March 26, the authorities took him to the Versailles Operation Center of State Security, in Santiago de Cuba. For at least two weeks, he remained in a cell, alone, without knowing if his protest had reached the outside world.

    “The only satisfaction I felt was that I had done something in the name of all the Cubans who remain silent out of fear,” Carrión said. “Now I’m fully aware that the regime will never forgive me for what I did. That’s why I think they’re waiting for the right moment to give me a final blow.”

    Carrión’s situation provoked innumerable expressions of concern. Human rights activists and peaceful oppositionists in Cuba and abroad demanded his immediate release from prison. Carrión was freed one week ago, although he’s under obligation to meet a series of conditions. The authorities have ordered him to appear every Wednesday at the Versailles center. They’ve told him not to have contact with foreign media.

    The government also has taken additional steps in his neighborhood, Carrión says. An Interior Minister officer, a captain by the name of Figueroa, told the residents of the Sorribes housing complex where he lives that they may lynch or stone anyone who demonstrates against the revolution.

    “State Security checks on me constantly and I’m the target of provocations,” Carrión said. “The people are afraid but express their support to me covertly. On the street, they tell me, ’thanks from those of us who didn’t have the guts to do what you did.’ That comforts me.”

    Currently unemployed, Carrión has a diploma in social and occupational rehabilitation. His wife is a physician. They have no children.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/29/2774790/andres-carrion-describes-his-anti.html

  14. Cuba’s military puts business on front lines

    Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces rent rooms to tourists through Gaviota SA, the island’s fastest-growing hotel conglomerate. They sell premium cigars, peddle consumer goods through an island-wide retail chain and serve lobster dinners at the Divina Pastora restaurant in Havana’s landmark Morro Castle. The military also has a say in allotting nickel mines and leasing offshore lots for oil exploration. The University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies estimates that soldiers control more than 60 percent of the island’s economy.

    The military’s economic role will likely become even more critical after the death of Cuba’s ailing 80-year-old leader, Fidel Castro, who is widely believed to be dying of cancer.

    …The military found foreign joint-venture partners for Cuba’s moribund citrus industry, which almost collapsed after losing its markets in the Soviet block. Today, citrus is an important export. Cuba’s most important citrus company is a joint venture with Grupo BM, an Israeli firm that operates a 115,000-acre farm that grows grapefruit using state-of-the-art drip irrigation techniques.

    …the military’s own economic empire has continued to grow. Today, the military’s web of companies are run by the Grupo de Administracion Empresarial SA, or the Business Administration Group. Known by its Spanish acronym Gaesa, the group is headed by Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Julio Casas Regueiro. The group’s deputy head is Col. Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Castro’s son-in-law. The group is run from offices on the fourth floor of Cuba’s defense ministry, according to Mr. Mora of the National Defense University.

    Giving the armed forces a critical role in running the economy has helped the Castro brothers reward their supporters and gives them a stake in the preservation of the regime. But it has also introduced a corrupting influence in the military that could worsen if the military’s role expands further in a post-Fidel Cuba. A number of high-ranking “entrepreneur soldiers” have already been dismissed and sometimes jailed for corruption.

    The military also faces potential dissension within its ranks: Soldiers involved with foreign joint ventures, who live far better than others in the military, are viewed by many officers with distrust and envy, analysts say.

    Another problem sign is what Ricardo Pascoe, a former Mexican ambassador in Havana, calls the rise of the “juniors” — the sons of high-ranking military officers who often live abroad and enjoy privileges undreamed of by ordinary Cubans. During his time in Havana from 2001 to 2003, Mr. Pascoe says, many Mexican businessmen complained to him that the “juniors” charged commissions for contracts through their fathers.

    Mr. Mora of the National Defense University believes that if unchecked the “juniors” could become the kernel of semicriminal mafias that could dominate much of the economy if Cuba liberalizes its economy. Instead of China becoming the model for Cuba, he says, Raul Castro could inadvertently turn Cuba into a Caribbean version of oligarchic, post-Communist Russia.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/cubas-military-puts-business-on-front-lines-459475/

    This article is from 2006. Significantly, much of what the report warns of, a growing criminal network dominating the Cuban economy seems to be coming true.

  15. Cuba communism was created for the purpos to turn all Americas red,but first the poor nations…and than the last castle…make USA like Cuba…a hell geto….
    The other purpose may have been the Americas religions,not just their governments.
    Some one wanted both of them gone…and now the fact is that the west is like wilderness or the world of the dead…where you see the ghosts and zombies,vampires

  16. The photograph of José Daniel shown above was taken at the prison where he was held on a sentence of 25 years for the crime of calling for human rights and democracy in Cuba. He is seen in the visitors meeting room talking on a cell phone lent to him by his visitor. Anybody who looks at that photograph and imagines they see a healthy, happy, well dressed and affluent Cuban is an idiot or a Liar.

  17. Both José Daniel and Yoani…you are lucky not to be in Spain now

    Italy, Greece, Portugal, England, Irland, Belgium, France and maybe Holland will go crazy this year which may be the lastyear in the EU

  18. José Daniel looks well dressed and bettr than europeans and north american who are starving and are homeless now; they dont have jobs,education,health,food,cloths anymore provided as they had before because their nations are ready to collapse in 2012-2013…
    José Daniel has all of what he needs;job,education,healthcare,cloths,food ration and sun and beach so he better watch the world and specially EU which is lucky to pass this summmer…

  19. SEATTLE TIMES: In Cuba, young people long for Web access – With home Web accounts limited to foreigners and government officials, Cuba has the lowest Internet-penetration rate in the Western Hemisphere, even below that of impoverished Haiti.- By Franco Ordonez
    Like many young Cubans, Malagon is frustrated that he can’t access Facebook and Google like his peers around the world.

    “We’re ready,” he said. “We have so much culture and education in Cuba. There are many Third World countries with much less culture and education than Cuba that have had the Internet for many years.”

    That may not come for years. Cuba, with its authoritarian communist government in control of the Web, has the lowest Internet-penetration rate in the Western Hemisphere, with just 16 percent of its population online. Even earthquake ravaged Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest country, has a higher percentage of its people on the Internet.

    In Cuba, only government officials and foreigners can set up the Internet in their homes. Most Cubans can’t afford the fees charged at tourist hotels, where an hour of Internet equals about a quarter of the average Cuban’s monthly salary.

    “Think about it,” said David Gonzalez, 20, who sometimes sneaks onto the Internet at the hotel where his mother works. “For $5 an hour, it’s not worth it.”

    Government concern

    The Cuban government is concerned about the online potential for dissent and social mobilization, according to experts such as William LeoGrande, a Latin America specialist and dean of the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington.

    The government feels confident that it has control of the traditional dissident community, LeoGrande said, but it’s less familiar with the techniques of a new crop of younger dissidents who’ve been inspired by the revolutionaries who used social media to start anti-government movements across North Africa and the Middle East.

    The most famous Cuban blogger using social media to foment dissent is Yoani Sanchez, who publishes Generation Y, a blog that’s translated into 16 languages. She sends out regular tweets about activism and her life on the island, using text messaging from her cellphone. She has nearly 250,000 Twitter followers. She posts regularly each day.

    “It’s possible that I don’t get there, that I don’t have enough health or life, please tell the youth of the future that their irreverence is welcome,” she recently wrote on Twitter.

    Opponents call her a fraud and an agent in the United States’ political and economic war against Cuba.

    Getting access

    The greatest challenge that bloggers like Sanchez face isn’t censorship, but getting online. Despite the restrictions, she and others bloggers are finding new ways to broadcast their reporting, saving posts onto flash drives and sharing them with friends with access to the Internet.

    In 2007, Ramiro Valdes, then the interior minister, called the Internet “one of the mechanisms of global extermination,” but he added that it was necessary for continued economic development.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2018103525_btcubaweb30.html

  20. CL

    Do you really think that a couple of asinine quotes by some obviously starry-eyed and deluded individuals could possibly make Fidel Castro look good?

    Daaaaang, you’re dumb.

  21. In fact, fewer and fewer people are speaking out in support or praise of Fidel Castro. There was a time when he commanded the facination of the Western chattering classes. Over time Castro has betrayed, dissapointed, appalled or disgusted so many people inside Cuba and around the world that by now only the most pathetically gullible still have any regard for him.

  22. A good thing William Morgan is being remembered. Funny how all the heroes of the revolution ended up dead or in prison. Only the Soviet agents and tools survived.

  23. ANOTHER INTERESTING ARTICLE ON THIS UNKNOWN STORY ABOUT AN AMERICAN WHO HELPED THE CASTROFASCISTS WIN THE REVOLUTION & THEN WAS EXECUTED WHEN HE REBELLED AS HE SAW THAT THE CUBAN PEOPLE WERE BEING LIED TO AND THE REVOLUTION WAS BEING SEQUESTERED BY CASTRO BROTHERS!

    MIAMI HERALD: An American rebel’s final defiant words before execution by Castro – A newly uncovered letter by an American rebel to his elderly mother on the eve of his execution by Castro shows he had no regrets. – By Michael Sallah And Alfonso Chardy

    Just one day before his own brutal execution, William Morgan sat in a dingy Cuban prison cell and scrawled his final letter to his elderly mother in Ohio.

    Charged with trying to overthrow the Castro government, the man known as el Yanqui Comandante wrote he had no regrets for fighting in a revolution that changed Cuba, defended his role in battling the leaders who seized control, and said he was ready to die.

    “And if my life will help the people of Cuba, then I am glad to give it,’’ he wrote before he was hauled before a firing squad.

    For 51 years, the original letter written by one of the most intriguing figures of the revolucion remained buried — and never delivered to his family.

    Until now.

    A half-century after Morgan was shot to death at La Cabana prison, the man entrusted to pass the original letter onto Morgan’s family found it tucked away in his personal archives: five, simple folded pages.

    Weeks later, he sent a copy of the note to a Miami Herald reporter, who then forwarded it to Morgan’s closest surviving heir: his widow in Ohio.

    “It moved me very deeply,” said Olga Morgan Goodwin, a Cuban native who married Morgan during fighting in the Escambray Mountains. “William wrote it in the final minutes of his life.”

    What’s not clear is why the original letter written in the darkness of a prison cell took so long to be delivered.

    Henry Raymont, now 85, the UPI reporter who interviewed Morgan before his trial, recalled watching the prisoner pen his final goodbye to his mother from a bench in his cell, writing: “I am a very fortunate man to at least know the time of my death and prepare for it.”

    After Morgan was shot against the wall by a firing squad, Raymont rushed to send it on the UPI news wires with instructions to deliver it to Loretta Morgan in Toledo.

    “I know I sent it,’’ said Raymont. “They ran the full text on the wire.”

    But when Loretta Morgan died in a nursing home in 1988, there was no copy of the UPI dispatch in her prized collection of her son’s possessions, which included half a dozen letters he’d sent from the mountains during the revolution, said Morgan’s widow, now 76.

    Five decades later, the letter offers a rare glimpse of the charismatic street hero who led a band of guerrillas in a sweep across the mountains that helped force President Fulgencio Batista to flee in 1959.

    While the letter is expected to spark debates over Morgan’s place in revolutionary history, it comes as his relatives continue to mount a rare campaign: to return his remains to the United States.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/28/2773707/an-american-rebels-final-defiant.html

  24. INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT BIT OF CUBAN & AMERICAN HISTORY! AN ONGOING ONE TOO! THE CASTROFASCITS ARE EVEN SCARED OF THE DEAD! THEY KNOW THE DAY OF RECKONING IS COMING AND ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO PUSH IT SO THEY CAN BE DEAD BEFORE IT COMES!

    MIAMI HERALD: Widow fights to reclaim American rebel’s remains – By Michael Sallah and Alfonso Chardy

    For Loretta Morgan, it was a final, desperate plea before dying 24 years ago: bring her son’s remains home from Cuba, so he can be reburied in the United States.

    In the ensuing years, letters were written on her behalf to President Obama, members of Congress, and even Pope Benedict XVI. Top U.S. leaders would travel to Havana, asking for the remains of William Morgan.

    But to this day, the body of the Yanqui Comandante remains in a massive cemetery in the heart of Havana — 51 years after he was shot by a firing squad at La Cabana prison.

    “This has been so hard,” says Olga Morgan Goodwin, who married the celebrated rebel fighter in Cuba in 1958.

    Just last year, a delegation led by former President Jimmy Carter said it was assured by top Cuban representatives that the Castro government was open to the idea.

    “They said they were willing to work it out,” recalled Robert Pastor, national security advisor to the Carter White House who raised the issue with Josefina Vidal, chief of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ North American unit.

    But when family representatives tried to reach out to the Cuban government to get a visa, they never got a response, they said.

    “I feel frustrated for the Morgan family,” Rollison said.

    One expert said a major snag could be Morgan’s own history in Cuba and his public break with Castro over the government’s growing ties with the Soviets in 1960.

    “It is risky in Cuba to talk about people who have challenged the revolution,” said Aran Shetterly, author of the book, Americano: Fighting with Castro for Cuba’s Freedom. “For whatever reason, the old guard still seems to think Morgan’s memory represents a threat even though most young Cubans have never heard of him.”

    But there may be a more practical reason, he said. So far, no one knows for sure if Morgan is still buried in the Colon Cemetery, where he was laid to rest after his execution in 1961. “Are we sure that the Cubans know where Morgan’s remains are?” asked Shetterly.

    Burial records show the body was interred in the massive graveyard, and in 1971, was moved to a new site on the grounds. One visitor to the cemetery told The Herald she located his gravesite three years ago, displaying photos.

    Goodwin, who managed to get friends in the exile community to raise $2,500 to help pay expenses for the return of the body, said her husband belongs in his native Ohio.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/28/2773710/widow-fights-to-reclaim-american.html

  25. VICTIMS OF THE CASTROFASCIST REVOLUTION VERSION TO BE CLEAR!- February 19, 2008 Update on Findings

    This work documents loss of life and disappearances of a political or military nature attributed to the Cuban Revolution. Each documented case is available for review at http://www.CubaArchive.org and substantiated by bibliographic/historic data and reports from direct sources. Due to the ongoing nature of the work and the difficulty of obtaining and verifying data from Cuba, the following totals change as research progresses and are considered far from exhaustive. Cuba Archive is currently examining additional cases -most are expected to be added to this table. Experience has shown that as additional outreach efforts are undertaken, many more cases are likely to be uncovered.

    Non-Combat Victims of the Castro Regime:
    January 1, 1959 to December 31, 2007
    Work-in-progress

    Documented Cases
    Firing squad executions = 4,074
    Extrajudicial killings not in prison = 1,334
    Missing and disappeared = 219
    Other, including deaths in prison = 2,215
    Estimate
    “Balseros” (estimate to 2003) = 77,833

    TOTAL 85,675

    Cuba Archive – Free Society Project, Inc.
    P.O. Box 529 / Summit, NJ 07902 – Tel. 973.701-0520

  26. Cuba Archive’s Truth and Memory Project is documenting deaths and disappearances resulting from the Cuban revolution and studies transitional issues related to truth, memory and justice.
    This project seeks to compel people and nations to help Cubans peacefully attain their rightful freedoms, foster a culture of respect for life and the rule of law, and honor the memory of those who’ve paid the highest price.

    RESEARCH REPORTS: The Database of Documented Cases contains electronic records for cases cited in any reports and the section Case Profiles has narratives on selected cases.

    EACH OF THESE CATEGORIES REPRESENTS INDIVIDUAL REPORTS ON SAID TOPIC:
    Update of Findings, 1/25/2012
    Che Guevara’s Forgotten Victims
    Deaths by hunger strike
    Che Guevara’s Forgotten Victims
    Deaths Reported in 2008
    Deaths Reported in 2007
    Foreigners killed by Cuba
    U.S. citizens victims of the Cuban regime
    Civilians killed for attempting to flee Cuba
    Minors killed by the Cuban regime
    The Tugboat Massacre of July 13, 1994
    The Canimar River Massacre of July 6, 1980
    Female victims of the Cuban regime
    Spaniards killed in Cuba
    Adult males killed by the Cuban regime
    Deaths or disappearances in detention
    List of Che Guevara’s victims in Cuba 1957-1959

    http://cubaarchive.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=21&Itemid=95

  27. VICTIMS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION – February 19, 2008 Update on Findings

    This work documents loss of life and disappearances of a political or military nature attributed to the Cuban Revolution. Each documented case is available for review at http://www.CubaArchive.org and substantiated by bibliographic/historic data and reports from direct sources. Due to the ongoing nature of the work and the difficulty of obtaining and verifying data from Cuba, the following totals change as research progresses and are considered far from exhaustive. Cuba Archive is currently examining additional cases -most are expected to be added to this table. Experience has shown that as additional outreach efforts are undertaken, many more cases are likely to be uncovered.

    Non-Combat Victims of the Castro Regime:
    January 1, 1959 to December 31, 2007
    Work-in-progress

    Documented Cases
    Firing squad executions = 4,074
    Extrajudicial killings not in prison = 1,334
    Missing and disappeared = 219
    Other, including deaths in prison = 2,215
    Estimate
    “Balseros” (estimate to 2003) = 77,833

    TOTAL 85,675

    Cuba Archive – Free Society Project, Inc.
    P.O. Box 529 / Summit, NJ 07902 – Tel. 973.701-0520

    http://www.CubaArchive.org

  28. Por el levantamiento popular en Cuba- CONFIRMADO: Jose Daniel Ferrer ha sido liberado. #Cuba (según varias cuentas de disidentes en twitter)- CONFIRMED: Jose Daniel Ferrer has been released. # Cuba (according to several accounts of dissidents on twitter)
    Yoani Sánchez: ‎#Cuba Me llegan varios reportes de que liberaron a @JDanielFerrer – News gets to me in several reports that they have released Jose Daniel Ferrer
    http://www.facebook.com/levantacuba (THIS IS A FACEBOOK PAGE)

  29. A great moment in time to remember for always. Two great leaders who both changed the world forever by bringing freedom to abused and oppressed nations. Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela.

    And here are some comments by people who admire them.

    “This is what the people that hate Fidel don’t want to see..this man is a great leader..they don’t make them like this anymore, now we have the talk and no show leaders..I love this man..

    fran21ish 1 year ago 25″

    “Easily one of the greatest men to have ever graced this Earth, I’d give my life for him in a second.

    xtremelygoodlookin 1 year ago 18 “

  30. More and more people are strarting to speak out in favor of Fidel Castro. First it was the Brazilian envoys who disappointed the dissidents on this blog. Then the Pope let them down by not intervening in Cuban politics. Next it was Camila Vallejo, the Chilean revoutionary, to scold and contradict the anti-castro sources at work. And now to top it all off, Nelson Mandella, a well know supporter of Human rights speaks out publicly praising Fidel Castro.
    “MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – City officials shunned Nelson Mandela on his arrival last night in Miami, where the South African activist’s embrace of Cuba’s Fidel Castro has driven a wedge between blacks and Cuban-Americans.”

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19900628&slug=1079499

  31. I was thinking what about if many of the so called Cuba’s dissidents are planted by the intelligence to mix them with others,the real dissidents…maybe is non..and all.
    Not all the apples are green and yellow…maybe there are red apples also…who knows

  32. DAILY MOTION VIDEO: A MANO LIMPIA TV SHOW: The guests are the two Cuban actors of the film “Una Noche” (One Night) who fled Cuba – Two Cuban actors of the Film “Una Noche” (One Night), about rafters who flee to America, disappeared last week just after stepping into the Miami International Airport on a layover on to their trip to New York. There they would represent this Cuban film in the Tribeca Film Festival.
    AML: Invitados los dos actores cubanos de la cinta Una Noche, que escaparon de Cuba – Dos actores cubanos de la cinta Una Noche, sobre balseros que se fugan a Estados Unidos, desaparecieron la semana pasada apenas pisaron el Aeropuerto Internacional de Miami en una escala en su viaje a Nueva York. Allí, presentarían esta película cubana en el Festival de Cine de Tribeca.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqgi3w_aml-invitados-los-dos-actores-cubanos-de-la-cinta-una-noche-que-escaparon-de-cuba_news?from_fb_popup=1&code=AQDCNqq1crhEaxtCNTkEFiYXCrT90p9xEE3fulEDeZjkzjD2jB_qZFSdQtXhNajslSmHMRMf3VyQbU3WMMAnIgJWX7K8NC6L4mYDFAvs5HPfOZ60gtKIKP-FrT_YoCBjhO0HKgysoVAiiHojqdenWjASXsH2nQ9p5yXP8UGLiKpPxQhizWh4rR7YjIK6ZZp-vic#_=_

  33. Cuban Agramontista Union

    For the lawyers from around the world and all the bodies and defense of Human Rights:

    Dear colleagues, we Cuban lawyers in solidarity duty to intercede for the Cuban citizen José Daniel Ferrer, a human rights defender, who has been indicted without objectivity, without due process and who remains in jail.

    The Cuban Constitution in its article number 5 states: that is the Communist Party (and only) the highest leading force of society and the State, excluding the regime under the rule of law and thus guarantees of due legal process. According to this precept a biased judge, under party leadership, with an arbitrary and unjust accusation, judge him. We recall that in Cuba there is no judiciary, no judges, is the police who imposes criminal charges and a prosecutor leading the investigation, and lawyers led by the Organization of Collective Law is subordinate to the Communist government through the Ministry of Justice. We clarified that since 1974 Cuba was banned in private practice of law. The evidence against Jose Daniel Ferrer practice will be made at the whim of the police investigation and prosecution, and may not be challenged by the defendant or his counsel, may challenge the judges, can not confront the witnesses who accused him . The helplessness if queen, as in any judgment, against a peaceful activist who defends human rights in Cuba.

    All lawyers in the world, to associations of lawyers and bar associations, organizations that defend human rights, Amnesty International, Freedon House and UN bodies , OAS, EU, and all the democratic governments of the world and defenders of justice, we ask them to intercede for this just demand, and also show their support for the claim is set forth below: that independent lawyers have access to file indictment against citizen Jose Daniel Ferrer, who although does not change the situation of lack of guarantees of due process, at least have lawyers to represent their rights and interests of justice and freedom, unless you allow it to freely appoint his defender.

    We lawyers of the Cuban Union propose Agramontista criminologists, lawyers: Zenén Pérez Yera and Jesus Faisel Iglesias, appearing for and defend the proceedings brought against the honorable citizen Jose Daniel Ferrer, who deserves our attention, justice and immediate release.

    Sincerely,

    Juan Jose Lopez

    Chairman.

    Cuban Agramontista Union

  34. World scene and act now is like this ;

    and the uprising and big hate are growing ready for the attack against their lazy elites…This happen in 1989-90 in many communist countries in East Europe and the same is happening in 2011-12 in the west…everywhere in the planet,the human hell

  35. Darkness army divisions=countries are now;
    EU and East Europe countries,Asian and Middle East countries,North America and Cuba and some countries in South America,Africa

    Lightness army divisions are the rising youths(not those who are paid to work as the spies,mercenaries) and many generations people,intelectuals who oppose the Darkness army and its preparation for war and the attacks…A big Fight is coming and the Martial Law may start but the masks will be not there from those who fight…They will see each other as white and black,light and dark…in big contrast

  36. Dark Kingdom is made of old evil man made system of;
    political and economical and religious institutions…now all weak,demolished,hated because it serve to few men against other men…a blind,lay minority against slaved majority…now awakening,uniting by the big suffering and ready for a big revensh.
    For more infos and prediction you can watch the movie; “dr. Monroe’s island”…
    End of the movie will be similar to the end of the story of the lazy men ruling the dumb…if there will not change the system…by peace. Than will be violence,crimes.

  37. Cuba is the future world and so is this man..Jose Daniel..the man victim of the NWO…created already in many countries. There are many men like him,hunted by evil
    and there will be no freedom,food but just fear,persecution…which half of the world had already experienced in the East Europe,Asia,Middle East,Cuba,South and North America..Humans acuse now many created organizations or group of men for this;
    like political,economical,religious organizations and orders,groups,hidden and open with different nets of spies,mercenaries in inteligence,army,police and secret societies and government officials.They are all as one…and servants of the old evil kingdom…the cold lon darkness,night which is going to be hated more and more…and now destroyed by the morning of the sun light rising,new day starting.Youths in the streets are the sun’s army worldwide and they are the army of the new kingdom now…the sun and day. So change the sides because the darkness’s destiny is to lose this fight,which is a natural process which cant stop

  38. From what I can tell from her bio, Lucy Mulloy is a British leftist, a clueless usefull idiot for the Castro regime to exploit.

  39. I guess CL must have cleaned up his room so his mom has turned the Internet back on. Good boy. It’s reassuring to hear fro the regime mouthpiece that the regime run youth organization says that Cuban youth love the revolution. That must be why the young are fleeing the island by the thousands: because they love it so much!

  40. HAVANA TIMES : The (Non) Right of Cubans to Travel -Haroldo Dilla Alfonso-February 1, 2010-

    The situation in Cuba concerning the freedom to travel is unfortunate. What I’m describing here is not for Cuban readers (who are all too familiar with this issue), but for those who are unaware of the matter and are forced to accept the information of those who close their eyes to this flagrant civil rights violation, a veritable wedge driven between the Cuban nation made up of both émigrés and those residing on the island.

    Above all, travel for Cubans is not a right, but a legal privilege. It is a condition that can be granted or rescinded. It is a revocable concession by an unappealable power and is without a defined judicial framework.

    In all cases, the departures of these people imply considerable fees that can end up in well excess of US $500, an immense sum for a population with exceedingly depressed wages that average $20 a month. In short, to leave, each person must be able to pay for a letter of invitation, a passport and an exit permit.

    On top of this, once in the destination country, the traveler must make payments to the Cuban embassy in that country a sum that varies each month they remain in that country, which is a highly uncustomary practice. This sum fluctuates between $40 and $150 a month.

    There are no laws or clearly written regulations covering these processes; rather, there are arbitrary and discretionary practices that mix starkly fascist reins of political control with mercurial motivations of the worst kind. In this way, the Cuban government denies a right that it alternately sells to those who can afford it.

    But we must pay them, and pay them well, so they can continue reproducing their power with the same parasitic style they’ve displayed over the last fifty years.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=18972

  41. I AM SURE THERE IS A NEED OF SEVERAL YEARS WORTH OF “STUDY” ABOUT THIS ISSUE! DIOS MIO, CAN THE CASTROFASCISTS BE MORE CYNICAL??? THE CUBAN POPULATION WANTS TO TRAVEL, WITHOUT BEING EXTORTED!! COMEM**RDAS!!

    AFP NEW SERVICE: Immigration reform on agenda for Cuba: minister
    HAVANA — Cuba is making headway to normalize ties with its diaspora living in the United States, the country’s deputy foreign minister said Saturday, with moves on immigration reform expected in coming months.

    “Much has been achieved” towards normalizing relations with US-based Cubans, Dagoberto Rodriguez said from Havana during a video teleconference with immigrants in Washington organized by the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

    He called for a “respectful exchange of ideas” on “how we can continue to build… this dialogue.”

    Rodriguez said the government of President Raul Castro aimed to tackle migration reform to “eliminate unnecessary prohibitions” on Cubans wishing to travel abroad.

    Last year, some 400,000 people — 100,000 more than the year before — traveled to Cuba to visit relatives, work on cultural projects or for business and academic purposes, according to the senior diplomat.

    Cuban migration rights were in the spotlight this week after two actors featured in an award-winning film about Cuban boat people themselves went missing in Florida on their way to New York to promote the film.

    Since 1966, Cubans have been granted automatic residence if they make it to the United States from the communist-ruled island, and thousands attempt the voyage each year, while others simply refuse to return if they reach the United States on a short visit.

    National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon said earlier this month that Havana planned to remove many of the restrictions that have prevented its citizens from traveling abroad.

    To travel abroad legally, Cubans need a permit that is valid for 30 days. It can be extended 10 times, after which they must return to Cuba or lose the right to reside in their own country.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gjOAbGCxMabgWcHCaQwrImEmiUdA?docId=CNG.e85e4f6807ad43709cfff08a8c171d59.3f1

  42. I AM SOOO GLAD FOR THE MAY 1 FESTIVITIES! IT MEANS, LIMITED SPAM & CASTROFASCIST AGENTS HERE! GRACIAS DIOS THEY ARE ALL MARCHING & YELLING IN THE PARADE & NOT HERE!! JE JE JE!

  43. Help! IM SURE Lucy Mulloy WAS VERY “GENEROUS” WITH THEM FROM THE FEBRUARY GERMANY TRIP! JE JE JE! TRUST ME, SHE USED THEM AND THEY KNEW IT! “CIAO LUCY! WE KNOW YOU ARE ONLY IN IT FOR YOURSELF AND WAS NOT ABOUT REALLY HELPING US! NOW HOW MUCH ARE YOU GOING TO PAY US FOR THE SEQUEL??” HOPE THEY GET LOTSSSSSS OF MONEY$$$$$$!!! RIGHT, C.L.! OF COURSE THEY ARE MERCENARIES!!C.L.!! JE JE JE!

  44. Nothing surprising with the two defectors.

    Here’s the translation into English:

    “We’ve been thinking of getting to the USA for as long as we can remember, just like every Cuban. It was just a matter of planning our escape and going through with it. We have to BS because our families are still in Cuba”

    Good luck to them, welcome to the USA!

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