Tag Archives: Cuba

A dissident’s life in Cuba years after Obama, pope visit

Source: PanAm Post
by Mamela Fiallo

“After a week of uncertainty, we finally heard from one of the founders of Cuba’s Anarcho-Capitalist Libertarian Movement — recently founded in the eastern province of Camaguey — who was detained by state forces without any notice of his whereabouts. It so happens that only the Communist Party is legal in Cuba, and therefore all political activity outside the party is banned. Which is why state security officers forcefully removed Nelson Rodriguez Chartand from his place of residence, only days after being released from a previous arbitrary detention and having his cell phone burned with acid to prevent any communications or data exchange. Without a phone, it was impossible for him to inform anyone about his situation. This time around, his crime was handing out posters with libertarian quotes.” (02/07/18)


Cuba’s bizarre soft power

Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“Hard and soft powers are two types of foreign policy tools that nations use to exert influence in their relations with other countries. Hard power, the predominant tool and measure of a nation’s power, involves the use of military and economic clout to influence the political behavior of other nations. … In contrast, soft power, a term coined by Professor [Joseph] Nye, denotes the ability to shape the preferences of other nations through co-optive appeal rather than through coercion. Soft power relies on affinities in culture, politics, values, or foreign policies. …Cuba, since its 1959 Cuban Revolution, has exercised hard and soft power worldwide disproportionately in excess of its resources and capabilities.” (02/03/18)


The national security state and JFK, part 3

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Soon after he became president, the CIA presented Kennedy with a plan for a violent regime-change operation in Cuba, one that entailed an invasion by CIA-trained Cuban exiles. Following the CIA’s successful regime-change operations in Iran in 1953 and Guatemala in 1954, the CIA assured Kennedy, who opposed overt U.S. involvement in the invasion, that the operation could succeed without overt U.S. support, including U.S. air support. It was a lie. In fact, given the widespread popularity among the Cuban people of Cuba’s new leader, Fidel Castro, the CIA knew that the success of the invasion would require U.S. air support. … The CIA-sponsored invasion took place at the Bay of Pigs three months after Kennedy became president. When it became clear that the operation was in danger of failing, the CIA asked the president for air support, fully expecting that he would say yes. But Kennedy stuck by his guns and refused to provide it.” (01/03/18)


Doctors find abnormalities in brains of Cuba attack victims

Source: US News & World Report

“U.S. embassy workers in Havana who were subject to mysterious, loud noises and vibrations in an invisible attack last year were found to have developed brain abnormalities, doctors have discovered. Tests by doctors searching for clues to explain what led to the victims’ hearing, memory, balance and vision damage reveal the workers developed changes to the white matter tracts in their brain that control communication, several U.S. officials said, according to an Associated Press report. These findings support a general agreement by government and university physicians who have been researching the attacks. … The discovery is one of several factors that leads investigators to believe some type of sonic weapon was involved in the attacks. It it also the first major physical finding related to damages incurred by the invisible attacks.” (12/06/17)


Why Cuba’s “independent workers” are slavery by another name

Source: PanAm Post
by Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand

“In 2010, the government pushed an innumerable amount of decrees, laws and resolutions authorizing self-employed workers who weren’t private at all. It’s impossible to have private companies in a country where the state has a monopoly over all means of production. The truth is that in 2010, there wasn’t even enough money in Cuba to pay workers their salaries. For that reason, Cuban governors opted to minimize staff by firing thousands of people at a time, selling them on the idea that it’s better to be self-employed. However, after seven years, self-employment has become just another way to exploit the people, as the prices of products are often raised to more than 50 percent, while salaries and pensions remain the same.” (10/31/17)


Neurologists: Mass hysteria may explain “sonic attacks” in Cuba

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Senior neurologists have suggested that a spate of mysterious ailments among US diplomats in Cuba — which has caused a diplomat rift between the two countries — could have been caused by a form of ‘mass hysteria’ rather than sonic attacks. The unexplained incidents have prompted the US to withdraw most of its embassy staff from Havana and expel the majority of Cuban diplomats from Washington. … US and Cuban investigations have produced no evidence of any weapon, and the neurologists argue that the possibility of ‘functional disorder’ due to a problem in the functioning of nervous system — rather than a disease — should be considered.” [editor’s note: There’s also the obviously possibility that the whole thing was made up from whole cloth as cover/justification for policy changes toward Cuba that the Trump regime planned on doing anyway – TLK] (10/12/17)


US regime suspends all visas for Cubans, withdraws most staff from embassy in Havana

Source: Miami Herald

“Cuban Americans seeking to have their relatives join them from the island will not be able to do so — at least for the time being — as a result of a significant withdrawal of staff from the U.S. Embassy in Havana announced on Friday. It is not known how long the suspension of the visa reunification program will last. The suspension is the result of the withdrawal of more than half of the American staff from its the embassy in Havana following mysterious sonic attacks that have caused several health problems to about 20 diplomats, officials in Washington announced Friday. Additionally, Washington will issue a new alert warning Americans not to travel to the island due to the attacks.” (09/29/17)


Why no indictment for conspiring to murder Castro?

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“During the Church Committee hearings in the 1970s, Congress and the American people learned that the CIA, in partnership with the Mafia, conspired to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Ever since then, the U.S. mainstream media has poked fun at the various ways the CIA and the Mafia intended to kill Castro — e.g., via an exploding cigar or an infected scuba suit. In the process, however, the media has failed to ask a deadly serious question: Why weren’t the CIA and the Mafia ever indicted for conspiring to assassinate Castro?” (09/15/17)


Cuba: New “sonic” attack reported; 19 Americans now affected

Source: ABC News

“Nineteen Americans are suffering from a range of symptoms, including mild traumatic brain injury and hearing loss, related to mysterious ‘sonic harassment’ attacks in Cuba — with a new incident reported just last month. Previously, U.S. officials said the incidents started in December 2016 and ended this past spring. But State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert revealed Friday that a new incident occurred in August and is now part of the ongoing investigation.” (09/01/17)


Some US diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with serious health conditions, medical records show

Source: CBS News

“According to medical records reviewed exclusively by CBS News, a U.S. doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Havana diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury, and with likely damage to the central nervous system. The diplomats complained about symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance disorders after the State Department said ‘incidents’ began affecting them beginning in late 2016. A source familiar with these incidents says officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of a type of sonic attack directed at their homes, which were provided by the Cuban government. The source says reports of more attacks affecting U.S. embassy workers on the island continue.” (08/23/17)