domingo, 18 de agosto de 2013

Posted: 11 Aug 2013 02:31 AM PDT
Panama finds more munitions aboard ship travelling from Cuba to North Korean

PANAMA CITY - Authorities in Panama say they have found more explosives
aboard a North Korean-flagged ship detained in the Panama Canal for
carrying undeclared arms from Cuba.

Anti-drug prosecutor Javier Caraballo said Saturday that inspectors
found a kind of "anti-tank RPG (rocket-propelled grenade)" explosive
when they opened one of five wooden boxes on the Chong Chon Gang. He
said the other boxes were not opened because of security fears.

The discovery comes just over a week after authorities said
explosive-sniffing dogs had found another batch of ammunition for
grenade launchers and other unidentified types of munitions.

The ship was seized July 15 based on intelligence that it may have been
carrying drugs.

The manifest said it was carrying 10,000 tons of sugar, but Cuban
military equipment was found beneath the sacks.

Source: "Panama finds more munitions aboard ship travelling from Cuba to
North Korean" -

CDR: The Number of Spies is Not Rationed / Tania Diaz Castro
Posted on August 13, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, July, Cubans know that Fidel Castro's
government, since its inception, violated citizens' right to privacy of.
On September 28, 1960 he founded the Committees for the Defense of the
Revolution (CDR), an organization with fascist roots, whose program is
"Everyone spies on each other."

I know — because I worked as a young woman in that organization for four
years — that even Raul Castro himself did not like the idea of the CDR.

This organization not only served to divide the people, but also to
systematically violate the privacy of everyone, to end the right of each
individual to his or her own privacy.

Perhaps Mr. Edward Snowden, fugitive ex-CIA agent, as they say here, for
trying to alert Americans about government wiretapping, does not know
much about the history of our dictatorship, nor is he interested to
know. But what is incomprehensible is that it is definitely the Cuban
government and its unconditional friends of ALBA, who are the most
ardent supporters of this man, who supposedly fights to defend the right
of individuals to privacy.

The history of the CDR has left a bitter taste in Cuban society. Gossip,
slander, envy, lies and hatred all proliferated.

From the 1980s, the phones of those of us who are in the peaceful
opposition, along with those of hundreds of thousands of citizens who do
not support the Castro regime, were tapped through a listening center of
the Interior Ministry, a program widely criticized by civil rights
advocates, in clear violation of the Constitution.

I remember in 1987, my little girl picked up our home phone and heard a
man say he was going to crush me with his car, because I was a
counterrevolutionary cockroach — as Fidel Castro publicly called those
who opposed him. My daughter, crying, could barely repeat the words of
that person who was complying with an order from State Security.

Then there were no more threats. The phone service that I had since long
before the Revolution was suspended, along with that of all those who
belonged to the Human Rights Movement in Havana. And to make us feel
watched, a video camera operated 24 hours a day in front of our houses.

This organization of tips or snitches even has its museum, Fidel
Castro's idea, for anyone who wants to know its entrails. It is located
on busy Obispo Street, at number 310, in Havana. Exhibited there are
historical documents which reflect the spying of some CDRs, with
multiple complaints to neighbors, humble people, so-called internal
enemies of the Revolution.
This ancient and valuable building on the capital boulevard today
represents one of the most unfortunate and unsuccessful stories of
Castro, in which a good part of the people served as volunteer
protagonists, to police one another, in order to prop up a bankrupt regime.

The significance of this organization in times of structural changes,
occurring now under the Raul Castro regime, remains to be seen. The
neighbors are no longer the "eyes and ears" of the Revolution, the
fundamental element for detecting the unhappy. Today almost everyone is
unhappy. So the question is who spies on whom, if everyone sees that
Fidelista socialism is dissolving, like a handful of salt in a toilet bowl.
Monday, July 29, 2013 | By Tania Diaz Castro
Source: "CDR: The Number of Spies is Not Rationed / Tania Diaz Castro |
Translating Cuba"

martes, 6 de agosto de 2013

Payá was Murdered by Cuban Secret Services

Angel Carromero, who was sentenced to prison in Havana for the death of two Cuban dissidents in a car accident, said in an interview published Sunday by Spain’s daily newspaper El Mundo, which was subsequently reported by the news service EFE, that Cuba’s secret service murdered Oswaldo Payá.

Meanwhile, Ofelia Acevedo, Payá’s widow, said she hopes Carromero’s interview “will add clarity about the attempt on my husband’s life.”
In an interview with El Nuevo Herald Sunday night, Acevedo said that she and the rest of her family never trusted the Cuban government’s version of the accident.
According to EFE and El Mundo, Carromero also said that he is convinced that Payá and another dissident leader who accompanied him survived the accident. “The nurses and a priest,” he was quoted as saying, “assured me that all four of us were admitted at the hospital.”