A burning topic nowadays. In Cuba the Human Rights are not violated.

 

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Fidel Castro Receives Argentine Legislator Miguel Bonasso

Cuban President Fidel Castro met Wednesday at midday with Argentine legislator and journalist Miguel Bonasso and presented him with the first copy of the new edition of "Cien Horas con Fidel (One Hundred Hours with Fidel)" by Ignacio Ramonet, which will also be given to the heads of state and government attending the Non Aligned Movement summit in Havana.
Bonasso, who heads the Natural Resources and Environment Committee of the Argentine House of Deputies, is in Cuba as a personal envoy of President Nestor Kirchner for the Group of 15 meeting, which sessions on Thursday parallel to the 14th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement, taking place in the Cuban capital through Saturday.
Fidel Castro told Bonasso that revising the book was intense. He said he spent long hours on it amid his lead role in the country’s energy revolution as well as in important education and health programs Cuba is implementing. Fidel explained that the book became very important to him, not only because of the need for the content to be precise, but also because of the commitment that he had made to the people to go over it and publish a new edition to be distributed throughout the country.
The Cuban leader said he went over each chapter down to the last detail, working on it during his trip to Argentina, on the intense day of celebration on July 26, Cuba’s National Rebellion Day, and even during his recovery from surgery when he didn’t know how much time he had to do it. He said the result is a more complete edition, containing profound and important reflections and previously unpublished documents.
Fidel and Bonasso also exchanged opinions on diverse topics of regional interest such as the Operation Miracle eye surgery program that has seen some 400,000 operated on in just two years, mainly from Latin American and the Caribbean. Besides the advanced facilities on the island, where the majority of the patients have been operated on, Cuba has also installed ophthalmologic centers in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti and Venezuela to treat patients from those and neighboring countries. In Bolivia, where several such centers are functioning, there is a capacity to return sight to 100,000 annually.
During their meeting, Bonasso presented Fidel with a travel briefcase as an expression of his confidence that he would continue to travel around the world taking the voice and message of Cuba. Bonasso told Fidel that he looked much better than he had imagined from previously published photos and that he saw him to have the same spirit and lucidity as in July in Cordoba, Argentina, when they shared several moments during the days of that visit.
Fidel thanked Bonasso for his presence in Cuba and his decisive support for the projects of Latin American integration, shown by his participation in several meetings of intellectuals from the region and his presence as a speaker at the mass rally at the Plaza of the Revolution on February 3 when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez received the International Jose Marti Award. Fidel also recalled Bonasso’s presence at the historic ceremony on April 29 when Bolivia joined the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) accords with Venezuela and Cuba. The ALBA promotes mutually beneficial social economic development with solidarity

by Granma.

 

Friday, September 01, 2006

Díaz-Balart confides that he feels respect and affection for terrorists

THE panelists on yesterday’s TV “Informative Roundtable” confirmed that Congressman Lincoln Díaz-Balart confided to a Miami television station that he has profound respect and affection for terrorist individuals and their families such as Alvarez and Mitat, arrested for trafficking weapons, and that he and the two other Congress members of Cuban origin are making secret moves to have them released.
“They don’t go planting bombs in supermarkets,” Díaz-Balart cynically argued, responding to a journalist on a southern Florida TV station.
The death charges planted by terrorists like Posada Carriles, Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat in Cuban hotels and restaurants are a good idea in the eyes of this Miami congressman. According to him, in those cases, the killers of innocent civilians are justified.
It is fitting to ask: Is there not an ethics commission in the U.S. Congress that would call them to task for acts like these?
The main leaders of the U.S. anti-Cuba policy are nonplussed by their failures and although they spend their time talking about a political transition on the island, they really should be thinking of a change of that kind in the United States itself, given that it is their anti-Cuba policy that has failed over the last 45 years.
Diego Sánchez, another capo of the Cuban Liberty Council, a clone of the Cuban-American National Foundation, called for a U.S. marine invasion of the island on another TV program.
They are still fuelling the rancor business in terms of the Cuban Revolution, ignoring the history and constitution of Cuba and its mechanisms of collective leadership.
A long history of intolerance and hatred has been fostered in Miami. And the worst part of that is that it has been encouraged by U.S. governments.