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  • Mandela is dead: Why hide the truth about Apartheid? | Cubadebate (English)
    to approximately 1 500 kilometers away from Luanda They were returning from there pursued by South African troops en route to Cuito Cuanavale a former NATO military base located some 100 kilometers away from where a Cuban Tank Brigade was stationed At such a critical point the President of Angola requested the support of Cuban troops The commander of our troops in the South General Leopoldo Cintra Frías sent us the request as usual Our firm reply was that we would provide such support provided that all Angolan troops and equipment would be under the Cuban command in South Angola Everybody understood that our request was a requirement to turn the former base into the ideal battle field to hit the racist South African forces There was a positive response from Angola in less than 24 hours It was decided that a Cuban Tank Brigade would be immediately sent there Several other were in the same line towards the West The main obstacle was the mud and humidity due to the rainy season and the fact that every stretch of land had to be checked for anti personnel mines The military personnel to operate the tanks and guns without crew were also sent to Cuito To the East the base was separated from the territory by the large and fast flowing Cuito River over which there was a solid bridge under the frantic attack of the racist army A radio controlled airplane full of explosives was hit brought down on the bridge and put out of action The retreating Angolan tanks still moving were crossed more to the North Those that were not in good conditions were buried with their weapons facing East a thick strip of anti personnel and anti tank mines turned the line into a mortal trap on the other side of the river When the racist troops renewed their advance and ran into that defensive wall the artillery and tanks of the revolutionary brigades came down on them shooting from their positions in the Cuito area The Mig 23 fighters had a special role to play Flying at a speed of almost 1 000 kilometers per hour and 100 one hundred meters altitude they were able to distinguish if the artillery personnel was black or white and began firing relentlessly against them When the battered and immobilized enemy began to withdraw the revolutionary forces began to get ready for the final combats Numerous Angolan and Cuban brigades began moving quickly and keeping proper distance to the West towards the only wide routes from which South Africans always began their military actions against Angola The airport however was approximately 300 three hundred kilometers from the border with Namibia which was totally occupied by the Apartheid army While troops reorganized and rearmed the urgent decision to build a runway for the Mig 23 was made Our pilots were using the aircraft equipment provided by the USSR to Angola whose pilots had lacked the time for a proper training Several aircrafts were inoperative sometimes due to the action of our own artillerymen or anti aircraft weapon operators South Africans still occupied part of the main road going from the border of the Angolan plateau to Namibia They began shooting from the bridges over the wide Cunene River located between Southern Angola and Northern Namibia with their 140 millimeter guns giving their projectiles a range of about 40 kilometers The main problem was that the racist South Africans had according to our estimates 10 to 12 nuclear weapons They had even tested them in the frozen areas or seas to the South President Ronald Reagan had authorized such tests and the device for blasting the nuclear charge was among the equipment delivered by Israel Our response was to organize the troops in combat groups of no more than 1 000 men who would have to advance equipped with anti aircraft tanks throughout an extensive territory at night According to reliable sources South African nuclear weapons could not be transported by Mirage planes heavy Canberra type bombers were required instead In any case our forces air defense had many different types of missiles that could hit and destroy air targets located dozens of kilometers away from our troops In addition a dam with 80 million cubic meters of water located in Angolan territory had been occupied and mined by Cuban and Angolan fighters The explosion of that dam would have been tantamount to the explosion of several nuclear weapons Nonetheless a hydroelectric plant using the strong current of the Cunene River before reaching the Namibian border was being used by a South African army detachment When the racist began shooting with their 140 millimeter guns in this new theater of operations the detachment of white soldiers was strongly hit by the Mig 23 and the survivors fled the place leaving some posters criticizing their high command That was the situation when Cuban and Angolan troops marched over the enemy lines I learned that Katiuska Blanco the author of some historical accounts together with other reporters and press photographers were there It was a tense situation but everybody kept cool It was then that we got the news that the enemy was willing to negotiate We had succeeded in stopping the imperialist and racist adventure in a continent where in 30 years time the population will exceed that of China and India together The role of the Cuban delegation on the occasion of the demise of our brother and friend Nelson Mandela will be unforgettable I congratulate comrade Raul for his brilliant performance and particularly for his strength of character and dignity when in a kind but firm gesture greeted the United States Head of Government and told him in English Mr President I m Castro When my health imposed limits to my physical capacity I did not hesitate in expressing my criteria on who in my view could assume the responsibility A life is a minute in the history of the

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  • Mandela is dead: Why hide the truth about Apartheid? | Cubadebate (English)
    to approximately 1 500 kilometers away from Luanda They were returning from there pursued by South African troops en route to Cuito Cuanavale a former NATO military base located some 100 kilometers away from where a Cuban Tank Brigade was stationed At such a critical point the President of Angola requested the support of Cuban troops The commander of our troops in the South General Leopoldo Cintra Frías sent us the request as usual Our firm reply was that we would provide such support provided that all Angolan troops and equipment would be under the Cuban command in South Angola Everybody understood that our request was a requirement to turn the former base into the ideal battle field to hit the racist South African forces There was a positive response from Angola in less than 24 hours It was decided that a Cuban Tank Brigade would be immediately sent there Several other were in the same line towards the West The main obstacle was the mud and humidity due to the rainy season and the fact that every stretch of land had to be checked for anti personnel mines The military personnel to operate the tanks and guns without crew were also sent to Cuito To the East the base was separated from the territory by the large and fast flowing Cuito River over which there was a solid bridge under the frantic attack of the racist army A radio controlled airplane full of explosives was hit brought down on the bridge and put out of action The retreating Angolan tanks still moving were crossed more to the North Those that were not in good conditions were buried with their weapons facing East a thick strip of anti personnel and anti tank mines turned the line into a mortal trap on the other side of the river When the racist troops renewed their advance and ran into that defensive wall the artillery and tanks of the revolutionary brigades came down on them shooting from their positions in the Cuito area The Mig 23 fighters had a special role to play Flying at a speed of almost 1 000 kilometers per hour and 100 one hundred meters altitude they were able to distinguish if the artillery personnel was black or white and began firing relentlessly against them When the battered and immobilized enemy began to withdraw the revolutionary forces began to get ready for the final combats Numerous Angolan and Cuban brigades began moving quickly and keeping proper distance to the West towards the only wide routes from which South Africans always began their military actions against Angola The airport however was approximately 300 three hundred kilometers from the border with Namibia which was totally occupied by the Apartheid army While troops reorganized and rearmed the urgent decision to build a runway for the Mig 23 was made Our pilots were using the aircraft equipment provided by the USSR to Angola whose pilots had lacked the time for a proper training Several aircrafts were inoperative sometimes due to the action of our own artillerymen or anti aircraft weapon operators South Africans still occupied part of the main road going from the border of the Angolan plateau to Namibia They began shooting from the bridges over the wide Cunene River located between Southern Angola and Northern Namibia with their 140 millimeter guns giving their projectiles a range of about 40 kilometers The main problem was that the racist South Africans had according to our estimates 10 to 12 nuclear weapons They had even tested them in the frozen areas or seas to the South President Ronald Reagan had authorized such tests and the device for blasting the nuclear charge was among the equipment delivered by Israel Our response was to organize the troops in combat groups of no more than 1 000 men who would have to advance equipped with anti aircraft tanks throughout an extensive territory at night According to reliable sources South African nuclear weapons could not be transported by Mirage planes heavy Canberra type bombers were required instead In any case our forces air defense had many different types of missiles that could hit and destroy air targets located dozens of kilometers away from our troops In addition a dam with 80 million cubic meters of water located in Angolan territory had been occupied and mined by Cuban and Angolan fighters The explosion of that dam would have been tantamount to the explosion of several nuclear weapons Nonetheless a hydroelectric plant using the strong current of the Cunene River before reaching the Namibian border was being used by a South African army detachment When the racist began shooting with their 140 millimeter guns in this new theater of operations the detachment of white soldiers was strongly hit by the Mig 23 and the survivors fled the place leaving some posters criticizing their high command That was the situation when Cuban and Angolan troops marched over the enemy lines I learned that Katiuska Blanco the author of some historical accounts together with other reporters and press photographers were there It was a tense situation but everybody kept cool It was then that we got the news that the enemy was willing to negotiate We had succeeded in stopping the imperialist and racist adventure in a continent where in 30 years time the population will exceed that of China and India together The role of the Cuban delegation on the occasion of the demise of our brother and friend Nelson Mandela will be unforgettable I congratulate comrade Raul for his brilliant performance and particularly for his strength of character and dignity when in a kind but firm gesture greeted the United States Head of Government and told him in English Mr President I m Castro When my health imposed limits to my physical capacity I did not hesitate in expressing my criteria on who in my view could assume the responsibility A life is a minute in the history of the

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  • Mandela is dead: Why hide the truth about Apartheid? | Cubadebate (English)
    to approximately 1 500 kilometers away from Luanda They were returning from there pursued by South African troops en route to Cuito Cuanavale a former NATO military base located some 100 kilometers away from where a Cuban Tank Brigade was stationed At such a critical point the President of Angola requested the support of Cuban troops The commander of our troops in the South General Leopoldo Cintra Frías sent us the request as usual Our firm reply was that we would provide such support provided that all Angolan troops and equipment would be under the Cuban command in South Angola Everybody understood that our request was a requirement to turn the former base into the ideal battle field to hit the racist South African forces There was a positive response from Angola in less than 24 hours It was decided that a Cuban Tank Brigade would be immediately sent there Several other were in the same line towards the West The main obstacle was the mud and humidity due to the rainy season and the fact that every stretch of land had to be checked for anti personnel mines The military personnel to operate the tanks and guns without crew were also sent to Cuito To the East the base was separated from the territory by the large and fast flowing Cuito River over which there was a solid bridge under the frantic attack of the racist army A radio controlled airplane full of explosives was hit brought down on the bridge and put out of action The retreating Angolan tanks still moving were crossed more to the North Those that were not in good conditions were buried with their weapons facing East a thick strip of anti personnel and anti tank mines turned the line into a mortal trap on the other side of the river When the racist troops renewed their advance and ran into that defensive wall the artillery and tanks of the revolutionary brigades came down on them shooting from their positions in the Cuito area The Mig 23 fighters had a special role to play Flying at a speed of almost 1 000 kilometers per hour and 100 one hundred meters altitude they were able to distinguish if the artillery personnel was black or white and began firing relentlessly against them When the battered and immobilized enemy began to withdraw the revolutionary forces began to get ready for the final combats Numerous Angolan and Cuban brigades began moving quickly and keeping proper distance to the West towards the only wide routes from which South Africans always began their military actions against Angola The airport however was approximately 300 three hundred kilometers from the border with Namibia which was totally occupied by the Apartheid army While troops reorganized and rearmed the urgent decision to build a runway for the Mig 23 was made Our pilots were using the aircraft equipment provided by the USSR to Angola whose pilots had lacked the time for a proper training Several aircrafts were inoperative sometimes due to the action of our own artillerymen or anti aircraft weapon operators South Africans still occupied part of the main road going from the border of the Angolan plateau to Namibia They began shooting from the bridges over the wide Cunene River located between Southern Angola and Northern Namibia with their 140 millimeter guns giving their projectiles a range of about 40 kilometers The main problem was that the racist South Africans had according to our estimates 10 to 12 nuclear weapons They had even tested them in the frozen areas or seas to the South President Ronald Reagan had authorized such tests and the device for blasting the nuclear charge was among the equipment delivered by Israel Our response was to organize the troops in combat groups of no more than 1 000 men who would have to advance equipped with anti aircraft tanks throughout an extensive territory at night According to reliable sources South African nuclear weapons could not be transported by Mirage planes heavy Canberra type bombers were required instead In any case our forces air defense had many different types of missiles that could hit and destroy air targets located dozens of kilometers away from our troops In addition a dam with 80 million cubic meters of water located in Angolan territory had been occupied and mined by Cuban and Angolan fighters The explosion of that dam would have been tantamount to the explosion of several nuclear weapons Nonetheless a hydroelectric plant using the strong current of the Cunene River before reaching the Namibian border was being used by a South African army detachment When the racist began shooting with their 140 millimeter guns in this new theater of operations the detachment of white soldiers was strongly hit by the Mig 23 and the survivors fled the place leaving some posters criticizing their high command That was the situation when Cuban and Angolan troops marched over the enemy lines I learned that Katiuska Blanco the author of some historical accounts together with other reporters and press photographers were there It was a tense situation but everybody kept cool It was then that we got the news that the enemy was willing to negotiate We had succeeded in stopping the imperialist and racist adventure in a continent where in 30 years time the population will exceed that of China and India together The role of the Cuban delegation on the occasion of the demise of our brother and friend Nelson Mandela will be unforgettable I congratulate comrade Raul for his brilliant performance and particularly for his strength of character and dignity when in a kind but firm gesture greeted the United States Head of Government and told him in English Mr President I m Castro When my health imposed limits to my physical capacity I did not hesitate in expressing my criteria on who in my view could assume the responsibility A life is a minute in the history of the

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  • Ann Louise Bardach | Cubadebate (English)
    29th 2011 By José Pertierra Winter said its goodbyes to El Paso last night Spring is here But the equinox doesn t bring flowers to El Paso only dust lots of dust Forty mile an hour winds blew through this border town this afternoon Leaving the courthouse exhausted from an afternoon of cross examination by Luis Posada Carriles attorney Ann Louise Bardach confronted the storms from the Chihuahuan Desert that blew sand in her eyes as she leaned into the wind to return to her hotel This is her fourth day on the stand Bardach is now confident and self assured as a witness Her husband Bob gave her a kiss on the cheek and with a brisk step she took her place ready for battle Series El Paso Diary The Cross Examination of Ann Louise Bardach Mar 29th 2011 By José Pertierra The lawyer representing Luis Posada Carriles has a reputation for aggressive and effective cross examination Today his job was to question one of the case s star witnesses Ann Louise Bardach Anticipating the moment some of the jurors leaned forward when Arturo Hernández approached the witness stand this morning The African American in the second row exchanged a knowing look with the Chicano on his right who was rubbing his hands together with the look of a child about to devour an ice cream cone Series El Paso Diary How Ann Louise Bardach Helped Win the Second Battle Over the Solo Fax Mar 28th 2011 By José Pertierra By José Pertierra Using the testimony of the journalist Ann Louise Bardach the Government was able to introduce the Solo fax as evidence against Luis Posada Carriles In the fax the defendant alerts his co conspirators to the money orders they would receive from New Jersey to carry out the bombing campaign in Havana in 1997 Series El Paso Diary Tony Álvarez Links Posada Carriles to the Bombings in Havana Mar 22nd 2011 1 By José Pertierra Yesterday was a rough day Today the witness reentered the courtroom with melancholy eyes a slow step and his shoulders sagging from the weight of his life s burdens But the Government did not have to force Tony Álvarez to come to El Paso to testify against Luis Posada Carriles He offered of his own free will just as he did 15 years ago when he warned Guatemalan intelligence and the FBI that Posada Carriles was involved in a terrorist conspiracy to place bombs in the most famous hotels and restaurants in Cuba El Paso Diary The Battle Over the Solo Fax Mar 21st 2011 10 By José Pertierra Today the prosecution suffered a profound setback Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled that a key document that links Luis Posada Carriles to the financing of a series of bombings in Havana in 1997 was inadmissible El Paso Diary How Ann Louise Bardach Helped Win the Second Battle Over the Solo Fax Mar 18th 2011 By José Pertierra stock trading strategies p El Paso Diary

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  • CIA | Cubadebate (English)
    apparently damaged airliner was fast approaching from the west toward the beach It didn t look right It was too low I then saw the plane rise slightly bank to the right and crash into the water nose and wing first said Guiller News Fighting back against the CIA drone war Oct 4th 2011 2 They call it bug splat the splotch of blood bones and viscera that marks the site of a successful drone strike To those manning the consoles in Nevada it signifies suspected militants who have just been neutralised to those on the ground in most cases it represents a family that has been shattered a home destroyed News New Leaks Reveal Insider Tips on S amp P s U S Credit Downgrade to Killer Drone Firm Aug 28th 2011 By http antifascist calling blogspot com We live in an age where insider deals conflicts of interest revolving doors between regulators and the regulated lubricated with oceans of cash accompanies the generalized looting of social wealth by deviant capitalist elites That such behavior by our corporate masters no longer raise an eyebrow let alone elicit action by authorities charged with Reflections by Fidel The Unsustainable Position of the Empire May 20th 2011 By Fidel Castro Ruz Nobody can assure us that in its agony the empire won t be dragging human beings down to catastrophe As we know while our species remains alive everybody has the sacred duty to be optimistic Ethically any other behaviour wouldn t be admissible I remember well that one day almost 20 years ago I said that there Opinions Osama and Obama May 11th 2011 By Frei Betto By Frei Betto Published MHP Literary Agent Advisor It is curious to note that when announcing the assassination of Osama Bin Laden the CIA did not exhibit his body like they did unnecessarily the body of another hunting trophy Ernesto Che Guevara Bin Laden left this life and entered history There is nothing Opinions My Reaction to Osama bin Laden s Death May 9th 2011 By Noam Chomsky It s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination multiply violating elementary norms of international law There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition except they claim from his wife who lunged towards them In societies that profess some respect for law suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial I stress suspects Opinions A Monster of Our Own Creation May 9th 2011 http how to get ex back org p By Robert Scheer Published RSN He was our kind of guy until he wasn t an ally during the Cold War until he no longer served our purposes The problem with Osama bin Laden was not that he was a fanatical holy warrior we liked his kind just fine as long as the infidels he Page 1 of 2 1 2 Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS

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  • FBI | Cubadebate (English)
    23 witnesses the Government rested The prosecution s final witness was Ann Louise Bardach Now it is the defense s turn to present its case in chief Series El Paso Diary The Cross Examination of Ann Louise Bardach Mar 29th 2011 By José Pertierra The lawyer representing Luis Posada Carriles has a reputation for aggressive and effective cross examination Today his job was to question one of the case s star witnesses Ann Louise Bardach Anticipating the moment some of the jurors leaned forward when Arturo Hernández approached the witness stand this morning The African American in the second row exchanged a knowing look with the Chicano on his right who was rubbing his hands together with the look of a child about to devour an ice cream cone Series El Paso Diary Tony Álvarez Links Posada Carriles to the Bombings in Havana Mar 22nd 2011 1 By José Pertierra Yesterday was a rough day Today the witness reentered the courtroom with melancholy eyes a slow step and his shoulders sagging from the weight of his life s burdens But the Government did not have to force Tony Álvarez to come to El Paso to testify against Luis Posada Carriles He offered of his own free will just as he did 15 years ago when he warned Guatemalan intelligence and the FBI that Posada Carriles was involved in a terrorist conspiracy to place bombs in the most famous hotels and restaurants in Cuba El Paso Diary The Battle Over the Solo Fax Mar 21st 2011 10 By José Pertierra Today the prosecution suffered a profound setback Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled that a key document that links Luis Posada Carriles to the financing of a series of bombings in Havana in 1997 was inadmissible Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented

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  • Guatemala | Cubadebate (English)
    Kathleen Cardone ruled that a key document that links Luis Posada Carriles to the financing of a series of bombings in Havana in 1997 was inadmissible El Paso Diary The Battle for the Passport Feb 4th 2011 2 By José Pertierra It seems that we were all anxious for the trial of Luis Posada Carriles in El Paso to get moving again after a 48 hour recess due to the historic storm that descended on this Texan valley We all arrived very early at the same time just before 8 30 a m The morning freeze from our walk over here clung to us even inside the courthouse and none of us dared to take off our coats Since the courtroom was still locked the defense attorneys prosecutors FBI agents assistants journalists Luis Posada Carriles and this attorney for Venezuela who writes to you gathered together in the hallway waiting for someone to open the door Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English 20 Mandela is dead Why hide the truth about Apartheid 11 El Paso Diary The Battle Over the Solo Fax 10 President Hugo Chavez s address to the People of Venezuela 10 Free the Five is heard at Left Forum 6 The Unsustainable Position of the Empire 5 U S government promoting Internet aggression against Cuba 5 NATO s Genocidal Role 4 The Fiftieth Anniversary Parade 4 Nato s Fascist War 4 The Wonderful World of Capitalism 4 A Brilliant and Courageous Statement 3 Series Cuba s Reasons Cuban Five El Paso Diary The El Paso Diary is written by José Pertierra an attorney who represents the government of Venezuela in its request for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles Pertierra s journals describe the testimony evidence legal skirmishes

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  • Havana | Cubadebate (English)
    will also be presented at the Marti Theater in Havana The renowned concert pianist will open the gala by playing the two most famous compositions of the Hail Mary the version by Charles Gounod and Johann Sebastian Bach and the one by Franz Schubert pieces which are usually included in his concerts The light in Cuban eyes portrays real pictures and interweaves the plasticity of dance with the loose Afro Cuban rhythms News Serbian President admires Cuba s independence May 19th 2015 Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić arrived in Havana yesterday May 18 for a two day official visit and was received by Rogelio Sierra deputy minister of Foreign Affairs Speaking to the press at José Martí International Airport Nikolić reaffirmed the excellent relations between his country and Cuba The first Serbian President to visit the island since the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia Nikolić commented that he admires Cuba s independence and that the friendship between the two countries remains strong Prior to his election as President in 2012 the Serbian leader served as head of the Parliamentary Friendship with Cuba Group News Air France Airline Proposes Additional Paris Havana Flight May 19th 2015 Air France airline will propose an additional flight Paris Havana with which flights to that destination will increase to 11 per week it was reported today The offer will be available as of October this year according to a statement released by the entity The company operates a daily flight from the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in a Boeing 777 300 with a capacity for 468 passengers during the summer season reinforced by four additional weekly flights in winter 2015 News Cubans Americans Compete at Havana Coastline May 19th 2015 As part of the U S Cuba regatta Havana Challenge in this capital five Hobbie Cat 16 sailboats are competing today at the Havana coastline in an unprecedented tourist competition for 50 years They are very quickly and unpredictable sailboats that will allow more than a sports event a symbol of friendship between U S and Cuban citizens The arrival this weekend to this capital of the Havana Challenge regatta in addition of being a challenge to ocean currents foster friendship as the organizers from both countries conceive it News Symbolic Caravan of Victory Arrives in Havana Jan 8th 2013 Havana Jan 8 Prensa Latina The symbolic Caravan of the Victory arrives today in Havana to complete its tour as it was done by the Rebel Army headed by Fidel Castro the leader after the revolutionary triumph of 1959 Youth and members of the historic rebel army crossed the nation to commemorate the historic deed that began on January 2 1959 in Santiago de Cuba on the eastern region of this island News Chavez Returns to Venezuela from Havana Mar 30th 2012 Caracas Mar 29 Prensa Latina Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived here on Thursday from Havana where he traveled on March 24 to receive radiotherapy treatment The statesman arrived at the Simon Bolivar International

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