The Cuban Five and the Tricks Ahead - español
By Edmundo García
I’d like to begin this article by making something perfectly clear: If the Government of Cuba agrees to allow Alan Gross to travel to the United States, for whatever period of time or reason, I believe that not even the bones of the anti-terrorist fighter Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, who is currently serving a double life sentence plus fifteen years, will ever see the sun of Cuba again. That’s what I think, and now I’ll explain. Continue reading
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Tagged Alan Gross, bill richardson, gerardo hernández nordelo, gesture for gesture, jimmy carter, Judy Gross, Lolita Lebrón, macheteros, Peter Kahn, rené gonzález sehrwerert
When the U.N.’s Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) investigated the siting of the February 24, 1996 shootdown off the coast of Cuba of two light aircraft registered to the Miami group “Brothers to the Rescue,” suddenly all the evidence supporting U.S. claims about it occurring over international waters became very difficult to find. And this despite the fact that the U.S. government expected an incident to occur and had warned all its radar installations, and presumably, satellite eyes, to be especially alert that day. But with the objective evidence suddenly missing, the ICAO investigators came up with a weird, subjective “triangulation” to support U.S. claims about the location. Naturally, the ICAO Council refused to endorse such a bizarre report.
One of the points of that triangulation came from Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Bjørn Johansen, first officer on the ship Majesty of the Seas, who thanks to Brazilian researcher Fernando Morais, we now learn “based his testimony about the site of the shoot-down on a visual observation of the site where his own ship was – which he wrote down on a piece of paper – and not the electronic register that marked the ship’s location in the Florida Strait.” Now you tell us. Jean Guy Allard has more:
The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) behind the main testimony against Gerardo Hernández Nordelo – español
By Jean-Guy Allard
The main witness for the federal prosecution against the Cuban Gerardo Hernández Nordelo was the first officer on a U.S. cruise line whose owners contributed at least $25,000 to help create the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), and whose paramilitary wing organized, financed and promoted terrorist actions against Cuba. Continue reading
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Tagged Bjørn Johansen, canf, Fernando Morais, gerardo hernández nordelo, Joan Lenard, Majesty of the Seas, pepe hernández, Pete Whelpton, Royal Caribbean, The Last Soldiers of the Cold War
The Cuban Five Must be Unconditionally Freed
Speech given by Ricardo Alarcón at the central event held at the Astral theatre in Havana during a day of solidarity for the Cuban Five, September 12, 2011.
I will be brief in order for the artists present to raise their voices in solidarity with Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René.
Today marks the completion of thirteen years of an injustice that has gone on far too long for the Cuban Five. They have received the worst sentences and most cruel treatment, which among other things, has impeded their families from visiting them, and reached inhumane extremes with the prohibition against Adriana and Olga reuniting with Gerardo and René. They have also been punished by the total silence imposed by a media tyranny which aims to extinguish the solidarity that they deserve and hide the larger truth: the Cuban Five are in prison for opposing the terrorists who are enemies of Cuba and its people. Continue reading
Luis Posada Carriles, left, Arturo Hernández, right
Posada Carriles’ Attorney Offered His Assistance to Convict Gerardo Hernández in Miami
José Pertierra, Cubadebate
El Paso. February 14, 2010 — Prosecutors in the Luis Posada Carriles case revealed today that Posada Carriles’ defense attorney, Arturo Hernández, closely monitored and offered his help during the case against the Cuban Five in Miami in 2001. Continue reading
Cuban-Angolan Reconnaissance Platoon attached to 11th Tactical Group, 10th Tank Brigade, Cabinda, Angola, under command of Lt. Gerardo Hernández Nordelo (middle), 1989-90.
The current issue of The Militant has an outstanding piece by Mary-Alice Waters about the period in 1989-1990 when Gerardo Hernández led a Cuban-Angolan platoon attached to the 11th Tactical Group of the 10th Tank Brigade, stationed in Cabinda province, Angola. She incorporates Gerardo’s notes on two photographs from the period with an English translation of an interview with a member of Gerardo’s platoon: José Luis Palacio Cuní. Zenia Regalado interviewed Palacio for Guerrillero, the newspaper for Pinar del Rio, the westernmost province in Cuba. See The Militant for the full article. Continue reading
Gerardo: Believing in Hope
By Marlene Caboverde Caballero*
“…. I shall wait for you under the green elm,
Under the leafless elm.
I shall wait until the last one has returned
And beyond. “ Bertolt Brecht
They condemned him to the exile of silence, to the punishment of the most sordid solitude; two life sentences they hanged like a piece of iron from his neck, and cast him into the void of a cell, into the empire of evil in a prison. However, and despite everything, he laughed.
They, who tried him and convicted him, did not suspect that he would manage to erect, behind bars, that country in which a man and a woman would never be at risk of wearing out, not even from so many kisses. Continue reading
From Letters of Love and Hope
From Letters of Love and Hope
The “Cuban Five” on America’s Rooftop
By Atilio Boron
On January 10th, three young Argentinean climbers from Neuquén province reached the summit of Aconcagua, the highest mountain on the American continent, with an elevation of 22,831 feet above sea level. This extraordinary feat, accomplished by Santiago Vega, a radio and television journalist, Aldo Bonavitta, a bank clerk, and Alcides Bonavitta, a social activist, had a political objective as clear as it was noble: expressing the solidarity of the Argentinean people with the cause of the five Cuban anti-terrorism fighters, held by the empire in its prisons for eleven years, under conditions that are not even applied to the worst serial criminals in that country. Moreover, they were condemned in an absolutely flawed trial that makes their incarceration an affront to due process and the rule of law. The Cuban intelligence agents Ramon Labanino, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez were unjustly and illegally imprisoned for investigating terrorist activities in Miami’s Cuban community and their case constitutes an emphatic denial of the so-called war on terrorism that Washington claims to be waging. Continue reading
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Tagged Aconcagua, Adriana Perez O'Connor, Alcides Bonavitta, Aldo Bonavitta, antonio guerrero, cubana de aviacion, fernando gonzález, gerardo hernández nordelo, hillary clinton, luis posada carriles, military industrial complex, monumental hypocrisy, orlando bosch, ramon labanino, rene gonzález, Santiago Vega, Terrorism