Disparates – (español)
I suppose the Latin American term for an apples and oranges comparison is peras y manzanas. [Pears and apples.] Somehow it doesn’t have quite the same ring. In Spain, the expressions are funnier. No hay que confundir el culo con las témporas. [No need to confuse the ass with the temporal bones]. No confundir churras con merinas. [Don’t confuse the sheep that produces itchy wool with the sheep that makes merino].
But at the moment, thinking of Rene González and Alan Gross, I prefer the Spanish no mezclar la velocidad con el tocino [don’t mix up speed and bacon], because it’s an expression that highlights the absurd, and nothing is more absurd than the comparisons that are being marketed by the mainstream U.S. press on behalf of the State Department about these two men. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, Cuban Five, media terrorism
Tagged BGANs, brothers to the rescue, Cindy Sheehan, Cuban Five, dai, fernando gonzález, gerardo hernandez, jay weaver, jose basulto, Judy Gross, maggie khuly, Peter Kahn, U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, USAID
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
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean
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
This interview with Adriana Pérez, wife of Gerardo Hernández, one of the Cuban Five, is almost three years old, yet it has never been translated into English until now. It is a critically important interview for understanding exactly how the U.S. government has engaged in extraordinary punishment tactics beyond the absurdly harsh sentences meted out to the Five in 2001. It is also important for understanding how their punishment has been extended to their families, for the crime of solidarity with one another. Finally, it is a remarkable expression of that very solidarity.
Adriana Pérez: “Cuba delivered information to the FBI about terrorist organizations and the United States arrested the five who’d obtained it.”
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Julio Castro & Javier Parra for laRepública.es
Translation by Machetera
On September 12, 1998, five Cuban citizens were arrested in the United States. It was said that they were spies, terrorists at the service of the Cuban government; that they were infiltrators who were working against U.S. national security. They were blamed for a series of crimes that later were proven to have no legal basis whatsoever, not even remotely connected to the real story, which was that they were trying to prevent the terrorist actions of various anti-revolutionary groups in Miami, obtaining information that Cuban security later passed to U.S. FBI agents in order to prevent the possible disasters which might be caused by these violent groups. The five are: Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, René González Sehwerert, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort. This has come to be known internationally as the case of the Cuban Five. Continue reading