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From Monthly Review
The Trial is a Documentary by Rolando Almirante, narrated by Danny Glover and presented by ICAIC and Telesur. You can view the entire documentary below. Also click here for articles by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada about the Cuban 5.
The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are in U.S. prison, serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami, on June 8, 2001.The Five were falsely accused by the U.S. government of committing espionage conspiracy against the United States, and other related charges. They were involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba.
“I believe that there is no reason to keep the Cuban Five imprisoned, there were doubts in the U.S. courts and also among human rights organizations in the world. Now, they have been in prison 12 years and I hope that in the near future they will be released to return home” – Jimmy Carter
More information on the Cuban Five is available at FreeTheFive.
Campaigning heats up in Egyptian elections
“It’s very worrying to see so many advisors from Washington arriving in Cairo, and perhaps trying to hijack the revolution for Washington’s ends,” said journalist and author Afshin Rattansi. “We must always remember that Egypt was a strategic lynch-pin in Washington’s foreign policy, that all-important Suez Canal and the Nile River basin. So we’ll see the forces aligned against any leader that does emerge in Egypt, Washington will definitely try and get it on side.”
From RT News:
The next chapter in Egypt’s handbook on democracy will see free elections held in September. Rather than a path towards open democracy, radical Islamic groups like the Muslim Brotherhood are gaining ground in the polls.
The army is clearing Cairo’s Tahrir Square of demonstrators to show everything is back to normal. But after months of upheaval, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
It is very much the same people in charge as before.
“The Egyptians are concerned that they may have got rid of the dictator but they haven’t got rid of the dictatorship,” says James Denselow, a Middle East expert from Kings College London. “There are deep concerns as to whether the reforms have gone far enough, whether the restrictions, and the role of the military is still too great for true freedom to emerge in Egypt, and that’s the debate that’s polarizing society in Egypt right now.”
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Post-coup regime in Honduras carrying out unprecedented assault on most organized sector of the resistance, the teachers
From the Real News:
A report from various communities in Honduras where the regime imposed by a 2009 military coup has opened up an all-out attack on the country’s teachers. Honduras’ teachers are, in the eyes of many, the most organized sector of the anti-coup resistance movement. Over recent months they have had their pensions stolen, their wages cut, their labor rights suspended, and a new education law passed which they believe is the beginning of the privatization process. In response, the teachers and the National People’s Resistance Front have occupied institutions, roads and highways across the country, to which the regime has responded with brute force.
Produced by Jesse Freeston.
From RT News:
The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) met in China, G20 gathered here in Washington D.C., and the IMF and World Bank are expected to have their spring meetings. But are institutions like the IMF and World Bank, and the Western Powers who control them, ready to let the rest of the world chime in? Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Mark Weisbrot.
On this edition of Peter Lavelle’s CrossTalk: An intervention celebrated by the West… Thousands of troops on the ground – and an Ivorian leader is quickly replaced. Ivory Coast is now in the hands of a man recognized by the international community. Notorious for alleged atrocities, the new president is portrayed as a leader willing to bring about change to the poverty-stricken country.
Guests: Gnaka Lagoke, François Ndengwe and Ayo Johnson.
Peter Kornbluh on Acquittal of Alleged Cubana Airline Bomber Luis Posada Carriles
From Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! interviews Peter Kornbluh, the director of the National Security Archive at the George Washington University and the Cuba Documentation Project, about the case of Luis Posada Carriles.
Catch him if you can
A Texas court acquits an alleged right-wing Cuban terrorist
The Economist, April 14, 2011
ONE of the Cuban government’s most legitimate criticisms of the United States involves its handling of Luis Posada Carriles. A Havana-born Venezuelan citizen, Mr Posada helped organise the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. He later worked for the CIA to undermine Fidel Castro and assist Nicaragua’s right-wing Contra guerrillas. In 1976 two of his employees blew up a Cuban aircraft, killing 73 people, including the country’s national fencing team. Over 20 years later he was implicated in bombings of Havana hotels.
Mr Posada has largely evaded punishment for these crimes. He escaped from a Venezuelan prison while awaiting a trial for the aircraft attack, was recaptured and held for eight years without being convicted, and then escaped again.
In 2000 Panama jailed him for plotting to kill Mr Castro during a summit. But Mireya Moscoso, Panama’s president, pardoned him shortly before leaving office in 2004.
A year later Mr Posada sneaked into the United States and asked for asylum. When Venezuela sought his extradition, he withdrew his asylum request and was arrested. However, a judge refused to deport him on the grounds that he might be tortured in Venezuela—a claim many Cubans might find ironic, given the presence of Guantánamo Bay on their island.
Since then, Mr Posada has been in legal limbo. He was transferred from jail to house arrest in 2007 and indicted only in 2009. However, rather than prosecuting him for the bombings, the government charged him with lying about his part in them and about how he entered the United States, and for obstructing its investigations. His trial began in January in Texas.
Russia wants an explanation from the UN over its use of force in Ivory Coast, which is currently gripped by civil conflict. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has questioned if it was legal for international peacekeepers to support one of the presidential claimants. UN and French troops bombarded targets around the residence of incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo in the city of Abidjan. The UN says its raids were carried out to protect civilians.
Russia questions legitimacy of UN troop actions in the Ivory Coast
RT News, April 5, 2011
The situation in Cote d’Ivoire also remains critical as the violent standoff between supporters of incumbent President Gbagbo and those of his rival Alassane Ouattara continues to bring the West African state to the very brink of a civil war. Gbagbo is refusing to yield power to Ouattara, who is believed to have won the disputed presidential election last year, and has been recognized by the UN.
Meanwhile, according to earlier reports, UN peacekeeping forces and the supporting French contingent have joined the combat operation in the former French colony on the side of Ouattara.
Commenting on the matter, Sergey Lavrov said that Russia asked for verification from the UN as to why the peacekeepers are using force. He pointed out that their mandate obliged them to stay neutral and unbiased. Moscow has also requested an unprecedented UN Security Council briefing to discuss the matter.
“So far we have not received very clear answers to our questions,” Lavrov added.