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Mensaje desde Perú

abril 29, 2010

—– Original Message —–
From: Yesenia Alvarez Temoche
To: Gonzalo Fernández
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 3:41 PM
Subject: Concurso de Ensayos “Plumas Democráticas”

El Instituto Político para la Libertad y el Movimiento Mundial de Solidaridad con Cuba organizan el Primer Concurso de Ensayos sobre la realidad cubana, denominado “Plumas Democráticas”.
Con este Primer Concurso de Ensayos sobre la Realidad Cubana, queremos propiciar el desarrollo de nuevos pensadores que a través de sus plumas fomenten la importancia de la democracia para América Latina y el Caribe. El tema del ensayo es la realidad cubana.
Conocedores de tu liderazgo y apoyo en la defensa de la libertad y la democracia, te pedimos tu colaboración para la difusión de este concurso en la página web de tu institución y entre tus contactos.

El concurso va dirigido a jóvenes de América Latina y el Caribe, que tengan entre 18 y 30 años de edad, conforme a las bases de la convocatoria adjunta.
Los ensayos ganadores serán publicados en un libro y los premios consisten en US$ 1,000.00 dólares americanos y una beca para asistir a un evento académico a realizarse en el continente americano para el primer lugar; un premio en efectivo de US$ 850.00 dólares americanos y una beca para asistir a un evento académico a realizarse en América Latina para el segundo lugar y un premio en efectivo de US$ 500.00 dólares americanos para el tercer lugar. El Cuarto, quinto y sexto lugar recibirán un diploma de reconocimiento como “mención honrosa”. Estos ensayos también serán incluidos en el libro.
Las Bases del Concurso pueden ser consultados en http://www.iplperu.org Si tuvieras cualquier pregunta no dudes en consultarnos. Si necesitas materiales de difusión puedes solicitarlos a plumasdemocraticas@iplperu.org

Gracias por tu gentil atención y cooperación. Cordialmente;

Yesenia E. Alvarez Temoche
Instituto Político para la Libertad
Presidenta
Apartado Postal 180517 Lima, Perú.
Email: yalvarez@iplperu.org
Web: http://www.iplperu.org
Teléfono: 00-51-1-4475007
Móvil: 00-51-1-986473932

MARCHAS POR LA LIBERTAD EN CUBA

abril 15, 2010

CUBA: NO + ViOLENCiA!
MARCHA MUNDIAL POR LA LIBERTAD DE CUBA JUNTA DIRECTIVA Cordinador: Miguel de la Hera http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&viewas=1368076815&gid=172362274909

Participantes confirmados:
BRUXELLES, BOGOTA, CANARIAS, CHICAGO, LISBOA, MADRID, MALLORCA, MIAMI, MILAN, PARIS, QUITO, SANTIAGO DE CHILE, RALEIGH y TAMPA
Esperamos apoyo desde otras ciudades.
SOMOS UNA SOLA FAMILIA! EXILIO UNIDO + QUE NUNCA! VIVA CUBA LIBRE!

1962

abril 9, 2010

“… and that we would prefer to disappear, as we demonstrated in 1962.”
Raúl Castro’s speech to the Communist Youth Organization on April 4, 2010.

Following is an excerpt of Raúl Castro’s speech in response to what he called
“… a huge smear campaign against Cuba, a campaign orchestrated, directed and financed by the centers of imperial power in the United States and Europe, hypocritically waving the banner of human rights.” As usual, he was using the victim stratagem, while concealing the atrocious records of human rights violations over 50 years of tyrannical rule in Cuba.

1962?

For those that are too young to remember and for those that are old enough to recall from memory, I am bringing up related information from excerpts of my book “Cuba’s Primer”:

“… On October 14, 1962, Major Anderson returned from a mission with pictures of ballistic missile sites and nuclear storage facilities under construction. On Oct. 22, President Kennedy addressed the nation and six tense days followed. While negotiations between President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev were still under way, Major Anderson attempted another reconnaissance run and his U-2 was shot down and he was killed (on October 27 by a SAM, surface-to-air missile)…” (1) The October Missile Crisis had unfolded. To this day, my stomach turns when I think how close the Soviet Union risked a nuclear war.

President John F. Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba, which was called a “quarantine”, designed to stop the numerous Soviet cargo ships en route to Cuba. There were urgent exchange of messages between President Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

President Kennedy “… sent his brother (Robert) to tell Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin that the time for diplomacy was running out, that work on the missiles had to stop at once…

… The sun shone bright in Washington Sunday morning, October 28, as Radio Moscow read out Khrushchev response to Kennedy… that work at the bases on the island had now stopped…” (2)

(Nikita Khrushchev talking to Fidel Castro) “Later when I met Castro in the Soviet Union, I told him, “You wanted to start a war with the U.S. If the war had started, we would somehow have survived, but Cuba no doubt would have ceased to exist. It would have been crushed into powder. Yet you suggested a nuclear strike!”

“No, I did not,” replied Castro. “How can you say that?” I asked Fidel. The interpreter added, “Fidel, Fidel, you yourself told me that.” “No!” insisted Castro. We checked the documents. The interpreter said, “Here is the word war; here is the word blow.” Fidel was embarrassed…” (3)

I was living then in Havana with my wife and three children. My wife and I feared that it was the end of the end for all of us in Cuba.

Book’s website: http://www.cubasprimer.com

(1) Air Force Link, Official Website of the United States Air Force.
(2) Max Frankel, “Learning from the Missile Crisis,” Smithsonian, October 2002, p. 53.
(3) Khrushchev’s Secret Tapes, TIME, October 1, 1990.