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El Paso Diary: Follow the Money

Mas Canosa Monzón

Oscar de Rojas, a Cuban-American accountant from New Jersey, testified in federal court today that he wired money to ex-CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles and others in El Salvador and Guatemala in 1997. The Justice Department alleges that Posada Carriles used that money to finance a terrorist bombing campaign against Cuba in 1997. One of the bombs killed an Italian businessman, Fabio Di Celmo, on September 4, 1997 in Havana’s Copacabana Hotel.

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“Well paid lies”, in Las Razones de Cuba (+ Photos and Videos)

Cuba's Reasons

“A group of young artists and I had the idea to create a cultural project that would promote the visual arts among those young people”, that is the beginning of the testimony of Frank Carlos Vásquez, agent Robin of Cuban State Security, in the new documentary that Cuban television aired for the series “Cuba´s Reasons”.

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Billions for company that hired Alan Gross

USAID

The Maryland company that hired American development worker Alan Gross won more than $2.7 billion in USAID contracts from 2000 to the third quarter of 2009, statistics show. Development Alternatives Inc., or DAI, sent Gross to Cuba as part of a USAID-financed democracy program. Cuban authorities accused Gross of setting up an illegal satellite communications network and sentenced him on Friday to a 15-year prison term.

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Japan – Vast Devastation (+ Photos)

Japan - Vast Devastation

The vast devastation wrought by the earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, may only be matched by the destroyed lives left in their wake. Few survivors have been found, but families continue to search for their sons, daughters, wives, husbands and friends. Threats of a nuclear reactor meltdown and resulting disaster loom.

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Cuba Restores Parity between the Convertible Peso and the U.S. Dollar

Cuban convertible peso

An analysis of all these factors has resulted in the conclusion by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Cuba that it is opportune to devalue the Cuban convertible peso exchange rate with the dollar and other foreign currencies by 8%; in other words, to reestablish parity between the convertible peso and the U.S. dollar.

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There will always be an Emilio

Carlos Manuel Serpa with the then head of the US Interest Section Michael Parmly. Photo: Ismael Francisco

Shortly before this interview was published he was considered the “spokesman of Ladies in White” as well as the “independent journalist” who had issued the highest number of reports for the anti-Cuban media. His statements reveal that the US subversive policy against Cuba is still in place.

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The bird and the prisoner

The bird and the prisoner

Translation: Machetera En Español Once upon a time, a bird made friends with a prisoner.  Both were incarcerated in the United States and both were unjustly imprisoned for defending Cuba from terrorist activity. This is how the story began.  On June 4, 2009, the same day as his birthday, Gerardo Hernández heard about this creature.