The Untold Story of the Cuban Five: It Happened in Miami

This is the seventh part in Ricardo Alarcón’s series on the Cuban Five: The Court of the Southern District of Florida is not an international tribunal, neither is it a UN body having jurisdiction on matters affecting relations between countries. It has a very specific duty, which is to determine if a particular defendant is guilty or not of a concrete charge. In instructing the jury in the case of Gerardo Hernandez, the Court recalled the language of the Government’s indictment.

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Philips’ Double Betrayal

Philips' Double Betrayal

The head of the Philips office in Brazil literally said to the Cuban representatives: “There is a brutal intransigence on the part of the US Government in terms of equipment regulations and license applications regarding Cuba.” “I know that this affects the Commander’s program. Our organization is being affected and threatened. All our organizations are very scared.” And right after that he repeated: “they are very scared.”

The Untold Story of the Cuban Five: Indictment À La Carte

This is the fifth part in Ricardo Alarcón’s series on the Cuban Five: More than seven months after the Cuban Five were arrested and indicted a new charge was presented by the US Government. Again, the charge was one of “conspiracy”, but this time to commit murder in the first degree and was brought specifically against one of the Five, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo.

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The End Does Not Justify The Means

The End Does Not Justify The Means

After seizing power, W. Bush not only dragged the country into a war policy but also left the Kyoto Protocol unsigned thus denying the world for ten years the support of that nation to the struggle for the environment, a nation that consumes 25 percent of the fossil fuel, which can bring irreparable damage to the human species.

The Untold Story of the Cuban Five: Spies Without Espionage

This is the quarter part in Ricardo Alarcón’s series on the Cuban Five: The first indictment in September 1998 charged the Cuban Five of being unregistered Cuban agents and of other minor violations. The government also charged three of them–Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio–with “conspiracy to commit espionage” (Count Two of the indictment). Prosecutors didn’t accuse any of them of actual espionage for a very simple reason: there was not such a thing and thus it could never be proven.

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It Is The Time Of Mobilization, Of Marching Together

It Is The Time Of Mobilization, Of Marching Together

A country that respects itself needs no US mercenaries, troops or military bases to fight drug-trafficking, to protect the people in case of natural disasters or to provide humanitarian cooperation to other peoples.

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I Wish I Were Wrong!

I Wish I Were Wrong!

The strategy of withdrawing troops from Iraq and sending them to the Afghan war to fight the Taliban is wrong. The Soviet Union was trapped in a quagmire there. The US European allies will be ever more reluctant to see the blood of their soldiers shed in that country.  

The Untold Story of the Cuban Five: The Face of Impunity

This is the third part in Ricardo Alarcón’s series on the Cuban Five: As they recognized during voir dire, the kidnapping of Elian González and its consequences for the community was very much in the minds of those chosen to be jurors at the trial of the Cuban Five a few months after the six year old boy was rescued by the federals. Like everybody else they had followed the events related to Elian which saturated the news.

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The Empire And The Robots

The Empire And The Robots

If robots in the hands of the transnationals can replace imperial soldiers in the wars of conquest, who will stop the transnationals in their quest for a market for their artifacts? Just as they have flooded the world with automobiles that today compete with mankind for the consumption of non-renewable energy and even foods converted into fuel, so too they can flood the world with robots that would displace millions of workers from their workplaces.

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A Just Cause To Defend And The Hope To Continue Moving Forward

A Just Cause To Defend And The Hope To Continue Moving Forward

There are some who say that the economic crisis marks the end of imperialism; maybe we should wonder whether or not this is something worse for our species. In my opinion, the best thing will always be to have a just cause to defend and the hope to continue moving forward.