Letter to the The New York Times

Your three editorials about Cuba this month are a welcome acknowledgment that the embargo is a fossilized Cold War fiasco. A significant step could be taken by engaging in serious dialogue to secure the release of a United States Agency for International Development employee, Alan Gross, jailed in Cuba since 2009, and three Cubans, jailed in the United States for the past 15 years. Both governments claim that these men violated their laws. Both governments insist on release of their citizens as a demonstration of good faith. Serious humanitarian reasons support their release. Once they are free, their respective governments can talk about commerce, education, health and human rights. We all stand to benefit.

COUNTERPUNCH: Imprisoned for Fighting Terrorism

Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism? Yes, if you fight terrorism in Miami. Today marks 16 years that five Cuban men known as the Cuban Five have endured prison — 5,840 days — precisely for having fought terrorism in Miami. The reason is, the terrorism the Cuban Five were fighting against has been supported and financed by the U.S. government, through the CIA and other means. The Cuban Five never belonged a day in prison. In any other country, they would be honored as heroes for putting their lives on the line to save other people.
President Barack Obama has the power to undo an enormous injustice. Let the Cuban Five go home to Cuba now.

Cuba-U.S.: A secret history to rebuild its bridges

Preceded by book reviews in major U.S. and European media, and by notes that two weeks ago filtered their inexhaustible research, the book Back Channel to Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), by William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh, was presented in the Villena room of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) in Havana. Cubadebate talked with LeoGrande, a professor at the American University in Washington, and Kornbluh, a researcher at the independent National Security Archives, shortly after they arrived in Havana. The dialogue revolves around what Kornbluh has characterized as an “unprecedented opportunity to illustrate the history that could pave the way for a new history” between the two countries to begin.

Call for justice

ALMOST 40 years after the horrific crash of Cubana flight CU 455, renewed calls are being made for those responsible to be brought to justice. Yesterday, a wide cross-section of persons came together at the Cubana monument at Paynes Bay to remember the lives of the 73 persons whose lives were lost after a terrorist attack brought the plane down 38 years ago today. Sadly, there are still 58 bodies at the bottom of the sea. The Barbados Advocate

COUNTERPUNCH: Terror in Latin America and the Caribbean

Anniversaries in September and October – a season of sorrow in Our America – recall murder and mayhem. One asks: Can international solidarity prevent victims? Who in North America, epicenter of terrorist plotting, will take on that job? In fact, the U.S. government itself had already joined “with the terrorists” in Our America. As with earlier interventions, it did so to stop social revolution. U.S. hypocrisy was obvious: official statements expressed horror and threatened retribution, yet victims in Our America already knew the pain of terrorism at U.S. hands. The case of the Cuban Five defenders against terrorism highlighted the notion of “good terrorists” and “bad terrorists.” Apparently for U.S. prosecutors the violent thugs whom the Five were watching were acceptable terrorists, no less so than U.S. agents scheming in Guatemala and Chile.

The Cuban 5 Present at Historic New York Climate Change March

Nearly 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City in the largest Climate March in world history on Sunday, September 21st. The chance to also introduce environmental activists to the case of the Cuban 5 was taken up by co-chairs and activists from the NNOC, Pastors for Peace, the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and supporters from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. The group distributed nearly 2,000 flyers with the slogan, "Change U.S. Climate toward Cuba!" The banners and flyers were met with a combination of curiosity and support. A surprising number of people said they had visited Cuba. One marcher from Nova Scotia took a flyer and said he knew all about the Five because his book group had just discussed Stephen Kimber's awarding winning book "What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five."

Stephen Kimber Wins Prestigious Award for Cuban 5 Book

Stephen Kimber’s book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five, has won the 2014 Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction at Canada’s East Coast Literary Awards. The judges described What Lies Across the Water as “a remarkable piece of investigative journalism. Kimber has unearthed a riveting story at the heart of why there is little hope of political reconciliation between Cuba and the United States — until there is justice for the Cuban Five.” The book was previously long-listed for the Libris Award as Nonfiction Book of the Year in Canada.

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