Thursday, November 30, 2017

"A Bastard Blockade"

The Quote From A Great Young Cuban!!
{Saturday, December 2nd, 2017}
      On her Facebook page, Rosy Amaro Perez described the American embargo of her beloved Cuba as "a bastard blockade." Most Americans, most Cuban-Americans, and all the nations of the world {who in 2016 voted 191-to-ZERO to condemn it} agree with Rosy. More importantly, in near unanimity the restive young-adult generation on the island fiercely agrees with Rosy, a talented and influential television news anchor that Cubans trust. She watched the telecast of President Trump's self-serving excoriation of Cuba in a speech in Miami's Little Havana in a lush building named for a Counter Revolutionary Bay of Pigs leader. Then she cogently said: "The Cuba that President Trump described is not the Cuba I know. And I've lived here all my life." The major reason the brutal U.S.-backed Batista-Luciano dictatorship was overthrown on Jan. 1-1959 was because of out-raged young revolutionary women like Celia Sanchez and the major reason the latest Counter Revolutionary efforts of Rubio-Trump will fail is out-raged young defenders of Cuba...LIKE Rosy Amaro Perez.
     It is appropriate that the talented, beautiful, and influential Rosy Amaro Perez has been used in Cuba to headline campaigns denouncing violence against women and girls. I was reminded of the image depicted above by the startling avalanche of sexual violence in the United States that is currently bringing down high-profile personalities in Hollywood, Congress and network television. Revolutionary Cuba is universally known as a safe island but Rosy, the mother of a precious 4-year-old daughter, wants all crime, especially against girls and women, even lower.
        Only self-serving Americans or Cuban-Americans disagree with Rosy Amaro Perez's depiction of the U. S. Cuban embargo as "a bastard blockade." President Trump's newly anointed American dictator of Cuba is Marco Rubio, the U. S. Senator from Little Havana in Miami. With Rubio the newly crowned architect of the U. S. Cuban policy, America imposed 180 NEW punitive and cruel measures against innocent Cubans on Nov. 9th, 2017...STRENGTHENING THE EMBARGO THAT WAS FIRST IMPOSED IN 1962 FOR THE EXACT PURPOSE, as revealed by de-classified U. S. documents, TO STARVE, DEPRIVE, AND MAKE MISERABLE THE LIVES OF CUBANS ON THE ISLAND to induce them to rise up and overthrow their revolutionary government...which would, of course, pave the way for the return of the U.S.-based Batistianos and Mafiosi. Rubio wants to strengthen that embargo that the rest of the world opposes and that history already registers as the longest and cruelest economic embargo ever imposed by a strong nation against a weak nation. Americans, thoroughly intimidated and propagandized, are not supposed to have the guts to oppose Rubio. But democracy-loving Americans and Cuban-Americans agree with Rosy Amaro Perez's definition of the embargo: "A BASTARD BLOCKADE."
     A democracy-loving American President, Barack Obama, did his best to normalize relations with Cuba. But he was succeeded on Jan. 20-2017 by President Donald Trump, who quickly anointed Marco Rubio as America's new Batista-like Cuban dictator. But unlike Batista, Rubio is based in Little Havana and Washington, USA.
  A democracy-loving Cuban-American, Miami businessman Hugo Cancio, agrees 100% with Rosy Amaro Perez and disagrees 100% with Marco Rubio. Hugo also has a complaint: "Most Cuban-Americans, two million, want normal relations with Cuba. But moderate Cuban-Americans like me are not represented in the U. S. Congress, only extremists Cuban-Americans." So, instead of Cuban-Americans like Hugo, Miami only sends Cuban-Americans like Rubio, the Diaz-Balart brothers, Ros-Lehtinen, Curbelo, etc. to the U. S. Congress. Hugo thinks that's not a very democratic America. 
     A feisty and influential young Cuban, Rosy Amaro Perez, calls this "a bastard blockade." It's been in effect courtesy of the USA since 1962. What would you call it?
      Rosy Amaro Perez is a disciple of three legendary revolutionary women: Vilma Espin, Celia Sanchez, and Haydee Santamaria. Without these women as do-or-die guerrilla fighters, recruiters of rebels & supplies, and as decision-makers, the Cuban Revolution would never have defeated the U.S.-backed Batista-Mafia dictatorship on Jan. 1, 1959. Then in Revolutionary Cuba these three women quickly created two trademarks that have sustained the revolution for all these decades against imposing odds: {1} The Federation of Cuban Women and {2} the block-by-block Committees for the Defense of the Revolution. And if Vilma, Celia, and Haydee had not inspired two generations of young Cuban women like Rosy Amaro Perez, the U.S.-backed Batistianos-Mafiosi would have regained control of Cuba LONG AGO.
   So, study the image above that shows Rosy Amaro Perez saying "No" to violence against women and girls. But don't forget, she is also saying "No" to the U. S. embargo that she calls "a bastard blockade" AND she is also saying "No" to the renewed Rubio-Trump effort to recapture her island. To Rosy it's a do-or-die proposition, just as it was with Vilma, Celia, and Haydee. Rubio-Trump surely have lofty revenge, economic, and political goals in regards to Cuba but probably not do-or-die commitments. And when Rosy Amaro Perez says "No" to what she calls "a bastard blockade," it can be presumed that she knows the "bastards" behind it.
Rosy Amaro Perez.
She knows all about bastards.
And by the way:
     The Swiss giant Nestle this week laid the first stone for a $55 million coffee and biscuits factory in Cuba's Muriel Economic Zone located 28 miles southwest of Havana. It's at the ultra-important deep-water port that is vital to Cuba's future.
     The Director of the Muriel Port is Ana Teresa Igarza. She says she has now signed deals with 31 foreign companies at Muriel, which is ultra-vital to Cuba's economic survival built around the deep-water and ultra-modern Muriel Port that Brazil helped Cuba build. Just one deal is with a U. S. company and that is Rimco, a Puerto Rica-based subsidiary of the heavy machine-maker Caterpillar. But that deal was signed prior to Nov. 9-2017 when the Rubio-Trump efforts to starve Cuba barred 180 new Cuban entities, INCLUDING MURIEL, as being off-limits for U. S. companies. Ana says, "The November 9th rulings from America hurt us, of course. I also think it hurts America because many U. S. companies were talking with me but they began shying off when Trump replaced Obama as President. But there are all other nations we can deal with at Muriel. My optimism at Muriel can focus stronger elsewhere." Since 1959 in Revolutionary Cuba totally decent and powerful Cuban women like Ana Teresa Igarza have been cruelly and rudely targeted by unchecked Cuban-Americans like Marco Rubio who assume Americans are just too stupid or too unpatriotic to be ashamed of America's internationally condemned Cuban policy.
      The world's best news agency, London-based Reuters, has superb journalists stationed full-time in Cuba...such as Sarah Marsh. She wrote this week's Reuters article about the Nestle factory being built at the Muriel Economic Zone.
        This photo outside a factory was posted by Sarah Marsh and shows a quiet Havana street at night. That's Sarah in the middle flanked by friends Mar E. Deus on the left and Jauretsi Saizarbitoria on the right. Havana streets are considered safe. 
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Celia Sanchez vs. Marco Rubio

The Amazing 2017 Cold War Enemies!!
But first:
     At the age of 87, legendary Cuban Armando Hart has died in Havana. From 1952, the year he graduated from the University of Havana Law School and the fateful year the Batista-Mafia dictatorship began its rule of Cuba, till this year Mr. Hart was vital to the Cuban Revolution and to Revolutionary Cuba. In 1952 he teamed with other rebel legends -- Fidel Castro, Celia Sanchez, Frank Pais, etc. -- to resist Batista and then to create the underground that spawned the Revolution. In Revolutionary Cuba beginning in 1959 Armando Hart was the Education Minister and Armando quickly organized 200,000 volunteers to go out across the island to educate Cuban children and adults that were illiterate because of total neglect from the Batista dictatorship. Throughout the rest of his life, Armando Hart remained a fierce supporter of the Cuban Revolution. The 2017 AP photo above shows Armando Hart in the center with Cuba's next President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, sitting to his right...a reminder that age is catching up to the remaining revolutionary legends and the dawn of a new leadership is imminent. But the legacies of the deceased legends -- Fidel Castro, Celia Sanchez, Che Guevara, Haydee Santamaria, now Armando Hart, etc. -- remain a necessary strength of today's Cuba as it prepares for an unsettled future.
Mr. Hart's Literary Brigade.
A Volunteer teaching a mother.
 A Volunteer teaching a mother & father. 
      From the early days of the Batista dictatorship in 1952...and till the day he died on November 26, 2017...Armando Hart denounced the atrocities of the Batista dictatorship, the Mafia, and foreign imperialism of the United States of America.
     As the above photo and caption reveals, Armando Hart was among the four University of Havana students on April 6th-1952 who carried a coffin with the Cuban constitution inside, symbolizing the tragedy brought to the island by the Batista-Mafia dictatorship. Fortunately, Armando was among the brave young Cubans who survived the death squads that Batista sent after them before he closed the University.
       But most of the main anti-Batista student leaders at the University of Havana, such as Jose Echevarria shown above, were murdered by Batista's death squads.
      The death of Armando Hart at age 87 revives memories of his legendary wife Haydee Santamaria. That's Haydee in the front followed by Celia Sanchez when they were fiercely determined guerrilla fighters and leaders in the Sierra Maestra. From the start to the finish, these two women factored into every key aspect of the war as fighters and recruiters. Without them, victory would likely not have happened. 
   Never-ever did Fidel Castro minimize the larger-than-life roles Celia and Haydee as well as Haydee's husband Armando Hart played in the historic Cuban Revolution.
     This Ida Kar photo from the early 1960s in Revolutionary Cuba shows Haydee Santamaria getting a kiss from son Abel while Haydee's left arm cradles daughter Celia, who was named for Haydee's beloved soulmate Celia Sanchez.
      Throughout her adult life Celia Hart Santamaria fiercely supported Revolutinary Cuba and was also a notable writer and author. She confirmed that her famed mother committed suicide in 1980 because of the death from cancer of Celia Sanchez.
      This is Celia Hart's most notable book. Both of Haydee's and Armando's children -- Celia and her older brother Abel -- were killed in a car wreck in Havana on Sept. 7-2008 when they went out to assist other Cubans after a devastating hurricane.
Armando Hart has passed at age 87.
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      If you study the above photo, you may begin to comprehend how and why an island in the Caribbean...namely, Cuba...has been permitted since the 1950s to paint a negative image of the United States and Democracy far more than any other topic. In 1952, with no complaint from the American people, right-wing thugs in the Eisenhower administration teamed the U. S. democracy with the highest echelon of the Mafia -- Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Santo Trafficante Jr. -- to support the thieving, brutal Batista dictatorship in Cuba. In 1959, after the Cuban Revolution overthrew the U.S.-backed Batista-Mafia dictatorship, the Batistiano-Mafiosi regime quickly...and permanently, it seems...resurfaced on nearby U. S. soil with the Little Havana area of Miami becoming its new capital. With as much domination of South Florida as Batista ever had in Cuba, the permanent stain on the U. S. democracy occurred when self-serving sycophants, led by the Bush dynasty, extended the American Batistiano-Mafiosi brand to indelibly imprint itself on the once-pristine fabric of the formerly proud, sacrosanct, and very special U. S. government. The three Little Havana-Miami Cuban-Americans above -- Mario Diaz-Balart, Marco Rubio, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- seemingly believe they alone should make all of the decisions regarding Cuba in the 535-member U. S. Congress. Additionally, they seem to think that the majority of Cuban-Americans in South Florida -- over 2 million of them -- should not be allowed to blunt their anti-Cuban extremism even though most Cuban-Americans, even in Miami, desire normal relations with Cuba, not a half-century of extreme cruelty aimed at totally innocent everyday Cubans on the island. Incredibly, Diaz-Balart, Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen and their ilk have carte blanche clearance from the American people to "legally" punish innocent people in a weaker nation in the name of the American people who assist mightily with their lack of patriotism, their cowardice, and...of course...the still unending streams of their tax dollars.
       America's easy victory in the 1898 Spanish-American War created the origins of today's Batistiano-Mafisoi/Cuban-exile influence on the United States government.
     But to start a war the more powerful country needs a pretext. That was no problem in 1898 after the two giant U. S. newspaper publishers -- William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer -- had launched massive propaganda tirades targeting Spain's rule of Cuba and explaining relentlessly how the largest and most coveted Caribbean island was rightly America's to rule. So the pretext for war was rather simple. The warship USS Maine sailed from Key West, Florida to Cuba and it mysteriously exploded in Havana Harbor on Feb. 15-1898, killing 260 innocent U. S. sailors. Hearst, Pulitzer, and the extreme right-wingers in the U. S. government had their Pretext for War AND their Battle Cry: "REMEMBER THE MAINE!!" And history surely remembers it to this very day although the "mystery" concerning the USS Maine's explosion STILL lingers.  
         Indeed, Spain's dominance of Cuba had been lucrative for rich Spaniards but, after 1898, that would also be true for America's dominance of Cuba that also centered around rich Americans feasting on their new possession -- the largest and most prized Caribbean island. In 1903 the U. S. government took the plush Guantanamo Bay "in perpetuity" and made it into a military base...because it could. By the 1920s, as depicted above, the stage was set for the U. S. Mafia to tighten its fangs around the island and by 1933 the Mafia had fashioned a two-bit Army Sergeant, Fulgencio Batista, as the criminal empire's hand-picked Cuban dictator...with all the shots actually dictated by financial genius Meyer Lansky on behalf of the Mafia's all-time most powerful kingpin Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Study the three faces above -- Batista, Lansky, and Luciano. If indeed you take time to study those three faces you might wonder if the U. S. government could have chosen some better human beings as the American partners in the pillaging-brutalizing of Cuba.
     While the U. S. Mafia's cruel piggy-bank domination in Cuba began in the 1920s, the most brutal period of the U.S.-backed Luciano-Lansky-Batista violence and thievery began in 1952 when Lansky on behalf of kingpin Luciano persuaded the lushly retired Batista to leave his luxurious life in Florida and return to Cuba as the Mafia's dictator. The three gangsters fully realized they would have the omnipotent support of the U. S. government merely by making sure rich Americans were allowed to partake in the rape and robbery of the supposedly helpless island. No U.S.-backed dictatorship could possibly be overthrown...right? Well, true...except for one particularly cruel nuance. While making Cuba their lucrative drug-gambling-prostitution headquarters, the Mob didn't even throw crumbs to the majority peasants. And to make sure the majority peasants accepted the situation, brutal murders of children supposedly embedded the necessary fear in the minds and hearts of the non-elite Cubans. But that trait turned out to be the biggest mistake the Mafia and the United States made on the island of Cuba. The murders of Cuban children inspired what history calls the Cuban Revolution, which overturned a U.S.-backed dictator.
    While the Batista-Mafia leaders and rich American businessmen were feasting and hoarding tons of money in Cuba beginning in 1952, the majority peasants...as shown above...were mired in miserable poverty. Yet, the dire poverty of the non-elite Cubans was not what created the fires...or marches...that spawned the Cuban Revolution.
    The murders of Cuban children inspired brave mothers to take to the streets to denounce the Batista-Mafia atrocities. These irate mothers spawned the revolution.
     By the hot summer of 1953 the mother-marches were so massive the powerful Batista police and army forces couldn't quell them, not with reporters like the very sympathetic Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times minutely covering and reporting on the events. The entire region, except for American citizens, reacted in horror regarding what was happening on the island but the mother-marches had created a revolution that only needed strong leaders, which surfaced immediately.
      A young lawyer named Fidel Castro and a petite doctor's daughter named Celia Sanchez emerged in 1953 as the two rebel leaders most essential to both the initial formation and the eventual success of the Cuban Revolution. Although they communicated via the exchange of written notes even while he was imprisoned from July of 1953 till May of 1955 because of his failed Moncada Barracks attack, Fidel and Celia had never laid eyes on each other until he, as shown above, joined her guerrilla-fighting revolutionary unit in the Sierra Maestra Mountains and foothills of far eastern Cuba in December of 1956 after he returned from Mexico to rendezvous with her at a coastal spot she had chosen. But the old over-loaded yacht named Granma sank about 15 miles up the coast from where Celia waited with a force that could have protected them. Thus, only 17 of the 82 rebels on the yacht survived an ambush by Batista soldiers, but those survivors included Fidel, his brother Raul, Che Guevara, and Camilo Cienfuegos. And the rest is history, with Fidel and Celia deserving most of the credit for the monumental success of the Cuban Revolution. Of course, Celia famously gave most of the credit to others:
 
     The historic Celia Sanchez quotation depicted above was how she summarized her Cuban Revolution: "We rebels...get far too much credit for winning the Revolution. Our enemies deserve most of the credit, for being greedy cowards and idiots." Yes, Celia Sanchez was bitterly disappointed that the Batista-Mafia leaders dashed for their getaway airplanes, ships and boats when, on the last day of 1958, they got word that the key city of Santa Clara had fallen to Che Guevara-led rebels. For the rest of her life, till she died of cancer on Jan. 11-1980, Celia Sanchez acutely regretted the fact that the Batista-Mafia leaders didn't stay in Havana and fight the charging rebels. But four months later in April of 1959, desiring friendly relations with the United States and believing she could get it, Celia took Fidel on a 12-day peace visit to America.
      In April of 1959, less than four months after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro was the regional and international rebel hero even in the United States. On that April-1959 U. S. visit, Fidel was overwhelmed with praise, including by the children sporting fake beards above. But there were some powerful jokers in the Eisenhower administration -- the Dulles brothers at the head of the CIA and the State Department, Vice President Richard Nixon, etc., etc. -- who quickly crushed Celia Sanchez's hopes for friendly relations with the United States.
       Celia Sanchez took Fidel on the 12-day visit to the U. S. only after the U. S. State Department had assured her Fidel could meet with President Eisenhower to hopefully normalize relations between the two nations. But the State Department lied. It was Vice President Nixon who met with Fidel to warn the new Cuban leader that his revolution would be overthrown within weeks. That convinced Celia that Nixon was a crook, which the U. S. citizens didn't learn till Nixon was President in the 1970s.
     This photo taken by Andrew St. George and copyrighted by Yale University shows Celia Sanchez in a New York hotel in April of 1959. When Fidel told her what Nixon had said, it was Celia's reaction, supported 100% by Fidel, that would best define U.S.-Cuban relations from April of 1959 till today. She was the Cuban catalyst.
      Back on Cuban soil in April-1959, with her idol Fidel backing her up, Celia Sanchez  began thinking about the only non-U. S. superpower -- the Soviet Union. But mostly, Nixon's prediction had put in her mind the Celia Doctrine: "The Batistianos will never regain control of Cuba as long as I live or as long as Fidel lives."
      In all the decades since 1959, the Celia Doctrine has incredibly stood the test of time -- and even past the 2016 death of Fidel -- against the daily efforts of the regrouped Batistianos and the Superpower United States "to regain control of Cuba." And remember that documented Celia Sanchez quotation about her and the rebels getting "too much credit for winning the revolution" because "our enemies deserve most of the credit, for being greedy cowards and idiots." Like her doctrine, that quotation also has stood the test of time. AND OH YES!! One more Celia Sanchez quote that resonates today and one that remains very pertinent today:
     The brilliant and insightful Celia Sanchez quotation above confirms that she fully realized that the Cuban narrative in the nearby Superpower United States would lie about the Cuban Revolution and Revolutionary Cuba. "We can make history but we still don't get to write it." That's true today too because President Trump's newly anointed American Dictator of Cuba, Marco Rubio, can dictate the cruel U. S. Cuban narrative in an era when both the mainstream U. S. media and most U. S. citizens are simply too afraid or too propagandized to challenge anything he says. But the Celia Sanchez legacy...and her quotations...still hang around to severely challenge him.
        As long as the citizens of the United States allow a handful of extremist Cuban-American Counter Revolutionaries to dictate a Cuban policy that gets the United States condemned unanimously in the UN, those pusillanimous citizens should at least have the courage to question having a Batista/Luciano-like Cuban policy-maker dictate revengeful, self-serving, and extremely cruel policies that mostly harm 11.2 million innocent Cubans...not to mention America's international reputation. Rubio vs. the Celia Sanchez legacy appears like a billion-to-one deal considering he hides behind the skirts of the world's Superpower. But the billion-to-one favorites Batista and Luciano also hid behind similar skirts. The Celia Sanchez legacy is not the same as Celia Sanchez herself...but it's still something. And after all, Trump himself, before anointing Rubio America's new Cuban dictator, belittled Rubio to his face as, among other things, "Little Marco." NO ONE ever called the petite Celia "Little Celia." 
And by the way:
    Cuba's President of the National Electoral Commission, Alina Balseiro, announced on Nov. 27th-2018 that 7.3 million Cubans voted Sunday to elect delegates to the country's municipal assemblies. She said, "There were some heavy rains in the central and eastern areas but it did not deter many voters, and I didn't expect it would."
School children guarded the ballot boxes.
      One of the island's most respected news outlets, Radio Rebelde, said, "The assembly elections are very important to Cubans, especially nearing the retirement of President Raul Castro. On Sunday there were a total of 24,000 polling stations."
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

America Reviews Fidel's Life

On 1st Anniversary of Fidel's Death:
      The Voice of America, one of my prime international news sources, this weekend reviewed the life of Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who drastically changed Cuba and America during his incomparable 90 years on this earth. The VOA used the photo above to illustrate its recap of Fidel Castro's imprint on history to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of the Cuban legend at age 90 on Nov. 25-2016. Its review is entitled: "Cuba Marks First Anniversary of the Death of Fidel Castro" and the report is mostly fair on the multiple VOA venues that include its printed form as well as its radio and television outlets. The video runs 3 minutes and 15 seconds and is included with the printed report on the VOA's informative international website.
     The Voice of America TV-video report on Nov. 25-2017 recapping Fidel Castro's life includes a long statement by Phil Peters, truly one of America's most renowned Cuban experts. Mr. Peters said: "I think all admit Fidel Castro is a very historical figure who won a very impressive military victory in the Cuban Revolution. He maneuvered through very difficult circumstances in the international sphere. He put Cuba on the map far beyond its importance in history and far beyond its economic capabilities."
     While there are many notable and fair-minded U. S. Cuban experts like Phil Peters, since Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution in 1959 chased the U.S.-backed Batista-Mafia dictatorship back to Florida from whence it had emerged in 1952, Fidel and his historic significance has impacted the United States every bit as much as it has impacted Cuba itself. That's because, as Mr. Peters knows, the reconstituted Batistianos-Mafiosi on U. S. soil, since 1959, have largely dictated America's Cuban policy that is widely condemned in unanimity by the United Nations and was even condemned by the decent Obama administration in 2016, resulting in the 191-to-Zero condemnation of all the voting nations in the UN. Yet, as Phil Peters and all other unbiased American experts well know, America's Batistiano-driven Cuban policy since 1959 has seen the vaunted U. S. democracy tied indelibly to such unsavory, undemocratic warts as...record numbers of tax-supported assassination attempts beginning in 1959; the expensive but miserably failed Bay of Pigs attack on Cuba in 1961; the longest and cruelest {from 1962 till today} economic embargo ever imposed by a strong nation against a weak nation; and even such things as the terrorist bombing of a child-laden civilian Cuban airplane that will forever be tied to a famed tax-paid career Cuban-American terrorist that at age 90 is still living a free and heralded existence in Miami. While a renowned American expert like Phil Peters minutely could recap such things, propagandized Americans since 1959 are supposed to be too afraid or too ignorant to do so. Therefore when the Voice of America's recap of Fidel Castro's life includes a long quote by Mr. Peters, the VOA on Nov. 25-2017 is acting fairly and bravely regarding Cuba, which is a rare circumstance indeed for any American enterprise.
     Right after the unbiased Cuban expert Phil Peters made his statement about Fidel Castro in that Voice of America telecast, the VOA aired the opinions of Frank Calzon. Calzon began his depiction of Fidel Castro with these words: "Whatever good he did..." They were, actually, four amazing words because Frank Calzon is a Charter Member of the vast, well-funded anti-Castro propaganda machine that has existed in the United States almost unhindered since 1959. The graphic above depicts Calzon in the plush Miami studios of Radio Marti TV, which is located in Miami in the plush Jorge Mas Canosa building. Calzon, Canosa, and almost all of the richest and most powerful Counter Revolutionary anti-Castro zealots in the United States were and are indelibly entwined with the BUSH economic and political dynasty. The Bush-anointed Canosa was the all-time most powerful anti-Castro Cuban-American exile and the first true billionaire. For example, since the 1980s, thanks to Canosa's Bush-connections, billions of U. S. tax dollars have flowed and are flowing to the Radio Marti TV boondoggle that is just one of the many Canosa products in Miami, along with numerous buildings, etc., named in his honor. So it's fitting, as depicted above, that Frank Calzon, another of the ultra-powerful Bush-connected anti-Castro/Cuban American propagandists, is shown in a Radio Marti TV-Canosa Building graphic.
     As I pointed out, Frank Calzon's first four words about Fidel Castro in the VOA television report were: "Whatever good he did..." The rest of Calzon's words were pure anti-Castro propaganda, the kind that have, since 1959, made Counter Revolutionaries like Frank Calzon very rich and very powerful and very much unchecked in a Batistiano-fueled United States. And that's precisely why Frank Calzon, and many others like him, convince me that Fidel Castro and his Cuban Revolution say A LOT MORE about the United States than those two historic legends say about Cuba itself. Cuba, after all, is just a Caribbean island while the United States, so drastically altered by the Cuban Revolution and by the decades of trying to regain dominance over the pugnacious island, is the world's economic and military Superpower. That being said, even when he is given airtime by the Voice of America, Frank Calzon can't explain why Revolutionary Cuba has survived for all these many decades and neither can Frank Calzon justify America's cruel Cuban policy that propagandists like Frank Calzon are largely responsible for. And, of course, Frank Calzon and his ilk ignore two vital facts: {1} The harm the Batistiano-fueled Cuban policy does to America's and Democracy's reputations; and {2} the international condemnation of that Batistiano-fueled Cuban policy. With his opening four words to the Voice of America on Nov. 25-2017, Mr. Calzon admitted that Fidel Castro had done some "good." But frankly, as a democracy-loving American, I can't think of a single good thing that Counter Revolutionary Cuban-Americans like Frank Calzon have ever done for my America.
The legendary Voice of America.
The legendary Cuban Revolution.
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