US Sanctions More Cubans

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      U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest squeeze against Cuba, a daily occurrence regardless of what else is happening it seems, concerns slapping sanctions on the island's Defense Minister General Leopoldo Cintra Frias. The General's two children -- Deborah Cintra Gonzalez and Leopoldo Cintra Gonzalez -- were also blacklisted, according to Pompeo's announcement. The three are now on the growing list of Cubans who, among other things, are listed as "unfit to visit the United States."
       Born on July 17th in 1941 in Yara, Cuba, General Cintra is 78-years-old. He joined Fidel Castro's guerrilla unit in 1957 and quickly rose in the ranks as the Cuban Revolution defeated the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship on January 1, 1959. In Revolutionary Cuba General Cintra has long been honored with his rank of General and is now Cuba's Minister of Defense.
     Like Defense Minister Leopoldo Cintra Frias, another General in the Cuban Army who was born in Yara is General Tete Puebla. Now 79, General Puebla was born on December 9th, 1940. While still a teenager Tete Puebla had a bounty on her head because of her fame as a guerrilla fighter against dictator Batista's soldiers.
     This book told the amazing story of "Tete Puebla & the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon In Cuba's Revolutionary War 1956-58." In this gripping book Tete Puebla explained that her furious reputation in the revolutionary war was immediately and everlastingly inspired when Batista's infamous Masferrer Tigers {a 300-man army famed as Batista's brutal enforcers} raided and encircled Tete's hometown of Yara and randomly chose young Cubans and set them fatally afire as a warning for the rest of the town not to resist. General Puebla and General Cintra were among the citizens of Yara who failed to heed that warning and were instead inspired to become guerrilla fighters in the revolutionary war against Batista's U.S.-armed soldiers.
      The above photo and the AP caption, which is owned by Tete Puebla, shows the day Tete Puebla, on the far left, arrived TRIUMPHANTLY in Havana along with other front-line fighters in the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon who helped win the Cuban Revolution in the early hours of January, 1959. Study the faces of Tete and the other female fighters on that happy day. When asked why they were not gloriously happy, Tete famously replied, "Because we were hoping the Batista and Mafia leaders had stayed in Havana to fight us, but by the time we got there to reclaim our capital city they had taken their plane-and-ship loads of loot and returned to Miami, we were told." At age 79 today, General Tete Puebla remains a fighter protecting Revolutionary Cuba.
      This photo shows General Tete Puebla right before she was about to be interviewed by journalist Arleen Rodriguez on Cuba's powerful news program Mesa Redonda, which means "Round Table" in English. Arleen was holding a copy of Tete's "Mariana Grajales" biography. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

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