Skip to comments.The New York Times—still Shilling for Communists
Posted on 03/29/2014 5:50:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
Everyone knows that the Cubans control (Venezuelas) military intelligence and police intelligence. They control the coordination of the armed forces. Such convictions are held by critics in both countries (Venezuela and Cuba) although they offer little hard evidence to back their suspicions. (Victoria Burnett and William Neuman, The New York Times, March, 2014.)
Fidel Castro has strong ideas of liberty, democracy, social justice, the need to restore the Constitution....but it amounts to a new deal for Cuba, radical, democratic and therefore anti-Communist. (Herbert Matthews, New York Times, February 1957.)
This is not a Communist Revolution in any sense of the term. Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he is decidedly anti-Communist. (Herbert Matthews, New York Times, July 1959.)
So according to the New York Times the only Cubans in Venezuela today function as Marcus Welbys and Florence Nightingales. And the only communists in Cuba in 1959 were kept far from positions of influence by those stalwart defenders of liberty the Castro Brothers and Che Guevara.
Same as in 1959, many well-informed people much closer to the issue differ with the New York Times:
Venezuela today is a country that is practically occupied by the henchmen of two international criminals, Cuba's Castro brothers. They (the Cubans) have introduced in Venezuela a true army of occupation. The Cubans run the maritime ports, airports, communications, the most essential issues in Venezuela. We are in the hands of a foreign country. This is the darkest period in our history. (Luis Miquilena who served as Hugo Chavez Minister of Justice for three years. March 2014.)
One day in May 1959, only five months after the triumph of Castro's anti-communist revolution, Castro's own Air Force Chief, Major Pedro Diaz-Lanz told his friend Eddie Ferrer, "I've got to tell the Americans and the world what's going on here and start the fight against these communists. Everybody seems asleep!"
A week later Diaz-Lanz resigned his post and declared publicly that Castro's civilian government was a hollow sham, nothing but a front (maintained with the then invaluable assistance of the New York Times) for Soviet-trained communists who were running the show behind the scenes, especially in the crucial functions of the military and police. Diaz-Lanz then bundled his wife and kids onto a small boat and escaped to Miami just ahead of a firing squad.
After weeks of frantically knocking on doors and hoarse from phone calls, Diaz-Lanz finally appeared at a public hearing before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. The date was July 14, 1959.
Mr. SOURWINE (Chief Counsel). Is Castro friendly to the United States?
Major DIAZ. No.
Mr. SOURWINE. But Fidel Castro has said on many occasions [as dutifully transcribed and transmitted by the New York Times] that he is friendly to the United States. You are saying that this is not true?
Major DIAZ. He is lying.
Mr. SOURWINE. You know there are many who say that Fidel Castro is not himself a Communist.
Major DIAZ. I am completely sure that Fidel is a Communist.
Mr. SOURWINE. You are completely sure that Fidel Castro is what?
Major DIAZ. That Fidel Castro is a communist. Also, I'm prepared because the communists have a well-known system of trying to destroy the reputations of anyone who disagrees with them.
The New York Times was quick out of the gate. In Cuba there are no communists in positions of control, stressed Herbert Matthews in a fresh article. The accusations of Major Pedro Diaz-Lanz are rejected by everybody.
But as Diaz-Lanz warned, when outing communists, their denial is only half the story. The truth-teller must also be defamed. Not to worry! The New York Times was eminently worthy of the task.
"Sources (Castro or his henchmen) tell me that Major Diaz-Lanz was removed from his office for incompetence, extravagance and nepotism," continued Herbert Matthews' front-page article in the New York Times on July, 16 1959 (the very day following Diaz-Lanz testimony!)
And Castro's U.S. propaganda minions were just warming up. The New York Times had sounded her bugle. Now the rest of the media pack rushed in behind her (remember, this was 1959) yapping and howling and wagging their tails, panting to join the hunt. They were all too eager for a chance to mob and maul a man who risked his life and went stone-broke to warn America about what turned out to be the gravest threat in her history.
"It's an outrage that Congress should give a platform for a disaffected Cuban adventurer to denounce the Cuban revolution as Communist!" barked Walter Lippmann a few days later in the New York Herald Tribune. "It would be an even greater mistake even to intimate that Castro's Cuba has any real prospect of becoming a Soviet satellite," (italics mine) Lippmann stressed a week later in a Washington Post.
Lippmann's Pulitzer Prize the year before, by the way, noted "his distinction as a farsighted and incisive analyst of foreign policy."
To our American friend Herbert Matthews with gratitude. Without your help, and without the help of the New York Times, the Revolution in Cuba would never have been. (a beaming Fidel Castro decorating Herbert Matthews with a medal during a visit to the New York Times offices in April 1959.)
Foreign reporters -- preferably American -- were much more valuable to us at that time (1957-59) than any military victory. Much more valuable than recruits for our guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda. (Che Guevara 1959.)
Fidel Castro has strong ideas of liberty, democracy, social justice, the need to restore the Constitution
This photo is Fidel:
The one in the article is not.
Look at the difference.
Fidel is as dead as Che. He has been for a long time. But the lie of his presence is useful to the Commies.
New York Times, pillar of Fabian Socialism, continues to use his puppets, as the used before Walter Duranty and Herbert Matthews, to serve Communists tyrants.
Fidel was born on August 13, 1926.
Does the picture in the article look like a 87 year old man?
Not unless he has been to a good plastic surgeon. The guy in that photo looks to be between the ages of 55 - 65 max...
This ruse has been going on for some time. And they planned to do the same thing with Chavez, but something went badly wrong. Chavez was in the same underground hospital in Havana that treated Fidel.
I think he died about the time he stepped down in 2005.
They had said he was suffering from prolonged serious internal bleeding. I don’t buy the cancer recovery lie on Fidel.
the Times has always loved commies ever since they denied Stalin was starving the Ukrainians
Where does it say that is a recent picture? Looks to me like it was taken years ago
Do a little research of photo’s of Fidel before 2005 vs those after.
I do not believe the picture in the article is Fidel. I believe that Fidel is worm food. Explaining his relinquishing power.
> To our American friend Herbert Matthews with gratitude. Without your help, and without the help of the New York Times, the Revolution in Cuba would never have been. (a beaming Fidel Castro decorating Herbert Matthews with a medal during a visit to the New York Times offices in April 1959.)
Foreign reporters — preferably American — were much more valuable to us at that time (1957-59) than any military victory. Much more valuable than recruits for our guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda. (Che Guevara 1959.)
“Fidel Castro has strong ideas of liberty, democracy, social justice, the need to restore the Constitution.
If he lies were not so tragic, they would be absolutely hilarious.
Imprisoned Venezuelan Opposition Leader’s letter to His Holiness Pope Francisco
“[S]pare no efforts to promote national reconciliation through mutual forgiveness and sincere dialogue, respect for truth and justice, able to address specific issues for the common good.”- Pope Francisco on situation in Venezuela, February 26, 2014
“I have taken the audacity to write these lines because I am convinced, as millions in Venezuela , that your voice , your guidance and your blessing to our people at this time can make a profound impact on the next destination of our country.”- Leopoldo López Mendoza, letter dated February 17, 014
Caracas, February 17, 2014
With deep admiration and full of humility, I ask your blessings to the people of Venezuela in moments of profound difficulty for all Venezuelans hit by the most severe economic crisis, by insecurity accompanied by unleashed impunity and the loss increasingly accelerated of our freedoms for all Venezuelans, especially those of us who have contrary thoughts to those who govern today.
I am writing this letter from the underground and within a few hours of appearing before the manipulated justice of my country, which has issued an arrest warrant attributing against me the crimes of murder and terrorism, for the simple fact of having called our people to exercise our right to protest as it is protected in our Constitution and the fundamental rights of free men. This situation of persecution and criminalization of protest has affected hundreds of youth who have been detained, tortured and subjected to unfounded processes that seek to plant fear and limit the voice of millions of Venezuelans who promote change.
I have taken the audacity to write these lines because I am convinced, as millions are in Venezuela , that your voice , your guidance and your blessing to our people at this time can make a profound impact on the next destination of our country.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to talk with the Polish leader Lech Walesa, who I asked what was the most decisive event in his years long struggle that culminated with the fall of communism, his response was immediate and very precise: The visit and the message of John Paul II to Poland.
I understand that the historical circumstances are very different , but like the twilight years of communism in Europe, now in Venezuela we are living in times of deep despair and hopelessness, a word, a sentence, a message from you I’m sure could make a significant impact, the encounter of our people with peace, liberty and democracy.
Chances are when you read this letter I will already be jailed on the orders of Nicolas Maduro; a situation that I ‘m willing to take on if in something it contributes to awaken our people on the need to together make a change.
With the mere fact that you read these lines and keep a place in your heart for the Venezuelan people will give us immense strength to move forward, guided by the teachings of Christ our Lord.
Leopoldo López Mendoza
WHOA - those men really do look different...
VENEZUELAN STUDENTS FIGHT AND DIE FOR FREEDOM
Yep, 10-15 years younger. Healthy eyes.
But this would also explain why he is not in the public eye as much and does not make the long winded speeches.
And it contributes to the illusion of stability that the Commies want to project.
I truly believe they tried to do the same thing with Chavez.
Go back to 6 months before Chavez’s death and look at the photo’s that were going around. Same scam.