Skip to comments.Castro, the Carribean, and Terrorism
Posted on 11/21/2001 2:56:57 AM PST by backhoe
For years I have tried to warn people about the heating up of trouble spots "south of the border" ( Central & South America ), the inter-linking of terrorist groups there and elsewhere, and the Cuban/left-wing ties to all this.
Here are links, pulled from other links & posts, to give you a heads-up on "what the media doesn't want to talk about...."
China's Whampoa Ltd. opens port in Bahamas
Unresolved Questions- the Panama canal, good, bad, or a waiting disaster?--thread II
Fidel May Be Part of Terror Campaign
Yes, Cuba is a terrorist nation
Castro: "Iran and Cuba, in cooperation can bring America to its knees.(my title)
CASTRO AND THE INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, A CHRONOLOGY
In Castro's Service
Castro fan leads anti-war movement: 'Leading organizer' of campus protests praises Communist Cuba
Anthrax: is there a Castro connection?
Beijings destructive role in Cuba and Venezuela
Castro and the terror coalition
Fidel Castro's Deadly Secret - Five BioChem Warfare Labs
Sinn Fein says Adams 'still set to visit Cuba'
Castros drug-running links Part 2
IMHO, the "axis" of the Carribean/Cuba, Central America, and northern South America are shaping up as the new "hot spot" in a world full of hot spots- watch this space closely!
U.N. Calls for Colombia to Avoid 'All-Out War'
Venezuela : So Close to Havana, So Far from Washington
Analysis: U.S. policy morphing in Colombia
FARC Rebel planned to assassinate Colombia Pres. Pastrana says Venezuela Pres "Chavez 'Trusted' Him"
Colombia Government, ELN Rebels to Meet in Cuba
Revolt in Guatemala...(a must read)
U.S. warns of Sandinista party's past terrorist links as Nicaraguan election nears
I'm dying to ask why no one has brought up the Clinton pardon of the 17 Puerto Rican Terrorists
Once again, I caution you all- "watch this space"- in Central/South America & the Carribean, things are heating up again:
Gunmen kill nine farmers in Colombian massacres
While we still will probably never convert the "true believers" who still worship the clinton crew, there are a lot of less radicalized citizens out there who just have never been exposed to a lot of the data we here have seen. Here's a good place to start them ( and a Tip O' the Hat to ChaseR who first suggested this approach to winning new converts )--
-Index of Panama articles--
-Index of Panama Archives articles--
Give those links to fence-straddlers, and after they have read some, just ask, "See how much you have not been told?"
"Watch this Space," folks- here's a new hot spot developing--
Chavez Says Ties Make Venezuela, Cuba 'One Team'
The Panama Canal Rests In Good Hands
(C)old War Ghost- Cubans in Angola
Here's a snip from an article;
~Colleagues offer sharply different appraisals of her work. "She was superb," said one senior retired intelligence officer. Another dismissed her as "very weak" and prone to depression. Laughter was foreign to her.
"She's certainly not a warm person," said Edward Gonzalez, a retired UCLA professor who knew her. "She is not a happy person. She was always scowling."
The daughter of a military psychologist from Puerto Rico, Montes is a U.S. citizen who was born in Germany and educated at top schools in the United States. She spoke Spanish fluently. She obtained a master's degree from the prestigious School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Though she knew many people, she left little wake.
"We're trying to reconstruct who her friends were, and we can't," said Riordan Roett, director of Western Hemisphere Studies at the university. Roett said he only "vaguely" can recall Montes, even though her transcript shows she took two of his classes.
In 1985, Montes got a job as a junior analyst at the DIA, which provides the Pentagon with military and political analysis. A supervisor there at the time, who spoke on condition of anonymity, remembered Montes for her introverted nature.
"She was very private. She never attended parties. When we had office parties, she might show up for only a little while. She'd never bring a boyfriend," he said. ~Snip
The rest of the article is Here
Sounds to me as though she was sexually/socially frustrated. Just a guess though. I hope they hang her.
[Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chavez friends of Fidel Castro.]
South Africa's teachers are angry with Education Minister Kader Asmal and his department for importing Cuban teachers without consulting them.
Hassen Lorgat, spokesperson for the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), said: "We are very unhappy with the way Asmal has handled the issue. We don't know any details."
He added, however, that South Africa had a lot to learn from Cuba.
"Cuba values its teachers as professionals, not people to be retrenched, dumped, or have their holidays taken away. But if the teachers are here to take our jobs, there will be a big problem."
Sadtu planned to hold an urgent meeting with Asmal and Cuba's ambassador to South Africa to discuss the issue, he said.
Asmal's spokesperson, Molatwane Likhethe, dismissed the teachers' fears. "There have been concerns, particularly about language, but one of the conditions is that the teachers will speak English. These people will come to train our teachers, they won't take jobs away."
Meanwhile, it has also emerged that the minister plans to dissolve school governing bodies that are no longer functioning.
The proposal to allow the dissolution of governing bodies that are unable to perform their duties and replace them with curators is mooted in an amendment to the South African Schools Act in the latest Government Gazette.
When a school is under such curatorship, the superintendent-general is expected to ensure the election of a new governing body within a year.
So far the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has appointed curators to replace principals at schools where there has been a managerial collapse.
Lebelo Maloka, a GDE spokesperson, said no governing body had been dissolved by the provincial department so far.
Schools and interested parties have until May 7 to comment to the minister.
(February 7, 2001) --Chávez's school plans ignite furor in Venezuela--Parents and teachers' unions complain that Chávez is not merely fixing problems, but rather trying to establish a Cuba-like system of political indoctrination for young minds. Among the controversial actions: A new constitution written by Chávez supporters requires all schools to teach ``Bolivarian principles'' ---- a code phrase for Chávez's brand of leftist populism ---- and the pro-Chávez majority in the legislative National Assembly is preparing a bill laying out the exact curriculum.
(November 8, 2001) -HUGO CHAVEZ SUPPORTERS ATTACK PARENTS (protesting education takeover) A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a brick and threatens the parents and teachers who marched against the government's proposed education reforms in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Nov. 8. 2001. The demonstration ended in violence when the protesters were met by hundreds of Chavez supporters when they reached Congress.
U.S. schools regularily take students on junkets to bask in the wonders of Castro's peaceful paradise.
Jay Nordlinger: Who Cares About Cuba?-- And what he did he want from Americans, I asked, beyond specific help for his son? "I would like them to remember their principles: their sense of unity, justice, and liberty, maintained over so many years." Last, he wished to say, "Human rights cannot exist without God."
WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARD FOR CASTRO?--Psychologists may be better able than political scientists to explain why many American liberals idealize foreign dictatorships with institutions or values that they find horrifying in milder forms in the United States. For some reason, many American leftists who loathe the military are not troubled by the fact that Castro appears in public only in a military uniform. American liberals somehow manage to support gay rights in the United States while ignoring Castro's vicious campaigns against homosexuality, which he has defined as a "bourgeois perversion" American liberals fret about the FBI and Internet censorship, while calling for the United States to befriend a regime where culture and religion are rigidly controlled by the secret police.
Delighting in the Dictator--- In the late 1970s the American writer Sally Quinn returned from Cuba having found it an Isle of Eros. Said she of the country that then housed thousands of political prisoners in dirty cells and torture chambers, "an attitude of sexuality is as pervasive in Cuba as the presence of Fidel Castro. You can feel sex in the atmosphere." Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern bounced around the Cuban countryside with Fidel in a jeep and survived to tell of it. Said he of a man who even then was sending arms and soldiers around the world to support Communist terror and oppose American policy, Fidel is "soft-spoken, shy, sensitive, sometimes witty
.I frankly, liked him." And Senator Lowell Weicker, the Republican ever on the prowl for a presidential nomination, launched this line certain to illuminate his presidential qualifications. "Castro's been known to snow people but he didn't snow me," Weicker asseverated. He spoke of Fidel's "enormous intellect and idealism" -- yes, idealism! He questioned why the United States did not take Fidel's side, the side of progress.
Delirious Democrats --I can't help suspecting that Foxman's laughable critique is linked to the Democrats' efforts to slime Otto Reich and John Negroponte, nominated for top diplomatic jobs. Both men were exceedingly effective at advancing President Reagan's Central American policy. Negroponte was American ambassador in Honduras, and Reich ran a tiny public outreach office in State that greatly annoyed the Left, because he was very good at it. He was later a first-class ambassador to Venezuela.
These terrific men are under attack precisely because they performed extraordinarily well under exceedingly difficult circumstances at the great turning point in the second half of the 20th century. The defeat of Communism in Central America was deadly to the messianic vision of the men in the Kremlin, and to their many supporters and fellow travelers around the world, because it demonstrated that history was NOT on their side. The tide of events was running in favor of the democratic revolution, and Otto Reich and John Negroponte were among its most effective advocates.
It's Cool Again to Be Communist -- "Many of the international communist-front organizations are continuing to operate, but they now are hiding behind one level of cover - groups that are in the antiglobalism coalition," a veteran U.S. intelligence officer explains. "A lot of funding has come from the Communist Party of India. The North Korean Communist Party has taken over some coordination in recent years." Some analysts hypothesize that the People's Republic of China might be trying to jump-start the machinery of the old Soviet front groups, using North Korea as a "funding cutout." But the fronts have changed their terminology: Marxist-Leninist rhetoric is gone, replaced by antiglobalism themes. "It doesn't arouse the concern of Western governments or get stereotyped as being antidemocratic," says a longtime observer. "Though there is a considerable organizational structure behind the antiglobalist movement, it isn't totally coordinated. Much is spontaneous." Spaulding notes, "These rallies have been organized by a combination of Marxists, anarchists, ecologists, feminists and gay-rights activists. And nobody has been able to get control."
No matter how great the crimes progressives commit, no matter how terrible the future they labor to create, no matter how devastating the catastrophes they leave behind, the world outside the faith seems ever ready to forgive them their "mistakes" and to grant them the grace of "good intentions."
There is a superficial sense, of course, in which we were civil rights and peace activists-and that is certainly the way I would have described myself at the time, particularly if I were speaking to a non-left audience. It is certainly the way Mrs. Clinton and my former comrades in the left refer to themselves and their pasts in similar contexts today.
But they are lying. (And when they defend racial preferences now-a principle they denounced as "racist" then-even they must know it).
The first truth about leftist missionaries, about believing progressives, is that they are liars. But they are not liars in the ordinary way, which is to say by choice. They are liars by necessity-often without even realizing that they are. Because they also lie to themselves. It is the political lie that gives their cause its life.
Why, for example, if you were one of them, would you tell the truth? If you were serious about your role in humanity's vanguard, if you had the knowledge (which others did not), that you were certain would lead them to a better world, why would you tell them a truth that they could not "understand" and that would hold them back?
What you were really against was not war at all, but American "imperialism" and American capitalism. What you truly hated was America's democracy, which you knew to be a "sham" because it was controlled by money in the end. That's why you wanted to "Bring the Troops Home," as your slogan said. Because if America's troops came home, America would lose and the Communists would win. And the progressive future would be one step closer.
But you never had the honesty-then or now-to admit that. You told the lie then to maintain your influence and increase your power to do good (as only the Chosen can). And you keep on telling the lie for the same reason. [End Excerpt]
Just now finding this thread backhoe..I'll do so now. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours backhoe.
Fidel, Saddam and Hugo --An improbable but growing friendship of three military revolutionaries -- The improbable but growing friendship of three military revolutionaries - Fidel Castro of Cuba, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela - poses a challenge to U.S. interests and to President-elect George W. Bush. It is a friendship with considerable power: Venezuela and Iraq are among the top 10 oil exporters.
Cuba is a beneficiary of their largesse and, in Venezuela's case, a mentor of revolution.
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Various warring factions. Bosnia-Herzegovina. ...
Watch this Space
??? The area of the Carribean & south of Texas fits that to a "tee..."
WSJ: WHILE CARACUS BURNS Sen. Dodd's petulance threatens national security--[Excerpt] Yet while Caracas burns, the top U.S. policy maker for the region can't assume his post for reasons of petty ideological revenge. Otto Reich--President Bush's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere--still can't get a hearing in Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd's subcommittee. Mr. Dodd's petulance has gone beyond the usual Beltway payback and is now creating a leadership vacuum damaging to U.S. national security.
It's hard to recall reading today's headlines, but 10 years ago Latin America's future looked bright. Democracy was on the rise, economies were growing and the era of military coups seemed to be over. The countries did this mostly on their own, but U.S. leadership was crucial. The U.S. nurtured free-market economic ideas and helped against Marxist rebels. That trend stopped during the 1990s, as the Clinton Administration mostly ignored the region for more glamorous priorities. The result today is a region threatened by repression, violence and economic decline.-[End Excerpt]
Cuban President Fidel Castro (L), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (C) and Colombian Andres Pastrana talk during the closing of the III summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) on Margarita Island, Venezuela, December 12, 2001. Caribbean leaders signed cooperation and trade agreements where Chavez carried his left-leaning agenda into the Caribbean Summit urging his Caribbean neighbors to shun a U.S.-backed hemispheric free trade zone. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez
And further evidence linking the Provisional IRA to the narco-terrorist group in Colombia has been uncovered, according to a leading figure in the United States Congress.
The Congressman heading up Capitol Hill's proposed investigation into the role of the IRA in Colombia has also revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency is to be asked to give evidence about the Farc connection. Democrat William Delahunt has confirmed that his inquiry has unearthed new information about the IRA's presence in Colombia.
Delahunt is travelling to Colombia in March to meet government representatives.
Worked with President Clinton, and the British and Irish governments,
as well as parties in Northern Ireland, to restore the 1994 IRA cease-fire and
promote a political solution to the more than a quarter-century long sectarian conflict.
I'm surprised Dodd and Kennedy are going along with Sinn Fein to kiss Castro's commie behind.
Sinn Fein leader risks furor with Cuba visit--[Exceprt] The trip is planned to commemorate Cuban solidarity during the celebrated 1981 IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison. Ten strikers died in what became a major embarrassment for the British government over demands that IRA prisoners be given political status.
As well as meeting Castro, the Sinn Fein delegation will unveil a monument in memory of the hunger strikers.
Analysts say the visit is part of an attempt to improve Adams' international standing while peace talks drag on with the British government. The IRA has lately come under increased international pressure for dragging its feet over decommissioning its weapons, a key element of the peace process.
In October Adams made a similar visit to South Africa, where he met with former President Nelson Mandela. During that visit he also unveiled a sculpture on Robben Island to commemorate those who have died on hunger strikes in Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Analysts, however, say the merits of visiting Cuba are harder to see.
The trip will only serve to refocus debate over Sinn Fein's alleged involvement with left-wing Colombian guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, often known by its Spanish abbreviation, FARC. One of the three IRA suspects jailed in Colombia was Sinn Fein's unofficial representative in Havana, Niall Connolly.
Connolly and two others, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan, were accused of training FARC fighters in explosives and urban terrorism. Sinn Fein initially denied that Connolly belonged to the party. But Adams later confirmed that an internal investigation revealed Connolly had been working in Havana for a senior Sinn Fein executive, though without the party's formal approval.
Republican members of Congress are aghast over the political timing of the visit. This week, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said: "I've told Gerry for some time I think it's a mistake to go. It undercuts Sinn Fein's argument for human rights. Castro is a flagrant violator of human rights."
The House International Relations Committee is conducting an inquiry into links between FARC and the IRA with a view to holding hearings. The committee is looking into allegations that the IRA has had a four-year connection to the Colombian group, during which time some 30 high-ranking IRA members have visited Colombia. [End Excerpt] ----More at link.