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Iranian Alert: Cuba reportedly Jamming US Based Iranian broadcasters Uplink Signal Into Iran.***Today is the day all Iran has been waiting for, the day the protests and strikes are to begin in earnest. As a result, the Iranian government has successfully, but temporarily jammed all the signals of the LA based Iranian broadcasters.

They are now jamming the uplink signal, here in the United States as well. The uplink signal is the signal from the broadcast studio to the satellite, which is then relayed to another satellite and finally broadcast over Iran. This started occurring a few days ago. I was told that the FCC now believes the jamming is coming from within Cuba.***

578 posted on 07/11/2003 12:45:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Historic arrival in Havana harbor - Cash on the barrel head ***Since the collapse of the Soviet block in 1991, however, Cuba has eagerly sought trade with the capitalist world while trying to maintain a communist system. Numerous ships have carried U.S. goods to Cuba since December 2001, when the U.S. government permitted cash-paid shipments of food and some other goods. Seventy-one percent of those were U.S.-owned, said Pedro Alvarez, leader of the Cuban government import company Alimport, which has signed contracts for about $480 million since the rules were eased.

But the Helen III was the first to carry cargo under a U.S. flag and with a U.S. crew. It was also the first vessel from Mobile, Ala., to carry cargo under the recent rules. Fabian said the barge carried 1,614 metric tons of newsprint and about six tons of timber.

As tugboats maneuvered the barge to the docks, Fabian stepped aside to make a phone call to check the company bank account. ''By law, the money has to be in our bank account before we can unload,'' Fabian said, referring to the U.S. regulations that set conditions on trade with Cuba. Fabian said the shipment, worth about $1.5 million, was part of a contract to ship a total of 10,000 tons, with another 5,000-ton deal in the works.***

579 posted on 07/12/2003 12:19:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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