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World Press: CIA trained Ben Laden's Al Qaeda receives billions/year and has nuclear weapons, 9/16

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Cuba's friendly response to 9-11

Cuba's government had a very friendly  reaction to 9-11.

Shootdown: Some Reflections 10/18/01 AfroCubaWeb: retrospective on the shootdown of Basulto's suicide bombers

Estamos y estaremos contra el terrorismo y contra la guerra AIN, Cuba: ongoing coverage of the War and Cuba's antiwar stance

Mr. President: The Times Demand a Good Glance at Miami   - letter campaign around the Miami terrorists

A peaceful solution is still possible, says Fidel 9/29/01 Granma

Imminent war places Afghans on the threshold of human tragedy 9/28/01 Granma

Cuban American National Foundation tries to keep name even though they had given it up "CANF Fires Back", The Miami Daily Business Review, 9/27/01

Radio Havana  - News Update - 9/25/01, Cuba:

  • Cubana Airlines Bombing - 25th Anniversary To Be Observed Oct 6
  • Bush Backpedals On Powell's Promise To Provide Evidence
  • Indonesia's Islamic Leadership Warns Us Against Bombing Afghanistan
  • What About The Terrorists Harbored By The USA, Asks Saul Landau
  • Attack On Us Prompts Urgent Calls To Solve Israeli-Palestine Conflict
  • Saudi Arabia Breaks Relations With Afghanistan's Taliban
  • US Plan To Restrict Civil Liberties Meets Unexpected Resistance 
  • Viewpoint: Drowning Out The War Drums With Calls For Peace

Fidel Castro on "Infinite Justice" 22 Sept 2001

"Bin Laden y Fidel Castro", by Carlos Ripoll, El Nuevo Herald, September 22, 2001 As virulent as it gets...

Radio Havana Cuba - Weekend News Update - 22 September 2001

*Cuba Is Against Terrorism And Irrational War: Fidel Castro
*War Of Vengeance Makes Us No Better Than Terrorists, Says Nobel Laureate
*Venezuela Opposes Anti-Terrorist Methods That Are Equivalent To Terrorism
*Influential Brazilian Daily Blasts Bush's Belligerent, Unilateral Rhetoric
*The Only War We Need Is One Against Poverty: Argentina Labor Leader
*Writer Umberto Eco Calls Bush's Crusade Against Terrorism Demented

DIA Analyst Passed Classified Info, Says FBI, 9/22 - compendium of articles

Agent accused of spying for Cuba Pentagon intelligence analyst charged with sharing classified data 9/21 USA Today

Viewpoint: BUSH'S WAR MACHINE MAKES READY FOR MORE KILLING, 9/20 Radio Havana

. A full six million [Afghans] currently face starvation, while almost four million are refugees in camps along the Pakistani and Iranian borders. United Nations refugee sources say that a war would add to this misery to such an extent that it would convert Afghanistan into the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. This is Washington's target. By all accounts it won't be a war but a genocide.  Cuba agrees that justice must be brought down upon those who planned and carried out the attacks on New York and Washington, but not at the cost of more civilian lives. We do not believe that this is the justice the people of the United States are seeking. - Radio Havana

Attack fallout hits Cuba tourism, top cash earner
, 9/20

Radio Havana Cuba news for 9/19

  • Cuba Expresses Deep Concern Over Atmosphere Of Hate In Us
  • Cuban Experts Alarmed By US Attempt To Convert Pain To Blind Rage
  • US Media Watchdog Deplores Warmongering In Media Outlets
  • In An Exception To War Rhetoric, Boston Globe Notes Growing Pacifism
  • Soviet Veterans Of Afghan War Warn The US What Awaits

Everything is not lost yet, 9/19/01 Radio Havana

"I think this requires firm but coherent and balanced policies and a very robust cooperation among all governments. A massive unilateral and violent reaction, much as it might satisfy the instinctive desire for retribution, would just increase the chances for new incidents like this to take place." -- Dr. Carlos Alzugaray Treto, Profesor Titular, Vicerrector de Investigaciones a.i., Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Cuba

U.S. Contacts Sudan, Cuba for Help - AP (Sep 18, 2001)

Together with the U.S. people we feel pain and sadness, Granma, 9/17

CANF disinformation campaign. They focus on Fidel's ties with Iran and Syria, who are being approached by the US as potential allies, and :Lybia which so far seems out of the picture. These funders of narcoterrorism are drumming this into members of congress with a plea to include Cuba among the targets.

La lucha contra el terrorismo precisa del concierto internacional, Granma, 9/17

Articles from and about Cuba, 9/17, compiled by Milwaukee Coalition to Normalize Relations With Cuba 

Cuba changes its view of the US, 9/14, AP

Nightly Roundtable in Cuba Examines Attacks In United States
, 9/13

A CALL FOR REFLECTION, RESTRAINT AND RESPONSIBILITY, 9/13, RHC

Cuba Reacts With Horror And Sympathy To Attacks On US,
9/12

Ongoing World Press coverage of the crisis

DIA Analyst Passed Classified Info, Says FBI, 9/22 - compendium of articles

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DIA Analyst Passed Classified Info, Says FBI

[It certainly is a wondrous thing to see how hard the US government works to counter Cuban efforts to protect its territory from terrorism and subversion, and how utterly incapable of they seem of protecting the US "homefront" from real terrorism.

Obviously, the fanfare over this arrest is designed to partially rehabilitate the reputation of the FBI, who were so busy playing Cold War II against Cuba in Florida that they completing missed the biggest terrorist network of them all.

Note to the Bush Infinite Terror Team: Cuba has proposed that a genuine international effort be made to prevent terrorism, and have offered their assistance and cooperation. You might want to follow up; it sounds like a much better idea than the Incompetence Crusade. ]

Washington Post, September 22, 2001 <www.washingtonpost.com>top

by Bill Miller and Walter Pincus

The Defense Intelligence Agency's senior analyst for matters involving Cuba was arrested at her office yesterday and accused of providing classified information about military exercises and other sensitive operations to the Cuban government.

Federal prosecutors said Ana Belen Montes, 44, of Northwest Washington, was working for the Cuban intelligence service while on the U.S. government payroll. The FBI, which had been tailing Montes for months, surprised her at work yesterday morning at Bolling Air Force Base and charged her with conspiracy to deliver U.S. national defense information to Cuba, a capital offense.

A few hours later, Montes sat silently in U.S. District Court as prosecutors said she "knowingly compromised national defense information" and harmed the United States. A magistrate judge ordered her jailed without bond pending a hearing Wednesday.

He also put Montes on a suicide watch at the request of prosecutors. "This is a clandestine agent for the Cuban intelligence service," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Walutes Jr. "This has been going on for quite some time."

Established 40 years ago, the Defense Intelligence Agency today has more than 7,000 military and civilian employees around the world, with its headquarters at Bolling, in Washington. Its job is to produce military intelligence about foreign countries in support of U.S. planning and operations.

One of the DIA's first successes was its role in the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.

Montes began work at the DIA in 1985 and was assigned to analyze Cuban matters seven years later. As the DIA's senior analyst for Cuba, Montes would have dealt regularly with Cuba watchers from other agencies in the U.S. intelligence community, most particularly from the CIA and the State Department's Intelligence and Research Bureau.In a court affidavit, FBI agent Stephen A. McCoy said authorities determined that Montes was passing details "about a particular Special Access Program related to the national defense of the United States." An intelligence source said that probably referred to a highly classified intelligence collection system being employed to gather information either by satellite or other technical or human capability.

Another of her alleged disclosures, the affidavit said, was the identity of a U.S. intelligence officer "who was present in an undercover capacity, in Cuba." Although the Cubans apparently did not arrest the individual, the affidavit indicated that "the Cuban government was able to direct its counter-intelligence resources" against the officer. At another time, the affidavit said, Montes informed the Cubans that "we have noticed" the location, number and type of certain Cuban military weapons in Cuba.

She also allegedly shared information about a 1996 war games exercise. "This has been a very important investigation, because it does show our national defense information is still being targeted by the Cuban intelligence service," said Van A. Harp, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office.

A senior intelligence official shared that assessment, saying, "It is very serious." He added that "it is still too early to say how much damage she may have done." The official pointed out, however, that any information received by Cuba then could have been shared with other foreign governments, causing further harm. A DIA spokesman declined to comment.

The agency cooperated in the FBI's investigation. An official at Cuba's diplomatic mission in Washington declined to discuss the case. Montes, a U.S. citizen born at a U.S. military installation in Germany, is single and lived alone in an apartment in the 3000 block of Macomb Street NW, authorities said.

The FBI searched her residence yesterday and also got a warrant to comb through her 2000 Toyota Echo, a safe-deposit box and her office. Authorities declined to say what led them to focus on Montes or how they believed she became associated with the Cuban government.

They said she communicated with her Cuban handlers via shortwave radios, computer diskettes and pagers, methods employed by a Cuban spy ring based in Florida -- known as the Wasp Network -- that attempted to infiltrate Cuban exile organizations and U.S. military installations. Seven people have been convicted of being part of that organization, including a husband and wife who pleaded guilty yesterday. In charging documents and other court papers, authorities did not directly link Montes to the Florida activities.

One law enforcement source said investigators believe Montes began spying in 1996. According to the FBI's affidavit, the Cuban intelligence service often communicates with overseas agents by broadcasting encrypted messages at high frequencies via shortwave radio. The messages typically are conveyed in a series of numbers and transcribed into Spanish text by a computer program.The FBI obtained court approval to surreptitiously enter Montes's apartment in May and found a shortwave radio and earpiece as well as a laptop computer, the affidavit said.

Agents secretly copied the computer's hard drive and restored text that had been deleted, providing the foundation for many of the allegations, the document added.Since May, agents have followed Montes as she made brief calls on pay telephones outside the National Zoo, gas stations and other locations in Northwest Washington and Maryland, apparently sending encrypted messages to pagers, the affidavit said.

But the affidavit makes no mention of any occasions in which Montes was observed meeting with any suspected accomplices, making drop-offs or picking up money. Before joining the DIA, Montes worked in the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy in the early 1980s. She is a 1979 graduate of the University of Virginia and received a master's degree in 1988 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Montes lived on the second floor of a three-story cooperative building in Cleveland Park. Neighbors said she had resided in the building at least seven or eight years and described her as friendly if quiet.Neighbors said there was nothing unusual about Montes's habits, and they had no idea she had been arrested.

The people they thought were Montes's visitors yesterday afternoon were actually FBI agents, who were observed eating pizza in her apartment.One resident said he had been working with Montes on projects in the building, including improving the mailboxes. Another said Montes once was president of the co-op board.

She was known to work for the federal government, but neighbors said she never talked in detail about her job. After the attack on the Pentagon last week, a neighbor said, he sent her an e-mail and got an emotional response."Right now, I'm not in the mood to talk," she wrote back, saying she was distraught about the terrorists' assault.

Another neighbor, Gretchen Gusich, said Montes let her use her unit this week when Gusich's bathroom had plumbing problems, even leaving a key with her. "She was a good neighbor," Gusich said.

[Staff writers David A. Fahrenthold and Martin Weil and Metro researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.]

(c) 2001 The Washington Post Company

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Miami Herald, September 22, 2001 <www.miami.com/herald/>top

by Tim Johnson

WASHINGTON -- FBI agents on Friday detained a 44-year-old senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency, a vital part of the U.S. national security establishment, and charged her with providing U.S. national secrets to Cuba.

The information relayed to the Cuban government, according to papers filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, included the identity of a U.S. intelligence officer operating undercover in Cuba.

The woman, Ana Belen Montes, was arrested around 10 a.m. at Defense Intelligence headquarters in the southern part of the capital, FBI spokesman Chris Murray said.

Montes began working at the agency, which provides political and military intelligence to the Pentagon, in 1985 and had risen to a level that gave her access to a wide variety of intelligence, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington, D.C., federal court.

"Since 1992, she has specialized in Cuba matters. She is currently the senior analyst responsible for matters pertaining to Cuba," the complaint said.

Montes, among more than a dozen arrested by U.S. law enforcement since September 1998 and charged with spying for Cuba, had greater access to secrets than the others. As a senior analyst, she participated in inter-agency meetings involving discussion on Cuba and the rest of Latin America, Capitol Hill sources said.

The criminal complaint said Montes was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979. She also held a master's degree from the prestigious School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

An FBI official, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was Puerto Rican.

According to the court document, Montes maintained contact with her Cuban intelligence agency handlers by calling their beepers from pay phones and punching in coded numerical sequences.

On May 25, brandishing a court-authorized warrant, law enforcement officials secretly entered Montes' second-floor unit at the Cleveland Apartments off Connecticut Avenue in northwest Washington, an area of tony restaurants and stores. They found a portable computer, the complaint said.

"The agents electronically copied the laptop's hard drive. During subsequent analysis of the copied hard drive, the FBI recovered substantial text . . .," it said, adding that 11 pages of material was recovered.

Among the contents, it added, were instructions on how to erase material from the computer, tips for radio reception, and references to "the numbers that you receive via radio." A short-wave radio was also found. The complaint said that the FBI identified text consisting of 150 sets of numerical groups.

"The text begins, -07 24624,' and continues until 150 such groups are listed. The FBI has determined that the precise same numbers, in the precise same order, were broadcast on February 6, 1999, at AM frequency 7887 kHz, by a woman speaking Spanish, who introduced the broadcast with the words 'Atención! Atención!' " the complaint said.

It asserts that the technique of receiving coded data over short-wave radio is common with Cuban intelligence, and is the same method that 10 convicted Cuban spies arrested in South Florida in 1998 used to contact their handlers.

Montes followed other patterns used by convicted South Florida spies, it added, such as exchanging computer disks with Cuban intelligence agents and frequently calling from pay phones to send coded pages to beeper numbers.

The text lifted from her hard drive, it said, included praise from Montes' alleged Cuban handler for her unmasking "a U.S. intelligence officer who was present in an undercover capacity, in Cuba, during a period that began prior to October 1996.

"We told you how tremendously useful the information you gave us from the meetings with him resulted, and how we were waiting here for him with open arms," the text said, according to the complaint.

The ultimate fate of the intelligence officer was not disclosed in the court papers.

As recently as Sunday, surveillance teams spotted Montes making calls from pay phones to beeper numbers and punching in pre-assigned codes, the complaint said.

The FBI said it had pending search warrant requests for Montes' apartment, her red Toyota Echo, her office at Bolling Air Force Base, and for a safe deposit box.

Couple Arrested Last Month Plead Guilty as Unregistered Foreign Agents

Friday's arrest came three weeks after FBI agents detained two Cuban intelligence agents in Florida, husband and wife George and Marisol Gari, and charged them with trying to infiltrate the U.S. Southern Command military facility in Miami, which oversees military operations in Latin America.

The Garis also conducted surveillance of the Cuban American National Foundation offices. They pleaded guilty Thursday to acting as unregistered agents for Cuba.

Members of the Cuban-American community said they suspected that FBI agents moved in to arrest Montes, who had been under surveillance for four months, to stop leaks to Cuba as U.S. forces mount a war on the Osama bin Laden network.

"It was critically important that this spy be stopped now as we embark on the **worldwide war against terrorism,**" said Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart, a Miami Republican.

Attack fallout hits Cuba tourism, top cash earner, 9/20top

By Marc Frank

HAVANA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Cuba's most important source of cash, tourism, was hit hard by last week's attacks in the United States, and the industry is bracing for more damage if war breaks out, industry officials and workers said this week.

"Events of the magnitude that occurred in the United States have a negative impact on tourism -- creating confusion, airline delays, reasonable fears at the moment, and that leads to cancellations," Tourism Minister Ibrahim Ferradaz told Reuters.

Ferradaz, in Cuba's first official comments on the crisis' economic impact for the Caribbean island, said it was too early to quantify the damage to tourism, but industry sources said it was already significant.

"Sales at the airport are down 70 percent," said a manager at the firm supplying cafeterias and retail shops at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, the country's largest.

Hotels in Cuba's capital were reported nearly empty, cabs idled waiting for customers, and restaurant managers said business was slower than normal.

"The hotel is almost empty. It is always slow in September, but this is worse. There are no tourists," said an employee at the Havana Libre Hotel, one of the capital's busiest.

The situation at the Varadero beach resort, some 90 miles (140 km) east of Havana and by far the island's most important destination after the capital, was similar, according to tourism workers interviewed by phone this week.

Tourism and related revenues had been expected to exceed $2 billion in 2001, more than half of Cuba's hard currency earnings, while local industry was expected to supply more than 60 percent of goods and services consumed by the leisure sector.

BRACING FOR FURTHER ECONOMIC DAMAGE

Any long-term decline in tourism would prove extremely serious for the communist-governed country, which has depended on the leisure sector to emerge from a decade-long crisis provoked by the collapse of the Soviet Union, analysts said.

Cuban President Fidel Castro and the state-run media have vigorously condemned last week's attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington, but they have just as energetically criticized U.S. war preparations.

"It's too soon to evaluate the situation," Ferradaz said of tourism. "The United States has announced reprisals, military action, which logically lead many people in the world to postpone travel until it is clear what is going to happen."

He added: "We hope tensions ease and that they look for the best possible solutions, but we are also working to deal with these possible difficulties in the coming months."

Industry sources reported economic uncertainty in Europe, the source of more than half of visitors to Cuba, had already threatened the coming January through March main tourism season, before last week's attacks and economic after-shocks.

Making matters worse, and despite the U.S. economic embargo and partial ban on travel to Cuba, Cuban-American and other U.S. travelers numbered some 200,000 last year, making the United States the island's third tourist provider.

"We have had several group cancellations and many groups scheduled to depart in the near future have reduced the number of participants," said Bob Guild, president of the New York-based Marazul travel agency, which specializes in travel to Cuba.

"I believe there is a wait and see attitude for the large number of groups and individuals scheduled to depart in December and January," he added.

Milwaukee Coalition to Normalize Relations With Cuba, 9/17top

News issued by: Milwaukee Coalition to Normalize Relations With Cuba 606 W, Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1706, Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 273-1040 ext. 12 aheitzer@igc.org

Please see the news items below re Cuba & the Sept. 11th attacks, with links for more info:

I. Cuban artists donate blood for US people

II. Cuba Expresses Sympathy for U.S. (AP 9/14/01)

III. US "Interests Section" in Cuba one of the few US embassies world-wide that remained open after Sept. 11th attacks

IV. U.S. MD's Speak of Cubans' Compassion for US

V. Cuba's Castro Expresses Sympathy (Reuters), with link to full text in Spanish of Pres. Castro's remarks on international terrorism)

NOTE: We previously forwarded the official Cuban Government statement of shock and condolences, issued immediately following news of the Sept. 11th attacks, and including offers of assistance. As seen in Item 5 from Reuters, the concrete offers included to allow diverted plans from the US to land in Cuba, offers of blood (Cuba is at the top in blood donations per capita, and its blood supply is considered quite safe), and of medical personnel (Cuba has also been a leader in sending emergency medical teams, such as after the natural disasters in Central America). If you would like this short statement, we will forward it, or you can get it directly from the website of the Cuban Interest Section, in Washington, http://cubaofia.vze.com/

Since these tragic attacks, the US media (including the 9/13/01 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & doubtless many other papers) have repeated the official US claim that Cuba is a country that "supports international terrorism." (Without addressing this in detail, we believe it would be more accurate to say that Florida is a state that continues to harbor and export international terrorism, against civilian Cuban targets in particular. A recent summary of this situation contained in a statement from the Cuban National Assembly can be seen at: http://www.blythe.org/nytransfer-subs/Caribbean/CUBANS_JAILED_IN_MIAMI:_POLI TICAL_PRISONERS_OF_THE_EMPIRE)

I. CUBAN ARTISTS DONATE BLOOD FOR US PEOPLE (9/14/01)

While New York and Washington are still in shock, the Cuban artists nominated for the Latin Grammy and the rest of the island's delegation that traveled to Los Angeles today went to a children's hospital in this US city to give their blood in a gesture of solidarity and support for the victims.

Julio Ballester, director of the Cuban Music Recording and Publishing Company (EGREM), said from Los Angeles to the Cuban daily Juventud Rebelde that it's still uncertain how the awarding of the Grammy still take place: "Up until today there was no agreement in relation to the different proposals such as, for example, sending the awards to the winners later on and definitively canceling the award ceremony."

[from www.cubasi.com, a very visual & creative website, with emphasis on current culture, including Cuba's hit parade, sending Cuban picture postcards via email to your friends, etc.]

II. US INTERESTS SECTION REMAINS OPEN IN HAVANA IN WAKE OF TERRORIST ATTACK

Havana, September 11 (RHC)--In the wake of the terrorist acts mounted Tuesday against the United States, the Havana US Interests Section was one of the few Washington diplomatic offices across the world to remain open.

Cubans waiting to enter the Interests Section were not subjected to any more delay than usual and no extra security was in evidence. Roads around the Interests Section remained open and the only concern was shown by Cubans for the innocent people killed in New York and elsewhere in the worst attack against the US since Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Foreign diplomats doing service in Havana have often said how much safer Cuba is than almost anywhere else in the world both on an official as well as a personal basis. [from Radio Havana, Cuba www.radiohc.org]

III. CUBA EXPRESSES SYMPATHY FOR U.S. c The Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) - After decades of criticizing the United States, Cuba has moved to support its northern neighbor after terrorist attacks destroyed the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon.

Cuban television interrupted normal programming to broadcast images of Tuesday's carnage, and news shows have included updates from CNN's Spanish channel on the investigation and aftermath.

President Fidel Castro condemned the attacks and offered whatever medical assistance the Communist island could spare during a scheduled television appearance late Tuesday.

``The government of our country rejects and condemns with full force the attacks against the mentioned installations and expresses its sincerest condolences to the American people for the painful and unjustifiable loss of human life,'' the Cuban government said in a statement issued hours after the attacks.

At noon in Havana, Cuban workers filed out of European embassies to observe with their foreign co-workers a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims.

The Roman Catholic Church in Cuba also said it would celebrate a Mass on Sunday in remembrance of the victims.

Throughout the city, European tourists and Cuban workers gather around televisions in hotels and restaurants, watching and talking solemnly about what happened.

The U.S. State Department lists Cuba as one of seven ``sponsors of terrorism.'' The other countries are North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria.

IV. IN HAVANA, VISITING US PHYSICIANS SPEAK OF COMPASSION OF CUBAN PEOPLE

Havana, September 14 (RHC)--In Havana on Friday, a group of prominent US medical experts highlighted Friday the attitude of compassion and sympathy shown by the Cuban population with regard to the tragedy in the United States. The visitors also condemned Washington's blockade against Cuba.

The team of US doctors, five eminent physicians, including two former surgeons general, travelled to Havana accompanied by Bob Schwartz, executive director of the New York-based Disarm Education Fund, an organization that has brought over $65 million worth of humanitarian aid to the island over the past few years.

Schwartz told RHC he was deeply impressed by the reaction of the Cuban population with regard to the tragedy the US people are now living.

"I think all of us, this entire delegation, was overwhelmed by the concern that all of the Cubans, not just the doctors, not just the health officials, everybody in Cuba has expressed to us, whether it's a taxi driver, a hotel employee -people on the street come up to us. And everyone is shocked by what they've seen on television, hearing on the radio, and they're all very concerned, they're all very sympathetic, Schwartz said.

The director of the Disarm Education Fund also told RHC that he's shocked about the events in the U.S., but has mixed feelings:

"I have very mixed feelings about what I see. I'm watching the television and I'm shocked at what has happened in the United States. But I also think about the way the embargo, over the past 40 years, has created so much need and suffering and death in Cuba. I think it's a time while we're looking at how disasters affect the United States we should also be looking at the impact that embargoes -- it's not just the Cuban embargo, it's all embargoes. They kill just as surely as bombs and bullets and we need to end embargoes."

V. Cuba's Castro Expresses Sympathy By Andrew Cawthorne

HAVANA, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro, a longtime political foe of the United States, warned on Tuesday of "dangerous days" ahead for the world and urged U.S. policy-makers to keep calm following deadly attacks in Washington and New York.

The controversial communist leader also said Washington's own past use of "terrorism" against other countries was partially to blame for the three crashes of hijacked planes against New York's landmark World Trade Center and the Pentagon outside Washington.

The attacks killed thousands of people.

"In part, these tragedies are a consequence of having applied terrorist methods -- against Cuba for many years, and in the case of other countries -- because they have spread the idea of terrorism," Castro said in an evening speech.

Cuba, which is on the U.S. list of states allegedly sponsoring terrorism, in turn accuses Washington of a four-decade-old policy of "terrorism" and "genocide" against Havana through an economic embargo and support for acts of violence.

Castro, who spoke at the inauguration of a school, said Tuesday's events had thrown the world into uncertainty, and urged restraint from the United States. "It's very important to know what the U.S. government's reaction will be. There are possibly dangerous days ahead for the world," he said.

"If on one occasion it is permissible to make a suggestion to the enemy ... we would urge the leaders of the imperial power to be calm, act with equanimity, and not be dragged by moments of anger or hatred ... into wanting to hunt people, tossing bombs all over the place."

Rather, Castro said, the United States and the world should seek to tackle the roots of terrorism like unresolved international conflicts and an unjust socio-economic order.

"SEARCH FOR PEACE"

"Search for peace everywhere to protect all peoples against this plague of terrorism," Castro said, drawing an ovation from his audience of several thousand. "None of the world's problems, including terrorism, can be resolved by force."

Earlier, Havana expressed its "solidarity" and "pain" after the attacks, and offered air and medical facilities to help.

"We deeply regret the loss of human life, and our position is of total rejection of this sort of terrorist attack," Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque told reporters.

Cuba, which lies 90 miles (140 km) south of Florida, offered to receive aircraft blocked from entering the United States because of the closure of airports there.

An official government statement added Havana's offer to cooperate with medical aid to the United States. Castro said that could range from sending blood to medical personnel as needed.

"The Cuban government heard news of the attacks with pain and sadness," the communique said. "At this bitter time, our people express solidarity with the U.S. people and express total willingness to cooperate, as far as our modest possibilities allow."

But in a reminder of Cuba's hostile relationship with its northern neighbor, Perez said the islanders could sympathize with victims of Tuesday's attacks because "Our people have suffered four decades of terrorism, and we know very well the consequences of this sort of act."

Pre-empting possible speculation -- which has not emerged -- that Havana might have had a hand in Tuesday's events, Perez said: "About any idea of Cuban involvement, I don't think that's even worth referring to. No one could be thinking such a barbarous thing."

Castro, in his nearly two-hour speech, noted the "efficiency, organization and synchronization" of Tuesday's attacks, and suggested it was not necessarily the work of a big group. "Nobody knows the damage small groups of 20, 25 or 30 people -- fanatics or people committed to certain ideas -- can do," he said.

A leading Cuban dissident also sent condolences in an open letter to Bush, and Cuban musicians in Los Angeles for Tuesday night's canceled Latin Grammy awards announced they were also canceling a concert scheduled for Wednesday.

[the full text of Castro's remarks, so far in Spanish only, are available at http://cubaofia.vze.com/

Letter from Cuba's Ministry of External Affairs offering help to the US, 9/16top

My Dear American Friends and Colleagues:

Since the appalling terrorist attacks against New York and Washington last Tuesday, I have been mulling over how to put my response into words in order to express to you my feelings. With some of you I have coincided in criticizing U.S. policies; with some of you, who support those policies, I have strongly disagreed. 

Nevertheless, what happened on September 11 is contrary to everything I believe in and I repudiate and condemn it in the strongest way. I can imagine the terror of those who knew they would die in a few minutes, either because they were passengers in the hijacked planes or trapped in the upper floors of both towers in New York. My heart goes to those suffering the irreparable loss of relatives and friends in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I am particularly appalled by the murder of small children. I also feel particularly touched by those who died while trying to save lives, like the firefighters of New York. 

The cold-blooded murder of innocent people or even of persons who support or participate in reprehensible policies, as might be the case in the Pentagon, is a despicable crime. I sincerely wish to express to each of you my heartfelt condolences. 

As human beings, we must do whatever we can to eradicate from the face of the earth terrorism in all its forms. I think this requires firm but coherent and balanced policies and a very robust cooperation among all governments. A massive unilateral and violent reaction, much as it might satisfy the instinctive desire for retribution, would just increase the chances for new incidents like this to take place. 

The U.S. government has the responsibility to draw the necessary lessons. Terror is an improper and inappropriate political instrument and it is self-destructive, no matter the alleged reasons. It must not be used as a political expedient by political organizations or by governments. 

Although nothing compares in magnitude and cruelty with the senseless violence exercised in September 11 against Americans, Cubans have suffered terrorist attacks too. A Cuban-American terrorist murdered a friend and colleague of mine who was serving in the Cuban Mission to the U.N. in the streets of New York precisely on September 11, 1980. The intellectual and material executioners are still at large and live in Florida, even though the U.S. and Cuban governments know who they are. 

Cuba has cooperated with U.S. authorities in the struggle against terrorism, passing along information on assassination attempts, as was the case even during the Reagan administration. Yet Cuba is classified as a terrorist country by the State Department, even though it is well known that the Cuban Government has never supported any kind of act against American civilians or officials of the kind that took place last Tuesday. Cuba's offer of support in whatever we can help reflects a clear hope that we might cooperate on this issue beyond our differences. 

Let me reiterate once again that I sincerely reject and revile the dastardly actions of September 11 and those responsible for them. All the best,

Carlos Alzugaray

Dr. Carlos Alzugaray Treto,
Profesor Titular,
Vicerrector de Investigaciones a.i.,
Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales,
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores,
Calle 22 No. 111,
Miramar, Playa,
Habana 11300, Cuba.

Telefonos: (53-7) 22-2571, 22-3593 & 23-5097
Fax: (53-7) 29-0683

Email: alzugarayc@isri.minrex.gov.cu

Cuba changes view of the US, 9/14top

HAVANA (AP) - After decades of criticizing the United States, Cuba has moved to support its northern neighbor after terrorist attacks destroyed the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon.

Cuban television interrupted normal programming to broadcast images of Tuesday's carnage, and news shows have included updates from CNN's Spanish channel on the investigation and aftermath.

President Fidel Castro condemned the attacks and offered whatever medical assistance the Communist island could spare during a scheduled television appearance late Tuesday.

``The government of our country rejects and condemns with full force the attacks against the mentioned installations and expresses its sincerest condolences to the American people for the painful and unjustifiable loss of human life,'' the Cuban government said in a statement issued hours after the attacks.

At noon in Havana, Cuban workers filed out of European embassies to observe with their foreign co-workers a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims.
The Roman Catholic Church in Cuba also said it would celebrate a Mass on Sunday in remembrance of the victims.

Throughout the city, European tourists and Cuban workers gather around televisions in hotels and restaurants, watching and talking solemnly about what happened.

The U.S. State Department lists Cuba as one of seven ``sponsors of terrorism.'' The other countries are North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria.

A CALL FOR REFLECTION, RESTRAINT AND RESPONSIBILITY, 9/13, RHCtop

Viewpoint: A CALL FOR REFLECTION, RESTRAINT AND RESPONSIBILITY 

There is no joy here in Cuba at the events of Tuesday. No one is cheering or holding impromptu block parties to celebrate the most astonishing act of terrorism in history against what has been for Cuba an implacable enemy for 40 years. There is, instead, a profound feeling of shock, revulsion and compassion and very real apprehension about the cries for vengeance that emanate from every corner of the White House and the US Congress. 

The most powerful nation on earth has been put on a war footing and history has taught us all what to expect when Washington starts waving the cudgel self-righteously. The families of almost a million Japanese, four million Koreans, three million Vietnamese, and thousands of Iraqis and Yugoslavians can all attest to what occurs when the Oval Office scrambles its bombers. 

It is hard to avoid the obvious accusation that an editorial such as this will be viewed as a cheap shot against a weakened United States, but there is an urgent need to respond to staggering and inconceivable statements from US politicians and people calling for the use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons in an almost triumphal assertion that this is their first war of the 21st century. 

The sabre rattling is deafening and very frightening to us all. US mainstream media is stirring the hatred by airing statements from people "on the street" calling for an immediate strike, an immediate all-out war against the "enemy." But who is the "enemy?" 

The enemy are successive Washington administrations that have for more than five decades promoted terrorism on an enormous scale across the globe. 

Administrations that have trained international military personnel in techniques of torture and terrorism in its meek-sounding School of the Americas. 

Administrations that have for 40 years permitted and supported terrorist attacks against its island neighbor whose only crime was to advocate a different socio-political system. Administrations that introduced the world to nuclear holocaust, to carpet bombing, to horrendous use of phosphorous and napalm bombs.

Administrations that maintain an economic blockade that is directly responsible for the loss of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children's lives. Administrations that support one of the most repressive, brutal and racist regimes on earth with massive flows of money and weapons to use against the Palestinian people. Administrations that financed the Latin American dictatorships of the eighties and then later "apologized" for some of the unspeakable crimes they committed in the name of "democracy." 

Tuesday was the anniversary of the US sponsored coup in Chile in which a legitimately elected government was brought down with extreme violence. The man behind this event and the covert wars within Cambodia and Argentina, Henry Kissinger, is one of those that today clamour for a "tough and decisive" response to the attacks in New York and Washington, who clamours for a blind war against an invisible enemy. 

Few doubt that Washington has just suffered the consequences of its actions across the globe. Even if Osama Bin Laden is found to be responsible, the people of the US should know that he was previously trained and used by the CIA in its war against the former government of Afghanistan. George W. Bush will seek to take the war to another part of the globe where more civilians can pay for the death of US civilians without their blood and disfigured bodies being shown on CNN. 

No solution will be forthcoming in the destruction of those deemed responsible. The enemy will still be there because the enemy comes from within. The CIA supported Noriega, Marcos, Sukarno, the Shah, Idi Amin, Mobuto, the Contra, Pinochet, the Argentinian generals, d'Aubuison, Somoza, Batista, Stroessner et al - the list is long and represents the obliteration of hundreds of thousands of civilian lives. In Panama 2,000, in Nicaragua 30,000, in El Salvador 75,000, in Guatemala over 150,000, in Indonesia 300,000. 

The people of the US can surely no longer remain immune from the terrorism their governments provoke, promote and tolerate in their name. After the rage, the hatred, and the clamouring for vengeance have subsided, the time for reflection must come. War should be declared on the real threats to humanity: AIDS, racism, neo-colonialism, ruthless free market profiteering and Washington's "democracy" of domination. 

That way the poverty and desperation that creates the kind of hatred of the US that leads to such unspeakable acts of terrorism will be avoided. The security and welfare of the United States clearly depends on social justice for all. There must be a change in this US psyche of isolation and pre-eminence or we shall all be brought to the brink of disaster once more. 

The people of Cuba indeed share in the pain and distress of their neighbors, but at the same time they are reminded of the fact that five of their own were recently found guilty in a Florida court for combating this very same kind of despicable terrorism that has so stupefied the world after its use against the US. 

The chickens have come home to roost and there is no smugness or satisfaction in saying it -- just very sincere anxiety for what may follow. 

(c) 2001 Radio Habana Cuba, NY Transfer News. All rights reserved.

Nightly Roundtable Examines Attacks In United States, 9/13top

NIGHTLY ROUNDTABLE EXAMINES ATTACKS IN UNITED STATES Havana, September 13 (RHC)--Cuban media are giving maximum coverage to the events that took place in the United States on Tuesday. During the nightly news and information roundtable -- broadcast live on Cuban radio and television -- journalists and experts in international affairs examined the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington. Taking reports from news cables and showing video images from U.S. and European television transmissions, the panellists examined the situation following the attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Eduardo Dimas, a commentator on both Cuban radio and television, noted that U.S. authorities are calling for a massive, military response to the attacks. He recalled the warning issued by Cuban President Fidel Castro on Tuesday, emphasizing that a violent response to the terrorist attacks will only generate more violence. Dimas pointed out that a commitment to international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and an end to State-sponsored terrorism is the only way to restore peace. Panellists on Wednesday's special roundtable discussion unanimously echoed the sentiment of the Cuban government and people to offer any assistance possible to the victims of the terrorist actions inside the United States.
-- from http://www.radiohc.org/Distributions/Radio_Havana_English/
Radio_Havana_Cuba-13_September_2001

Cuba Reacts With Horror And Sympathy To Attacks On Us, 9/12 top

*CUBA REACTS WITH HORROR AND SYMPATHY TO ATTACKS ON US Havana, September 12 (RHC)--In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks against the United States, the Cuban press has dedicated important space to condemning the events of Tuesday in which the death toll is expected to reach many thousands. After repeating the words of President Fidel Castro -- in which he condemned the attacks outright and offered medical and other humanitarian aid -- newspapers, radio and TV programs said how much the people of Cuba felt the pain and sadness of their neighbors in the north. Granma newspaper devoted three of its eight pages to the events as did Juventud Rebelde, terming the attacks a tragedy for the world and repeating the words of Fidel Castro calling for an international fight against terrorism which he referred to as "a plague." The Cuban leader said that in his opinion the most important duty any US leader had today was to fight terrorism but that in the emotions and stress of the next few days he hoped Washington acts with equanimity in finding the perpetrators of the catastrophe and put aside blinding hatred in applying any sanctions. The Cuban president's position was supported by the people in the street that everywhere on the island declared their horror for what had happened, many of them having relatives that live in New York.

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