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      Subject: [Cuba SI] Czechs, FTAA, Cuba Bill, RHC...

      Published Wednesday, January 31, 2001, in the Miami Herald
      Czech flies to Havana for talks
      HAVANA -- (AFP) -- Czech Senate leader Petr Pithart is in Havana to
      discuss with Cuban President Fidel Castro the fate of two Czechs
      detained on charges of subversion, a Czech official said Tuesday.

      Former Czech Finance Minister Ivan Pilip and Jan Bubenik, a student
      leader during Prague's 1989 Velvet Revolution, were arrested on Jan.
      12. The Cuban government has charged the two with subversion,
      accusing them of holding ``meetings of a conspiratorial nature with
      members of subversive Cuban groups'' and of being U.S. agents.

      Pithart arrived in Havana late Monday after receiving ``an invitation
      from President Fidel Castro,'' said Petre Cavan, Pithart's
      spokesman. Cavan said he did not know how long Pithart would remain
      in Cuba. The diplomatic crisis over the arrests reached an impasse
      Thursday after Czech President Vaclav Havel rejected suggestions
      from Havana that the Czech Republic might offer an apology in
      connection with the two men's visit to the island. On Tuesday, Havel
      called the jailing of the two Czechs ``a very serious issue.''

      In an interview with AFP, he said Prague was making ``great efforts
      for the speedy release of the two men,'' adding that the trip by
      Senate President Pithart to Havana had raised his hopes a little.
      The invitation for Pithart to come to Cuba was the ``first sign that
      Cuba was ready to negotiate,'' Havel added. Havel himself recalled
      that in his own dissident past -- he was a hero during the 1968
      Prague Spring that the Soviet Union crushed -- he had been accused of
      being an agent in the pay of the United States.

      ``For that reason, I am particularly sensitive to the accusations
      against the two men.'' ``It is our obligation to be interested in
      human rights and civil liberties everywhere in the world, and to be
      in solidarity with those persecuted for their opinions,'' he added.
      He also welcomed the international outcry against the arrests.
      ``From my own experience, I know the importance of international
      solidarity for an imprisoned man.'' The communist authorities
      imprisoned Havel for five years during the 1970s because he battled
      for human rights in then-
      Czechoslovakia.
      ============================================ The
      governments of the Czech Republic and the US have gone on a
      rampage of hysterical cries for Cuba to release two Czech agents
      caught red-handed by Cuban security attempting to promote subversion
      on the island under the official status of tourists.

      What is really provoking about this incident is that both the US and
      the Czechs are claiming, with shameless insolence, that they have
      some sort of legal right to conduct subversive activities in Cuba
      with full impunity. They also claim that Cuba is the only country
      that forbids conspiratorial meetings with foreigners.

      First of all, there is something contradictory in the legal claim.
      For instance: why travel to Cuba on a tourist visa? The Czechs were
      obviously conceiling something. If countries have a right to conspire
      in others and the Czechs, as they say, were doing nothing wrong,
      wouldn't it make more sense for them to apply for a visa to promote
      subversion and thereby conduct their activities legally within the
      island? Since the US is prone to regularly legislate what Cuba must
      do (beginning with the Platt Amendment), then Congress should
      introduce a bill requiring Cuba to issue Foreign Agitator Visas upon
      request.

      However, some would argue that, in order to be uniformly fair, the
      US would have to repeal the McCarren Act, a law that forbids entry
      into the US to persons of threatening ideologies. Cubans should not
      be denied entry into the US because they are members of the Communist
      Party and Faget, in all fairness, should be acquitted. Foreign donors
      and domestic recipients of campaign contributions should also not be
      subject to fines and imprisonment (Clinton would agree with this
      one). Chinese scientists in the US should not be subject to
      persecution because China is considered a rival power.

      But all those arguments are really frivolous. The US is endowed
      by Providence to democratize a heathen world and this stands above
      all other considerations. Since the US is the only real democratic
      country in the world, any suggestion of equality is sheer blasphemy.
      -----------------------------------
      Luis Martin The Carlos Balin~o Institute
      ===========================================

      Castro Not Invited to Meeting of Hemispheric Leaders in Canada Efe
      - January 22, 2001

      Kingston, Jan 21, 2001 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Canadian Prime Minister
      Jean Chretien has confirmed that Cuban President Fidel Castro will
      not be invited to a meeting in April of hemispheric leaders in
      Canada.

      "No. Mr. Fidel Castro will not be invited to attend the summit in
      Quebec City," Chretien said at a press conference Saturday in
      response to a question from a journalist.

      "Of course, some countries would like him to be there, but we operate
      on a consensus basis and some countries oppose so we cannot proceed
      with an invitation, even if I wish, I cannot," Chretien said.

      Caribbean leaders would not publicly comment on what amounted to a
      rebuff of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) position and one of the
      issues that was on the agenda of Saturday's one-day summit with the
      Canadian prime minister in the Jamaican resort city of Montego Bay.

      Last Thursday night, CARICOM Secretary-General Edwin Carrington said
      the 14- member regional bloc would be asking the Canadians to buck
      U.S. pressure and invite Castro to the third Summit of the Americas
      to be held in Quebec City in April.

      "We do not think that it is a proper hemispheric process if Cuba is
      left out," Carrington said after a meeting finalizing Saturday's
      agenda for the bilateral talks.

      The Summit of the Americas is the major policy-setting meeting that
      brings hemispheric leaders together and is the setting for
      negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

      ******************************************************************* N
      EW CUBA BILL On Wednesday, January 24, Senators Dorgan (D-ND),
      Roberts (R-KS), Baucus (D-MT), and Durbin (D-IL) introduced
      legislation, S. 171, to rescind some provisions of the FY 2001
      Agriculture Appropriations bill that was signed into law in October.
      The 2001 Agriculture Appropriations bill made some advances toward
      allowing the sale of food and medicine, but it treated Cuba
      differently--and more harshly--than the other countries impacted by
      the bill. This bill attempts to eliminate those differences. In
      short, the bill (1) repeals Section 908 of the Agriculture
      Appropriations bill which prohibits both private and government
      financing of agriculture sales to Cuba; (2) repeals Section 910
      which codifies into law the restrictions on U.S. citizens' travel to
      Cuba; and (3) removes the words in Section 906 that would require
      licenses for trade with Cuba even after Cuba is removed from the
      list of "terrorist" countries.

      This bill is a good beginning for this Congressional session. Other
      legislative vehicles will be introduced which will go further toward
      ending the embargo, but this bill is worth our active support to get
      the issue on the agenda and as an early demonstration of continuing
      support in the Senate for changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba.

      ACTION Please call (U.S. Capitol Switchboard 202.224.3121), e-mail
      (Dorgan senator@..., Roberts
      pat_roberts@..., Baucus max@..., Durbin
      dick@...), or write (The Honorable [name], U.S.
      Senate, Washington, DC 20510) to thank these four senators and
      expressing your support.

      Please call, e-mail (look your senators up on the Internet at
      www.senate.gov) or write your own senators to urge them to co-
      sponsor S. 171. To co-sponsor, they should contact Brian Moran in
      Senator Dorgan's office (202.224.2551) or Jim Beauchamp in Senator
      Roberts' office (202.224.4774).

      More information will be forthcoming as new legislation is
      introduced. As always, thanks for your help.

      Link to the LAWG website for further information and background on
      the 2001 Ag bill: www.lawg.org/cuba.html. You can also refer others
      to our website as a way to join this e-mail network. Thanks!

      Sincerely, Mavis Anderson Latin America Working Group

      ==================================================
      Subject: [House Bill Proposes Lifting Ban on Assassinations]

      Well, here it is: "compassionate conservatism," Texas style. ("If
      you don't like 'em, kill 'em.") Civilization has just taken a very
      big step backwards, and we must act to prevent it. You know what to
      do.... Call your Congressman. Call your local media. Call your
      neighbor. A loud enough uproar can stop this criminal move in its
      tracks. Silence can only invite bloodshed.

      House Bill Proposes Lifting Ban on Assassinations. FTW 1/24/01

      HR 19, Introduced by Republican Georgia Congressman Bob Barr on
      January 3, 2001, the first day of the new 107th Congress, would
      legislatively repeal sections of three Executive Orders specifically
      prohibiting assassinations by the United States Government. Entitled
      the "Terrorist Elimination Act of 2001", the bill, submitted to the
      House International Relations Committee, would specifically nullify
      sections of three previous Executive Orders including one initiated
      by Ronald Reagan in 1981.It is interesting to note that acts of
      Congress are not required to nullify previous Executive Orders (EOs)
      which are, by definition, orders issued by the President and
      Commander in Chief to all federal employees (including military)
      under his authority.

      All that is necessary to reverse one EO is another EO. This is
      exactly what President George W. Bush did with respect to EOs issued
      by President Clinton on the environment in the last days of his
      administration.

      Section 3 of HR 19 specifically states that the following provisions
      of Executive orders shall have no further force or effect: (1)
      Section 5(g) of Executive Order 11905.
      (2) Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12306.
      (3) Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333." [By Ronald Reagan]

      Section 5 (g) of Executive Order 11905, signed by Gerald Ford on
      2/18/76 specifically prohibited "political" assassination.

      Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12036, signed 1/24/78 by Jimmy
      Carter renewed the ban.

      Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333, signed by Ronald Reagan on
      12/4/81 renewed the ban on assassinations, or conspiracy to commit
      assassinations, as part of a broader package which gave virtually
      complete control of the American National Security apparatus to then
      Vice President George H.W. Bush. The full text of HR 19 may be viewed
      at
      <http://thomas.loc.gov>. Enter a search in the 107th Congress for 19,
      and it will take you straight to the bill.

      The bold move, unreported and ignored by any major media, offers
      a chance for an early referendum on the new administration's full-
      speed run at a more violent and brutish foreign policy. The current
      bill, introduced by staunch Bush supporter and Clinton impeachment
      leader Barr, indicates that the Bush administration is seeking to
      add legitimacy to the move by implying that Congress and the American
      people support the action. This can only mean that there is quite
      likely a list of people the Bush Administration wants to start
      killing fairly quickly. The appointment of career covert operative
      and Annapolis graduate Richard Armitage as Deputy Secretary of State
      under Colin Powell only underscores the clear message that the Bush
      Administration is sending to the world. Armitage, who was denied a
      1989 appointment as Assistant Secretary of State because of links to
      Iran-Contra and other scandals, served as Assistant Secretary of
      Defense for International Security Affairs in the Reagan years.U.S.
      Government stipulations in the Oliver North trial specifically named
      Armitage as one of the DoD officials responsible for illegal
      transfers of weapons to Iran and the Contras.

      But Armitage's dirty past goes much deeper. A Vietnam veteran and
      graduate of Annapolis, Armitage's roots have been
      thoroughly intertwined with the likes of CIA veteran Ted Shackley,
      Richard Secord, Heine Aderholt, Elliot Abrams, Dewey Clarridge, Edwin
      Wilson and Tom Clines.

      All of these men have been directly linked to CIA covert operations,
      the drug trade, the abandonment of U.S. prisoners of War after
      Vietnam and/or Iran-Contra. Armitage has also been routinely
      discussed in FTW as a Bush-era covert functionary who has been linked
      to covert operations, drug smuggling and the expansion of organized
      crime operations in Russia, Central Asia and the Far East. In 1986 a
      private dispute between POW activist Ross Perot and Armitage went
      public as photos of Armitage with a topless Vietnamese nightclub
      owner Nguyen O'Rourke brought allegations of gambling and
      prostitution very close to Armitage's doorstep. The stories went
      public when TIME and "The Boston Globe" wrote lengthy stories on the
      feud in 1986 and 1987.

      That scandal arose as a result of 1984 investigations by
      President Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime in which the photo
      and documentation of gambling charges and prostitution led directly
      to Armitage's close association with O'Rourke. Then LAPD Assistant
      Chief Jesse Brewer, a former Commanding Officer of this writer,
      served on the Reagan Commission. The 1992 best-seller "Kiss The Boys
      Goodbye" by former "60 MINUTES" producer Monika Jensen-Stevenson
      details Armitage's role as Reagan point man on Vietnam POW-MIA issues
      and describes why Armitage has earned the enmity of many POW
      activists.

      However, in a 1995 interview with "The Washington Post", Colin
      Powell referred to Armitage as his "white son." This,
      notwithstanding the fact that the 6-foot, balding, power-lifter, now
      56, can still bench press 300 or more pounds and reportedly "enjoys
      killing." William Tyree, Special Forces Veteran who has provided much
      reliable information and documentation to FTW in the past said,
      "Armitage used to 'sit ambush' on the trails in Laos and Cambodia. He
      liked it. Now when Powell, 'the dove,' sits down at a table with
      Armitage 'the killer' beside him, the message will be that Armitage
      can reach across the table and deal with the other party on the
      spot." That message will not go unheard.

      [For more on Armitage we recommend using the search engine at
      <http://www.copvcia.com> and also at The Progressive
      Review, <http://www.prorev.com>.]

      There is reason to believe that a repeal of the assassination ban
      would lead to an immediate series of deaths. Remember, the Iran-
      Contra team is coming back to power with a vengeance. The completion
      of a February 11, 1982 memorandum between Reagan Attorney General
      William French Smith and CIA Director Bill Casey removed any
      requirement for CIA to report drug trafficking by its agents,
      contractors and proprietary employees. Immediately thereafter cocaine
      consumption in the United States multiplied as imports rose from
      approximately 80 tons in 1982 to 600 tons by 1989. [A copy of that
      memorandum, published by the CIA in 1998, is available in FTW's
      Extracts and Commentary on Volume II of the CIA Inspector General's
      Report" originally published on 10/8/98.] There are no choices and
      this is no longer a convenient exercise of protected liberty. This is
      now a true struggle against tyranny.

      Special thanks to Mike Whybark and Jim Galasyn of Independent
      Media Centers for bringing this travesty to my attention. Please
      visit their site at:
      <http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=19541>.

      From: Michael C. Ruppert Publisher/Editor "From The Wilderness"
      <http://www.copvcia.com> ********************************************
      ******************************** *UNDER BUSH, CUBA COULD BECOME
      TARGET OF MOST REACTIONARY US SECTORS

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro has
      asserted that with the advent of the U.S.'s George Bush
      administration, Cuba could become the target of the most extremist
      and reactionary sectors currently celebrating the arrival of a new
      government in Washington. Speaking before some 300 thousand people
      from Havana and Havana City Provinces, on the occasion of the 148th
      anniversary of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti's birth, Fidel Castro
      recalled that in Bush's questionable victory, the terrorist Cuban-
      American mafia in Miami played a decisive role.

      The Cuban leader said the past actions and current ideas of
      the principle members of the Bush administration have generated
      an atmosphere of doubt, suspicion and fear within international
      public opinion, almost without exception. He went on to say
      that, nevertheless, Cuba will not be caught by surprise or
      unprepared.

      President Castro said Cuba is not the inexperienced, unarmed
      and almost illiterate country that it was in 1959. He said Cuba can
      look to the future with serenity and confidence because the Cuban
      people have confronted with honor and heroically resisted 42 years
      of hostility, aggressions and an economic war.

      Fidel Castro said the Cuban people have learned to fight and win
      in the most inconceivable circumstances. No other people, said the
      Cuban leader, is better prepared and less dependent on trade and
      commerce with the planet's most powerful nation.

      He said humanity has entered one of the most complex periods of
      its history, with an unchallenged imperialist power, in
      which considerable resources have been squandered, the environment
      has been damaged, and in which there is an irrational pattern of
      consumption that is out of reach for the vast majority of the
      planet's inhabitants.

      Humanity's political achievements, said the Cuban leader --
      its achievements in social justice and peaceful cohabitation --
      have fallen far behind scientific achievements. He said the current
      world order will not be able to create a dignified life on this
      planet, but that Cuba -- free to expound its truths and defend the
      rights of Third World peoples in the international arena -- has been
      able to contribute its grain of sand to the struggle for a world that
      is more just, more rational and more imbued with the spirit of
      solidarity.

      *CUBAN FOREIGN MINISTRY DETAILS REASONS FOR ARREST OF TWO CZECHS

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) -- Cuba's Foreign Ministry has
      reiterated the reasons for the justifiable arrest of two Czech
      citizens involved in counterrevolutionary activities on the island.
      In an extensive note published in the Saturday edition of the
      official Cuban news daily Granma, the Cuban Foreign Ministry stated
      that in light of the Czech Republic's on-going campaign to denounce
      the arrests -- and in light of other nations that are echoing this
      campaign -- the government of Cuba finds it necessary to state the
      facts.

      Czech citizens Ivan Pilip and Jan Bubenik were arrested after holding
      conspiratorial meetings with small groups of counterrevolutionary
      elements in the central Ciego de Avila Province.

      Both were recruited and financed by the U.S.'s ultra-right
      wing Freedom House and the U.S. Agency for International
      Development, which in 1997 began to promote subversion in Cuba under
      section 109 of the anti-Cuba Helms-Burton Law.

      The USAID publicly admitted in June, 2000 that Freedom
      House organized a visit to Cuba of 4 anti-socialist journalists,
      4 legislators, 2 economists and an academic from Eastern
      Europe financed by the U.S. government. The Cuban Foreign Ministry
      stated that these types of visits, to finance small groups in Cuba in
      favor of doing away with the Cuban Revolution, began more than 10
      years ago -- and that the Czech Republic is the former socialist
      country that has played the most active role in Washington's anti-
      Cuba campaign.

      The Foreign Ministry note recalled that in 1990, the first post-
      socialist government in Prague went to the extreme of giving a
      warm welcome to the late Cuban-American Jorge Mas Canosa, then-leader
      of Miami's ultra-right wing and terrorist Cuban-American
      National Foundation. The extensive note named numerous Czech
      diplomats in Havana over the past 10 years who have had close ties to
      the U.S. Interests Section in the Cuban capital and to terrorist
      groups in Miami.

      One of the most infamous, Petr Mikyska, traveled to Miami on
      20 occasions during his more than 4 year stay in Havana in the early
      to mid-1990s, and had close ties to Jose Francisco Hernandez Calvo,
      of the CANF's Board of Directors. Hernandez Calvo was implicated in
      the 1997 assassination plot against Cuban President Fidel Castro
      during the Iberoamerican Summit at Venezuela's Margarita Island.

      Despite the fact that one of the two 50 caliber rifles with infrared
      Telescopes confiscated from the hit-team was registered in his name,
      Hernandez Calvo wasn't even charged. The Cuban Foreign Ministry
      provided a long list of undiplomatic actions carried out by the Czech
      embassy in Havana, including its activities as liaison for Washington
      and Miami in the supply of money and equipment to
      small counterrevolutionary groups and outright espionage.

      Cuba's Foreign Ministry said that despite the condition of
      House Deputy of one of the Czech citizens arrested, both came on
      tourist visas and, therefore, under international law have no
      immunity. No country that respects itself, say's the Foreign Ministry
      note, can accept actions that tarnish its sovereignty, violate its
      laws, and threaten its security, integrity and independence.

      *YOUTH MARCH ON 148TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOSE MARTI'S BIRTHDAY

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) -- Millions of Cuban children and
      students will participate in the traditional annual marches on
      Saturday and Sunday, January 27th and 28th, to commemorate the 148th
      anniversary of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti's birth.

      In addition, a wide variety of sports and cultural activities
      will also take place on Sunday in all the provinces of the country.
      In Havana, some 22,000 thousand young students from the Centro
      Habana, Cerro and Plaza municipalities will march in the Jose
      Marti Revolution Square along with hundreds of teachers who
      participated in the national Literacy Campaign in the early '60s.

      *SOUTH AMERICAN SOLIDARITY BRIGADE PAYS TRIBUTE TO ERNESTO
      CHE GUEVARA

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) -- More than 300 members of the 8th
      South American brigade in solidarity with Cuba visited Thursday the
      Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial in Villa Clara province and paid tribute
      to the revolutionary leader.

      The solidarity brigade, that arrived in Cuba on January 15th
      and departs on the 28th, includes activists from Argentina,
      Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia.

      During their stay on the island, the South American visitors
      have carried out agricultural voluntary work in Caimito, Havana
      province, and participated with the people of the Cuban capital in
      the January 19th march in front of the US Interests Section in Havana
      to protest the Cuban Adjustment Act and other anti-Cuba US
      legislation.

      *UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM CONGRATULATES CUBAN GOVERNMENT

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) --The representative of the UN World
      Food Program in Cuba, German Valdir, praised the cooperation of
      the island's government in the implementation of several projects in
      the eastern part of the country.

      During the year 2000, the UNWFP implemented a program in the eastern
      province of Granma with an investment of some six million dollars.
      According to Valdir, the Cuban government contributed to this project
      with more than 4 million dollars for the creation of the necessary
      economic and social infrastructure.

      The UNWFP representative said that some 3.600 tons of
      different products were delivered to the Cuban people last year with
      a value of 3.120.000 dollars. The donations came mainly from Finland,
      Norway, Japan and Switzerland.

      *FOURTH ANNUAL TERRY FOX RACE TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) -- The fourth Terry Fox-Struggle
      against Cancer Race will take place in Havana Sunday, January 28th.

      This event, organized every year by more than 50 countries, is
      part of a worldwide effort to create a consciousness in the people
      about cancer and the ways to prevent it and, at the same time, raise
      funds to help finance scientific research into this disease.

      This race is named after a young Canadian who began in 1980 the so-
      called Race of Hope running across the entire Canadian
      nation, covering 43 kilometers every day, even though he had lost a
      leg due to cancer. After 5.000 kilometers he had to stop since the
      cancer had spread to his lungs.
      reserved.

      ===========================================

      Castro Not Invited to Meeting of Hemispheric Leaders in Canada Efe
      - January 22, 2001

      Kingston, Jan 21, 2001 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Canadian Prime Minister
      Jean
      Chretien has confirmed that Cuban President Fidel Castro will not be
      invited to a
      meeting in April of hemispheric leaders in Canada.

      "No. Mr. Fidel Castro will not be invited to attend the summit in
      Quebec City,"
      Chretien said at a press conference Saturday in response to a
      question from a
      journalist.

      "Of course, some countries would like him to be there, but we operate
      on a
      consensus basis and some countries oppose so we cannot proceed with
      an
      invitation, even if I wish, I cannot,"
      Chretien said.

      Caribbean leaders would not publicly comment on what amounted to a
      rebuff of the
      Caribbean Community (CARICOM) position and one of the issues that was
      on the
      agenda of Saturday's one-day summit with the Canadian prime minister
      in the
      Jamaican resort city of Montego Bay.

      Last Thursday night, CARICOM Secretary-General Edwin Carrington said
      the 14-
      member regional bloc would be asking the Canadians to buck U.S.
      pressure and
      invite Castro to the third Summit of the Americas to be held in
      Quebec City in April.

      "We do not think that it is a proper hemispheric process if Cuba is
      left out,"
      Carrington said after a meeting finalizing Saturday's agenda for the
      bilateral talks.

      The Summit of the Americas is the major policy-setting meeting that
      brings
      hemispheric leaders together and is the setting for negotiations for
      the Free Trade
      Area of the Americas (FTAA).
      *******************************************************************
      NEW CUBA BILL On Wednesday, January 24, Senators Dorgan (D-ND),
      Roberts
      (R-KS), Baucus (D-MT), and Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation, S.
      171, to rescind
      some provisions of the FY 2001 Agriculture Appropriations bill that
      was signed into
      law in October. The 2001 Agriculture Appropriations bill made some
      advances
      toward allowing the sale of food and medicine, but it treated Cuba
      differently--and
      more harshly--than the other countries impacted by the bill. This
      bill attempts to
      eliminate those differences. In short, the bill (1) repeals Section
      908 of the
      Agriculture Appropriations bill which prohibits both private and
      government
      financing of agriculture sales to Cuba; (2) repeals Section 910 which
      codifies into
      law the restrictions on U.S. citizens' travel to Cuba; and (3)
      removes the words in
      Section 906 that would require licenses for trade with Cuba even
      after Cuba is
      removed from the list of "terrorist" countries.

      This bill is a good beginning for this Congressional session. Other
      legislative
      vehicles will be introduced which will go further toward ending the
      embargo, but
      this bill is worth our active support to get the issue on the agenda
      and as an early
      demonstration of continuing support in the Senate for changes in U.S.
      policy
      toward Cuba.

      ACTION Please call (U.S. Capitol Switchboard 202.224.3121), e-mail
      (Dorgan
      senator@..., Roberts pat_roberts@...,
      Baucus
      max@..., Durbin dick@...), or write (The
      Honorable [name], U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510) to thank these
      four
      senators and expressing your support.

      Please call, e-mail (look your senators up on the Internet at
      www.senate.gov) or
      write your own senators to urge them to co-sponsor S.
      171. To co-sponsor, they should contact Brian Moran in Senator
      Dorgan's office
      (202.224.2551) or Jim Beauchamp in Senator Roberts' office
      (202.224.4774).

      More information will be forthcoming as new legislation is
      introduced. As always,
      thanks for your help.

      Link to the LAWG website for further information and background on
      the 2001 Ag
      bill: www.lawg.org/cuba.html. You can also refer others to our
      website as a way to
      join this e-mail network. Thanks!

      Sincerely, Mavis Anderson Latin America Working Group
      ==================================================
      Subject: [House Bill Proposes Lifting Ban on Assassinations]

      Well, here it is: "compassionate conservatism," Texas style. ("If
      you
      don't like 'em, kill 'em.") Civilization has just taken a very big
      step
      backwards, and we must act to prevent it. You know what to do....
      Call
      your Congressman. Call your local media. Call your neighbor. A loud
      enough uproar can stop this criminal move in its tracks. Silence can
      only invite bloodshed.

      House Bill Proposes Lifting Ban on Assassinations. FTW 1/24/01

      HR 19, Introduced by Republican Georgia Congressman Bob Barr on
      January
      3, 2001, the first day of the new 107th Congress, would legislatively
      repeal sections of three Executive Orders specifically prohibiting
      assassinations by the United States Government. Entitled the
      "Terrorist
      Elimination Act of 2001", the bill, submitted to the House
      International
      Relations Committee, would specifically nullify sections of three
      previous Executive Orders including one initiated by Ronald Reagan in
      1981.It is interesting to note that acts of Congress are not required
      to
      nullify previous Executive Orders (EOs) which are, by definition,
      orders
      issued by the President and Commander in Chief to all federal
      employees
      (including military) under his authority. All that is necessary to
      reverse one EO is another EO. This is exactly what President George
      W.
      Bush did with respect to EOs issued by President Clinton on the
      environment in the last days of his administration.

      Section 3 of HR 19 specifically states that the following provisions
      of
      Executive orders shall have no further force or effect:
      (1) Section 5(g) of Executive Order 11905.
      (2) Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12306.
      (3) Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333." [By Ronald Reagan]

      Section 5 (g) of Executive Order 11905, signed by Gerald Ford on
      2/18/76
      specifically prohibited "political" assassination.
      Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12036, signed 1/24/78 by Jimmy
      Carter
      renewed the ban.
      Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333, signed by Ronald Reagan on
      12/4/81 renewed the ban on assassinations, or conspiracy to commit
      assassinations, as part of a broader package which gave virtually
      complete control of the American National Security apparatus to then
      Vice President George H.W. Bush. The full text of HR 19 may be viewed
      at
      <http://thomas.loc.gov>. Enter a search in the 107th Congress for 19,
      and it will take you straight to the bill.

      The bold move, unreported and ignored by any major media, offers a
      chance for an early referendum on the new administration's full-speed
      run at a more violent and brutish foreign policy. The current bill,
      introduced by staunch Bush supporter and Clinton impeachment leader
      Barr, indicates that the Bush administration is seeking to add
      legitimacy to the move by implying that Congress and the American
      people
      support the action. This can only mean that there is quite likely a
      list
      of people the Bush Administration wants to start killing fairly
      quickly. The appointment of career covert operative and Annapolis
      graduate Richard Armitage as Deputy Secretary of State under Colin
      Powell only underscores the clear message that the Bush
      Administration
      is sending to the world. Armitage, who was denied a 1989 appointment
      as
      Assistant Secretary of State because of links to Iran-Contra and
      other
      scandals, served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International
      Security Affairs in the Reagan years.U.S. Government stipulations in
      the
      Oliver North trial specifically named Armitage as one of the DoD
      officials responsible for illegal transfers of weapons to Iran and
      the
      Contras. But Armitage's dirty past goes much deeper. A Vietnam
      veteran
      and graduate of Annapolis, Armitage's roots have been thoroughly
      intertwined with the likes of CIA veteran Ted Shackley, Richard
      Secord,
      Heine Aderholt, Elliot Abrams, Dewey Clarridge, Edwin Wilson and Tom
      Clines.

      All of these men have been directly linked to CIA covert operations,
      the
      drug trade, the abandonment of U.S. prisoners of War after Vietnam
      and/or Iran-Contra. Armitage has also been routinely discussed in FTW
      as
      a Bush-era covert functionary who has been linked to covert
      operations,
      drug smuggling and the expansion of organized crime operations in
      Russia, Central Asia and the Far East. In 1986 a private dispute
      between
      POW activist Ross Perot and Armitage went public as photos of
      Armitage
      with a topless Vietnamese nightclub owner Nguyen O'Rourke brought
      allegations of gambling and prostitution very close to Armitage's
      doorstep. The stories went public when TIME and "The Boston Globe"
      wrote
      lengthy stories on the feud in 1986 and 1987.

      That scandal arose as a result of 1984 investigations by President
      Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime in which the photo and
      documentation of gambling charges and prostitution led directly to
      Armitage's close association with O'Rourke. Then LAPD Assistant Chief
      Jesse Brewer, a former Commanding Officer of this writer, served on
      the
      Reagan Commission. The 1992 best-seller "Kiss The Boys Goodbye" by
      former "60 MINUTES" producer Monika Jensen-Stevenson details
      Armitage's
      role as Reagan point man on Vietnam POW-MIA issues and describes why
      Armitage has earned the enmity of many POW activists.

      However, in a 1995 interview with "The Washington Post", Colin Powell
      referred to Armitage as his "white son." This, notwithstanding the
      fact
      that the 6-foot, balding, power-lifter, now 56, can still bench press
      300 or more pounds and reportedly "enjoys killing." William Tyree,
      Special Forces Veteran who has provided much reliable information and
      documentation to FTW in the past said, "Armitage used to 'sit ambush'
      on
      the trails in Laos and Cambodia. He liked it. Now when Powell, 'the
      dove,' sits down at a table with Armitage 'the killer' beside him,
      the
      message will be that Armitage can reach across the table and deal
      with
      the other party on the spot." That message will not go unheard. [For
      more on Armitage we recommend using the search engine at
      <http://www.copvcia.com> and also at The Progressive Review,
      <http://www.prorev.com>.]

      There is reason to believe that a repeal of the assassination ban
      would
      lead to an immediate series of deaths. Remember, the Iran-Contra team
      is
      coming back to power with a vengeance. The completion of a February
      11,
      1982 memorandum between Reagan Attorney General William French Smith
      and
      CIA Director Bill Casey removed any requirement for CIA to report
      drug
      trafficking by its agents, contractors and proprietary employees.
      Immediately thereafter cocaine consumption in the United States
      multiplied as imports rose from approximately 80 tons in 1982 to 600
      tons by 1989. [A copy of that memorandum, published by the CIA in
      1998,
      is available in FTW's Extracts and Commentary on Volume II of the
      CIA
      Inspector General's Report" originally published on 10/8/98.] There
      are
      no choices and this is no longer a convenient exercise of protected
      liberty. This is now a true struggle against tyranny.

      Special thanks to Mike Whybark and Jim Galasyn of Independent Media
      Centers for bringing this travesty to my attention. Please visit
      their
      site at:
      <http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=19541>.

      From: Michael C. Ruppert
      Publisher/Editor
      "From The Wilderness"
      <http://www.copvcia.com>
      *********************************************************************

      *SOUTH AMERICAN SOLIDARITY BRIGADE PAYS TRIBUTE TO ERNESTO CHE
      GUEVARA

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) -- More than 300 members of the 8th South
      American brigade in solidarity with Cuba visited Thursday the Ernesto
      Che Guevara Memorial in Villa Clara province and paid tribute to the
      revolutionary leader.

      The solidarity brigade, that arrived in Cuba on January 15th and
      departs on the 28th, includes activists from Argentina, Uruguay,
      Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia.

      During their stay on the island, the South American visitors have
      carried out agricultural voluntary work in Caimito, Havana province,
      and participated with the people of the Cuban capital in the January
      19th march in front of the US Interests Section in Havana to protest
      the Cuban Adjustment Act and other anti-Cuba US legislation.

      *UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM CONGRATULATES CUBAN GOVERNMENT

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) --The representative of the UN World Food
      Program in Cuba, German Valdir, praised the cooperation of the
      island's government in the implementation of several projects in the
      eastern part of the country.

      During the year 2000, the UNWFP implemented a program in the
      eastern province of Granma with an investment of some six million
      dollars. According to Valdir, the Cuban government contributed to
      this project with more than 4 million dollars for the creation of the
      necessary economic and social infrastructure.

      The UNWFP representative said that some 3.600 tons of different
      products were delivered to the Cuban people last year with a value of
      3.120.000 dollars. The donations came mainly from Finland, Norway,
      Japan and Switzerland.

      *FOURTH ANNUAL TERRY FOX RACE TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY

      Havana, January 27 (RHC) -- The fourth Terry Fox-Struggle against
      Cancer Race will take place in Havana Sunday, January 28th.

      This event, organized every year by more than 50 countries, is part
      of a worldwide effort to create a consciousness in the people about
      cancer and the ways to prevent it and, at the same time, raise funds
      to help finance scientific research into this disease.

      This race is named after a young Canadian who began in 1980 the so-
      called Race of Hope running across the entire Canadian nation,
      covering 43 kilometers every day, even though he had lost a leg due
      to cancer. After 5.000 kilometers he had to stop since the cancer had
      spread to his lungs.

      *INDIGENOUS ECUADORANS MARCH ON QUITO, PROMISE NOT TO
      OVERTHROW GOVERNMENT

      Quito, Jan 27 (RHC)--Hundreds of indigenous activists in Ecuador
      are arriving in the capital, Quito, and hundreds more are expected
      this weekend -- but they've promised to refrain from overthrowing the
      government of President Gustavo Noboa. In January of last year, a
      similar protest movement that converged on the capital bringing
      thousands of indigenous activists led to the downfall of the Jamil
      Mahuad administration.

      The activists, primarily from the provinces of Cotopaxi,
      Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Azuay, Carchi, Imbabura and Pichincha, have
      begun to install themselves in Quito's Arbolito Park -- just a few
      blocks away from congressional headquarters and the embassies of
      France and the United States -- where for the past week grassroots
      and labor activists have been holding a protest vigil.

      Antonio Vargas, head of the powerful Ecuadoran Confederation of
      Indigenous Nationalities, said they will remain in Quito until Noboa
      repeals the most recent price hikes in transportation, fuel and
      domestic gas. He said they do no seek Noboa's downfall, but just want
      the government to know that they exist.

      Campesino activists are also arriving in the capital from diverse
      regions that have seen numerous protests and some violent clashes
      with police and soldiers. The protests have included road blockages,
      which have tied up traffic on the highways leading into cities like
      Latacunga, Ambato, Riobamba, Cuenca, Otavalo, Ibarra and Tulcan.

      *PROTESTERS MANAGE TO GET THROUGH STRICT DAVOS SECURITY

      Geneva, Jan 27 (RHC)--Police in Switzerland prevented hundreds of
      anti-free market globalization activists from arriving at the
      convention center in Davos that is hosting the World Economic Forum.
      However, despite what is being called the largest security operation
      in Switzerland in recent decades, several hundred were able to break
      through the blockade -- but only arrived some 500 meters from the
      convention site.

      Swiss authorities declared illegal any protests at Davos, which
      activists have strongly criticized as a violation of their freedom to
      express themselves. Davos has been compared to a fortified citadel,
      with all accesses blocked and surrounded by police, soldiers and
      barbed wire.

      Meanwhile, prominent activists are commenting on the fear of
      institutions like the World Trade Organization and the International
      Monetary Fund, which in the face of growing international opposition
      to free market globalization have chose two small countries in the
      Arabian Peninsula to hold their next assemblies.

      The small nation of Qatar was the only country that offered to host
      the next WTO encounter late this year after the fiasco in Seattle.
      The World Bank and International Monetary Fund plan to hold their
      assembly in 2003 in Dubai after the protests in Prague.

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