CubaNews notes Tuesday April 1, 2003
- CubaNews notes for Tuesday, April 1, 2003
by Walter Lippmann, Moderator, CubaNews
While the Iraq war is the main topic of public
attention everywhere, including in the Cuban
media, we have just learned that another
hijacking is in progress in Havana as this is
written. Agrenade-wielding criminal seized a
Cuban airliner with 40 adults and six children.
(Such activities are encouraged by the US
when hijacked planes are kept in the US and
used for fundraising for ultra-right exiles. Just
last week the latest hijackers were granted
bail by the Florida courts over prosecution
objections. One report states the hijackers
remain in jail unable to post bail, another
says they have been released. We're still
waiting for clarification of these facts.)
The hijackers is demanding to be taken
to the United States at this time.
From Cuba's National Information Agency:
New hijacking of a passenger plane
Havana, March 31 (National News Agency) Tonight , at 9:30
p.m. an AN-24 type aircraft, on a flight from Nueva Gerona
to Havana, was hijacked by an individual that apparently has
a hand grenade, and demanded to be taken to the United
States, according what was informed by the pilot.
Because the aircraft had not enough fuel, the pilot landed
the aircraft at the "Jose Marti" International Airport in
Boyeros. At this moment, at 11:35 p.m., according to what
was informed from the aircraft, the individual is located at
the rear of the plane, with two hand grenades . It is
possible that he may have accomplices that are next to him.
The AN-24 is in the middle of the runway. According to the
data, in the aircraft, including the crew, 40 adults,
including the crew, and six children were traveling.
This event is the immediate fruit of the encouragement
received by the hijackers of aircraft, with the behavior of
the authorities of the United States, during the hijacking
of the passenger aircraft that was taken by six terrorists,
that by using knives, detoured the DC-3 aircraft towards
the United States last 19th of March.
The government of that nation will have to deal with the
total responsibility of what may happen. The Cuban
authorities on their part, are doing the maximum effort to
find a solution that will preserve the security and the
lives of passengers and crew.
31 March 2003 11:40 p.m.
Washington's war on Iraq continues without
interruption. Horrific atrocities are reported in
today's Washington Post where, for example,
yesterday Marines killed ten people in a car
which, Marines claimed, didn't stop as told.
What follows isn't from a leftist medium but
from the Washington Post which has been
a vigorous supporter of the war on Iraq:
"A Gruesome Scene on Highway 9
10 Dead After Vehicle Shelled at Checkpoint:
www.washingtonpost.com As you can see,
this is also the lead story in today's Granma:
The Pentagon and Bush administrations may
come to regret their decision to have so many
journalists "embedded" with the military there
in Iraq as the truth is beginning to come out
of stories such as these. How many have as
yet not been able to see the light of day?
As should be obvious to anyone, the images
we see of thousands of bombs dropped on
Iraq, civilians killed by Marines, and now the
alleged fragging of officers by a member of
the military strongly suggests a force which
is deeply stressed, and that's putting it quite
mildly. There's an interview with the imam of
the mosque at which the alleged fragger had
worshiped as a child, along with much more
war coverage on Pacifica's Democary Now!
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque
continues his international tour of states in the
former Soviet Union. Cuba has positive relations
with many of these states.
Marta Lomas, Cuba's Minister for Foreign
Investment is visiting Qatar where economic
ties are continuing to develop. Granma has an
editorial about that in today's issue.
(Qater is, of course, the home country of the
independent Arabic television network called
Al-Jazeerah. For having published images of
the captures US soldiers and other topics the
US military doesn't like, Al-Jazeera has been
banned from the New York Stock Exchange
and the NASDAQ exchange.)
Inside the United States, pressure to end the
blockade of Cuba continues, despite extensive
efforts to prevent this by Washington and its
rightist Cuban exile allies. A feature on Senator
Max Baucus, a key Senatorial sponsor of anti-
blockade (he calls it "embargo) is included in
Washington has released a nearly SIXTEEN
THOUSAND WORD report alleging human
rights violations against various people on
the island over the past year. This is an
extraordinary claim at time when the author
of this report is dropping thousands of tons
of bombs on Iraq and killing Iraqi civilians.
Echoing this, the Cuban exiles are working
hard to block normalization of relations
between the countries though stories of the
alleged violations of human rights in Cuba.
A selection of these stories is also made
available through the CubaNews list.
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Thanks very much,
Walter Lippmann, Moderator