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    Radio Havana Cuba Jun 30 http://www.radiohc.cu/homeing.htm International news. Cuban TV Deplores US Aggression and Warns of Possibility of Armed Intervention
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      Radio Havana Cuba Jun 30


      http://www.radiohc.cu/homeing.htm


      International news.


      Cuban TV Deplores US Aggression and Warns of Possibility of Armed
      Intervention

      Havana, June 30 (RHC)--Cuban television Wednesday night analyzed the new
      anti-Cuba measures instituted by the Bush administration as of midnight
      Tuesday - measures that caused an uproar at Miami airport when
      Cuban-American passengers destined for Cuba were denied boarding.

      Randy Alonso, the presenter of the nightly Round Table program said that the
      events at Miami airport with hundreds of Cuban Americans demanding to be
      allowed to fly to Cuba was the first time any such event had happened in the
      history of the United States. The travel restriction measure, he said, was
      an attack against the people of Cuba and the events at the airport were the
      most visible aspect of the new aggression against Havana. However, said
      Alonso, there are other measures that are more dangerous and should be
      carefully watched.

      Journalist Renato Recio explained that what we have seen at Miami airport is
      just part of an initial phase that is creating conditions for an armed
      intervention. The blockade, attempts at preventing foreign investment in
      Cuba, the restrictions imposed on US residents visiting Cuba, are all
      ratcheting up the pressure on Cuba with a view to a military invasion, he
      explained.

      These new measures are a manual for the interventionist policies of the Bush
      Doctrine, added journalist Lazaro Barredo. A doctrine that uses propaganda
      and large amounts of money to create an image of the US fighting for
      democracy in Cuba when it really seeks the pre-Revolution status quo that
      puts the control back into the pockets of the extreme right wing that
      supports the Bush administration and has every intention of destroying the
      Revolution.

      Journalist Nidia Diaz added that the government of Bush was fundamentalist
      and fraudulent and will push through its policies at whatever cost. This is
      why Cuba has to take the threat of invasion seriously. She reminded the
      television audience of past attacks against Cuba supported or allowed to
      happen by the US government.

      Randy Alonso added that the new aggression against Cuba has met with
      resistance from important sectors of US society - including the agricultural
      sector and both sides of the US political spectrum. A large caravan
      organized by the US religious group Pastors for Peace is crossing the US at
      this time with humanitarian donations for Cuba.

      The head of Pastors for Peace, Reverend Lucius Walker, spoke by telephone
      live on Cuban TV to explain that the Caravan has already gone through 90
      cities with another 37 cities visited by Thursday morning. It has been
      warmly welcomed across the United States by every level of US society.

      Renato Recio said that the whole idea is none other than to take away Cuba's
      sovereignty, destroy the Revolution and set the country back half a century.

      Washington calls it "transition", he said. In Cuba it's called "invasion".

      Death and Destruction Mark First Day for Iraqi Government

      Baghdad, June 29 (RHC)-- Three US soldiers and six Iraqis were killed on the
      first day of business for Iraq's new government, following the formal
      'hand-over' by US occupation forces on Monday.

      In a statement issued Tuesday, the US military said that three US Marines
      were killed and two wounded when their convoy was hit in a bomb attack in
      Baghdad. The deaths raised to 632 the number of American troops killed in
      action since the invasion.

      Two Iraqis were killed in an attack on a Baghdad police station. And in the
      town of Mahmudiyah, south of the capital, one policeman was killed and
      another injured during an attack on the town's police headquarters.

      Monday's so-called transfer of sovereignty has been cautiously welcomed
      around the world, although many opponents of the US-led invasion and
      occupation have reserved judgement about the heavy foreign troop presence
      that remains in the country.

      In Baghdad, the interim Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi, told reporters
      that Saddam Hussein and 11 former officials from his regime would be
      transferred by the US-led force to Iraqi custody on Wednesday and his arrest
      warrant read out the following day. Reportedly among the former officials is
      former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz.

      While the formal transfer to Iraqi legal custody will take place, the
      prisoners will remain under the watchful eyes of US military troops, who
      will continue to run the prison where they are being held.

      Meanwhile, the new US ambassador, John Negroponte, arrived in the Iraqi
      capital late last night, taking over after US administrator Paul Bremer left
      Baghdad following yesterday's official 'transfer.'

      In other news, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
      Organization (UNESCO) has warned that heritage sites in Iraq continue to be
      looted and called for better security so it could send teams into the Arab
      nation to properly assess the damage done to museums and historic sites.

      Billions of Dollars in Oil Revenues 'Missing' in Iraq

      London, June 29 (RHC)-- A religious charity in London has accused the
      occupation forces in Iraq of failing to account for up to 20 billion dollars
      in oil revenues which should have been spent on relief and reconstruction
      projects.

      At the same time, a British political party is calling for a full
      investigation into the way the US-led occupation in Baghdad has handled
      Iraq's oil revenues. The Liberal Democrats say the US and its allies were
      obliged to deposit all oil revenues into the Development Fund for Iraq. But
      according to Liberal Democrat figures, the fund could be short by as much as
      3.7 billion dollars.

      Christian Aid, in a report published by the Guardian on Monday, claims that
      the US-controlled Coalition Provisional Authority, which handed over power
      to an interim administration in Iraq, is in flagrant breach of the UN
      Security Council resolution which gave it control of the country's oil
      revenues.

      UN Resolution 1483, passed in May last year, stated that the money should be
      spent in the interests of the Iraqi people and independently audited, but an
      auditor was only appointed in April -- nearly one year later.

      The religious organization quoted an unnamed UN diplomat as saying: "We only
      have the total amounts and movements in and out of the development fund. We
      have absolutely no knowledge of what purposes they are for and if these are
      consistent with the Security Council resolution."

      Last October, Christian Aid revealed that four billion dollars of oil
      revenues were unaccounted for, but although procedures have been tightened,
      the charity said, "we still do not know exactly how Iraq's money has been
      earned, which companies have won the contracts that it has been spent on, or
      whether this spending was in the interests of the Iraqi people."

      Christian Aid says billions of dollars are now being hastily allocated to
      projects which have not been properly planned and fears the occupation
      authority, which has now formally been disbanded, will never have to account
      for the missing money and expenditures.

      NATO Summit Wraps Up in Turkey Amid Disagreements Among Allies

      Istanbul, June 29 (RHC)-- As the two-day NATO summit wrapped up in Istanbul,
      Turkey, US President George W. Bush delivered a speech on the campus of
      Galatasaray University amid extremely tight security. While praising
      yesterday's so-called transfer of power, which Bush said gave Iraq its
      sovereignty and freedom, heavily-armed security officers floated by in a
      black rubber raft and a low-flying black surveillance helicopter cruised
      over the site twice, forcing Bush to raise his voice to be heard by the
      students.

      The US president said that member nations attending the NATO summit have
      agreed to work together to -- in his words -- "fight terrorism" in Iraq and
      approved the expansion of their so-called peacekeeping operations in
      Afghanistan ahead of elections slated for September.

      Outside the summit, police fired tear gas into a group of more than 1000
      anti-NATO protesters after clashes with security forces. About 23,000 police
      and soldiers guarded the summit, closing several streets around the summit
      site and area hotels.

      Inside the summit, for the second day, there were more disagreements between
      Bush and fellow NATO allies. On Monday, French President Jacques Chirac
      sharply criticized his US counterpart for publicly supporting Turkey's bid
      for European Union membership, saying that Bush had "gone too far." But on
      Tuesday, the US president ignored Chirac's advice and reiterated his backing
      of Turkey's desire to join the EU.

      The French president, who is one of the EU leaders most firmly opposed to
      Turkish membership, said Monday that Bush's remarks are like him telling the
      United States how to run its affairs with Mexico.

      Legal Challenges Expected at Guantánamo After Supreme Court Decision

      Washington, June 29 (RHC)-- Repercussions were still being felt one day
      after a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing US-held prisoners to take
      their cases before civilian courts. Human rights attorneys say that the
      ruling will likely unleash a flurry of legal challenges by hundreds of
      suspects being held at the Guantánamo Naval Base in eastern Cuba.

      For the past two and half years, the United States has maintained that its
      illegally-occupied base on the island was beyond the reach of US courts, but
      the Supreme Court disagreed in a ruling Monday, bringing legal options to
      nearly 600 prisoners from 42 countries.

      A lawyer who belongs to a committee of defense attorneys representing more
      than 300 of the detainees at Guantánamo, Najeeb al-Nauimi, said that he and
      his colleagues plan to file hundreds of the cases as early as next week.
      Al-Nauimi said that he is representing about 90 detainees from countries
      ranging from Yemen to Algeria and that he will seek to have them released by
      filing challenges in federal court in Washington.

      Questions still remain about how cases will proceed and how the military
      will respond to lawyers' requests to meet with detainees. So far only four
      have been allowed to meet attorneys, and only three prisoners have been
      charged.

      The US government has maintained that the prisoners are what they call
      "enemy combatants" and not prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.
      Critics have accused the United States of making Guantánamo a legal "black
      hole" since they began sending prisoners there in January 2002.

      Israel Strikes Into Gaza Strip with Tanks and Troops

      Gaza Strip, June 29 (RHC)-- Israeli tanks firing machineguns thrust into
      Gaza on Tuesday, killing at least one Palestinian in what is being called a
      retaliatory raid for a cross-border rocket strike. Israeli occupation troops
      besieged Beit Hanoun, approximately one mile from the Israeli town of
      Sderot, where makeshift missiles were fired by Hamas Islamic militants on
      Monday.

      Similar rockets wounded two people inside Israel Tuesday, intensifying a
      surge of violence that has reportedly complicated Prime Minister Ariel
      Sharon's plan to pull Jewish settlers out of the occupied Gaza Strip next
      year. Israeli troops and tanks opened fire as they cut off roads into the
      northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.

      Israeli political sources said it could be a prolonged raid into Beit
      Hanoun, where the rubble of demolished homes and ground scraped clear by
      bulldozers mark previous attempts by Israel to stop rocket launches.
      Israel's defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, threatened to "stay for as long as
      necessary." Residents were reportedly preparing for a long siege.

      Palestinian medics said Israeli troops shot dead a 14-year-old boy on his
      roof in southern Gaza Tuesday.

      Israel Incurs Wrath of Palestinians With Unprovoked Destruction of Water
      Supplies

      Gaza City, June 29 (RHC)--Palestinian officials are concerned at the
      increasing number of raids into the Gaza Strip which have resulted in not
      only the deaths of many young Palestinians and extensive damage to people's
      homes and livelihoods, but also the deliberate ruining of water supplies.
      This, say Palestinians, is indicative of the continuation of the genocidal
      policy of the Sharon government.

      Most Palestinians now believe that if and when Israel withdraws completely
      from Gaza it will make sure that life is made intolerable for the people
      remaining. Electricity, water and sewage services that cross through Israel
      to Gaza or are under the control of Israel, are expected to be shut down
      preventing the Gaza Strip from developing. The idea, say some, is to force
      Gaza into almost a desert.

      The Israeli army today begun another major incursion into the Gaza Strip
      where troops have surrounded the town of Beit Hanoun and destroyed wells in
      the area. The destruction of water supplies has been systematic and is
      reflects a clear policy to starve Gaza of water to the profit of Israel.

      A total of 75% of the Gaza Strip renewable water resources are used by
      Israel.

      The World Health Organization recognizes a minimum water consumption of 100
      liters per capita per day. The current water supply for Palestinians is only
      some 60 liters per capita per day.

      French President Attacks Bush for Meddling in EU Affairs

      Ankara, June 29 (RHC)--French President Jacques Chirac has sharply
      criticized US President George Bush for meddling in European affairs.

      The attack came after a NATO summit in Turkey in which Bush said he
      supported Turkey's entry into the EU and suggested that a firm date for
      entrance be given to Ankara. Chirac said that the US president had gone too
      far and that he had nothing to say on the subject. "It is as if I were to
      tell the United States how it should conduct its relations with Mexico," he
      added.

      Observers said that Chirac's comments reflect unresolved tensions over Iraq.

      The French president's remarks were an embarrassment to Bush who had made a
      point of stressing European support for the so-called transfer of power in
      Iraq, saying that NATO was behind Washington in seeking to help with the
      process. NATO is to help train Iraqi security forces.

      However, both France and Germany have said that any such training will be in
      their home countries as they do not intend to send personnel to Iraq nor fly
      the NATO flag over there.
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