Radio Havana Cuba Jun 30
- Radio Havana Cuba Jun 30
Cuban TV Deplores US Aggression and Warns of Possibility of Armed
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.