Video: José Pertierra talks on film about the Miami 5 and Posada Carriles

15 June 2011 — RT

They are known as the “Cuban 5” and are serving the life sentences in the US because they were accused of committing espionage conspiracy. According to those five though, their mission was to stop terrorism against Cuba, monitoring actions against Miami-based terrorism groups. In the meantime, Luis Posada Carriles has been accused of bombing several Cuban hotels yet is not in jail. Lawyer Jose Pertierra joins RT to talk about US justice double standards.

Latest Chapter in the Case of the Cuban Five: U.S. Justice as a Political Weapon By Michael Collins

18 October, 2009 — North American Congress on Latin America

The decision by a Miami court on Tuesday October 13 to reduce Antonio Guererro’s life sentence to 22 years imprisonment is the latest chapter in the ongoing legal battle to free a group of men known as the Cuban Five. Largely anonymous in the United States yet celebrities in their native Cuba, their conviction symbolizes the fraught relationship that exists between the two countries. The re-sentencing is the result of a decision taken last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which stated that the court in Miami, where the original trial was held, may have erred when it imposed sentences on three of the five men. The hearing takes place at a time when many Cubans and Americans have high hopes for improved diplomacy between their nations.

The case of the Cuban Five is inextricably linked to the ongoing standoff between Havana and Washington. In the early 1990s, the Cuban government sent a group of men known as The Wasp Network to the United States to infiltrate anti-Castro organizations, which had been operating from Miami with apparent impunity since the 1960s. After these anti-Castro organizations orchestrated the bombings of Cuban hotels and the shooting down of a Cuban passenger aircraft near Barbados in 1976, the Cuban government decided to take covert actions, believing that the United States was not interested in helping prevent more attacks.

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D’Escoto on the US in the age of Obama Part 3

15 October, 2009

d’Escoto: From Iraq war to imprisoned Cuban 5, Americans need the courage to form a “new mindset”

“The inability of the United Nations to unequivocally reject the Iraq war has been a major factor in its demise”, says outgoing president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto. In the third and final segment of his talk with Real News Senior Editor Paul Jay, d’Escoto digs into what he believes is at the root of the US image problem around the world, its actions. He identifies the continued incarceration of the Cuban 5 in US prison as an example of the hypocrisy of the “global war on terror”. But while d’Escoto points out President Obama’s unwillingness to use his authority to single-handedly pardon the five Cuban intelligence agents, he expresses a great deal of support for Obama. “I really trust President Obama,” d’Escoto says, “but he is going up against the same reactionary forces that we faced in the third world when we tried to change things.”

Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann recently finished his term as president of the United Nations General Assembly. His term was notable for numerous attempts to assert the authority of the General Assembly and numerous pronouncements on current events, such as the financial crisis and the Israeli siege and war on Gaza. This was a considerable departure from the highly conservative role that the General Assembly, and in particular the president, had played over recent years.

D’Escoto is an ordained Roman Catholic priest for the Maryknoll congregation, serving in 1970 as an official with the World Council of Churches. As an adherent of liberation theology, he secretly joined Nicaragua’s revolutionary Sandinista independence movement. In 1979, he was appointed foreign minister of the new revolutionary government following the Sandinistas’ overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. He served as foreign minister under President Daniel Ortega from 1979 until their electoral defeat in 1990. He was one of a group of Latin American priests who were denounced and eventually suspended during the 1980s by the Vatican of Pope John Paul II, after their dedication to liberation theology compelled them to become involved in revolutionary politics.

In 2008, he was selected by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to as their choice to fill the presidency of the General Assembly.

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