January 26, 2019
Washington.. We Have A Problem
The short: The Trump Administration wants the Maduro Administration to leave. H.E. Nicolas Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela wants to stay. The governments of the Russian Federation and People’s Republic of China believe that the repayments of what could be approaching US$100 billion might be best served by President Maduro remaining in office. The Republic of Cuba wants the Chavez Administration (1999-2013) to return.
A CUBAN WOMAN, BREAKING THE SILENCE
May 29, 1995
Title III Suspended For 45 Days; First Time Less Than 6 Months. Omnious For Cuba 1/16/2019
For the first time, Title III of the Libertad Act has been suspended for less than six months. Using forty-five (45) days presents a likelihood of an ominous commercial, economic and political landscape for the Republic of Cuba, European Union (EU)-member countries, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and members of the United Nations. Once again, the Trump Administration has used weaponized potentiality to create uncertainty and, thus anxiety. Precisely the intention.
Troika To Negotiate Settlement Of Certified Claims Against Cuba?
Troika To Negotiate Settlement Of Certified Claims Against Cuba? Kushner, Greenblatt & Feinberg December 11, 2018
Troika To Negotiate Settlement Of Certified Claims Against Cuba?
Kushner, Greenblatt & Feinberg
The Process: Briefings, Lunch, Travel
The Miami doctors who first treated U.S. diplomats in Havana affected by a mysterious ailment after exposure to an unknown energy source have found a “triad” of neurological, cognitive and emotional symptoms unlike the concussions previously reported by another group of physicians.
“Our findings are dramatically different from what concussions look like,” Dr. Michael Hoffer, the lead author of a new study made public Wednesday, said in an exclusive video interview with the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald. The study by physicians at the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh was published in Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology journal.
Directed energy weapons intended to disrupt or damage their victims’ brains were the most likely source of a series of mysterious attacks singling out U.S. personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Cuba in 2017, three doctors involved in the investigation have told National Defense in exclusive interviews.
The three experts were contacted by the State Department to investigate 25 cases of government employees working in Cuba who complained of suddenly hearing noises, pressure in their ears, followed by symptoms such as headaches, vertigo, dizziness and loss of cognitive functions.
The team of three experts concluded that incident was a widescale use of electronics to carry out a so-called neuro-weapon attack. Neuro-weapons are an emerging, but little understood threat that is compounded by the ease in which they can be purchased on the internet.
“I think we are turning a page,” said Dr. James Giordano, a professor at the departments of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center and chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. The Pentagon has taken notice of the event and Giordano and the two other team members will be briefing the J3, joint chiefs of staff, on Sept. 7.
CIA Project Nile Blue – Rain Embargo on Cuban Sugar Crops
“But the seeding near Cuba was to cause less rain, not more. It was supposed to squeeze rain out of clouds before they reached the island. You might say we tried to embargo rainclouds.”
Did the CIA order weather modification to ruin the Cuban sugar crop in 1969 and 1970, or didn’t it?
Lowell Ponte, former researcher for International Research and Technology Corporation, a Pentagon “think tank,” says the CIA and Pentagon ordered seeding off the shores of Cuba, to “milk” rain clouds, at a time when Castro’s fortunes seemingly depended on a successful harvest of sugar cane.
The CIA has categorically denied it practiced cloud seeding anywhere except in Vietnam during that time period.
Ponte says the Cuban experiment was part of “Project Nile Blue,” carried on officially starting in 1970 by the Pentagon’s Advanced Reseach Projects Agency (ARPA). …
Ponte adds that “Nile Blue” was really aimed at “destabilizing” weather in the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba, to ruin harvests and create political unrest.
The Nile Blue program made use of what was at the time the world’s largest computer, ILLIAC IV, the construction of which had also been funded by ARPA. It would have to be considered of inestimable value if someone had decided for once to anticipate the environmental effects of a proposed very large scale man-made technological intervention. One can only hope that this is actually why the program was initiated. As already indicated, as early as 1961 a RAND report on weather modification emphasized the complexity of atmospheric processes and the interrelation of modification and prediction. Perhaps it is also of interest that the only two reports that deal with weather and climate prepared by the US Central Intelligence Agency that have been publicly released deal with similar broad considerations of weather, climate, food production,etc. (49) It is unlikely, however, that the program was quite so benign. In 1962, years before the Nile Blue Program was initiated, ARPA had contracted for a classified research project with the title Some Upper Atmosphere Aspects of Chemical Geophysical Warfare.
Cardinal Spellys War (aka The Vietnam War)
President Kennedy began to end the Vietnam War, as he became aware its future highpoint would be “Operation Phoenix”, the CIA mass-murder of 60,000 Vietnamese “in cold blood” according to its Director, William Colby. The President interfering with the Vatican’s Holy Office of the Inquisition could not be tolerated! Millions of “heretic” Buddhists were to be exterminated, the international heroin drug trade would be taken over by the Jesuits,
American patriotism and liberty would further be destroyed with these drugs and Vietnam would be reunited under another communist military dictator loyal to the Pope – like Stalin, like Chairman Mao, like Castro -, Ho Chi Minh. Waged under the guise of “fighting godless communism”, Cardinal Spellman championed America’s most disastrous conflict known as “Spelly’s War” overseen by Spelly’s General, the Roman Catholic and CFR member, William Westmoreland. (Remember, according to Col. Fletcher Prouty in his JFK, the forced movement of over 600,000 Roman Catholics on U.S. Navy transport vessels from North Vietnam into South Vietnam was “one of the root causes of the Vietnam War.”The arch-Catholic Secretary of the Navy responsible for implementing that Jesuit-agitation was the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Francis Matthews. Knight Matthew’s Master was America’s “Military Vicar”…Cardinal Spellman. Later, Spellman made several visits to the war-front calling the American troops “the soldiers of Christ”, fighting the Pope’s Crusade against “godless Jew Communism!) The outcome of Cardinal Spellys War was 58,000 dead Buddhists, 80,000 post-war suicides, a 220 billion dollar debt to the Jesuits’ Federal Reserve Bank for the war machine, and Vatican multi-billion dollar control of the global heroin trade. Since the Vatican takeover of heroin trade, their obedient 14th Amendment American Government has been flying in over 50% of the global heroin and cocaine across the border without the need for proper border checks, and promptly turned over to their mafia, bikers and subsequently distributed to the unsuspecting American public
“The situation is quite critical,” NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti has said, when discussing the subject in specialised publications in the U.S. In the opinion of this expert the problems with groundwater are aggravated by global warming due to the phenomenon of climate change.
Far from diminishing, the impact of climate variations is also felt in greater changes in rainfall patterns, with serious consequences for Caribbean nations that are dependent on rainfall. In Cuba and other Caribbean island countries, in particular, periods of drought have become more intense.
“There is a gradual decrease in water availability due to reduced rainfall, deteriorating water quality and greater evaporation due to rising temperatures,”
The system continues today. Every Cuban family registers with a local supply store, where they can use a libreta or ration book. This typically provides about 10kg (22lb) of rice, 6kg of white sugar, 2kg of brown sugar, 250 millilitres (1 cup) of cooking oil, five eggs and a packet of coffee per person per month, along with 2kg of meat (usually chicken) every 10 days, a bun every day and a bag of salt every three months. Milk is provided for pregnant women and children under seven years of age.
The basic libreta products are guaranteed, but they are not enough – so people often have to travel to several places on several different days to make up the shortfall. Where to find eggs is a common subject of discussion.
“The rations are enough for rice and sugar, but for other products, they only last five or six days so you have to buy extra. You have to spend a lot of time before you can get everything you need,”
shop has run out of butter, ketchup and short pasta. The black market partially fills the vacuum. On roadsides further out of town, unauthorised hawkers tout bags of sausages, crackers, potatoes and other products that are scarce or only supposed to be available through the state system.
With money, it is possible to eat well in Havana. One result of reform has been an explosion of private restaurants – known as paladares – which have given those who can afford it a choice of Italian, Spanish and French cuisine, including lobster, steak, shrimps and even crocodile meat.
Less than an hour’s drive outside Havana are Cuba’s most productive pastures and croplands, but the country still needs to import about 80% of its food. To boost domestic production, government reforms have created a wholesale market for agricultural goods, leased millions of acres of idle state land to individual farmers and relaxed the old requirement that 70% of farm produce must be sold to the state at below-market prices.
The declared aim of the reforms is to update the socialist model rather than to replace it. Raúl Castro, who has promised to step aside in 2018, has said his motto is “slowly but without pause”. But stuck in transition, older farmers say the new incentives have not made up for the loss of subsidies.
Dairy herders Julia Menéndez and her husband are struggling to make ends meet for the first time in decades. An increase in fodder prices means it now costs more to feed their nine cows than they get from the state for their milk, which sells at a controlled price of 1 peso (less than three pence, or five cents) a litre. The elderly couple are exhausted cutting sugarcane every day as an alternative food for their cattle.
“I’ve been a farmer all my life and this is the hardest it has ever been,” said Menéndez, whose name has been changed. “We want to sell up and move.”
Her son, who has a bigger cattle ranch, is doing better. But his herd has suffered from the pressures of excess demand. A few months ago, he woke to find one of his cows had been butchered in its shed. The rustlers had used the cover of a rainstorm to sneak in, inject the animal with a tranquilliser and then remove its legs, rump and other prime cuts.
It was a high-risk crime. Cuba’s criminal code has also been distorted by economic controls. The maximum penalty for illegally slaughtering a cow and selling the meat is 18 years in prison. “You can get a lighter sentence for killing a person,” exclaims Noriel Menéndez, the nephew of the farmers. And the stiff punishment is not just for steak thieves: last month, a dozen people were sentenced to between 5 and 15 years for conspiring to divert millions of eggs – another scarce commodity – to the black market.
The US is only 90 miles away but it supplied just 15% of the island’s agricultural imports last year. Although the US embargo theoretically allows sales of food and medicine to the island, it also includes restrictions on credit and shipping that make such trade prohibitively complicated and expensive.
Unsurprisingly, therefore, the powerful US farm lobby is one of the biggest advocates of ending sanctions and was among the first to send a delegation to Cuba after Castro and Barack Obama announced plans to strengthen ties on 17 December.
Although food shortages are nothing new, they are among several factors behind Havana’s recent engagement with Washington.
“Cuba’s agricultural sector is in dire straits. Raúl Castro is trying to deal with the crisis but reforms put in place have had limited effect. He is trying to pursue other options, including opening with the US,” said Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, a US-based thinktank.
“Perhaps ironically, the most intense efforts to address Cuba’s troubles of shortages and high prices on goods are coming from US agricultural business interests keen to lift the embargo. They see an attractive untapped market in Cuba.”
Hopes for greater improvements are growing. But until now, neither diplomatic initiatives nor economic reforms have made a noticeable difference to the empty shelves and high prices of Havana’s shops.
So the coping mechanisms continue – extra jobs, remittances from overseas, chickens in the back yard and luggage full of groceries.
The U.S.-Cuba relationship has been plagued by distrust and antagonism since 1959, the year Fidel Castro overthrew a U.S.-backed regime in Havana and established a socialist state allied with the Soviet Union. During the half century that followed, successive U.S. administrations pursued policies intended to isolate the island country economically and diplomatically. The United States has sanctioned Cuba longer than any other country.