Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, William Blum, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer, Michael Parenti and Leonard Weinglass spell out the grim realities of US aggression against Cuba since 1898. In 1959, with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, Washington implemented international terrorism as a tool of its foreign policy, and violence has become a doctrinal norm in world affairs. The fate of the Cuban Five, who traveled to the United States to investigate terrorist groups in Florida and then received life sentences for doing so, is also reviewed.
Guest – Salim Lamrani, researcher at the Sorbonne University of Paris. He is specialized in U.S.-Cuban relations since 1959, and has written articles translated in several languages and published all around the world.
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque
In the past few weeks, events have been held around the country over the plight of the Cuban Five. Five courageous men who uncovered information about plans by anti-Cuban terrorists to commit acts of violence against that island nation. After the Cuban government turned over voluminous documentation of such plans, the five were indicted and tried in Miami on unfounded charges of conspiracy to commit espionage all without one page of evidence to corroborate such charges. The Cuban Five have been imprisoned for 8 years in maximum security facilities spread out across the United States. They’re in such remote locations that even visits from their attorneys are difficult. There’s also a media blackout on this story. Law and Disorder hopes this will change especially in light of recent revelations that the Bush Administration has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into paying Miami journalists to plant misleading and erroneous stories on Cuba issues. In Washington DC, a large rally to the White House attracted 600 marchers and was followed by a panel of speakers including Len Weinglass. The event featured Esteban Lazo Hernandez, Vice President of the Cuban Council of State, director of its International Relations Committee and long time revolutionary leader.
We hear an excerpt from a speech delivered by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque at the Church of the Intercession. Roque joined Esteban Lazo Hernandez, Vice President of the Cuban Council of State, director of its International Relations Committee and long time revolutionary leader.
Destroy the 2004 Ohio Ballots?
The 2004 Ohio presidential electoral college slate became the first ever challenged in its entirety, leading to a historical debate in the U.S. Congress in January 2005.
This past August, a civil rights action was filed ordering 88 boards of elections in that state to preserve the voting ballots. The filing says the ballots are needed as evidence of official fraud, manipulation and discrimination that violated the rights of young and black voters.
These ballots are essential to political scientists and historians who hope to sort out the controversies and irregularities that surrounded Ohio’s 2004 election, a process that may take years, and that requires preservation of the ballots with Republican election officials in Ohio are pushing to destroy.
Joining us on Law and Disorder is Bob Fitrakis, co-author, with Steve Rosenfeld, of What Happened in Ohio?: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud, to be published September 15 by the New Press.