Updated: 01/16/2008

Excerpts and links to discussions of the possibility of US military aggression against Cuba and the US government's attacks on Cuba. Also included are responses from organizations in solidarity with Cuba.

A Top Cuban Leader Thinks Out Loud Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon interviewed by Tom Hayden on May 21, 2006. Aug. 29, 2006.

  Days before Fidel's operation was announced, Alarcon discusses Cuba and the world's future. All the talk of the United States becoming a sole superpower “falls to pieces with its bogging down in Iraq” and the derailment of its neo-liberal agenda for Latin America, Alarcon believes. Copy to print.
Speech delivered by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, at the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of his admission to University of Havana, in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana. Nov. 17, 2005

President Castro speaks to his alma mater about the state of the world and how Cuba is going to survive and prosper. Read more...

(Past speeches and statements by Fidel Castro. Recent ones in English.)

Let the empire make no mistake! Debate on Bush's transition plan for Cuba quoted in Granma, Oct. 14, 2004 (On this site)
  It is about a U.S. governmental plan [CAFC] that seeks to provoke internal destabilization and propitiate direct military intervention through the intensification of its economic and political aggression. Its proposition is to destroy the Revolution, achieve the restoration of capitalism and perpetuate total Yankee domination over the Cuban nation. The U.S. plan leaves nothing out, it covers all aspects of life. It is not just about dominating Cuba but placing the economy, services, all social activities under its control; in fact undertaking the annexation of the country that would barely have a few imaginary national authorities totally subjected to a foreign power. For that reason, Alarcón affirmed, the National Assembly of People’s Power has characterized the document as “a plan to annihilate the Cuban nation. Read more...
Remarks by Fidel Castro including references to "Bush On The Couch" by Justin Frank, M.D. July 26, 2004
Remarks by Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba at the celebration of the 51st Anniversary of the Attack on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cedspedes Fortresses, Central University of Las Villas, Santa Clara. He rebutted the US charges that Cuba engages in sex tourism and included extensive quotes and references to Washington psychiatrist Justin Frank's analysis in "Bush on the Couch" of President Bush's psychological state. Read more...
Fidel Castro's rebuttal to US charge of Cuban illegal trafficking of persons and readiness to defend Cuba against US attack. , June 21, 2004

Two new infamies by the US government —that of including Cuba on another of those high-handed lists drawn up by the self proclaimed masters of the world and introduced in a State Department report published on June 14 accusing our country of involvement in the trafficking of persons to which they have added the disgusting slander that we promote sexual tourism and the announcement on the 16th of additional, cruel blockade measures to asphyxiate the economy that is our people’s life support—oblige me to send a second message to the president of the United States. Read more...

Looking For Terrorists In Cuba’s Health System, by Jane Franklin Examines the reality behind the US government's charges that Cuba's pharmaceutical industry supports terrorism. Z Magazine June, 2003.
  Last May, just six days before former President Jimmy Carter was scheduled to fly to Havana, John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, delivered a speech to the Heritage Foundation called Beyond the Axis of Evil, adding Cuba, Libya, and Syria to President Bush’s Axis of EvilIraq, North Korea, and Iran. He announced, The United States believes that Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort. Cuba has provided dual-use biotechnology to other rogue states. We are concerned that such technology could support BW [biological warfare] programs in those states. On that day and the next Bolton’s remarks were broadcast worldwide.

Terrorism and Civil Society as Instruments of U.S. Policy in Cuba By Philip Agee, May-October 2003 (On this site)

  This is a good explanation of how the CIA and related U.S. spy agencies have operated and continue to operate against the Cuban revolution--IAC. A very good paper by Philip Agee, former CIA officer to Latin America turned whistle blower, delivered at the International Workshops for Peace held at the Cuban Peace Movement in Havana, Cuba. He details the history of CIA efforts to overthrow Cuba, including how they're manufactured "dissident movement" evolved from a CIA COVERT operation into a USAID and NED OVERT operations, etc. Agee elaborates extensively and comparatively on The Five vs the "75 dissidents" arrested by Cuba in 2003--Netfa Freeman.
Read more... [10 page small print PDF version]
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Fidel Castro Ruz describing the state of neoliberal globalization. Argentina, May 26, 2003

"...This is not an exaggeration or an overstatement, ...that 60 or more countries could be the targets of preemptive attacks. Never before in history had anyone, any empire, made such a threat. (Booing) was said that every weapon of war could be used, whether nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, biological weapons, aside from the highly-sophisticated weapons that are no longer conventional by any standard, because they can cause all manner of destruction, we thought to ourselves, What right does anyone have to threaten the peoples of the world?" Read more...

Open letter to George W. Bush from Fidel Castro, read shortly before beginning the huge march to protest Washington's aggressive policies against Cuba, May 14, 2004

[Includes discussion of human rights.]
"...We know believe or want to make others believe [that those who march here today] are oppressed masses who yearn for liberty and who have been forced onto the streets by the Cuban government. You completely ignore that no force in the world could drag a dignified, proud people, which has withstood 45 years of hostility, blockade and aggression from the most powerful nation on earth, onto the streets like a flock of animals each one with rope around their neck.
....Listening to you talk of human rights in Cuba has a hollow, absurd ring....Cuba fights on the side of life in the world; you fight on the side of death. Whereas you kill countless people with your indiscriminate, pre-emptive surprise attacks, Cuba saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, mothers, old and sick people all over the world." Read more...

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Declaration of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Havana, Cuba, May 2, 2003
Last Wednesday, April 30, the Government of the United States released its annual report entitled "Patterns of Global Terrorism". This year's report once again includes Cuba on a list of states that supposedly sponsor international terrorism. The government of Cuba strongly rejects, once again, the outrageous inclusion of our country on this unilateral and spurious list. The Bush administration is lying yet again to the U.S. and international public, in an effort to justify, with false accusations, the cruel and inhuman policy of the blockade and the relentless hostility and aggression against Cuba. Read More...
Pastors for Peace Condemns US Provocation of Cuba
While the world waits to see which Middle Eastern country is the next invasion target, the Cuban people are justifiably concerned that Cuba could be next.
* Last week, Hans Hertell, the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, said the removal of Saddam Hussein could serve as a "good example" for regime change in Cuba.
* More than 20 right wing Cuban-Americans have been given high level positions in the Bush Administration where they are pushing their right wing agenda against Cuba. Most prominent is Otto Reich, whose extreme views prevented his confirmation by the Senate as Undersecretary of State for Latin America. His current post within the White House requires no congressional approval.
* More than $27 million has been spent by the US government for Radio Marti and Tele Marti, satellite broadcasts - to Cuba from the US - designed to support the conservative Cuban community in Miami. This is only a fraction of what was set aside to destabilize the government of Cuba. The actual dollar amount for an array of anti-Cuba programs is "classified."
* Another seven million dollars has been channeled through the USAID to many small groups to engage in acts of sabotage and propaganda against Cuba.
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Presentation by Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., representative of Pastors for Peace
Plaza of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba, May 1, 2003
As a pastor, and as a citizen of the United States, I sincerely plead with my own government to cease its hypocritical lies and distortions about Cuba's human rights record -- for in fact the United States itself is the worst violator of human rights in this hemisphere.
As a pastor for peace, I plead with my own government to stop labeling Cuba as a terrorist state -- when in fact the US harbors and finances terrorists, criminals, indeed murderers of Cuban citizens, allowing them to openly operate terrorist training camps and freely walk the streets of South Florida with the stated purpose of being terrorists to overthrow the Cuban government.
As a pastor for peace, I call on my government to stop encouraging illegal migration, and to abide by the 1995 immigration accords. Read More...
Let us prevent the embargo of the "left" against Cuba
Commentary from
To the economic embargo the USA have been imposing on Cuba for more than forty years, we have to add in this very last days the one decided by the left. How could we otherwise call the decision taken by a great number of regional administrators, mayors and other representatives of local authorities to suspend all their economic agreements and cooperation plans with Cuba? The reason they claim is the same as the one claimed by the United States: as these administrators do not agree with the last decisions taken by the Cuban government (they are critical of its politics) they suspend all the on going initiatives of economic collaboration and are ready to approve similar actions by the EU. All this, of course, without having previously consulted their electors. It is a grave decision. Read More...
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Background on U.S. Funded so-called "Independent Libraries Project" in Cuba
Presentation to the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, Nov. 8-9, 2002
By Rhonda L. Neugebauer, Bibliographer, University of California, Riverside
In addition to researching Cuban libraries and librarianship on my trips, Larry Oberg (University Librarian, Willamette University) and I were the first U.S. librarians to visit the so-called "independent libraries" in Cuba in 2000. By interviewing the owners of these "libraries," we discovered that these " libraries" were carefully chosen drop-off and contact points for personnel from the U.S. Interests Section and others, who visited them on a regular basis, to deliver materials and money. We also discovered that by accepting anti-government materials and by developing "libraries" with these materials, the "librarians" qualified to be paid a monthly stipend--"for services rendered," as one of them put it. Read More...
It's become fashionable to attack Cuba
Luis Ortega, El Diario / LA PRENSA, New York, May 2003

What has caused the current media attacks against Cuba? Why have some horrified intellectuals jumped on the bandwagon to curry favor with Cuba's enemies? The reason is that the Cuban government, in accordance with its own laws, has sentenced a group of dissidents who were being funded by the United States to jail and executed another three persons for the armed hijacking of a ferryboat. Then, in an orchestrated maneuver, a series of heated protests appeared. The reaction to the actions of the Cuban government has been well coordinated, but what do they want? Should Cuba not defend itself? Should it not respond when attacked? Should Cubans meekly accept the actions of an American representative who has been fomenting a rebellion on the island whose goal is the overthrow of the Cuban government?

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  • US Operations Against Cuban, background paper.
  • Migration Crisis, background paper
  • Report on our May 17, 2003 Demonstration in Solidarity with Cuba
  • Excellent refutation of charge that Cuba's pharmaceutical industry is a WMD! This Site
  • President Fidel Castro Ruz, on neoliberal globalization, Argentina, May 26, 2003
  • COHA Memorandum July 8, 2003 discusses Injustice of "Spy" Trial in Miami & US support and charges of terrorism against Cuba!
  • "The Freedom to Travel to Cuba" (An excellent survey of this key issue by Jesús Arboleya, professor at the University of Havana.) [On this site]
  • Freedom or Farce? Examining The Varela Project, by Netfa Freeman & Shawn Sukumar,July 29, 2003
  • Who has given the U.S. government moral authority to create a paid opposition in Cuba?, by René González Sehwerert, one of the five Cuban political prisoners in U.S. jails, July 15, 2003 (pdf)
  • Candidates on the Issues: Cuba, Check out the Democratic candidates' position on Cuba, Jan. 30, 2004
  • Bush tries farce as Cuba policy, By Saul Landau, Progreso Weekly
  • Cuba-Mexico deteriorating relations-Why?, by adrian Boutureira, CIS-DC Zapatistas, May 5th, 2004.
  • Excerpts:

    Rumsfeld did not totally close the door to the possibility of U.S. military action in Cuba --indicating it might happen if Havana has or develops weapons of mass destruction. While there is no specific evidence, the Bush administration said last year that it believed Cuba has "at least a limited offensive biological warfare" program and could be sharing its expertise with other countries that are hostile to the United States (The Miami Herald, After Iraq, Cuba not next on U.S. list, Rumsfeld says, by Elaine de Valle, April 14, 2003).

    While touting the bill, Ros-Lehtinen made a point of citing comments on Thursday from the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Hans Hertell, who said: "The war in Iraq was aimed at all countries around the world with oppressive political systems. I think what's happening in Iraq is going to send a very positive signal, and it's a very good example for Cuba, where we saw last week that the Fidel Castro regime ordered the arrest of 80 citizens, simply for their ideas". (The Sun-Sentinel, Crackdown exposes an insecure regime, by William E. Gibson, April 12, 2003).

    Miami Mayor Manny Diaz said he wants to focus on raising awareness of Cuba's human rights abuses around the country and internationally. He said many people outside Miami have forgotten how brutal the Cuban government is. "People need to open their eyes to the kind of system in Cuba," Diaz said. "Right now, we're thousands of miles away toppling a dictator, but yet there is a dictator 90 miles away who has done the same things". (The Miami Herald, Executions threaten moderate exile viewpoints, by Oscar Corral and Elaine de Valle, April 12, 2003).

    Florida governor Jeb Bush, President George Bush's brother, assured this Friday that after the "success" in the war in Iraq, the United States should turn its look to the "neighborhood" and pressure the international community so that the Cuban regime can not continue. "We should explain our brothers from Latin America and other places that a regime that totally lacks respect to human rights can't be kept in place." (La Jornada, Jeb Bush requests to pressure the international community to overthrow Fidel Castro, Published in Spanish, Sabado, 12 de abril de 2003).

    Fears that Iraq may not be the last American target have been raised by bellicose statements from the Pentagon and US neo-conservatives directed against other members of the "axis of evil" and the so-called "states of concern". The Cuban government fears that it could be a target of "regime change" after the war in Iraq, according to the former head of the US mission in Havana. "There is a certain sense on the part of the Cubans that they might be next," Mr Smith told National Public Radio yesterday. He said that there was a belief on the island that "the ballgame changed with our invasion of Iraq and our policy of pre- emptive war". (The Guardian, Regimes who worry that they will be next. Rulers face conciliation or confrontation, by Brian Whitaker, Dan de Luce in Tehran, John Gittings and Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles, Friday April 11, 2003).

    The only one way to reform a totalitarian despot like Castro is to topple his regime. Peacefully if possible, by force if necessary (The Boston Globe, A wave of repression in Cuba, by Jeff Jacoby, page"A 17, April 10, 2003).

    At the same time the Bush administration is deploying forces to remove Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction, it is apparently preparing to take out Fidel Castro militarily as well. Far-fetched? Maybe. But in the post-Sept. 11 environment, many Americans are more than willing to accept a scenario in which the United States has to launch a pre-emptive strike against a Cuban government that gives safe haven to terrorists and has the capability to kill millions of us with biological weapons. The trouble with that scenario is that there is no reason to believe it to be true. Yet an administration official told a Senate committee earlier this year that Cuba "has everything you need to build an offensive biological capability ." Federal law enforcement authorities clearly leaked a story to The New York Times earlier this year that Cuban spies have been trying to steal secrets from U.S. military installations. This would shift our prevailing perspective of Cuba from one of a benign Communist annoyance to a more active national security threat. The Cuban-American community in Florida, a critical constituency to the Bush administration if it hopes to win the state in 2004, has been increasingly critical of the President, expressing disappointment that more aggressive actions against Castro haven't been taken. (Iraq, Si! Cuba, No!, by Ed Rabel, Wednesday, April 9, 2003).

    As the Bush administration prepares for war with Iraq a growing threat to its rear flank is being ignored, according to senior officials who believe that Cuba's biological-weapons (BW) program is at more advanced stages than officially is acknowledged. In his gagged statement, a copy of which was obtained by Insight, Bolton (Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton) expresses "frustration" at the apparent unwillingness of U.S. intelligence agencies to disclose information about Cuba's biological weapons which could include anthrax, smallpox and variants of encephalitis such as West Nile virus. Recent outbreaks of West Nile virus that have killed more than 30 Americans and infected another 675 have been traced to birds that may have been infected at Cuban bio weapons labs, according to defecting scientists who report Fidel Castro's experiments using animals as carriers of weaponized germ agents (Insight Magazine, Castro Weaponizes West Nile Virus, by Martin Arostegui, October l' 2002).

    Recently, the State Department has made a number of unsubstantiated charges against Cuba, the most publicized of which was Undersecretary of State John Bolton's May allegation of a Cuban bioweapons effort. But for all that, not even the State Department has bitten off on the story pushed by a handful of Cuban exiles that West Nile virus was introduced into the United States via migratory birds from Cuba as part of what they allege to be Castro's biological warfare against the United States (CIP Refutes West Nile-Cuban Migratory Birds Conspiracy Theory , by Wayne Smith, Anya Landau, Center for International Policy, September 25, 2002).

    On May 211 the State Department published a new list of "terrorist states" with supposed evidence of their wrongdoing. But with respect to the SO- called evidence against Cuba, one can only comment that if this is the best the State Department can come up with, then clearly Cuba should not be on the list at all. Though it strains and exaggerates, the report ends up without presenting a shred of evidence that Cuba is involved in terrorist activities (CIP Challenges State Department's List of Terrorist States, by Wayne S. Smith, May 2002).

    Since the heinous terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon this past Sept. 11, there has been a concerted effort on the part of hard-Iine Cuban exiles in Miami and their political allies in Washington to describe Cuba as part of an international terrorist network and to suggest that the United States must act against Castro as part of its response to the September 11 attacks. It is unfortunate that these groups would try to take advantage of the September 11 tragedy to advance their own narrow anti-Castro agenda, when U.S. foreign policy most requires cooperation with all nations willing to work with us in the struggle against terrorism (Keeping Things in Perspective: Is Cuba a Terrorist Nation?, by Wayne S. Smith and Anya K. Landau, Center for International Policy, October 11, 2001 ).

    COHA Research Memorandum of July 8, 2003 describes the appeal process exposing the grave injustice surrounding Miami Cuban Spy Trial. Declares the tactics resorted to by U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft in the prosecution of five Cuban "spies" are little better than a scandal; appellate briefs present new evidence of improper legal measures employed by Miami federal prosecutors....

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    Updated: 01/16/2008