9/23/11 Cuban anti-corruption drive nets cronies HAVANA, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A Cuban campaign against corruption in the government's higher echelons is in full swing but with results not entirely as anticipated by President Raul Castro's administration. Government corruption, rated by analysts as a hallmark of single-party regimes with minimal public accountability, has bedeviled Cuba through the better part of authoritarian rule by the Castro brothers. Only recently has the issue been discussed in the state-controlled media in response to Castro's economic reforms.
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From a transport ship floating in Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, CIA operative Grayston Lynch knew the U.S. mission to overthrow Fidel Castro was faltering. The Cuban exiles he had brought with him had abandoned their posts, so he grabbed the boat’s recoilless rifles and machine guns and began firing at the aircraft overhead.
On a day of chaos and infamy in April 1961, Lynch would soon understand the consequences of his shooting. He had fired on his agency’s own planes, which were trying to protect the U.S.-led Cuban exiles invading the island from being slaughtered by Castro’s forces. “We couldn’t tell them from the Castro planes,” Lynch later explained.
"HAVANA — Cuba made the most significant change to its leadership since the 1959 revolution on Tuesday, possibly setting the stage for a post-Castro era by naming someone other than Fidel or Raúl to the second-highest position in the Communist Party for the first time." - NY Times
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Published March 24, 2011| EFEHavana – A Cuban court is now weighing its verdict in a corruption case against former government minister Alejandro Roca Iglesias and Chilean businessman Max Marambio, Communist Party daily Granma said Thursday.
When the earthquake struck Haiti, the 344 Cuban doctors already working in that country were some of the first responders. One would probably not know this looking at only mainstream U.S. media. The reports are there, but one has to dig for them. The real impact that Cuban doctors have had on the ground in Haiti has been minimized in the press.
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