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On May 2, 2004, the Mexican government ordered Cuba’s Ambassador, Jorge Bolaños Suarez, to leave Mexico within 48 hours.  Mexico also declared Embassy political adviser Orlando Silva Fors Persona Non Grate (PNG) and forbid future visits by Cuban officials Jose Antonio Arbesu & Pedro Miguel Lobaina-Jimenez de Castro.  Mexico stated its actions responded to acts by Arbesu, Lobaina, and Fors which were “unacceptable activities (in Mexico…) outside of the institutional context and procedures established in existing agreements and treaties between the two countries.”    According to Le Monde, Lobaina headed the Mexico Section of the “Americas Area,” the intelligence wing of the Cuban Communist Party.  Arbesu headed the Americas Area.

In the early 1970s, the CIA identified Bolaños as a suspected Intelligence Officer.  In the mid 1990s, Bolaños served as a First Vice Minister in MINREX, where he oversaw Havana’s interactions with Cubans living overseas.  Cuba and Mexico resolved Bolaños’ expulsion officer, who continued to serve as Havana’s ambassador before being appointed to his current position —  chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC.

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Fox News: Fair & Balanced? Not on Cuba Coverage 2

Fox News takes a self-inflicted credibility wound in its story, “Cuba’s Residents Hope to Travel Freely, at Last.”  http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/05/01/cuba-residents-hope-to-travel-freely-at-last/     This single story features three agenda-laden “Cuba experts:”

Chavez health problems plunge Venezuela’s future into doubt 1

Chavez health problems plunge Venezuela’s future into doubt

Cuba remains the wild-card in the shaping of a post-Chavez Venezuela.  The Castro regime has invested considerable resources (especially intelligence personnel) and its penetration of the Venezuelan government is pervasive.  Rest assured, Havana will do everything in its power to maintain an allied administration in Caracas.  For Cuba, failure is not an option.

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Castro Apologists Devoted, Just Not Very Clever…… 2

To no one’s surprise, Arturo Lopez-Levy, a rising star within the apologist crowd, gave a glowing endorsement of Stephen Kimber’s forthcoming book on the Cuban 5.  A Canadian academic, Kimber is a well-known for his pro-regime stance and of late has tried to broaden his appeal by appearing more moderate in his writings.  Curiously, Lopez-Levy cited research by Lisando Perez, an “outed” Cuban asset and longtime professor at Florida International University as evidence of Kimber’s “objectivity.”  The speaker, a PhD candidate in the American Midwest, presented his review last month at the left-leaning Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C.

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Public Relations Firm Echoes Cuban Propaganda Theme of “Trade the 5!” 1

The following extract regarding the PR firm Burson-Marsteller is eye-opening: 

“The firm is working with Secretary of State Clinton and others to get Alan Gross released from a prison in Cuba where he is serving a 15-year term on charges of spying.

The U.S could get Gross released if it traded the “Cuban Five” (Cubans accused of not registering as foreign agents) for Gross but that would anger the politically powerful Cuban ex-patriate community in Florida.

The JDF has noted that Israel traded 1,000 Palestinians for one Israeli soldier and the U.S. Government traded ten Russian spies for four Russians caught spying in Russia for the U.S. “Why can’t Washington trade five Cubans for one U.S. citizen?” it asks.  The answer is politics.”

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O’Dwyer’s Blog, which covers the PR & public affairs arenas.  “PR Society Leaders Skip Burson Dinner” http://www.odwyerpr.com/blog/index.php?/archives/4404-PR-Society-Leaders-Skip-Burson-Dinner.html