Posts Tagged ‘JFK’

Cuba: What Castro knew about Oswald

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Mary O’Grady reports on Brian Latell’s book, Castro’s Secrets: Cuban Intelligence, the CIA, and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
What Castro Knew About Lee Harvey Oswald
The official narrative skips tantalizing signs of a Cuban connection.

The agency [CIA] recruited Rolando Cubela, a revolutionary insider, to do the job.

But Cubela was a double agent. And on Sept. 7, just after Cubela agreed to help the Americans, Castro gave an interview to an AP reporter in which he put the U.S. on notice that “aiding terrorist plans to eliminate Cuban leaders” would mean that “they themselves will not be safe.”

Castro didn’t need to look far for a willing partner to back up those words. It is “known with near certainty,” writes Mr. Latell, that Cuba had “opened a dossier” on Oswald in 1959, while he was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, in Southern California. Oswald was enamored of the Cuban Revolution, and he had made contact with the Cuban consulate in Los Angeles.

On Sept. 27, 1963, Oswald checked into the Hotel Comercio in Mexico City for a five-night stay. He tried to get a visa from the Cuban embassy to travel to Havana. He had a fling with an embassy employee and probably spent time with others who were intelligence agents. When his visa was not forthcoming, witnesses said he went on a rant at the embassy, slammed the door and stormed off.

According to Mr. Latell, during his Mexico City stay Oswald twice visited the Soviet consulate where he met with “an officer of the notorious Department 13, responsible for assassination and sabotage operations.” The KGB was training Cuban intelligence at the time, and “it seems certain that [Oswald’s] intelligence file in Havana was thickening.”

Castro’s claim about Oswald—in a speech 30 hours after Kennedy was shot—that “we never in our life heard of him” was a lie. Indeed, in a 1964 conversation with Jack Childs —an American communist who had secretly been working for the FBI—Castro let it slip that he knew of Oswald’s outburst while at the embassy in Mexico City and said that the ex-Marine had threatened to kill the U.S. president.

Castro’s Secrets is also available on Kindle.

Prose poetry from (who else!) Carlos Eire, Dispatch From the Balcony of Time Travel

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The Argentine president and her empire in the south
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has been quick to accuse Britain of ‘imperialism’. But, as Ian Mount and Philip Sherwell write, she has been creating a rather impressive empire of her own.

Argentina in UK ‘nuclear’ claim
Argentina accuses the UK of sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic, and makes an official complaint to the UN over the Falklands.

Barack Obama’s shameless Falklands betrayal will overshadow David Cameron’s Washington visit

Repsol Says Argentine Shale-Oil Formation Requires $250 Billion Investment

Concerns with the Brazil Narrative

Privatising Brazil’s airports
Fasten your seat belts
Sky-high prices raise the prospect of more sell-offs

Drippy No More
Once viewed as filler for mass-market brands, Brazilian coffee is hot. A look at its sweet and nutty charms

The Wall Street Journal has a Brazil Special: Have It Your Way
There’s a lot to see in a country with 4,600 miles of coastline and nearly half the landmass of South America. But whether you’re into art, urbanity or the outdoors, you’ll find something to love in this destination trifecta

Chile drops brush fire charges against Israeli

Colombia seizes Farc rebels’ explosives cache
The Colombian security forces have seized three tonnes of explosives and arms belonging to the country’s biggest left-wing rebel group, the Farc.

How Kennedy bought 1,200 hand rolled Cuban cigars just hours before he ordered blockade of communist state 50 years ago

Will The Pope Absolve Fidel Castro?

Hey Fidel, Abuse of the Sacrament of Confession is a Mortal Sin

Dominicans in deadly migrant boat accident say they pleaded to return

U.N. Investigative Body to Stay in Guatemala

California’s Demographic Revolution
If the upward mobility of the impending Hispanic majority doesn’t improve, the state’s economic future is in peril

The problem some Texans have with border fence

The Obama Effect in Latin America
Placating enemies instead of strengthening partnerships with friends.

President BO’s “not much of a policy” toward Latin America

Self-deportation works

Cynthia Vanier’s Background and Activities in Libya
Ms. Vanier, who traveled to Libya in 2011 as a consultant to a large Canadian construction company and is now jailed in Mexico, is accused of trying to help smuggle Saadi Qaddafi, the son of the former Libyan dictator, into the country

Mexico mob kills three suspected kidnappers
Security officials in Mexico say three men have been killed by a mob for allegedly trying to kidnap a group of youths.

Candidacy tests Mexico’s culture of machismo

Mexico’s Presidential Election and the Cartel War

Potrerillos Neighborhood Watch & Public Safety Report: 2/9/2012

Sendero Luminoso, fragilidad institucional y socialismo del Siglo XXI en el Peru, PDF file.

Puerto Rico Referendum Could Revitalize D.C. Status Debate

On Obama’s Watch

Venezuela’s presidential campaign
Mano a mano
The opposition has got its act together at last. Will that be enough to topple a convalescent and vulnerable Hugo Chávez?

Threats against Venezuelan state employees may suppress turnout for Sunday’s primary election

The week’s posts:
Ecuador: More persecution of journalists
Drugs, guns, and bundlers UPDATED


The fake JFK photo

Monday, December 28th, 2009

TMZ claims this photo

Could Have Changed History, since supposedly it shows a young JFK in a boat with naked women.

Perhaps, if only the photo was not a hoax.

Drudge has the story from The Smoking Gun:
TMZ Falls For JFK Photo Hoax
Photo that “could have changed history” actually from a Playboy shoot

In reality, the photo appeared in story about Playboy’s “Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodied Complement of Ship’s Belles.” As seen in the below page from the November 1967 issue, the Playboy photo is in color. The “Exclusive” TMZ image is the same photo, just reproduced in black and white.

Good luck next time, TMZ.