From John Minto’s Global Peace and Justice Auckland’s latest newsletter.
CUBA ~ BEYOND THE SPECIAL PERIOD – HEAR TWO VISITORS SPEAK
PUBLIC MEETING: 1pm, Saturday 21st April, at Descarga Cubana, 280 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.
Two leaders of ICAP, Cuba’s international solidarity organization, are visiting New Zealand for a week in mid-April to speak about the challenges and accomplishments of the revolution. Come along and hear their story. Sponsored by the Auckland NZ Cuba Friendship Society.
– Union Reception, 4pm, Thursday, April 19, NDU Offices, 20 Church St, Onehunga.
– Latin America community reception, 6pm, Friday, April 20, 37 Selwyn St, Onehunga.
– Auckland University meeting, 2pm, Friday April 20, Robb Lecture Theatre, B09, (Basement). University of Auckland Medical School, Park Rd
Hear the two ICAP speakers, followed by a free showing of the film ¡Salud! at 3pm. ¡Salud! find out what puts Cuba on the map in the quest for global health …
Filmed in Cuba, South Africa, The Gambia, Honduras and Venezuela, the cameras of ¡Salud! reveal the human dimension of the global health crisis, and the complex challenges faced by developing nations struggling to provide decent health care. The documentary examines Cuba’s example and its cooperation programs, in which 28,000 health professionals volunteer to meet emergencies and staff public health systems in 68 countries.
Instituto Cubano de Amistad con Los Pueblos: The Cuban Institute for Friendship Between People (ICAP) was founded in 1960 to “strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of the world. From the beginning, ICAP helped coordinate the International Brigades which came from around the world to support Cuba through aid in agriculture, construction and other parts of the economy. Now they continue to facilitate visits and exchanges between friendship organizations. The Institute organizes delegations for international groups to visit Cuba.”
Unsurprisingly, ICAP is regarded as one of Cuba’s main espionage and propaganda fronts, staffed from Castro’s two leading spy agencies, the DGI and the Department of the Americas (DA).
From US Blog Herald Watch
Mr. David Landsberg, Publisher
The Miami Herald
Dear Mr. Landsberg: Attached you will find a bilingual copy of an FBI debriefing report of Jesús Raúl Pérez Méndez, taken when he defected in Miami on July 13, 1983. Pérez Méndez at the time was chief of the Department of the Community Abroad of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and was also a captain in the Cuban Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI)…
Pérez Méndez acknowleged during his TV interviews that he “gave birth” to the Antonio Maceo Brigade (BAM). This group was created by the DGI in 1977, with Cuban Americans under the age of thirty, whose mission was to act as agents of influence in the United States on behalf of the Cuban Revolution….
Dr. Antonio de la Cova
Indiana University, Bloomington
According to the blog Miami’s Cuban Connection
Pérez Méndez also claimed that the America Department of the Cuban Communist Party (DA), the ICAP, and the DGI control the ANTONIO MACEO BRIGADE (BAM), CASA DE LAS AMERICAS, CIRCULO DE CULTURA CUBANA, CENTER FOR CUBAN STUDIES, VENCEREMOS BRIGADE (VB), NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS, PARTIDO SOCIALISTA PUERTORRIQUEÑO-NYC, AND THE COMMUNIST PARTY USA.
They are all controlled by ALFREDO GARCIA ALMEIDA, chief of the North American Section of the Americas Department and former political counselor at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in NYC, with the exception of CASA DE LAS AMERICAS, which is controlled by HECTOR MANUEL ZAYAS QUIALA, of the DGI, and second secretary of the Cuban Mission NYC.
Almeida performed ICAP functions while based in New York.
According to the website Intelligence Resource Program
America Department (DA)
former National Liberation Directorate (DLN)
Operated by the Central Committee Communist Party of Cuba
The DA has control over covert Cuban activities for supporting foreign liberation movements and coordinating Cuba’s secret guerrilla and terrorist training camps, networks for the covert movement of personnel and material from Cuba, and a propaganda apparatus.
The DA is organized into four regional sections: Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and North America, as well as a Center for Latin American Studies (CEAL) and a Center for North American Studies (CEA). Covers used by DA staff include diplomats, Cuba’s Prensa Latina news agency, Cubana Airlines, the Institute for Friendship With the Peoples (ICAP), and Cuban-front companies. DA is reportedly the most powerful of Cuban’s security agencies.
In November 1982, Rene Rodriguez Cruz, then head of ICAP and a senior officer in the DGI was one of four Cuban officials convicted by a Miami federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges.
One of the ICAP visitors to NZ, Buenaventura Reyes-Acosta is the former Cuban ambassador to Zimbabwe.
Given his background and the dubious credentials of ICAP, there must be cause for suspicion.
Also given the communist origins of the inviting body, the NZ/Cuba Friendship Society (it was co-founded by Chilean covert NZ Socialist Unity Party member, Victor Batista), it is odds on that the Cuban visitors will be up to no good.