Saturday, November 15, 2003

Read the beginning, scanned the body and absolutely loved the conclusion. Hard to believe noone had ever attempted to discover the TRUTH and had either repeated others conclusions or used distorted information to support their agenda.
There seems to be no limit to the level of misunderstanding surrounding your tragic homeland. Ya know, if the South had won the War, it would have been different. We wouldn't have had to put up with all those Ivy League bastards who wouldn't know a cane knife if it cut their dick off and we wouldn't have had to put up with Gringo tea-sipping academic shitheads like Dean Rusk and the knuckleheads at BAMA who believe that wars are won with public relations.
There's no doubt about it: we've had bloody shitty mess on our hands for the past 50 years, have done next to nothing about it and now this weekend we gotta listen to the cable channels tell us what a fuckin' genius that dick-licking, cocksucking S.O.B. JFK was. Give me a break!
Anyway, we love you Down Home and I'm sure all your family and ancestors up in Heaven are really proud of their little Tony. How you put up with the idiots in your profession and keep your composure, baffles me!!!!! All they have to do is look into my eyes and they know they are a red cunt hair away from a royal ass-whipping and one look at my redneck ass lets 'em know I know the procedure well and have performed the operation on people of all colors on at least two continents.
Because of my tendency to act first and think (and pray) later, I will probably miss the Alabama-Cuba Week festivities. There's no reason for me to go out there but maybe some student will read my blog and ask the right questions and record the Fidelista's answers. It probably won't be me.
I'm so broke I can't even pay attention so I have no time to be attending seminars but I'm still trying to get the message out.
Saludos mi amigo,
Buena suerte y vaya con Dios!




Friday, November 14, 2003
Harvard is an important part of the Garden’s history, and the Garden forms part of Harvard’s history. Harvard’s name is still visibly carved into a palm tree at the entrance of what used to be called Harvard House, where the Nov. 12-13 meetings took place.

In a surprise finale to the conference, the Cuban delegation planted two new palm trees in honor of Richard Howard, director of the Arnold Arboretum and professor of dendrology, emeritus. The two new palm trees, Washingtonia filifera, native to the United States, are now flanked by older royal palms – a fitting tribute to Howard, who first came to the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden as a student in 1940.

At that time, the Garden was a department of the Arnold Arboretum with its own staff and budget. The land on which the Garden grounds are located had been donated to the University by Edwin F. Atkins, owner of the nearby Soledad Sugar Mill, in 1919. Atkins had originally approached Harvard in 1899 to start a program of sugar cane research. Harvard operated the Garden until after the U.S. embargo was imposed in 1961, two years after the Cuban Revolution.

Fourteen members of the Atkins family, including former Congressman Chester Atkins, accompanied the academics on the trip to Cienfuegos.

"It was really moving to be here and to see the way in which the Cubans have tended to this garden," said Chester Atkins between a conference session and a short visit to the former sugar mill property.

Sessions were split between history and botany, with themes ranging from orchids to palms, from Cuban dietary patterns to the Spanish-American War, and from the history of the Garden to reflections on tropical ecology.

In a session that received a standing ovation from both Cubans and North Americans, Richard Howard described how he first arrived in Cuba as a graduate student by taking a bus from Boston to Key West, then a ferry from Key West to Havana and then a night train, "because it was cheaper," from Havana to Cienfuegos, some 150 miles east of Havana.

Harvard delegates included John H. Coatsworth, Monroe Gutman Professor of History; Otto Solbrig, Bussey Professor of Biology; Richard Howard; Gustavo Romero, keeper of the Orchid Herbarium; Noel Holbrook, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; and Timothy Stumph, the Center’s Cuba Program coordinator


From: John Coatsworth
>To: "robert register"
>Subject: Re: The Cienfuegos Botanical Garden After The Fall of Fidel
>Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 19:12:25 -0400
>I understand that Harvard University never received a deed to the
>land and structures dedicated to what was once called the Harvard
>Botanical Garden in Cienfuegos. Harvard has thus never filed a
>claim for the the property and has no interest in it whatever. The
>Atkins family, owners of the Soledad plantation (and thus the
>Harvard Botanical Garden located on it), did file a claim with the
>U.S. Government.
>I hope this information is useful to you.
>John Coatsworth
>> My name is Robert Register and I have a weblog called "Cuba,
>>Alabama". The URL is
>> I am very interested in the future of the Jardin Botanico de
>>Cienfuegos in a Post-Communist/Post-Castro Cuba. I was wondering
>>whether you could find out whether Harvard filed a claim with the
>>U.S. Foreign Settlement Claims Settlement Commission over the
>>confiscation of the Adkins Garden. Their website is
>>and I can probably get the answer from them, however, I was
>>wondering if you could give me any clues as to what Harvard plans
>>to do with their confiscated property after the end of Communism
>>and Fidel in Cuba.
>> Any information will be appreciated and feel free to forward
>>this email to anyone.
>>Best wishes,
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>John H.Coatsworth
>Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs
>David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
>Harvard University
>61 Kirkland Street
>Cambridge, MA 02138
>Phone: 617-496-1605
>Fax: 617-496-2802

I would ask each visitor from Cuba during their panel presentation
only one
question: "What do you think is the biggest mistake Fidel Castro has
during the last 45 years?"
I would take a tape recorder to record their response and then put
each reply
and the name of the person on your website.
I believe that they will be so intimidated from truthfully answering
question that they will either make a joke out of it or not answer it
They won't dare say to an American audience that Castro is infallible.
I don't
think that the Cuban "scholars" will admit their fear to answer the
truth and
therefore be exposed to losing their job when they return to Cuba. This
show that there is not academic freedom or free thought among Cuban
making the whole conference a farce. Regards,

U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, Inc.
30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 10112-0002
Telephone (212) 246-1444 Facsimile (212) 246-2345

Certified Claims


There are 5,911 claims which have been certified by the United States Foreign Claims Settlement Commission in Washington, D.C., as of June 1972. Of these claims, 30 United States companies hold 56.85% of the total value, which is approximately US$1,851,197,358.00 billion. The United States Foreign Claims Settlement Commission permitted interest to be accrued in the amount of 6% per annum. The interest amounts are not reflected in the following amounts. The following is a sampling of some of the claims (all numbers rounded):

Certified Claims (US$ millions)

American Brands 10.6
Amstar 81.00
Atlantic Richfield 10.20
B.F. Goodrich 2.20
Boise Cascade 279.30
Borden 97.40
The Chase Manhattan Bank 7.50
Citicorp 6.20
The Coca Cola Company 27.50
Colgate-Palmolive 14.50
Continental Group (now Continental Can) DuPont 8.90
Esmark 3.00
First National Bank of Boston 6.00
Firestone Tire & Rubber 5.90
Freeport Minerals 8.30
Ford Motor 33.00
F.W. Woolworth .20
General Dynamics 9.20
General Electric 10.40
General Motors 5.90
Goodyear Tire & Rubber 7.70
ITT 5.10
International Harvester 130.70
International Paper 8.30
King Ranch 1.10
Libby, McNeil & Libby 1.70
Lone Star Industries 5.70
Moa Bay Mining (now Freeport McMoRan) 24.90
Navistar 88.30
Owens Illinois 8.30
Pepsi Cola Metro Bottling 8.10
PepsiCo 1.60
Proctor & Gamble .20
Reynolds Metals 5.00
Sears Roebuck & Company 3.40
Sherwin Williams 3.70
Bristol-Myers Squibb 3.40
Standard Brands 1.50
Standard Oil (now Exxon) 1.40
Sterling Drug 71.60
Texaco 1.30
Texaco (Latin America) 50.10
United Brands 5.10
U.S. Rubber (now Uniroyal) 85.10
Warner-Lambert 9.50
Willson International 1.60

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Stolen Property and Ill-Gotten Gains

U.S. companies have registered close to 6,000 claims related to Cuban confiscation of American property with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission in the Department of Justice. These claims, including 6 percent simple interest, nominally are worth almost $6 billion. However, in today's dollars, they would be worth some $10 billion. Some examples:

Colgate-Palmolive Company. Colgate-Palmolive owned a soap and detergent manufacturing facility in Cuba before the 1959 revolution. When Castro seized power, Colgate's property was confiscated by the state. Foreign investors from the United Kingdom reportedly are trying to buy this property.

I was at the filibuster session at the SHA in Houston. I asked the panel the
question if they considered Ernesto "Che" Guevara a filibuster. I compared
Guevara to William Walker: both invaded three countries (Walker invaded Mexico,
Nicaragua and Honduras) (Guevara invaded Cuba, the Congo, and Bolivia); both
were physicians; both were captured and executed on foreign soil; both died
before the age of thirty-nine; and both erroneously thought that the populace
would rise up and join them.
I saw Tom Chaffin's book at the LSU Press booth at the convention.
Unfortunately, he did not bother to correct the numerous mistakes that I
pointed out in my review. The only change is in the cover, which now has a
photo of Narciso Lopez from the Library of Congress. You might recall that the
LSU Press requested to use some of the photos from my website for the cover of
the book but I responded that I was using them in my own book which they had
initially rejected.
The "Florida Historical Quarterly" just published their summer issue with my
article "Fernandina Filibuster Fiasco: Birth of the 1895 Cuban War of
Independence." I already have it online at
My book "The Moncada Attack: Birth of the Cuban Revolution" should be coming
out soon. You can see the cover at
I regret that I did not have the opportunity to meet Dr. Burton. I would have
enjoyed speaking wih him.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003


Sunday, November 09, 2003

Cuba conference in Mobile Alabama opens amid controversy
By GEORGE TALBOT | Business Reporter |

An air of conspiracy mixed with the Cuban artwork and rum cocktails Friday as the Society Mobile-La Habana opened its 10th anniversary conference in Mobile.

The fraternal organization, established in 1993 to promote cultural exchanges between Mobile and Havana, was linked by U.S. State Department officials Friday to a Cuban diplomat expelled from the U.S. earlier this year under suspicion of espionage.

Oscar Redondo, former First Secretary for the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., was one of seven Cuban officials declared "persona non grata" by the State Department in May because of what it described as "intelligence activities incompatible with their diplomatic status." The offi cials, who denied the charges, were given 10 days to leave the country.

A State Department spokesman said Redondo was a conspirator in the case of Ana Belen Montes, an employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency who said she spied for Cuba for years because she was outraged by American policies toward Cuba.

Group members said Friday that Mobile Society-La Habana had worked closely with Redondo for the past several years in arrang ing a series of visits to Cuba. Redondo helped the group plan its activities on the island, including arranging meetings with Cuban officials, and occasionally joined the group on its trips.

A State Department official who asked not to be identified said the Mobile society "may have strayed from its stated mission as a sister cities group" during some of those visits. Robert Schaefer, the president of Mobile-La Habana, said members of the group were friendly with Redondo but never had any inkling that he was doubling as a spy.