COLUMN FIFTY-TWO, OCTOBER 1, 2000
(Copyright © 2000 Al Aronowitz)
Subject: Many Miami Cuban-Americans are deadly dangerous (long)
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 13:30:12 -0500
From: jo grant firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone has any doubts about how dangerous many of the the Miami Cubans
are here's an interesting summary of their activities in Miami over the past
couple of decades.
After watching all the action down there it appears that the conservative
Republicans have no problem with flag burning, as long as it's not done by a
I took the material from this web site. You can go to the site and E-mail
the article to friends
The Burden of a Violent History
By Jim Mullin
Miami New Times
As the Elian Gonzalez media juggernaut began approaching warp speed over the
past few weeks, some in Miami's Cuban-American community expressed
displeasure with the portrait of them being painted by the press. The
muffled grumbling became explicit on April 7 during Ted Koppel's Nightline
"town meeting," beamed to the nation from Florida International University.
A panelist on that program, the University of Miami's Juan Carlos Espinosa,
took off the gloves: "I think we really need to be careful that we don't
continue to engage in Cuban-exile bashing, which is something I've been
hearing a lot in the media coverage about Miami."
Similar sentiments have been voiced by countless others, from exile leaders
to local politicians to Cuban-American celebrities. And it's true that The
Elian Show isn't playing so well in Peoria, or Pinecrest for that matter.
You know you've got image problems when the staid New York Times
editorializes with evident concern that it appears "as if South Florida's
Cuban Americans believe in mob rule."
Phrases like "mob rule" evoke frightening images of violence, which in turn
sends Miami's damage-control specialists rushing to the microphones and
insisting to the world that the Cuban-exile community is peace-loving,
law-abiding, and (with emphasis now) nonviolent. Miami Mayor Joe Carollo in
particular has been tireless in promoting that message. "Miami has been a
peaceful, nonviolent community," he stressed to CNN last week. The
historical record, however, clearly contradicts those assertions.
Lawless violence and intimidation have been hallmarks of el exilio for more
than 30 years. Given that fact, it's not only understandable many people
would be deeply worried, it's prudent to be worried. Of course it goes
without saying that the majority of Cuban Americans in Miami do not sanction
violence, but its long tradition within the exile community cannot be
ignored and cannot simply be wished away.
The following list of violent incidents I compiled from a variety of
databases and news sources (a few come from personal experience). It is
incomplete, especially in Miami's trademark category of bomb threats. Nor
does it include dozens of acts of violence and murder committed by Cuban
exiles in other U.S. cities and at least sixteen foreign countries. But
completeness isn't the point. The point is to face the truth, no matter how
difficult that may be. If Miami's Cuban exiles confront this shameful past
-- and resolutely disavow it -- they will go a long way toward easing their
neighbors' anxiety about a peaceful future.
1968 From MacArthur Causeway, pediatrician Orlando Bosch fires bazooka at a
Polish freighter. (City of Miami later declares "Orlando Bosch Day." Federal
agents will jail him in 1988.)
1972 Julio Iglesias, performing at a local nightclub, says he wouldn't mind
"singing in front of Cubans." Audience erupts in anger. Singer requires
police escort. Most radio stations drop Iglesias from playlists. One that
doesn't, Radio Alegre, receives bomb threats.
1974 Exile leader José Elias de la Torriente murdered in his Coral Gables
home after failing to carry out a planned invasion of Cuba.
1974 Bomb blast guts the office of Spanish-language magazine Replica.
1974 Several small Cuban businesses, citing threats, stop selling Replica.
1974 Three bombs explode near a Spanish-language radio station.
1974 Hector Diaz Limonta and Arturo Rodriguez Vives murdered in internecine
exile power struggles.
1975 Luciano Nieves murdered after advocating peaceful coexistence with
1975 Another bomb damages Replica's office.
1976 Rolando Masferrer and Ramon Donestevez murdered in internecine exile
1976 Car bomb blows off legs of WQBA-AM news director Emilio Milian after he
publicly condemns exile violence.
1977 Juan José Peruyero murdered in internecine exile power struggles.
1979 Cuban film Memories of Underdevelopment interrupted by gunfire and
physical violence instigated by two exile groups.
1979 Bomb discovered at Padron Cigars, whose owner helped negotiate release
of 3600 Cuban political prisoners.
1979 Bomb explodes at Padron Cigars.
1980 Another bomb explodes at Padron Cigars.
1980 Powerful anti-personnel bomb discovered at American Airways Charter,
which arranges flights to Cuba.
1981 Bomb explodes at Mexican Consulate on Brickell Avenue in protest of
relations with Cuba.
1981 Replica's office again damaged by a bomb.
1982 Two outlets of Hispania Interamericana, which ships medicine to Cuba,
attacked by gunfire.
1982 Bomb explodes at Venezuelan Consulate in downtown Miami in protest of
relations with Cuba.
1982 Bomb discovered at Nicaraguan Consulate.
1982 Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre defends $10,000 grant to exile commando group
Alpha 66 by noting that the organization "has never been accused of
terrorist activities inside the United States."
1983 Another bomb discovered at Replica.
1983 Another bomb explodes at Padron Cigars.
1983 Bomb explodes at Paradise International, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1983 Bomb explodes at Little Havana office of Continental National Bank, one
of whose executives, Bernardo Benes, helped negotiate release of 3600 Cuban
1983 Miami City Commissioner Demetrio Perez seeks to honor exile terrorist
Juan Felipe de la Cruz, accidentally killed while assembling a bomb. (Perez
is now a member of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board and owner of
the Lincoln-Martí private school where Elian Gonzalez was enrolled.)
1983 Gunfire shatters windows of three Little Havana businesses linked to
1986 South Florida Peace Coalition members physically attacked in downtown
Miami while demonstrating against Nicaraguan contra war.
1987 Bomb explodes at Cuba Envios, which ships packages to Cuba.
1987 Bomb explodes at Almacen El Español, which ships packages to Cuba.
1987 Bomb explodes at Cubanacan, which ships packages to Cuba.
1987 Car belonging to Bay of Pigs veteran is firebombed.
1987 Bomb explodes at Machi Viajes a Cuba, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1987 Bomb explodes outside Va Cuba, which ships packages to Cuba.
1988 Bomb explodes at Miami Cuba, which ships medical supplies to Cuba.
1988 Bomb threat against Iberia Airlines in protest of Spain's relations
1988 Bomb explodes outside Cuban Museum of Art and Culture after auction of
paintings by Cuban artists.
1988 Bomb explodes outside home of Maria Cristina Herrera, organizer of a
conference on U.S.-Cuba relations.
1988 Bomb threat against WQBA-AM after commentator denounces Herrera
1988 Bomb threat at local office of Immigration and Naturalization Service
in protest of terrorist Orlando Bosch being jailed.
1988 Bomb explodes near home of Griselda Hidalgo, advocate of unrestricted
travel to Cuba.
1988 Bomb damages Bele Cuba Express, which ships packages to Cuba.
1989 Another bomb discovered at Almacen El Español, which ships packages to
1989 Two bombs explode at Marazul Charters, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1990 Another, more powerful, bomb explodes outside the Cuban Museum of Art
1991 Using crowbars and hammers, exile crowd rips out and urinates on Calle
Ocho "Walk of Fame" star of Mexican actress Veronica Castro, who had visited
1992 Union Radio employee beaten and station vandalized by exiles looking
for Francisco Aruca, who advocates an end to U.S. embargo.
1992 Cuban American National Foundation mounts campaign against the Miami
Herald, whose executives then receive death threats and whose newsracks are
defaced and smeared with feces.
1992 Americas Watch releases report stating that hard-line Miami exiles have
created an environment in which "moderation can be a dangerous position."
1993 Inflamed by Radio Mambí commentator Armando Perez-Roura, Cuban exiles
physically assault demonstrators lawfully protesting against U.S. embargo.
Two police officers injured, sixteen arrests made. Miami City Commissioner
Miriam Alonso then seeks to silence anti-embargo demonstrators: "We have to
look at the legalities of whether the City of Miami can prevent them from
1994 Human Rights Watch/Americas Group issues report stating that Miami
exiles do not tolerate dissident opinions, that Spanish-language radio
promotes aggression, and that local government leaders refuse to denounce
acts of intimidation.
1994 Two firebombs explode at Replica magazine's office.
1994 Bomb threat to law office of Magda Montiel Davis following her
videotaped exchange with Fidel Castro.
1996 Music promoter receives threatening calls, cancels local appearance of
Cuba's La Orquesta Aragon.
1996 Patrons attending concert by Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba
physically assaulted by 200 exile protesters. Transportation for exiles
arranged by Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto.
1996 Firebomb explodes at Little Havana's Centro Vasco restaurant preceding
concert by Cuban singer Rosita Fornes.
1996 Firebomb explodes at Marazul Charters, which arranges travel to Cuba.
1996 Arson committed at Tu Familia Shipping, which ships packages to Cuba.
1997 Bomb threats, death threats received by radio station WRTO-FM following
its short-lived decision to include in its playlist songs by Cuban
1998 Bomb threat empties concert hall at MIDEM music conference during
performance by 91-year-old Cuban musician Compay Segundo.
1998 Bomb threat received by Amnesia nightclub in Miami Beach preceding
performance by Cuban musician Orlando "Maraca" Valle.
1998 Firebomb explodes at Amnesia nightclub preceding performance by Cuban
1999 Violent protest at Miami Arena performance of Cuban band Los Van Van
leaves one person injured, eleven arrested.
1999 Bomb threat received by Seville Hotel in Miami Beach preceding
performance by Cuban singer Rosita Fornes. Hotel cancels concert.
January 26, 2000 Outside Miami Beach home of Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin,
protester displays sign reading, "Stop the deaths at sea. Repeal the Cuban
Adjustment Act," then is physically assaulted by nearby exile crowd before
police come to rescue.
April 11, 2000 Outside home of Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives, radio talk
show host Scot Piasant of Portland, Oregon, displays T-shirt reading, "Send
the boy home" and "A father's rights," then is physically assaulted by
nearby exile crowd before police come to rescue.
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W'S GRANDPA DID BIZ WITH HITLER
Tue, 27 Jun 2000 07:31:10 EDT
Subject: [soa] Bush/Hitler background URL missing from previous post
EXCERPTED FROM MATERIAL FOUND AT URL ABOVE
"THE HITLER PROJECT
Property Seized-Trading with the Enemy
October 1942, ten months after entering World War II, America was
preparing its first assault
against Nazi military forces. Prescott Bush
was managing partner of Brown Brothers Harriman. His 18-year-old
son George, the future U.S. President, had just begun training to
become a naval pilot. On
October 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered
the seizure of Nazi German banking operations in New York
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DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 21:30:39 -0600
Subject: Fw: The state of Texas, under the leadership of Governor George W. Bush
From: Cordley G Coit <email@example.com>
Al I generally don't do this but knowing you and knowing
your love of the Bush baby... Oh Doc Rosen Is a pal of mine from the Village. He
--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Doc Rosen <DRDRDOC@compuserve.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 22:43:48 -0400
Subject: The state of Texas, under the leadership of Governor George W.
The state of Texas, under the leadership of Governor
George W. Bush, is ranked:
50th in spending for teachers' salaries
49th in spending on the environment
48th in per-capita funding for public health
47th in delivery of social services
42nd in child-support collections
41st in per-capita spending on public education and ...
5th in percentage of population living in poverty
1st in air and water pollution
1st in percentage of poor working parents without
1st in percentage of children without health insurance
1st in executions (avg. 1 every 2 weeks for Bush's 5
Just think of what he could do for (to) the country if he were president! ##
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"Charlie Farren" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "'Al Aronowitz,'" <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: xxxm
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 19:59:27 -0400
looking site Al - I've forwarded your link
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SPIRAL INTO IT
Fri, 16 Jun 2000 11:35:43 -0700
Subject: Re: Spiral Into It
From: "Fiske Smith " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was really excited to get a send
about the blacklisted journalist. I
Bird&Miles Christmas 1948
Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 16:49:48 -0400
From: "Brian Haynie" <email@example.com>
for your entertaining article on Bird & Miles; I found it
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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 06:36:40 EDT
Subject: Message from Howard DeWitt
What a page. I am a writer. But I think my rock and roll writing is too
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From: "jesse glass" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 10:36:49 -0700
Christ, I thought it was another porn-site spam when I
first got your e-mail, so I deleted it. Happy
that your message came back. I
opened it because your name was familiar--hmmm where had I heard that name
before?--and there you were. I'm romping through your articles, Al, and enjoying
them. The invitation to send is
just whipped cream on the devil's food cake.
More soon, Jesse Glass
About Jesse Glass. How
to order his books.
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FROM THE SONS OF AFRICA MAILING LIST
Thu, 22 Jun 2000 10:26:00 -0400
From: lhl <email@example.com>
Subject: Origin of "NIGGER" Rap
Corey A. Burkes:
The following message refers to your website production at
_VIBE History of Hip Hop_ (1999) is very explicit about the roots
NEW YORK CITY RAPPERS like KRSS-One and Public Enemy mature and became
radicalized, N.W.A flew in the opposite direction as quickly as possible. When
black power and recognizing one's African heritage were all the rage, N.W.A
reveled in their ignorance-sporting Jheri curls when everyone else was rocking
high-top fades, pointing guns at brothers while others were calling for an
overthrow of the white system.
wanted to make people go, 'I can't believe he saying that shit,'" said Dre.
"I wanted to go all the way left. Everybody trying to do this black power
and shit, so l was like, let's give 'em an alternative, 'niggemiggerniggemigger
fuck this fuck that bitchbitchbitchbitch suck my click,' all types of shit, you
know what I'm saying?"
that VIBE and Dre both acknowledged the positive, uplifting direction rap was
taking before NWA consciously decided to play the
short, the pervasive use of the term "nigger" is much more complex
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