Manchin Says Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Budget Bill Remains ‘Fiscal Insanity’ on Eve of Vote

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington in a file photograph. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington in a file photograph. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), on the eve of a voting deadline for the Democratic leadership’s $3.5 trillion spending bill, decried the measure as “fiscal insanity,” warning that it would not get his vote without further adjustments.

“I cannot—and will not—support trillions in spending or an all-or-nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces,” Manchin said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Manchin, whose vote is critical to the bill’s passage, separately told reporters on Wednesday that he believes it will take “a while” to work out the specific changes needed to pass the broad measures proposed in the Biden-backed “Build Back Better Act,” which was not drafted in a bipartisan fashion.

Without elaborating on the specifics on his discussions with President Joe Biden, Manchin said that “[the] reconciliation [bill] is going to take a while; it’s not going to be a week or two or three weeks.”

“There’s a lot, just [even] the tax code itself,” to iron out, he said.

In his statement, the independently-minded West Virginia Democrat outlined how he aims to work on the reconciliation bill, which is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.

“I want to do a tax overhaul. One thing you understand that all Democrats agreed on, there’s not a lot of things we all agree on, is that the 2017 tax cuts are unfair and weighted toward the high end. Let’s fix that. That’s the reconciliation,” Manchin said. “I think we can get a good bill done. I really do, if we work in good faith.”

Republicans are universally opposed to the $3.5 trillion measure, which passed in the House on Aug. 24 amid the Afghanistan withdrawal crisis. Aside from Manchin, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is another Democrat also believes the price tag proposed by the party leadership is too high.

Progressive Democrats, meanwhile, have again threatened to derail a separate $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill—a second element of Biden’s “two-track strategy” for his Build Back Better agenda that would finance highway, internet, and other infrastructure projects—unless moderates back the $3.5 trillion package as well.

Earlier in September, Manchin argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the measure would create “inflation and debt.”

“Spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity,” the senator said in his statement on Wednesday.

“Proposing a historic expansion of social programs while ignoring the fact we are not in a recession and that millions of jobs remain open will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery.”

The reconciliation bill should be driven by “what we need and can afford” and not to “reengineer the social and economic fabric of this nation or vengefully tax for the sake of wishful spending,” he added.

The senator concluded by explaining what would drive his decision in the next day’s negotiations.

“If there is one final lesson that will continue to guide me in this difficult debate ahead it is this: America is a great nation but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies,” he said. “Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest responsibility as elected leaders and pass on a better America to the next generation.”

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It is time to form the Provisional Government of the Republic of Cuba
As a first step, it is necessary to form an Electoral Commission of Cuba Libre.
The Electoral Commission will be formed by direct and secret voting in accordance with current technological advances and its candidates will be in the public domain.
The date for the elections of the Electoral Commission of Cuba Libre will be October 10, 2021.
The Electoral Commission of Free Cuba will organize Elections to integrate a Provisional Government.

Pastorita Núñez | The Construction Czarina in Cuba

Pastorita Núñez shows Fidel Castro a model of houses to be built in East Havana Photo LinCu Archives
Pastorita Núñez shows Fidel Castro a model of houses to be built in East Havana Photo LinCu Archives

The Pastorita Núñez developments are named that way in honor of her first name. That is why in many towns in Cuba there is a Pastorite neighborhood.

The same way Pastorita built schools and other facilities while she had time left. The formidable project was financed by the National Lottery, which Castro soon swept out of the Cuban environment and pocketed the money.

La Habana del Este in 1961 Photo Archives LinCu
La Habana del Este in 1961. La Habana del Este was the flagship project of Pastorita Núñez’s constructions. Photo Archives LinCu

The only reason that Fidel Castro removed and politically annihilated Pastorita (according to well-reputed historical researchers) was because the tyrant saw in the brilliant girl a threat to his political leadership.

Certainly, Pastorita in 1959 was as famous in Cuba as Castro. She suffered the same fate as Camilo Cienfuegos, although Pastorita managed to save her skin, she died forgotten and abandoned in a Santovenia Nursing Home in 2012.

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The Cuban-Spanish-American War – 1898

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Chronology of Cuba in the Spanish-American War

Death of Major General Antonio Maceo the National Hero of Cuba December 7, 1896 in San Pedro de Punta Brava Havana
Death of Major General Antonio Maceo the National Hero of Cuba December 7, 1896 in San Pedro de Punta Brava Havana

1868
10 October
Carlos M. Céspedes issued the Grito de Yara and initiated the Ten Years’ War in Cuba (1868-1878), the independence movement that served as the forerunner of the 1895 Insurrection and the Spanish American War.

1873
H.H. Garnet (US) calls for invasion of Cuba to free slaves.

1886
Abolition of slaves in Cuba occurred in 1886.

1890
U.S. foreign policy is influenced by Alfred T. Mahan who wrote The Influence of Sea Power upon history, 1660-1783 which advocated the taking of the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii, and the Philippine Islands for bases to protected U.S. commerce, the building of a canal to enable fleet movement from ocean to ocean, and the building of the Great White fleet of steam-driven armor plated battleships.

1892
5 January
José Julián Martí y Pérez formed El Partido Revolucionario Cubano (Cuban Revolutionary party). This Cuban political party was organized first in New York City and Philadelphia and soon spread to Tampa and Key West, Florida.

1895
24 February
Cuban independence movement (Ejército Libertador de Cuba) issued in the Grito de Baire, declaring Independencia o muerte (Independence or death), as the revolutionary movement in Cuba began. It was quelled by Spanish authorities that same day.

29 March
Antonio Maceo returned from exile to Cuba to support the revolution.

10 April
José Martí and Máximo Gómez Baez returned to Cuba to fight for independence; Gómez was to serve as military leader of the new revolution. The Cuban Revolutionary party (El Partido Revolucionario Cubano) in New York worked tirelessly for revolution, inspired by José Martí and maintained by various voices for Revolution.

19 May
José Martí died in battle during a Spanish ambush at Dos Ríos, Cuba.

12 June
U.S. President Grover Cleveland proclaimed U.S. neutrality in the Cuban Insurrection.

September
The Cuban Revolutionary Party (Cuban Junta), under the direction of chief policy leader Tomás Estrada Palma, was formed to encourage and to support the Cuban insurgency and to campaign for U.S. recognition of the Cuban belligerency.

1896
16 February
Spanish general Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau instituted a policy of reconcentration (reconcentración) to control Cuban insurgents. The policy forced the population to move to central locations under Spanish military jurisdiction as the entire island was placed under martial law.

28 February
The U.S. Senate recognized Cuban belligerency when it passed overwhelmingly the joint John T. Morgan/Donald Cameron resolution calling for recognition of Cuban belligerency and Cuban independence. This resolution signaled to President Cleveland and Secretary of State Richard Olney that the Cuban crisis needed attention.

March 2
The U.S. House of Representatives passed decisively its own version of the Morgan-Cameron Resolution which called for the recognition of Cuban belligerency.

August 9
Great Britain foiled Spain’s attempt to organize European support for Spanish policies in Cuba.

December 7
U.S. President Grover Cleveland declared that the U.S. might take action in Cuba if Spain failed to resolve the crisis there.

(?)1896
William Warren Kimball, U.S. Naval Academy graduate and intelligence officer, completed a strategic study of the implications of war with Spain. His plan called for an operation to free Cuba through naval action, which included blockade, attacks on Manila, and attacks on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

1897
January 19
Both William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal and Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, through its sensational reporting on the Cuban Insurrection, helped strengthen anti-Spanish sentiment in the United States. On this date the execution of Cuban rebel Adolfo Rodríguez by a Spanish firing squad, was reported in the article “Death of Rodríguez” in the New York Journal by Richard Harding Davis. On October 8, 1897, Karl Decker of the New York Journal reported on the rescue of Cuban Evangelina Cisneros from a prison on the Isle of Pines.

March 4
Inauguration of U.S. President William McKinley.

August 8
Anarchist Miguel Angiolillo a**assinated Spanish Prime Minister Antonio Cánovas del Castillo at Santa Agueda, Spain. Práxides Mateo Sagasta became prime minister of Spain.

October 31
Captain General Ramón Blanco y Erenas replaced General Valeriano Weyler as governor-general of Cuba.

1898
January 1
Spain granted limited autonomy to Cuba.

February 8
Enrique Dupuy de Lôme resigned as Ambassador of Spain in the United States.

February 9
New York Journal published the confidential letter of Spanish Ambassador Dupuy de Lôme critical of President McKinley. This letter’s revelation was one of the incidents to push Spain and the United States towards war.

February 12
General Máximo Gómez issued a call to various Cuban autonomist groups for formation of a united effort against Spain.

February 14
Luís Polo de Bernabé named Minister of Spain in Washington.

February 15
Explosion sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor.

March 4
Spanish naval squadron for Cuba was organized in Cádiz, Spain.

March 5
Spanish government called for the removal of U.S. Counsel General Fitzhugh Lee from Havana; United States refused request.

March 9
U.S. Congress approved a credit of $50,000,000 for national defense.

March 13
General Máximo Gómez repelled the Spanish attack in the Cuban insurrectionist (mambí) campaign at Majagua, Cuba.

The Spanish squadron under Don Fernando Villaamil, a deputy in the Spanish Cortes (Congress) and Naval Captain, left Cádiz, Spain. It stoped in San Vicente, Cape Verde Islands (Portuguese territory).

March 17
Senator Redfield Proctor (Vermont) pushed Congress and the U.S. business community toward war with Spain. He had traveled at his own expense in February 1898 to Cuba to investigate the effects of the reconcentration policy and returned to report on his findings before the Senate.

March 19
The battleship U.S.S. Oregon left the port of San Francisco, California on its famous voyage to the Caribbean Sea and Cuban waters.

March 20
Máximo Gómez rejected offer of Spanish Captain General Ramón Blanco of an alliance of the Cuban Liberation army and the Spanish forces against a United States invasion.

March 28
U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry published its findings that the U.S.S. Maine was destroyed by mine.

March 29
The United States Government issued an ultimatum to the Spanish Government to leave Cuba. Spain rejected the ultimatum on April 1, 1898.

April 2
Cuban revolutionaries under Colonel J.P. Quijano defeated Spanish forces at Chambas (Morón), Cuba.

April 4
The New York Journal in a press run of 1 million copies dedicated to the war in Cuba and called for the immediate entry of the U.S. into war with Spain.

April 5
U.S. Consul General in Cuba Fitzhugh Lee is recalled to Washington for instructions.

April 8
The Spanish armored cruisers Infanta María Teresa and Cristóbal Colón commanded by Rear Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topéte departed Cádiz, Spain.

Rear Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topéte
Cervera

April 10
Spanish Governor General Blanco in Cuba suspended hostilities in the war in Cuba.

April 11
The President of the United States William McKinley requested authorization from the U.S. Congress to intervene in Cuba, to stop the war between Cuban revolutionaries and Spain.

April 12
Spanish Brigadier General Joaquin Vara del Rey y Rubio returned to Santiago de Cuba to take command of his troops in anticipation of a conflict between Spain and the United States.

April 13
The U.S. Congress agreed to President McKinley’s request for intervention in Cuba, but without recognizing the Cuban Government.

The Spanish government declared that U.S. policy jeopardized the sovereignty of Spain and prepared a special budget for war.

April 15
The commanders of Spanish forces, under Captain General Ramón Blanco called a council of war in Havana but only generals in western Cuba met since those in eastern Cuba were under attack by the mambises.

April 19
The U.S. Congress by a vote of 311 to 6 in the House and 42 to 35 in the Senate adopted the Joint Resolution for war with Spain which included the Teller Amendment, named after Senator Henry Moore Teller (Colorado) which disclaimed any intention of the U.S. to exercise jurisdiction or control over Cuba except in a pacification role and promised to leave the island as soon as the war was over. President McKinley signed the resolution on April 20, 1898 and the ultimatum was forwarded to Spain.

April 20
Spanish Minister in Washington Polo de Bernabé demanded his passport and, along with the personnel of the Legation, left Washington for Canada.

April 21
The Spanish Government considered the Joint Resolution of the United States of April 20 a declaration of war. U.S. minister in Madrid General Steward L. Woodford received his passport before presenting the ultimatum of the United States.

A state of war existed between Spain and the United States and all diplomatic relations were suspended. President McKinley ordered blockade of Cuba.

Spanish forces in Santiago de Cuba mined Guantánamo Bay.

The Spanish authorities in Cuba issued manifestos and other notices to the population and to the Spanish Army that a state of war existed with the United States.

April 22
U.S. fleet left Key West, Florida for Havana to begin the Cuban blockade at the principal ports on the north coast and at Cienfuegos.

April 23
US President McKinley called for 125,000 volunteers.

April 24
Spanish Minister of Defense Segismundo Bermejo sent instructions to Spanish Admiral Cervera to proceed with his fleet from Cape Verde to the Caribbean, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

President of the Cuban Republic in arms, General Bartolomé Masó issued the Manifiesto de Sebastopol and reiterated the mambí motto “Independencia o Muerte”.

U.S. warships captured the Spanish merchant ships Saturnino, Cándida and Catalina on the high seas.

April 25
A formal declaration of war recognized between Spain and the United States.

The Spanish concentrated troops at Santiago de Cuba and deployed them to various locations in that province.

General Pando and the Autonomista Delegates returned to Havana from Santa Cruz del Sur following a breakup of the meeting with the Council of the Mambí Government.

April 26
General Calixto García Íñiguez informed Delegate Tomás Estrada Palma in Cuba that his army was occupying the towns abandoned by the Spanish army.

April 27
U.S. ships, the monitor Puritan, and the armored cruisers New York and Cincinnati bombarded the Spanish fortifications on Matanzas Bay.

Cuban forces of the Division of Santiago de Cuba attacked the Spanish battalion La Constitución near San Luis and Palma Soriano.

April 28
Cuban Lieutenant General Calixto García occupied the city of Bayamo, Cuba and established his General Headquarters there. His forces had already occupied the towns of Jiguaní, Baire, and Santa Rita, evacuated by the Spanish troops. The mambises maintained the offensive in Oriente Province, Cuba.

President Masó issued a manifesto calling for Cuban revolutionaries to unite with Autonomistas and Spanish of good faith to sustain a creole government.

April 29
Cuban forces attacked Spanish positions at Mao and Alto Songo, Cuba.

The Portuguese government declared itself neutral in the conflict between Spain and the United States.

U.S. Navy ships mined the entrance to Cienfuegos Bay and bombarded the Spanish defenses there.

April 30
The Spanish Governor General Blanco ordered hostilities resumed with the Cuban insurrectionists.

U.S. naval forces under Colonel Dorst attempted to disembark on the beach of La Herradura, Pinar del Río, Cuba, but were forced to retreat before the heavy fire of the Spanish forces under the command of General Hernández de Velazco.

May 1
“The message to García”. U.S. Army Lieutenant Andrew S. Rowan, through the a**istance of the U.S. government, the Cuban Delegation in New York, and the mambises in Cuba, made contact with General Calixto García in Bayamo to seek his cooperation and to obtain military and political a**essment of Cuba. This contact benefitted the Cuban Liberation Army and the Cuban Revolutionary Army and totally ignored the Government of the Republic in arms.

May 2
The U.S. Congress voted a war emergency credit increase of $34,625,725.

General Máximo Gómez opens communication with U.S. Admiral Sampson.

May 4
Spanish forces turned back the U.S. attack at Pinar del Río.

May 9
Cuban revolutionaries and Spanish troops fought in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, near Cabreco and Aldea.

May 10
Tomás Estrada Palma, representing the Government of the Republic of Cuba in arms, communicated to President McKinley that General in Chief Máximo Gómez and Lieutenant General Calixto García would cooperate in land and sea activities with the U.S.

May 11
U.S. Navy bombarded Cárdenas, Cuba.

Charles H. Allen succeeded Theodore Roosevelt as a**istant secretary of the navy.

May 14
U.S. forces cut the underwater cable at Cienfuegos.

May 18
Spanish Prime Minister Sagasta formed a new cabinet.

May 19
The Spanish fleet under the command of Admiral Pascual Cervera entered the port of Santiago de Cuba. These Spanish ships included the armored cruisers Infanta María Teresa, Almirante Oquendo, Cristóbal Colón, and Vizcaya, and the destroyer Furor , and the torpedo boat Plutón.

May 27
U.S. Navy, under Admiral William Thompson Sampson and Commodore Winfield Scott Schley, formally blockaded the port of Santiago de Cuba.

May 28
General William Rufus Shafter, U.S. Army, received orders to mobilize his forces in Tampa, Florida for the attack on Cuba.

May 31
U.S. naval squadron bombarded the fortifications at Santiago de Cuba. The Spanish armored cruiser Cristóbal Colón returned the fire.

June 3
First contact of the commanders of the U.S. Marines and leaders of the Cuban Liberation Army, aboard the armored cruiser U.S.S. New York at which the revolutionary forces provided detailed information for the campaign.

June 6
The U.S. squadron bombarded Santiago de Cuba with over 2000 shells, causing severe damage to various Spanish ships and fortifications. General Miles in Tampa received the final plans for the joint U.S./Cuban Liberation Army attack.

June 9
U.S. Admiral William Thompson Sampson sailed to Guantánamo Bay.

June 10
600 U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo with a**istance of Colonel Enrique Thomas of the Cuban forces.

June 11
McKinley administration reactivated debate on Hawaiian annexation. Debate in Congress “we must have Hawaii to help us get our share of China.”

June 13
The Rough Riders sailed from Tampa, Florida bound for Santiago de Cuba.

June 15
U.S. Congress passed the Hawaii annexation resolution, 209-91. Three weeks later the Senate affirmed measure.

June 20
The main U.S. force appeared off Santiago de Cuba, with more than 16,200 soldiers and various material in 42 ships. A total of 153 ships of the U.S. forces a**embled off of the harbor.

Lieutenant General Calixto García (Cuba) and Admiral Sampson and General Shafter (US) met in El Aserradero (south coast of Oriente Province, Cuba) to complete the general strategy of the campaign. Cuban forces occupied positions west, northwest and east of Santiago de Cuba.

June 21
Cuban forces under General Castillo Duany and Colonel González Clavel cleared the coast near Santiago, with the collaboration of the U.S. naval squadron, to facilitate U.S. troop landing.

June 22
U.S. forces, 6000 soldiers under Lawton, Bates, Rafferty and Wheeler and under the general command of General Shafter, landed at Daiquiri, Cuba.

A rift occurred between Spanish Captain General Blanco and his Chief of Staff General Pando in Havana as Blanco refused Pando’s request to send 10,000 troops to reinforce Santiago against the invasion.

June 24
U.S. troops under General Joseph Wheeler defeated superior Spanish forces at the battle of Las Guásimas, Cuba.

June 25-26
U.S. and Cuban troops, including 3,000 Cuban soldiers from El Aserradero, disembarked at Siboney, Cuba. The Cubans were led by generals Calixto García, Rabí, Lora and Portuondo TaMayo, accompanied by U.S. General Ludlow.

June 27
Lieutenant General Calixto García requested that Tomás Estrada Palma and the Cuban Committee ask President McKinley to recognize the Cuban Council of Government.

General Henry Martin Duffield, commanding 3,000 soldiers, disembarked at Daiquirí, Cuba, bringing to a total 22,000 U.S. and Cuban soldiers at Santiago de Cuba. The Spanish forces numbered some 8,000 soldiers.

July 1
U.S. and Cuban troops took El Viso Fort, the town of El Caney, and San Juan Heights. Spanish General Vara del Rey died in the fighting. San Juan Hill was taken at the same time, with the help of the Rough Riders under Teddy Roosevelt and Leonard Wood at the battle on Kettle Hill. These victories opened the way to Santiago de Cuba. General Duffield, with 3,000 soldiers, took the Aguadores Fort at Santiago de Cuba. Spanish General Linares and Navy Captain Joaquín Bustamante died in battle.

Vara del Rey

July 2
Calixto García attacked Santiago de Cuba from the north. In this battle the Cuban’s encountered an entrenched Spanish army.

Admiral Cervera and the Spanish fleet prepared to leave Santiago Bay.

July 3
The Spanish fleet attempt to leave the bay was halted as the U.S. squadron under Admiral Schley destroyed the Spanish destroyer Furor, the torpedo boat Plutón, and the armored cruisers Infanta María Teresa, Almirante Oquendo, Vizcaya, and Cristóbal Colón. The Spanish lost all their ships, 350 dead, and 160 wounded.

General Shafter informed the U.S. Secretary of War that Santiago de Cuba was under siege on the north and east sides. On the same day, the 3,500 member Spanish column under Colonel Federico Escario completed a 150 mile march to relieve Santiago.

July 4
News of the defeat of the Spanish naval squadron under Cervera reached the United States.

July 8
U.S. acquired Hawaii.

July 15
Spanish forces under General Toral capitulated to U.S. forces at Santiago de Cuba.

July 16
Armistice signed at the Arbol de La Paz (a large ceiba tree) by U.S. and Spanish forces. The Cuban Liberation Army did not participate in the act.

July 17
U.S. forces entered Santiago de Cuba.

July 18
U.S. naval forces bombarded Manzanillo, Cuba.

The Mambí periodical El Cubano Libre published a special edition on recent war successes.

The Spanish government, through French Ambassador in Washington Jules Cambon, forwarded a message to President McKinley asking for hostilities to be suspended and the start of negotiations to end the war. Spanish Minister of State Duque de Almodóvar del Río (Juan Manuel Sánchez y Gutiérrez de Castro), Spanish Minister of State, had wired the Spanish Ambassador in Paris charging him to negotiate the suspension, through the French Government, as a preliminary measure to final negotiations for pleace.

U.S. General Leonard Wood was named military governor of Santiago de Cuba.

Clara Barton of the Red Cross cared for wounded soldiers at Santiago de Cuba.

July 19
Cuban revolutionary forces defeated the Spanish forces at El Jíbaro.

July 20
U.S. naval ships bombarded Santa Cruz del Sur, Cuba.

July 25
Cuban forces defeated Spanish troops at Arroyo Blanco, Las Villas, Cuba.

July 26
French Government contacted the McKinley Administration regarding the Spanish request for a suspension of hostilities.

July 28
Duque de Almodóvar del Río called for the U.S. annexation of Cuba.

U.S. officials instruct General Shafter to return troops immediately to the United States to prevent an outbreak of yellow fever.

August 9
Salvador Cisneros Betancourt, former president of the Cuban Republic in arms, entered the town of Santa Cruz with Cuban Liberation Army soldiers.

August 11
U.S. Secretary of State Day and French Ambassador Cambon, representing Spain, negotiated the Protocol of Peace.

August 12
Ceasefire announced between Spain and the United States.

In Havana, Spanish Governor General Blanco terminated his mission in Cuba.

August 14
President of the Governing Council of the Republic of Cuba Bartolomé Masó called for elections of Revolutionary Representatives to meet in a**embly.

August 15
General Calixto García led forces of the Cuban Liberation Army in battle against Spanish forces in the last battle of the war in Cuba at Aguas Claras.

September 12
The U.S (Generals Wade and Butler and Admiral Sampson) and Spanish Military Commission (Generals Segundo Cabo and González, Admiral Vicente Manterola, and Doctor Rafael Montoro) met in Havana, Cuba, to discuss the evacuation of Spanish forces from the island.

September 13
The Spanish Cortes ratified the Protocol of Peace.

September 16
The Spanish and U.S. Commissioners for the Peace Treaty were appointed. U.S. Commissioners were William R. Day (U.S. Secretary of State), William P. Frye (President pro tempore of Senate, Republican-Maine), Whitelaw Reid, George Gray (Senator, Democrat-Delaware) and Cushman K. Davis (Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican-Minnesota). The Spanish Commissioners were Eugenio Montero Ríos (President, Spanish Senate), Buenaventura Abarzuza (Senator), José de Garnica y Díaz (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court), Wenceslao Ramírez de Villa Urrutia (Envoy Extraordinary), and Rafael Cerero y Saenz (General of the Army).

William R. Day resigned as U.S. Secretary of State and was succeeded by John Hay.

September 22
When Major General Calixto García and his Cuban forces arrived in Santiago de Cuba, General Leonard Wood formally recognized his efforts in the war since General Shafter had failed to recognize the Cuban leader’s participation in the capitulation of Santiago.

October 1
The Spanish and United States commissioners held their initial meeting in Paris to draft the Peace Treaty.

October 16
General Calixto García agreed to visit all of the Cuban troops in Cuba, and then proceed to Washington, with General Leonard Wood to confer with U.S. authorities regarding Cuban interests.

October 24
The a**embly of Representatives of the Revolution met in Santa Cruz del Sur, Cuba, to select General Domingo Méndez Capote as president. The a**embly later met in El Cano, Marianao, and El Cerro, completing its duties on April 4, 1899.

November 10
In accord with the a**embly of Representatives of the Revolution, a commission of Major General Calixto García, Colonel Manuel Sanguily, Dr. Antonio González Lanuza, General José Miguel Gómez and Colonel José R. Villalón met to seek support for needs of the Liberation Army and to establish a Cuban government. The U.S. did not recognize this commission. The U.S. instead stated that the U.S. had declared war on Spain and all of its possessions because of the destruction of the battleship U.S.S. Maine and other acts against the United States.

November 26
Captain General Ramón Blanco y Erenas resigned as Governor General of Cuba.

November 28
The Spanish Commission for Peace accepted the United States demands in the Peace Treaty.

December
El Partido Revolucionario Cubano was dissolved.

December 10
U.S. and Spanish representatives signed the Treaty of Peace in Paris. Spain renounced its rights to Cuba, acknowledged Cuban independence, ceded Puerto Rico and the island of Guam to the U.S., liquidated its possessions in the West Indies, and sold the Philippines to the U.S. for $20,000,000.

1899
January 1
Spanish forces left Cuba.

February 6
U.S. Senate approved the Treaty of Paris by a vote of 52 to 27. President McKinley signed it on that day.

March 19
Spain ratified the Treaty of Paris when the queen regent María Cristina signed the agreement to break the impasse of the deadlocked Cortes.

April 11
The Treaty of Paris was proclaimed.

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Alebrijes | Pedro Linares Lopez

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Alebrije bird sculpture by Pedro Linares Lopez | An Alebrije paper mache sculpture in the permanent collection of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Alebrije bird sculpture by Pedro Linares Lopez | An Alebrije paper mache sculpture in the permanent collection of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Pedro Linares López (June 29, 1906 – January 25, 1992) was a Mexican art designer born in Mexico City and was the creator of the papier-mâché figurines named alebrijes.

Pedro Linares started as a maker of carton Judas figures and figurines for Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and many other artists from the Academia San Carlos. The art form of alebrijes was created by Pedro Linares after he became ill at 30 years old. His own alebrijes originated from a dream, depicting his death and rebirth in a mountainous setting inhabited by these fierce creatures.

Pedro Linares López (June 29, 1906 – January 25, 1992) was a Mexican art designer born in Mexico City creator of the papier-mâché figurines named alebrijes.
Pedro Linares López (June 29, 1906 – January 25, 1992) was a Mexican art designer born in Mexico City creator of the papier-mâché figurines named alebrijes.

After his illness subsided, Linares gave life to his vision and the art of making alebrijes was born. He wanted his family and everyone to know about the animals he saw by taking a piece of paper and molding the figurines from his memory, then painting them as he saw them in his dream.

Work done by Linares for Diego Rivera is now displayed at the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City. In 1990, Lopez was awarded the National Prize for Arts and Sciences (Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes) in Popular Arts and Traditions category, the highest decoration to artisans granted by the Mexican Government.

A government that fights against trees

The famous and popular tree La Ceiba del Templete in Havana, Cuba perished

The famous and popular tree La Ceiba del Templete in Havana, Cuba perished victim of the Government of the Castro Brothers Photo LinCu Archives
The famous and popular tree La Ceiba del Templete in Havana, Cuba perished victim of the Government of the Castro Brothers Photo LinCu Archives
An organized public walks three times around La Ceiba del Templete, in Havana, Cuba, according to the Havana tradition and beliefs rooted in the population. Photo: Roberto Suarez
An organized public walks three times around La Ceiba del Templete, in Havana, Cuba, according to the Havana tradition and beliefs rooted in the population. Photo: Roberto Suarez

The European Union: a fruit of the Marshall Plan distant in History

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Socialism suicidal weapon. Author: Osval, Cuban
Socialism suicidal weapon. Author: Osval, Cuban

The Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was an American initiative passed in 1948 for foreign aid to Western Europe. The United States transferred over $13 billion (equivalent of about $114 billion in 2020) in economic recovery programs to Western European economies after the end of World War II. Replacing an earlier proposal for a Morgenthau Plan, it operated for four years beginning on April 3, 1948. The goals of the United States were to rebuild war-torn regions, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, improve European prosperity, and prevent the spread of communism. The Marshall Plan required a reduction of interstate barriers, a dropping of many regulations, and encouraged an increase in productivity, as well as the adoption of modern business procedures.

General George C. Marshall, the 50th U.S. Secretary of State
General George C. Marshall, the 50th U.S. Secretary of State (U.S. Department of State)

The Marshall Plan aid was divided among the participant states roughly on a per capita basis. A larger amount was given to the major industrial powers, as the prevailing opinion was that their resuscitation was essential for the general European revival. Somewhat more aid per capita was also directed toward the Allied nations, with less for those that had been part of the Axis or remained neutral. The largest recipient of Marshall Plan money was the United Kingdom (receiving about 26% of the total), but the enormous cost that Britain incurred through the “Lend-Lease” scheme was not fully re-paid to the USA until 2006. The next highest contributions went to France (18%) and West Germany (11%). Some eighteen European countries received Plan benefits. Although offered participation, the Soviet Union refused Plan benefits, and also blocked benefits to Eastern Bloc countries, such as Hungary and Poland. The United States provided similar aid programs in Asia, but they were not part of the Marshall Plan.

Its role in the rapid recovery has been debated. The Marshall Plan’s accounting reflects that aid accounted for about 3% of the combined national income of the recipient countries between 1948 and 1951, which means an increase in GDP growth of less than half a percent.

The labelling used on aid packages created and sent under the Marshall Plan
The labelling used on aid packages created and sent under the Marshall Plan. USAID Graphic Standards Manual

After World War II, in 1947, industrialist Lewis H. Brown wrote (at the request of General Lucius D. Clay) A Report on Germany, which served as a detailed recommendation for the reconstruction of post-war Germany, and served as a basis for the Marshall Plan. The initiative was named after United States Secretary of State George C. Marshall. The plan had bipartisan support in Washington, where the Republicans controlled Congress and the Democrats controlled the White House with Harry S. Truman as president. The Plan was largely the creation of State Department officials, especially William L. Clayton and George F. Kennan, with help from the Brookings Institution, as requested by Senator Arthur Vandenberg, chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Marshall spoke of an urgent need to help the European recovery in his address at Harvard University in June 1947.

Great Seal of the United States.
Great Seal of the United States.

The purpose of the Marshall Plan was to aid in the economic recovery of nations after World War II and to reduce the influence of communist parties within them. To combat the effects of the Marshall Plan, the USSR developed its own economic plan, known as the Molotov Plan, in spite of the fact that large amounts of resources from the Eastern Bloc countries to the USSR were paid as reparations, for countries participating in the Axis Power during the war.

The phrase “equivalent of the Marshall Plan” is often used to describe a proposed large-scale economic rescue program.

In 1951 the Marshall Plan was largely replaced by the Mutual Security Act.

Be careful what you say, skinny bighead!

Be careful what you say!

Be careful what you say skinny bighead Author Osval Cubano
Be careful what you say skinny bighead Author Osval Cubano

Stolen World Heritage Site

Perla Blanca Beach in the Santa María Cays, north of Villa Clara Province, Cuba. Photo: Tee Bee
Perla Blanca Beach in the Santa María Cays, north of Villa Clara Province, Cuba. Photo: Tee Bee

We want to find out that the United Nations has declared the earthly paradise that appears in the photo a “stolen World Heritage Site”. It is an extensive strip of stunning beaches on the North Coast of Cuba (something similar we find on the southern side of the Cuban Archipelago) and that the Cuban Government has granted to particular foreign companies (most of them Spanish) who are responsible for the impressive Cuba’s natural beauties are visited almost exclusively by supporters of the Castroites, excluding the other 7,771 million (World Population Clock, June 22, 2021 – 3:00 pm EST).

The United Nations should be neither socialist nor anti-socialist, but should be the highest banner of Freedom, Justice and Prosperity for all Humanity. It is regrettable and tragic that the UN has become a partial body of a small part of the world’s population.

Queremos enterarnos que la ONU haya declarado “Patrimonio de la Humanidad robado” el paraíso terrenal que aparece en la foto. Se trata de una extensa franja de despampanantes playas sobre la Costa Norte de Cuba (algo parecido encontramos en el lado Sur del Archipiélago Cubano) y que el Gobierno Cubano ha concedido a particulares compañías extranjeras (la mayoría españolas) quienes se encargan de que las impresionantes bellezas naturales de Cuba sean visitadas casi en exclusivo por partidarios de los castristas, excluyendo a los otros 7 mil 771 millones (Reloj Mundial de Población, Junio 22 del 2021 – 3:00 pm EST).

La ONU no debería ser ni socialista ni antisocialista, sino que debería ser la más alta bandera de la Libertad, la Justicia y la Prosperidad de toda la Humanidad. Es lamentable y trágico que la ONU se haya convertido en un organismo parcial de una pequeña parte de la población mundial.