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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 10:11 PM
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43. Oh, God. FREEDOM HOUSE. What a right-wing colossal mistake!
I wouldn't expect to see ANYONE other than a knuckle-dragging, drooling reactionary right-wingding to cite this source. It's just not sensible.

Silk gloves to kill the revolution
By Nicanor Leon Cotayo, Prensa Latina, 30 August 1996

ONE of the front organizations utilized by the U. S. government to carry out subversive plans against Cuba is the Washington-based Freedom House Foundation, and the person in charge of leading these activities is one of the organization's top men, Frank Calzon.

Freedom House presents itself as a nongovernmental organization which promotes human rights in the world and is politically neutral, but it is actually a mouthpiece for the White House. Nonetheless, in 1995 it was given full membership in the UN Human Rights Commission, in the role of a "consultative" agency.

Its president is Adrian Karatnycky and its director in the U.S. capital is Frank Calzon, who is of Cuban origin. Since his arrival in the United States in 1960, under the sponsorship of U.S. agencies, including the CIA, Calzon has specialized in propaganda campaigns against Cuba.

In 1993, also with U.S. government financing, he began to promote the creation on the island of so-called nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), which according to the plans, would later be strengthened when they become conduits for humanitarian aid to the island.

The unusual (for humans) Mr. Calzon


Through its Program to Promote Cuban Transition to Democracy, USAID has granted democracy-building assistance to a similar and often overlapping list of grantees, including Freedom House, Center for a Free Cuba, Institute for Democracy in Cuba, Cuban Dissidence Task Force, International Republican Institute, Grupo de Apoyo a la Disidencia, Accin Democrtica Cubana, Cuba Free Press, Florida International University's Journalism Training Program, CubaNet, Carta de Cuba, Partners of the Americas, Pan American Development Foundation, ACDI-VOCA/Independent Agricultural Cooperatives, University of Miami's program for Developing Civil Society, Florida International University's NGO Development Program, American Center for International Labor Solidarity, National Policy Association, Cuba On-Line, Sabre Foundation, Rutgers University's Planning for Change program, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and University of Miami's Cuba Transition Planning program.

One of the most bizarre of USAID's grantees in its Cuba program was the U.S.-Cuba Business Council, which, according to USAID, "has sought to become an interlocutor between large U.S. firms and South Florida businesses and Cuba in the eventuality of a free-market transition." Although it claims to support "free-market" principles of development, the business council voiced strong support for U.S. policies that restrict free commercial relations with Cuba. USAID funded the business council to "help the U.S. private sector prepare for Cuba's eventual transition to a free market regime." Before he joined the Bush administration, Otto Reich served as president of the U.S.-funded business council. In November 2000, Reich said, "The U.S.-Cuba Business Council believes that the foreign economic potential of a free-market Cuba represents over $15 and a half billion within five years after a democratic transition." Unlike the U.S.-Business Council and other U.S.-government funded organizations, other U.S. business organizations have advocated a relaxation or an end to the economic embargo.

USAID's 2003 program aimed, among other things, to "build solidarity with democratic and human rights groups on the island," amounted to $6 million-all of which was drawn from the national security-related Economic Support Fund (ESF) of the Pentagon's budget. The allocation for the 2004 program, entitled Civil Society Developed, jumped to $7 million, all of which will also come from the ESF.

USAID signals its own right-wing political orientation in the first sentence of its Cuban program overview, citing the rightist Heritage Foundation's description of Cuba as the second worst "economically repressed regime" in the world after North Korea. In the next sentence it cites the neoconservative Freedom House-a grantee of NED whose directors and staff have been tightly interlinked since NED's founding in 1983-stating that Cuba is among the eleven "most repressive regimes" in the world.

The credibility of USAID-and of the State Department, which oversees USAID's programs-is seriously undermined by its description of Cuba as a terrorist nation, noting that Cuba remains on the State Department's list of terrorist countries, despite lack of any credible evidence that Cuba supports international terrorism.


Freedom House's right in there sucking up that government money like no tomorrow:

  • Freedom House: Transitions ($500,000 - completed) (Just financed Czechs in Cuba)
  • Center for a Free Cuba ($1,450,000)
  • The Institute for Democracy in Cuba ($1,000,000 - completed)
  • Dissidence Task Group ($250,000 - completed)
  • International Republican Institute ($1,175,000)
  • Freedom House: Cuban Democracy Project ($825,000)
  • Grupode Apoyo a la Disidencia ($400,000)


Frank Calzon!
Born in 1947 in Cuba. Emigrated to the U.S. in 1960. Graduated from the University of Georgetown, where he was president of the Association of Cuban Students. Recruited by the CIA during his time as a university student.

From a very young age, Calzon became involved in Miami terrorist organizations of Cuban origin like Alpha-66 and Abdala. In Abdala Calzon held leadership positions and took part in subversive activities against Cuba.

During the 1970s, he co-founded, along with counterrevolutionaries Elena Mederos, Siro del Castillo and Humberto Medrano the Of Human Rights organization. Through this organization he maintained a systematic and intense defamatory campaign against Cuba, based fundamentally on supposed human rights violation and the state of counter-revolutionary prisoners.

During this period he became part of the board of directors of the Miami-based counterrevolutionary organization Committee of Intellectuals for the Freedom of Cuba. During these years, Calzon directed his attacks against groups that promoted a policy of understanding with the Cuban Revolution such as Areito magazine.

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