Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips talk about US Cuba relations, societial differences between US and Cuba, and the Cuban Five with Ricardo Alarcon President of the National Assembly in Cuba, Martin Garbus US attorney for the Cuban Five, and Gloria La Riva coordinator of the national committee to free the Cuban Five.
Ricardo Alarcón has been Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) for nearly 30 years and has served since 1993 as President of the National Assembly of People’s Power the legislative parliament of theRepublic of Cuba. The parliament has over 600 members elected from single-member electoral districts for a term of five years.
Gloria La Riva is a labor, community and socialist activist. She is coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, and has worked for decades to end U.S. hostility toward Cuba.
Martin Garbus (www.martingarbus.co) is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers. In early June Garbus and Supreme Court specialist, Thomas Goldstein, together with long-time Cuban Five lawyer Richard Klugh, filed a motion in U.S. Southern District Court, seeking an evidentiary hearing and the right to discovery on behalf of Gerardo Hernández, in his Habeas Corpus appeal. This motion relates specifically to the issue of U.S. government payments to members of the Miami media during the trial of the Five, journalists whose coverage helped to add to the already poisonous atmosphere in Miami against the Five.