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Bacardí: La Guerra Occulta, Pedro Perez - Sarduy, Jiribilla, 10/02

The Cuban American National Foundation and terrorism

Cuba's Plantocracy

The Bacardí Family

The Bacardí family sells half the rum in the US and has a long history of supporting right wing Cuban American causes, including terrorist organizations.  

A Spanish emigrant, Facundo Bacardi, founded a small distillery in Santiago in 1862, over two decades prior to the abolition of slavery in 1886. A savy businessman, he grew the affair rapidly and it became the first large distillery in Cuba, exporting to foreign market thanks to cheap raw materials produced by inexpensive labor.

The Bacardís have long been major funders of the The Cuban American National Foundation.

Gratuita la nueva edición de "Ron Bacardi, la guerra oculta"  1/21/2021 Cuba Informacion TV: "Hernando Calvo Ospina - Rebelión.- En el año 2000 se publicó por primera vez este trabajo. El año pasado, febrero 2020, en la Feria Internacional del libro de La Habana se presentó una edición actualizada."


Gratuita la nueva edición de "Ron Bacardi, la guerra oculta"  1/21/2021 Cuba Informacion TV: "Hernando Calvo Ospina - Rebelión.- En el año 2000 se publicó por primera vez este trabajo. El año pasado, febrero 2020, en la Feria Internacional del libro de La Habana se presentó una edición actualizada."

Bacardi chairman: Family split about embargo  6/16/2014 Cuba Standard: "Hinting that yet another Cuban American business dynasty may be softening its approach to Cuba, Bacardi Ltd. leader Facundo Bacardi told Cigar Aficionado magazine in an interview that his family has differences over U.S. embargo policies."

Berta Soler en la Casa Bacardi  4/27/2013 Nuevo Herald: "La disidente cubana, Bertha Soler, líder de las Damas en Blanco, habló durante conferencia de prensa en la Casa Bacardi de la Universidad de Miami en Coral Gables el sábado, 27 de abril del 2013." [en el corazon de la Plantocracia!]

Bacardi: from C-4 to flamethrowers  9/28/2006 Granma: "IT is pretty ironic that the Bacardi company, which for 50 years has financed the Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF) and the C-4 of Posada Carriles, would be victims of a consumer demand, victims of a bottle of the controversial rum converted into a flamethrower. Three women in South Florida suffered burns in 2002, when a client of the adult Secrets club converted a bottle of Bacardi into a flamethrower during a drinks promotion. Drunk, the client set fire to a menu in order to light the rum that he was drinking in a cup. The flames spread to a bottle of 75.5-proof Bacardi rum, which then exploded."

Bacardi charged in Texas election scandal  9/23/2004 Miami Herald: "A Texas grand jury has indicted Bacardi USA on charges of making a $20,000 illegal campaign contribution to Texas Republican state legislative candidates in 2002, in a case linked to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political fund-raising activities. Miami-based Bacardi was named in the indictment along with seven other companies, including Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, and three top political aides to DeLay. The House majority leader was not indicted. But a money laundering allegation in a congressional ethics complaint filed against DeLay involves the same $190,000 in political contributions that led to indictments of the aides."

Bacardi to sue over Cuba, Pernod Ricard using Havana Club name  3/29/2004 Miami Herald 

Bush Bros. Wrecking Company - Time Runs Out for the Everglades  12/30/2003 CounterPunch: "The failure of the state to plan for sprawl creeping toward the Everglades Agricultural Area, where sugar is grown, is an enormous impediment to timely and cost-efficient restoration, which will depend -- not on risky technologies like aquifer storage and recovery wells that only engineering companies believe will work -- but on significant additional surface water storage. The imminent arrival of condo farms in the Everglades Agricultural Area -- the "exit strategy" for Big Sugar -- will be facilitated by a new law Gov. Bush supported in 2002 that diminishes citizen standing in challenging bad development decisions by the state or local authorities." Big Sugar here means the Fanjul family, long in the forefront with Bacardi in financing the Miami Mafia. Their exploits in the sugar industry are legendary: from working conditions to large government subsidies to their pollutants, which have killed many of the coral reefs off the coast of Florida.

Defending Bacardi - DeLay attempts to slip a little Cuba Libre into defense authorization bill  10/21/2003 Working for Change 

Florida Gov. Bush Signs Contentious Everglades Bill  5/21/2003 Reuters: "Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law on Tuesday a sugar industry-backed bill relaxing requirements to clean up the Everglades, which critics say threatens the health of the massive Florida wetland." By sugar industry is meant the Fanjul brothers, who own most of it in Florida and finance the Cuban American terrorists along with the Bacardis.

Allied hopes for a Bacardi mixer  5/12/2003 Guardian, UK: "Bacardi is owned by about 600 members of the Bacardi family, making any merger complicated. A willingness to consider an initial public offering has given Allied new hope. The secretive and deeply divided Bacardi family, which established its rum business 141 years ago, has been accused of plotting to undermine the Castro regime in Cuba. Even though it agreed last Wednesday at a meeting in Bermuda to allow outside shareholders, it is looking at two classes of stock so the family can retain control."

Bacardi accused of campaign to oust Castro  8/15/2002 Guardian, UK: "The Bacardi rum company has been engaged for more than 40 years in clandestine attempts to overthrow the Cuban government by both violent and other means, according to a new book. The company is accused of bankrolling extreme rightwing groups and American mainstream politicians in an effort to remove Fidel Castro and re-establish its profitable empire on the island. Bacardi is the world's largest rum company, with annual sales of more than 240 million bottles in 170 countries. Its history stretches back to 1862 when it was founded in Santiago de Cuba by a Frenchman and a Catalan. But behind its image of a fun drink for partygoers, is an empire that has devoted millions of dollars of its profits towards removing Castro and the current Cuban government, which nationalised its properties in 1959, according to the Colombian journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina in his new book, Bacardi, the Hidden War." Not to mention that from its founding in 1862, Bacardi was built on slave labor and owes REPARATIONS.

BACARDI ACCUSED OF FUNDING CAMPAIGN TO DESTROY CUBAN REVOLUTION  8/15/2002 Radio Havana: "The book "Bacardi: The Hidden War," by Colombian writer Hernando Calvo Ospina, also explains that directors and leading shareholders in Bacardi were instrumental in the establishment in 1981 of the Cuban- American National Foundation, which became one of the main players in the effort to kill Fidel Castro and overthrow the Cuban Revolution."

Bacardi buys Mexico's Cazadores tequila company  6/7/2002 The News, Mexico: the Bacardis continue their expansion, based on the start they got thanks to Cuban slaves, of whom they owned many in the 19th century. The Bacardis were primarily responsible for Helms Burton.

Study details how Cuban exiles have aided key U.S. lawmakers  5/20/2002 Dallas Morning News: "Ms. Thomas said that few foreign citizens play a more active role in seeking to influence U.S. foreign policy than the Bermuda-based Bacardi Martini rum company and sugar barons Alfonso and Jose Fanjul. The Cuban-born brothers, better known as Alfy (a Democrat) and Pepe (a Republican), are Spanish citizens but have homes in West Palm Beach, Fla. Of the $1.8 million contributed between 1999 and 2002, the Fanjul brothers; their corporation, Flo-Sun Sugar; and Bacardi contributed $1.34 million, or 71 percent of the total."

Fallan en favor de la Bacardí  1/3/2002 AP: classic AP spin on a story where the WTO still finds the law favoring Bacardi illegal!

The Rum Dynasty: Bacardi  9/1/1996 Cigar Aficionado: "George Reid ("My friends call me Jorge," he jokes) is a corporate finance lawyer, trained at Yale and Harvard, who, while working full-time at the Washington law firm of Covington and Burling, also spent seven years as deputy general counsel to the Republican National Committee under President Ronald Reagan. Reid first came into contact with Bacardi while representing Hiram Walker, the Canadian spirits firm, in its investment in Bacardi in 1977. While a partner at Covington and Burling, Reid advised Bacardi on how to consolidate the five companies in its empire into a single holding company, essentially designing the company's current structure. By extension, Cutillas says, Reid also helped bring together an increasingly contentious family that argued about the direction of any one of the five companies and of the Bacardi empire as a whole."

Links/Enlaces top

Bacardí: The Hidden War
by Hernando Calvo Ospina, Hernando Calvo Ospina, Stephen Wilkinson (Translator), Alasdair Holden (Translator). Reviewed by Pedro Pérez-Sarduy
Obtain directly on-line at the Amazon Bookstore ==> [Order from Amazon].

Entrevista de Juventud Rebelde con Hernando Calvo Ospina, autor de Ron Bacardí: La guerra oculta:

Gov. Bush reveals lobby effort: documents show intervention in trademark case of GOP donor, Washington Post, 10/18/02

Think before you drink: What you should know about Bacardi, The Guardian, 12/1/99

Pagina de Sodepaz sobre Bacardí

Enlaces de Sodepaz (includes English links)

House Select Committe on Assassinations
  VOL. X

Despite such strong sentiment, the DRE continued to accept support although its more militant member had been urged to join Manuel Artime's Movimiento de Recuperacion Revolucionaria (MRR) forces.(43) Whether or not this suggestion was ever taken by any DRE members is not documented, but the top leaders remained a homogeneous group and, by 1964, were soliciting additional financial support outside the U.S. Government. They were successful in receiving some funds from the Bacardi rum family in Miami.(44) --


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