Honduras National Party Uses Consulate to Promote It’s Candidate

The Civic Destruction of Honduras

Undoubtedly triggered by a complete misunderstanding of the most basic empathy with the Honduran population, the sitting government of Porfirio Lobo Sosa continues to indulge in acts of blatant abuse to the office they so dearly defend.Setting up a fundraising operation at a federally sanctioned Honduran consulate on America sovereign soil (Miami, Fl) for the express benefit of the incumbent government’s National Party and candidate Juan Orlando Hernández, would seem like something right out of a “B” Hollywood movie where the government status quo was something akin to Woddy Allen’s “Moon over Parador”and, just two steps removed from the “Bunga-Bunga Party” mentality of late. (Photo left: MIami’s Consular body poses for AP while breaking the law…)When the security of the citizens of Honduras is set second to the feverish compulsion to “herd in” as many votes you can, the purpose and ethical guidelines that may exist are thrown aside. Imagine then, honduras.6.12.APall Honduran citizens coming in for daily consular matters in a a city such as Miami (Fl) who are there for something as relatively mundane as the processing the Id documents required for let’s say …voting from outside Honduras, then being asked by a consular representative (at the front desk of said consulate) whether or not they would like to support the government’s party candidate?Even as the question is followed by the just as odd clarification that they ask only because they are selling tickets to the National Party’s candidate fundraiser (which by the way could only be paid there or at the door and, could only be paid in cash), what do you think is passing through the minds of the Honduran citizens so questioned?

Is is so far of the mark to think that a good many of these honest , God fearing people who are ever so aware of the rampant

Current Honduran President  Lobo-Sosa

Current Honduran President Lobo-Sosa

violence and alleged corruption in their country would feel pressured to at least appear to favor the suggested political preference or, perhaps even contribute in fear of some sort of retaliation?

The very lady who called this story in happens to be of a different political affiliation than the National Party and, though she has been a long time U.S. resident who is well accustomed to our way of life and how our laws and civil liberties work was very concerned with her privacy. She had the courage to give us the story, return to with a witness to back her up and take names but, she was still fearful enough of retaliations to her self or her family that she begged we did not reveal her name unless it was absolutely necessary.

When was the last time you personally felt that way in the course of any election or government related project in the U.S. of A.? The constant political chatter of republicans Vs Democrats Vs Tea Party Vs everybody else show you ,if sometimes nothing else, how little anyone fears voicing their opinions (factual or not, for better or worse) in this great country of ours. taking it to the point where the honor of it’s institutions are wantonly trampled on as if overrun by the money changers at the temples of law in Biblical times.
Honduras and its people have endured and survived times of great duress, But, can the spirit of the country survive if the people and their laws are made a mockery of? And, without the trust of the people, can the country survive such abuse without breaking?
While daily reports of crimes in Honduras reach unprecedented heights:

Honduras – Murder capital – SFGate New Violence Hits Honduras | Americas Quarterly
(http://www.sfgate.com/world/slideshow/Honduras-Murder-capital-46228.php )
Violence turns deadly in Honduras – Video on NBCNews.com
Honduras Violence – Huffington Post
World Report 2013: Honduras | Human Rights Watch

juan-orlando-hernandez-partido-nacional-de-honduras-national-party…Honduran officials and career politicians of the National party are gritting their teeth and making an all out effort to have the people focus on the elections rather than on the sad state of affair in which the country has lingered for most of the last administration. And, so sure are the consular workers in their positions than they even pose for the Associated Press at one of these Miami fundraising events.

This was also covered by the prominent Honduran whistleblower blog who had a parallel investigation unknown to us at the time of our research. Here you can find all names and positions of the Honduran consular officers and their Washington D.C. counterparts as discovered by their investigation.:
(English summary here) http://quotha.net/node/2514
It is just too Ironic that we refer to governments such as these as ” administrations” since , most don’t administer anything very well. Particularly not their own ambition, egotism or arrogance when it comes to placing themselves above the needs of the people they are supposed to serve.


Mauricio Villeda en un rally en su honor…

Mauricio Villeda, the lead opposition candidate for the Liberal party has embarked in a quest through Honduras in what seems like an effort to turn the tide of violence and distrust almost one Honduran at a time. Villeda continues to widen his lead among Honduran residing in the U.S. This segment of the voting population has a much more “Americanized” view of social justice and, is much better informed (and more confident in their freedom of expression) than those residing in Honduran soil

Villeda’s closest competitor Xiomara Castro continues to struggle to define her final position though there is no doubt that being the wife of the very controversial former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya removed by a “coup” in 2009 (Manuel Zelaya Arrested: Honduras President Detained By Soldiers) will at some point also bear weight on this already tattered process.

Margolis at City Hall

A new business speakers series has been inaugurated at famed City Hall Restaurant in downtown Miami. Where owner and long time area entrepreneur Steven Haas  agreed to host the Kotel Financial Speaker series created and produced by local high visibility promoter Tony Major.

Florida Senator Gwen Margolis (D)

On it’s first event of this sort, the restaurant, which is located at 2004 Biscayne blvd,just a couple of blocks from the venerable offices of the Miami Herald, The keynote speaker was State Senator Gwen Margolis who was brought to the podium by Hass after, he himself was introduced to the crowd by a representative of the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalist and the International Press Club-Miami.

Margolis took to the podium with her polished open style and touted Miami’s new and rising real estate development surge as a joint community effort. And, in a few cases, a demonstration of how there can there can be bi-partisan progress in the state congress when the initiative is clear and well led. A

Margolis specifically noted business tourism as one of the major cause for this rise and, declared that her and her colleagues are trying to further procure the necessary regulations and funds to insure all possible advantages are given to this opportunity.

Sven H. Haas and his lovely wife with Miami’s top promoter Tony Major

Worthy of special mention is that, among the world class  local notables present there was also Master Chu-Fei Tsai, one os the most spiritually  influential  (yet  almost invisible to the locals)  women of her time.. Master Tsai is the Head of the Heart of Humanity Foundation and a direct representative of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Leader of the Buddhist faith who, she has helped bring to Miami for the last two visits.

Tsai is planning a series of community oriented fundraisers  and events starting in November of this year and, continuing through to June culminating with the Third Visit of the Dalai Lama to Miami. to  a third for next year.. Master Tsai is not only an accomplished PhD and Chinese Physician who sits in multiple academic board worldwide but, she is also based in Miami’s Coconut Grove’s Zen Village.

She and Senator Margolis happen to be neighbors in Coconut Grove so, it is expect they will further cooperate in the effort to attract business and pleasure visitors to our area. Among the many students of Master Tsai around the world are quite a few heads of State, International bankers of the first order and any other number of potential further sources of visitors.

Rick Romash, Master Chufei Tsai and Kotel Managing Partner Eli Mualin

While the Q & A that followed Senator Margolis’s words at the podium was generally focused on the details of  the specific incentives being offered now to help businesses and individuals take advantage of this economic surge, the opening question requested confirmation on the fact the in Florida, ex felons and and certain other that have completed their sentences may still not vote.  This is a very volatile issue at this time since i.e. the ACLU is currently suing Governor Scott to relax what they (the ACLU) considers are “voter suppression” efforts guided by party orientation. And, the rights of offenders that have already paid their debt to society in prison but, are still not allowed to vote are also a big past of the disagreement.

Jobvelin Escalona nd friend Maria with Master Tsai and Mr. Mualin

Fortunately the Senator managed to command the room and her session at the podium returned very quickly to the topic for which most of the attendees had come to hear. Eli Mualin of Kotel Financial services and Wealth Management actively made private  introductions during the lunch period since, as a title sponsor  of the speaker series, they are on a mission to enhance the changes of all new businesses and,or investors coming in to the area.  As part of which, Kotel Financial is currently sponsoring a series of events  to  promote the concept of credit protection,  Kotel’s strategy to help enhance the area  is to  advise companies trying to make a home base in Miami on how to safely,  effectively and expediently  finance their penetration instead of having to lay out  the currently scarce hard currency and, avoid catastrophic compromising of principal investments.

The Speaker series will continue monthly at City Hall Restaurant. Any local persons or corporations interested in participating either as guest or, for consideration as speakers should contact Tony Major  though the Kotel front desk at: 305-712 2060 or you can find his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194612913999334/

Breakfast with the ACLU

Howard Simon, Director ACLU Florida and ANA Vidalon of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists

In the midst of the GOP and DNC national conventions, the trenches are filled with the local activists of one political persuasion or another clawing at the wheels within the wheels of local government politicking. TheACLU is right in the middle of the fight and, it has its hands full.

On the morning of September 5th , the ACLU hosted a breakfast for the Miami-area Hispanic media. The breakfast was organized by the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists and the International Press club-Miami.

On this occasion, the main objective was to muster some support for the ACLU’s legal and political battle against Florida Governor Rick Scott’s administration, which they are suing to oppose number of amendments (5,6 & 8) and, specifically at this moment, what the organization calls the “Voter Suppression Law,” a.k.a. HB-1355.

After a brief but energetic video greeting from Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, Howard Simon, the Florida Director of the ACLU and most senior member of the entire organization, gave a brief introduction to the program and began to enumerate all the arenas the ACLU is involved in, but emphasized the current problem with the apparent intent of these laws to make it harder for minorities, elderly and students to exercise their right to vote.

Even though the challenges to the legislation are individual and will have to be disputed independently of each other, they all stem from one single set of basic facts — there is an almost insignificant amount of documented cases of voter fraud (1/4 of 1 percent in Florida and 81 out of 300 million voters nationwide). However, the laws the legislature is attempting to pass would deny the right of vote to hundreds of thousands of legitimate voters while trying to prevent a crime for which fewer 100 people have been accused in the past few years.

Voter fraud in Dade County is not “technically” happening in significant numbers and what is, is not being perpetrated by illegal aliens. Voter manipulation guided by the most respectable political campaigns runs rampant. It is a tried and true tactic to make a connection with any of the elderly medical service companies or homes and have them allow the politician to bus the little old ladies and gents to a “free” meal. Once there, the elderly voters are made to purposely wait while proxy ballots are distributed. After a good wait to enhance their appetite, they are told to just sign the proxy so food can be served. It is common to see tour buses by the dozen loaded with these elderly voters showing up for a “free” breakfast.

The other featured amendments singled out by the ACLU in Florida are even more politically complicated. According to the ALCU presentation and handout literature, Amendment Five gives elected officials more control over the courts making judges vulnerable to the influence of said politicians. Amendment Six allows politicians to get involved in decisions traditionally only between a private individual and his/her doctor. And finally, Amendment Eight would allow religious groups to get government financial support and yet keep their tax exempt status.

The funniest on this is that if you were to just say, in a normal conversation, that “government” is trying to do this, most (if not all) Republicans would tout it as proof of the evil things President Obama is doing. The really funny part being that this is a Republican legislature led by a Republican governor.

At least in this occasion, and fortunately for the organizers, the turnout was excellent and the interest in the subject matter was so strong that there was an extended discussion way past breakfast with lively participation from the guests. The attending media included the Editor of the very popular and long standing Diario Las Americas, Mexican Consul Juan Miguel Gutierrez Tinoco, the Hispanic Affairs Director for the Israeli consulate, and representatives of the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists as well as for the International Press Club-Miami, to name a few.

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IPC-Miami, Honoring our Homecoming Troops and Vets


Image by Krypy Balze, an honored friend and patriot.


 We are taking over this convoy parade event for the ICCSD  (Independent Chamber of Commerce of South Dade)  as a gesture of our commitment to the community we so proudly belong to. And, to add our voice  as loudly as we can to a citizen salute to our homecoming troops and veterans.

IPC-Miami will take the position of organizing host for this historic event dubbed “The Freedom Convoy” Parade.

You can see most of the details through  the ICCSD page link on the Keg South Parade Kick off party teaser.

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This issue’s news sampler


Keeping travel industry pros in the know

Issue: 814



Puerto Rico Ready to Host Caribbean Hotel, Tourism Investment Conference
The 16th annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) is scheduled for April 24 to 26, 2012, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year’s conference will target need for stronger public and private sector partnerships.
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Neil Armstrong talking space planes & more

Monday morning, Professor Neil Armstrong (yes, that Neil Armstrong) gave a talk out here in California about his experiences in the X-15 suborbital flight program. The X-15 was America’s first dedicated high speed, high altitude, rocket-powered suborbital space plane, and back in the early 1960s it was busy paving the way for the commercial spaceflight development that’s one of the most exciting things happening in space today.

More Top Tech Stories:
Could these IDs replace your driver’s license?
Who needs a mouse to navigate?
Watch it in action.
Catch the video of this 110-pound metal sphere.
Apparently Apple is selling cooking appliances. Wait, no they aren’t.
Some of these definitely deserve to be made.



El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos invita a los medios a participar en su primera sesión de preguntas y respuestas por Twitter en español

El jueves 1 de marzo 2012, a las 2:00p.m., horario de Washington D.C., el Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos estará lanzando su primera sesión de preguntas y respuestas por Twitter en español.  El sub secretario interino para asuntos de prensa, Mike Hammer, responderá a preguntas enviadas a través de la cuenta oficial de Twitter en español, @USAenEspanol.  Las preguntas pueden ser enviadas ahora a través de #AskState.

Mike Hammer responderá a las preguntas enviadas por Twitter desde el podio de la sala de prensa del Departamento de Estado.  El video de sus respuestas será disponible por el canal de You Tube del Departamento de Estado: http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.

@USAenEspanol  es una de las 11 cuentas oficiales de Twitter  del Departamento de Estado, que incluye @StateDept (inglés),@USAbilAraby (arabe), @USA_Zhongwen (chino), @USAdarFarsi  (farsi), @USAenFrancais (francés), @USAHindiMein (hindu),@USAemPortugues (portugues), @USApoRusski (ruso), @ABDTurk (turco), y @USAUrdu (urdu).  Estas cuentas permiten al Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos  a informar y  a dialogar con diversos públicos alrededor del mundo sobre temas de política extranjera.  También apoyan a los esfuerzos del Departamento de Estado de complementar la política extranjera tradicional a través de los recursos de las redes tecnológicas y digitales de un mundo interconectado.

Isabel Malowany

Deputy Director

Media Hub of the Americas

U.S. Department of State

Contractor IEA Corp.


IPC -Miami Events


Jazz Night at the Keg

Jennifer Bridgett Fumero ICCSD Events Vice-Chair

ICCSD Events Chair

The kick off event for our planned parade was amazing!

to ICCSD page with details 

The guys and gals from Occupy Miami made the night complete with their enthusiasm and support. What a really friendly bunch of people!

Mr. Houston Cypress, Executive Director of  Miccosukee Magazine (Saturdays at noon on WSVN Channel 7 ) honored us a the night’s Master of Ceremonies.

Link to ICCSD Page details 


Mixed images of the  last two IPC-Miami Evnts

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Also, make sure to check the little bit of mercury Wolf we managed to get on video. This girl is going places!!!

Mercury Wolff


Krypy Balze Artist, Friend & Patriot

The  Freedom Convoy Parade,…

a civilian homage to our returning troops.

Finally, we also raised a our first couple of hundred dollars towards our projected parade. In fact, here is where that stands right now:

We are going to hold a traffic cavalcade that requires no special permit to close any streets. We will just do  a drive along in caravan, vehicles will all move at the indicated speed limit but,will slow down for the pass in front of the honorees. All vehicles will park immediately after the pass at a legally designated spot.  And, the marching volunteers will assemble from the vehicles behind the pre-loaded volunteers leading the honor march

Link to ICCSD Page with details

Please share your ideas or, suggestions by leaving us a comment on this page!



Monica Rosales
DocMiami International Film Festival,
Executive Director ::
“Everything you dream is real”
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Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend
Presented by DocMiami Film Fest
One night only
Thursday, March 15, 7pm

The Tower Theater – Miami Dade College
1508 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135

Ticket Price: $6.63
Purchase Tickets Online:
(seating is limited only 100)
Celebrate Miami Film Month with DocMiami International Film Festival and filmmaker/star of the documentary, Esther Anderson who will be present for a Q & A Session after the film. Special guest speaker, Maya Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones as well as Bob Marley’s cousin, singer Alex Marley and his nephew, Good Morning America – Chef, Charles Maddock Aston Barrett Jr. and his band “Reggae Force” will also contribute to this wonderful evening.

Through intimate scenes shot on a Sony video camera in the 1970s, Jamaican filmmaker Esther Anderson artfully constructed the union between Reggae and Rasta that launched the international career and renowned image of Bob Marley and The Wailers. Revisiting that formative time, she reveals to what degree her original vision set in motion the radical change of perception and consciousness both musically and socially around the world. “DocMiami is incredibly honored to be able to present this documentary to South Florida in celebration of Miami Film Month.” said Monica Rosales DocMiami, Executive Director.

In 2011, DocMiami was Recognized in ProductionHub as  “Spiciest Film Festival”. DocMiami is an organization dedicated to promoting the best that documentary filmmaking has to offer worldwide. DocMiami seeks to provide filmmakers a forum which promotes their unique contributions to the evolution of the cultural arts within South Florida and within the entertainment industry as a whole.

Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend screening followed by Q & A with Esther Anderson

Bob Marley the Making of A Legend is a kaleidoscopic portrait of the making of a legend. Through intimate scenes shot on a Sony video camera in 1970s Jamaica filmmaker Esther Anderson artfully constructed the union between Reggae and Rasta that launched the international career and renowned image of Bob Marley and The Wailers. Revisiting that formative time she reveals to what degree her original vision set in motion the radical change of perception and consciousness both musically and socially around the world.

Special Screening presented by DocMiami International Film Festival in Partnership with MDC Tower Theater – MIFF and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors bureau in celebration of Miami Film Month.
One Love,

Debbie Allen

Entertainment Consultant

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Mobile: 954-562-2135

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Occupy, Journalists And Educators, A Three Part Harmony at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables…

By Bill Lara (EIC)

Members of Occupy Miami met last week with educators and, members of the International Press Club Miami to discuss aspects of the Occupy movement and, possible interactions between Occupy Miami members, Journalist and Teachers.

IPC-Miami President Pedro Gonzales Munne hosted the meeting at the Coral Gables Hyatt Regency where the group met last Friday at 9:30 am. Among the attendees wee a couple of educators, most prominent among them was Dr, Leonardo Ferreira PHD.  Dr, Ferreira wore the hats of Journalist and Educator as he is both a prominent international news professional  and a well respected Professor at  the University of Miami.

LR on this photo: Pedro Gozales Munne (IPC), Prem Lee Barbosa (Occupy), Ryan Williamson (Occupy), Gonzalo Vizcardo and, friend Haley Freeman(Occupy), Jennifer Fumero (Occupy-kneeling), Mary Roque (Neoterraquest), Melanie Watson (Occupy), Elizabeth Caicedo (ICCSD), Josh Lucy a.k.a. Donnie Danger (Occupy Street Medic), Stephanie Rae Garcia (Occupy Videographer) and, Vanessa Caicedo (ICCSD)

The participants exchanged views on the general concept of the local occupy movement. Among these perhaps the golden key to the heart of the movement is their desire to exemplify,as thoroughly as possible, the very image of a truly democratic body. This is a wonderful principle that the group members present had already learned  is rather difficult to crystallize into actionable reality. A salient example being for instance the fact that individual members are very careful not to generalize the expression of their personal views into the image of the “Occupy Movement”.

It bears to mention that the writer of this piece and organizer of this initial get together had the opportunity to meet with some of the attending occupy Miami members a a week or so earlier. At that meeting it became joyfully apparent that the core of the local movement was made up of some very clear minded individuals. Bright minds armed with a refreshing sense of camaraderie and  mission truly unexpected of these very young lions. Yes, …lions is the best image I can use to express the courage they seem to exude without even realizing the daring do of their actions. A truly, truly refreshing image of the youth in the movement.

Still, it is not all left to the young. Within the local Occupy movement there is also a core of perennial “true believers’ that span the age scales way beyond their teens. One  Melanie Watson in particular bears mention, she is a married and the busy mother of three great kids but, she still manages to find the time to lend her experience and care to her other  “kids” at Occupy Miami. That is another general theme in the group, they all seem to share a desire to take care of each other  (even if at times disagreements and, out right arguments may arise  between individuals).

Obviously,  “Occupy Miami” is not a utopia but, it is not an anarchist rabble either. Violence is not in their arsenal. Instead they look to reason and example. The group members present were well aware of their organizational short comings and, had that as another reason to attend the   meeting. They need advice and gentle non intrusive guidance. They don’t need someone to control them, take charge of leadership or, even act as a designated spokesperson. They need the experience and contacts of those of us who have  been around the block already. Particularly that of  those dedicated their live to truth and knowledge.

The group at the meeting has no specific demands, At least not in the way a politician or a business man would. They have started the conversation by their actions and, if pressed for a message, It is not so hard to hear it loud and clear, if you just listen. A fair shot at a good affordable education, a fair shake in the employment market, fair and honest representation by elected officials,  the simplest common denominator of their demands seems to be just that little word…, fairness.

L to R: Pedro G. Munne, Prem Lee Barbosa (Occupy) and Dr. Leonardo Ferreira (University of Miami).

So, this first meeting was held to see if there is a way by which journalist and educators, the preeminent bastions professions of fair representation and  accessible knowledge could  show this small force of nature, how to constructively develop into a force for effective, practical change without trying to alter in any way the purity of their ideals.

Dr. Ferreira, offered a great opportunity for a further step to this potentially symbiotic relationship by suggesting the possibility of helping members of occupy to apply for internships at news agencies (for example, since the majority of the member present were journalism students).  In light of that suggestion,  IPC Miami will include a section in it’s  scheduled newsletter for such opportunities and contacts.

Further more, IPC-Miami will start a local citizen journalism program where it will establish workshops and provide credentials for members of occupy with journalism majors or, media experience of some sort.  (certain basic parameters must be satisfied for IPC Miami to responsibly issue a press pass).

Some of the other initiatives include a visit to Dr. Ferreira’s classes by representatives of Occupy Miami so that students can further exchange ideas and co-examine the movement at large , though the experience of local members. Outreach to other professors both at FIU,  MDC, St, Thomas will also be sought.

Two last items also need mention. The first is that as IPC-Miami in coordination with the ICCSD (Independent Chamber of Commerce of South Dade), The Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists, Neoterraquest llc and Amsworldweb Corp prepare a parade to honor the military, a good number of the Occupy Miami movement have announced will also participate. Though, neither the movement not, the individual members at the meeting support war as a viable method for progress, they all agree that the commitment and suffering of our troops on behalf of our liberties must be recognized. In fact, many of the members of the movement either have family members and friends in active duty or, have lost them in action so, they are very sensitive to the subject.

Finally, ICCSD has made arrangements to organize a small jazz night for members of Occupy Miami at the Keg South of Kendall. The tentative date is Saturday February 25th at 8:30 but, details will be confirmed on our next issue. If you would like to participate either with parade, the jazz night, have comments /suggestions or, would like to help in any way, please fill the following form and, we will be in touch shortly.

For more information  or, to set up interviews with Occupy Miami, please contact John Noone at  Occupy Miami.

IPC~ Miami Meeting Reminder and Guest Speaker Mini-Bio

Monthly social at the Biltmore

this Thursday

September 1st at 5pm

This Thursday we will be meeting again for half price drinks at the Biltmore

bar lounge in Coral Gables. This time our guest is Princess and Zen Buddhist Taoist Master Chu Fei Tsai.

Master Chufei Tsai was born in Taiwan in 1959. During her teenage years she Master Chu Fei Tsaiwas trained as a catholic nun and was greatly influenced by her Grand Mom, a great aboriginal healer, and her many artistic uncles. In 1978 she graduated from medical school as a Nurse and started to travel throughout Asia with her family. In 1985, she was appointed as a Master to teach others the Inner Practice from the Ancient Taoist Tradition, together with the Confucian and Buddhist philosophies for healing and well-being. Throughout the years she has traveled throughout Asia and Europe and trained many Masters to teach the Inner Practices in their own communities.

Between 1985 and 1995, she worked with orphanages in the remote areas of the Himalayas, providing education, hiring teachers, building schools and providing food and clothing. Master Tsai also provided medical resources and occupational training for the blind and physically challenged. Throughout the years she has always offered her services and help to assist those in great need.

In the area of healing, she was invited to work with hospitals and universities, researching the origins and treatment of obscure diseases. She treated terminally ill patients during her involvement, either by doing direct healing or devising self-healing programs for them.

Between 1996-2000, she traveled and continued her education in psychology and philosophy and worked with scientists in Russia, Germany and England. In 1997 the Taiwanese President asked Master Tsai to develop two programs for the Chinese Cultural Renaissance. The first focused on a spiritual renaissance. It included the idea of a spiritual revolution, an awakening of consciousness to the value of human life, which would bring more tranquility and peace to society. The second was a scientific research study of Chi or bio-energy. This was done in cooperation with the University of Taiwan.


In 1988, she met her Guru, His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche who provided private instruction to her until his death in an automobile accident in 1992. She carried the grief of losing her teacher but continued her studies with the world renowned great scholar and Yogi, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. At her teacher’s request and blessings, Master Tsai founded the first Zab Sang Institute in Taipei, Taiwan in 1993.

Zen Village
“ Master Chu Fei Tsai has a clear vision on how to teach others to empower themselves. Integrating eastern and western sciences as well as psychology and spirituality, has placed her on the leading edge of the mind-body revolution. ”
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Other guests will include Dr.Vicente Rodriguez of the Grupo Politico Economico del Presidente Hipolito Mejia and Angelo Maybin of Miami Military Academy.

As usual drinks are half price and, our area will be reserved for us. And an update on our invitation to participate in the  Miccosukee September celebrations will be forthcoming.

For questions, please contact Bill Lara @ 786-443-4854



You are Invited!

Monthly social at the Biltmore

this Thursday

September 1st at 5pm

This Thursday we will be meeting again for half price drinks at the Biltmore bar lounge in Coral Gables. This time our guest is Princess and Zen Buddhist Taoist Master Chu Fei Tsai. Other guests include Dr.Vicente Rodriguez of the Grupo Politico Economico del Presidente Hipolito Mejia and Angelo Maybin of MMA.

As usual drinks are half price and, our area will be reserved for us. And an update on our invitation to participate in the  Miccosukee September celebrations will be forthcoming.



Other invitations


Media Events

(Some events may require registration for Press access)

True Blue Wednesdays at Blue Martini Brickell

For free VIP access, just ask for Tony Major and tell him Bill Lara of IPC Miami sent you .

Wednesday, August 31 at 10:00pm

Location: Blue Martini Brickell

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Noches de Poesía con Uva de Aragón

Jueves, 8 de septiembre, 7pm a 9pm

Alliance Francaise

 618 SW 8 St

Miami, FL 33130

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Uva de Aragón, (Cuba, l944), escritora, periodista y profesora. Ha publicado una docena de libros entre los que se destacan las colecciones de artículos Crónicas de la República de Cuba 1902-1958 (2009) y Morir de exilio (2006); los ensayos

El caimán ante el espejo. Un ensayo de interpretación de lo cubano (1993) y Alfonso Hernández- Catá. Un escritor cubano, salmantino y universal (1996); y la novela Memoria del silencio(2002), así como las colecciones de cuentos No puedo más(1989) y Ni verdad ni mentira (1976) y los poemarios Los nombres del amor (1996) y Versos de exilio (1974). Escribe una columna semanal para Diario Las Américas. Sus cuentos, poesías y una obra de teatro aparecen en antologías, en español o en traducción al inglés. Ha merecido premios literarios en Europa, Latinoamérica y Estados Unidos, y muy joven, en su Cuba natal. Se desempeñó por varios años, hasta su jubilación en 2011, como vice directora del Instituto de Investigaciones Cubanas de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU), donde también enseñaba. Ha participado en múltiples congresos académicos. Recibió su doctorado de la Universidad de Miami.


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Cathy Guerra

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(MIAMI, August 29, 2011) – In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Pyramids and the Old Kingdom
Presenter: Rene Rodriguez, Egyptologist and artist
Visitor Center Auditorium; Free & open to the public.

Rene Rodriguez, an Egyptologist and artist, will share a visual presentation on pyramids and their pharaohs. Rene has visited the most important sites in Egypt, and lived with its people outside the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. This lecture will include a visual presentation, “Question and Answers,” and an artifact presentation.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler: The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm with admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, please visit www.deeringestate.org




Meeting has been added in Liberty City

(MIAMI, August 29, 2011) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is hosting a series of Budget Town Hall Meetings, where residents will be able to ask Mayor Gimenez and staff about the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-2012 County budget,www.miamidade.gov/budget

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Location:  African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22 Avenue, Miami, FL 33142

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm


To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services

(7 days in advance), call 305-365-6706.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-375-1545 at least five days in advance.


Stephen P. Clark Center

111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128

(305) 375-5071


Friday, September 9, 2011

Commissioner Xavier Suarez,

Miami-Dade County, District 7

is our Special Guest Speaker

12 Noon Networking Reception

12:30 pm Lunch


3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove

$35 Chamber Members

$38 Non-Members

For reservations,




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Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricanes, Climate Disruption and “Canada’s Dirtiest Needle”: 140 Arrested at White House

Interviews Available

Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont stated this morning: “I find it extraordinary that so many political leaders won’t actually talk about the relationship between climate change, fossil fuels, our continuing irrational exuberance about burning fossil fuels, in light of these storm patterns that we’ve been experiencing.” http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/29/we_are_still_under_siege_vermont

For over a week, people from across the country have been gathering in Washington D.C. to oppose the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The group Tar Sands Action estimates about 140 people have been arrested so far today from a crowd that included 60 religious leaders and NASA’s Dr. James Hansen.

BILL MCKIBBEN [via Jamie Henn in D.C.], cell: (415) 601-9337bill.mckibben@gmail.com,http://www.tarsandaction.org

McKibben is the author of a dozen books on the environment, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, and founder of 350.org

. He said today: “President Obama must decide whether or not to grant a ‘presidential permit’ for a Canadian company, TransCanada, to begin construction of the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.” McKibben argued against the pipeline this morning: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/29/bill_mckibben_will_hurricane_irene_be

DAPHNE WYSHAM, (202) 787-5208daphne@ips-dc.org, Skype: daphne.wysham, http://twitter.com/#!/daphnewysham


Wysham is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She said today: “Climate change has begun. And yet our press is not discussing extreme weather events — droughts, fires, flooding — in the context of climate change, so the populace is ill-informed. And our politicians are not connecting the dots between our continued reliance on carbon-intensive fuels — like tar sands — and the crazy weather that threatens us all. Both need to change.”

Background: James Hansen stated in a interview on Friday: “President George W. Bush said that the U.S. was addicted to oil. So what will the U.S. response to this situation be? Will it entail phasing out fossil fuels and moving to clean energy or borrowing the dirtiest needle from a fellow addict? That is the question facing President Obama.

“If he chooses the dirty needle [a reference to Canadian tar sands] it is game over because it will confirm that Obama was just greenwashing, like the other well-oiled coal-fired politicians with no real intention of solving the addiction. Canada is going to sell its dope, if it can find a buyer. So if the United States is buying the dirtiest stuff, it also surely will be going after oil in the deepest ocean, the Arctic, and shale deposits; and harvesting coal via mountaintop removal and long-wall mining. Obama will have decided he is a hopeless addict….

“In my first major paper on this topic, in Science in 1981, I listed the amount of carbon dioxide that would be introduced by each fossil fuel. I concluded that the world would recognize that it had to phase out coal without burning it all, and not develop unconventional fossil fuels such as tar sands. I was assuming that policymakers would be rational. I did not realize the power that fossil fuel special interests have over policymakers and the public….

“Turn on your television and listen to the advertisements that the fossil fuel companies are broadcasting. How can we compete against such enormously powerful moneyed interests? Look how difficult it was to fight against the tobacco companies. They are puny compared with the fossil fuel special interests, which permeate governments around the world. The dynamic can change and will change, but it requires a growing movement. I don’t know exactly how we can do it, but we must.”

Solve Climate News notes: “Before the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air measured about 280 parts per million (ppm), according to researchers. Today, it  measures about 390 ppm. That means, for example, that every million pints of air contained 390 pints of carbon dioxide. To keep climate disruption to a minimum, many scientists say ppm shouldn’t rise above 350.”http://solveclimatenews.com/news/20110826/james-hansen-nasa-climate-change-scientist-keystone-xl-oil-sands-pipeline-protests-mckibben-white-house?page=show

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini (202) 347-0020(202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
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July’s Social at the Biltmore Hotel

This last Thursday,the IPC_ Miami held its second social event at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The intimate event was hosted this time by IPC-Miami CEO Mr. Bill Lara Jr. guests included  Casa Y Hogar magazine,

Radio Miami, The Daily Post, Greenworld Magazine , Miccosukee Magazine and, the recently created  Miami Military Academy Alumni Association (the official name is still to be determined). Also in attendance were Juanito Ruby of the Dade County Court System and, Dade County Mayoral Candidate Gary Johnson.

Mr. Houston Cypress Executive Producer of addressed the gathering with much appreciated insight on the current state of The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida as it pertains to the tribe’s efforts to actively reach out to the community at large  culturally and emotionally.

The appeal of this new effort by the Miccosukee was such  that, the members in attendance pledged their support for the coming events at the Miccosukee embassy on Sept. 13th and Hotel on Sept. 24.

Also discussed were plans to get together with the MMA Alumni (represented at the “social” by Mr. Angelo Mabin) to generate a joint event possibly to benefit military families. A point to be further discussed. Mayoral Candidate Johnson also addressed the group briefly to confirm his support and express his understanding for the need of such a group as IPC-Miami in our ever developing county.

And, a further suggestion to provide job and work information links in this newsletter. Ana  of Casa Y Hogar volunteered to help in the development of these new features and, with the day-to-day management of it as well.

Finally, it was announced that our up and coming guest for our next social (last Thursday of August) will be Princess and  Confucian/Taoist Master Chu Fei Tsai. Master Tsai was responsible for originating the Dalai Lama’s last two visits to the U.S. and is the only woman of such rank in the world. Master Tsai is based at the Zen Village in Coconut Grove Florida from where she travels around the nation and the world to further her mission of peace.  Please r.s.v.p. early as seating will be very limited for that “social”. Please make all arrangements to attend through Mr. Ron Valme at 786-222-9989 (if he does not answer directly, please leave a message).

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