What does CANF Stand for?

According to abbreviationfinder, CANF stands for Cuban American National Foundation. It is an extremist organization based in Miami, in the state of Florida, United States created in order to overthrow the Cuban Revolution through terrorist acts against the island and its people.


It was created on 6 as July as 1981 and its headquarters is based in the United States. Its founders had common origins; they had belonged to the armed and political structures of the dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar, mercenaries of the 2506 Brigade and integrated into anti-Cuban terrorist groups, as well as providing services to the CIA in its plans against Cuba.

It appears as a supposedly non-profit entity, dedicated to promoting influence within the United States to achieve political change in Cuba. Its structure included the so-called Security Commission, a terrorist group, chaired by Alberto Marcelino Hernández Hernández and made up of terrorists such as Guillermo Novo Sampoll and Gaspar Jiménez Escobedo, detained in Panama in 2000 for plans to assassinate the president of Cuba, later released.

Jorge Mas Canosa, was the head (Chairman) of the Board of Directors of the CANF until his death on November 23, 1997. He was a notorious anti-Cuban terrorist, the son of a veterinary lieutenant colonel in Fulgencio Batista’s army in Santiago de Cuba. Also, former mercenary of Brigade 2506, CIA agent and main ideologue of the attacks against Cuban President Fidel Castro Ruz. The origin of his fortune is doubtful and he appropriated funds from the Cuban Representation in Exile organization.

Support for anti-communist movements and terrorist acts

During the eighties, the Cuban American National Foundation supported the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and the National Liberation Front of Angola (FLNA), organizations opposed to the Angolan government, as well as the FDN and ARDE., movements to overthrow the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. He financed the escape of the terrorist Posada Carriles from a prison in Venezuela, kept him financially in Central America and hired him to carry out terrorist actions in Cuba, employing mercenaries, in 1997.

A hunt was already underway to achieve its purpose during all of President Fidel Castro’s trips abroad, particularly at international events where the president attended. For this, the Cuban-American National Foundation created a structure with a millionaire budget to carry out actions that had two specific purposes: the physical elimination of the Cuban leader and the carrying out of actions to affect the Cuban economy, in particular the tourism industry.

To mask the terrorist project, it assumes the name of the Cuban National Front, which was led, at the beginning, by the terrorist Luis Manuel de la Caridad Zúñiga Rey. This group is known as his armed wing.

In March 1997 the first bombs exploded in hotels in Havana. Immediately, the Cuban American National Foundation made a public acknowledgment of such facts; the message that a group of executives sent to the press could not hide its true terrorist essence. They trusted that the material perpetrators, or the intellectuals, or those who paid to do it would never be discovered.

Internal contradictions

During 2001 there was a process of contradictions within the main leaders of the CANF, among whom are the figures most linked to the Fulgencio Batista regime and the terrorists, who maintain that Jorge Mas Santos, son of Jorge Mas Canosa, heir of the clan, he does not have the necessary charisma and cannot, nor does he want to take the reins as his father did.

This process caused a schism in the organization that separated a group of these terrorists, creating the so-called Council for the Freedom of Cuba in 2001, which encourages the use of violence to try to overthrow the Revolution.


The CANF has also promoted the appearance of stations such as the so-called Voice of the Foundation, Radio Martí and TV Martí, the signing of the Torricelli and Helms-Burton laws and other initiatives to perpetuate the economic blockade, which became a war that aims to decimate by starve the Cuban people. The CANF, despite lacking the capacity to convene and political prestige, still aspires to be the leader of the counterrevolution within the Cuban emigration in the United States.

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