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Montevideo (AFP) – Latin America’s leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel’s Gaza offensive — labelling the Jewish state “terrorist”, recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians. “I can’t remember another similar situation where (all the countries in the region) have reacted practically as a bloc,” said political scientist Reginaldo Nasser, a professor at the Pontifical University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of the most symbolic recent developments came from Bolivian President Evo Morales — one of the leaders of Latin America’s far left — who put Israel on its list of “Terrorist States” and eliminated a visa waiver program for Israeli citizens. More than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed and 8,000 injured, two-thirds of them civilians, in Gaza in 24 days of fighting between Hamas and Israel. The conflict has also cost the lives of 61 Israeli soldiers, as well as two civilians and a Thai farm worker killed by rocket fire. More than 245 of the dead Palestinians were children, UNICEF has said.

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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff this week called the Israeli military operation a “massacre.”
Tensions between the two countries had already escalated a week earlier, when Brazil recalled its envoy from Tel Aviv, a move that prompted Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman to call the Latin American powerhouse a “diplomatic dwarf”.
Rousseff’s condemnation did not go as far as some of her peers. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro denounced “a war of extermination that has lasted nearly a century” against the Palestinian people. A lawmaker from his party used the term “genocide” — a term rejected by Rousseff.
Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and El Salvador have also recalled their ambassadors for consultations, while Costa Rica and Argentina, which have the largest Jewish populations in the region, called the Israeli ambassador for meetings at their foreign ministries.
The region has universally condemned the violence from Israeli military operations, urged a ceasefire and the resumption of negotiations between the two sides.iew gallery

On Thursday, Uruguay President Jose Mujica asked for “an immediate withdrawal” of Israeli troops from Gaza and suggested it may also recall its envoy in Tel Aviv.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor expressed “deep disappointment” over the recalls, saying they constituted “encouragement for Hamas, a group recognized as a terror organization by many countries around the world.”
Other politically leftist Latin American countries had years earlier broken diplomatic relations with Israel, including Nicaragua in 2010, Venezuela and Bolivia in 2009, after a previous military campaign in Gaza, and Cuba, in 1973, after the Yom Kippur War.
The only somewhat dissonant voice has come from Colombia, where the center-right President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected calls to recall his diplomatic representative in Tel Aviv.
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Political scientist Nasser, himself surprised by the nearly unanimous condemnation of Israel, suggested several reasons.
“In the first place, a country today making a declaration against Israel is no longer considered outside international norms,” he said.
There is also a link to anti-American sentiments, Nasser said, as a result of Israel’s especially close diplomatic relationship to the United States.
But official moves have also reflected public anger at the war, said political scientist Ithai Bras, of the Autonomous University of Mexico.
In recent weeks, several protests across the region, from Mexico to southern Chile, have seen thousands of Latin Americans take to the streets in support of Palestinians.
These pro-Palestinian protests have been larger in Europe and Latin America than in Arab countries, Nasser noted, suggesting the issue speaks to concerns over asymmetrical relations.
Bras said the protests are “an identification with pain, a sentiment of solidarity with what is happening in Latin America,” where feelings of oppression are widespread.

CASA DE LAS AMÉRICAS ENDORSES ANSWER’S CALL FOR TOMORROWS DEMONSTRATION AGAINST ISRAEL’S GENOCIDAL MASSACRE IN GAZA


Sat., Aug. 2, 1PM at the White House
End the Siege of Gaza,
End All U.S. Aid to Israel!

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Dear Friends, The Palestinian people of Gaza have been resisting in the face of the merciless U.S.-backed Israeli assault.

What Gaza needs more than anything is an end to the eight-year long blockade and siege.

The siege is a crime against humanity that prevents the people of Gaza from working, going to school, traveling and building their society. It is a grotesque and vicious form of collective punishment deliberately intended to cause the greatest suffering.

More than 250 children have been slaughtered in the recent Israeli massacre. Nearly 1500 people have been killed and over 7000 have been wounded.

Saturday, August 2 at the White House in Washington DC we hope you will join with justice-minded people from across the country to join in the largest demonstration yet to say:

Stop the Massacre!
End the Siege of Gaza NOW!
End All U.S. Aid to Israel!
If you can’t join the demonstration you can still show your support by making an urgently-needed donation today.

End the siege! Free Palestine!
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Brian Becker,
National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition

DECLARACIÓN DEL MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES DE CUBA and “English” Excerpts from Goble Post

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Enviado por editor en Jue, 31/07/2014 – 21:00 slider-img59El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Cuba Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla ha seguido con creciente preocupación los graves acontecimientos en la Franja de Gaza, en particular los indiscriminados ataques del Ejército israelí contra objetivos civiles, que han provocado miles de muertos y heridos, y la masiva destrucción de propiedades e infraestructuras.

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Cuba insta una vez más a todos los estados, a las organizaciones y organismos internacionales, al Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas, y a la comunidad internacional en su conjunto, a exigir el cese inmediato de la agresión israelí, el levantamiento del bloqueo a la Franja de Gaza, el restablecimiento de los servicios médicos, de agua y electricidad, para  preservar la vida de cientos de miles de personas inocentes.

Cuba reitera su más enérgica condena a esta nueva agresión de Israel contra la población de la Franja de Gaza, y ratifica su inquebrantable solidaridad con el pueblo palestino y su derecho  a la autodeterminación y al establecimiento de un Estado independiente, con su capital en Jerusalén Oriental.

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American nations are expressing their revulsion at the bloodshed in Gaza — and squarely pinning the blame on Israel.

Chile, Peru and El Salvador said this week they are recalling their ambassadors from Israel for consultation. That was after Ecuador and Brazil did the same last week.

And on Wednesday, Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a “terrorist state.”

Latin Americans appear to be leading a diplomatic storm, flying envoys out of Tel Aviv. Recalling an ambassador for consultation falls short of breaking off relations outright, but it can lead to that. The moves to recall ambassadors “are motivated by foreign and domestic policies,” said a Latin American diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the issue. He said the leftist governments of Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela would have followed suit — if they had any ambassadors in Israel to pull out.

The struggle continues with or without a physical house Casa de Las Américas

It is with regret that we announce the closing of Casa de las Americas at our 182 East 111th Street location. Numerous conditions beyond our control led to this difficult decision.

We are saddened at not being able to remain in el Barrio where we were so well received. We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve the community there for five years.

The struggle against Empire is relentless and never ending. We are discussing the next phase of our work to Defend the Cuban Revolution.

We expect to have more information by the end of September.

Jaime Mendieta

Guillermo Villa

Nancy Cabrero

Franklin Flores

Israel’s latest attack on Gaza
• Zionism once again initiates a genocidal campaign against Palestinians in its mission to maintain their subjugation

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Havana, July 22, 2014

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It is no accident that Tel Aviv, given the traditional silence of Washington and its remaining allies, and the notorious inaction of a good part of the Middle Eastern community, has recently initiated a military assault on Gaza and the defenseless Palestinian population.
Women, children and the elderly are the main victims of the latest Israeli genocide against Gaza. Photo: Mahmud Hams/ AFP.
Thus, Israel is once again attempting to reinforce its repression using the contrived excuse of the assassination of three young Jewish boys – living in one of the illegal Zionist colonies in the occupied West Bank – by Arab combatants, when various sources have assured that the victims were last seen with Israeli security officials

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Nonetheless, the xenophobic response was applauded, and while Israeli planes mercilessly bombed populated zones in Gaza and Tel Aviv executed warlike maneuvers on the border, a group of extremists burnt a young Palestinian teenager alive, as one of the murders admitted during a police interrogation.

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On July 17, Fidel Castro wrote “I only wish to express my solidarity with the heroic people who defend the last sliver remaining of what was their homeland for thousands of years.”

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A Message from the
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five

 

René Gonzáles S. “Dear Friends, Today David is Palestinian and Goliath is a Zionist”

We are all aware of the horrendous devastation in Gaza. As we write this, 797 Palestinians have been killed and 5,118 injured. The dead include 190 children and 75 women. With each day, the numbers grow. What is happening is truly genocide.

On July 8, the Cuban government issued the following statement:
“Cuba strongly condemns the latest Israeli aggression against the population of the Gaza Strip. Israel uses its military and technological superiority to implement a policy of collective punishment with a disproportionate use of force that causes loss of innocent civilian lives and massive property damage.

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Eduardo Galeano, Genocide in Gaza

Por Eduardo Galeano

(tomado de Revolución Bolivariana, 16/7/2014)
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Para justificarse, el terrorismo de Estado fabrica terroristas: siembra odio y cosecha coartadas. Todo indica que esta carnicería de Gaza, que según sus autores quiere acabar con los terroristas, logrará multiplicarlos.
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Desde 1948, los palestinos viven condenados a humillación perpetua. No pueden ni respirar sin permiso. Han perdido su patria, sus tierras, su agua, su libertad, su todo. Ni siquiera tienen derecho a elegir sus gobernantes. Cuando votan a quien no deben votar, son castigados. Gaza está siendo castigada. Se convirtió en una ratonera sin salida, desde que Hamas ganó limpiamente las elecciones en el año 2006. Algo parecido había ocurrido en 1932, cuando el Partido Comunista triunfó en las elecciones de El Salvador. Bañados en sangre, los salvadoreños expiaron su mala conducta y desde entonces vivieron sometidos a dictaduras militares. La democracia es un lujo que no todos merecen.

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President Ortega highlights Nicaragua’s advances and challenges

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acto1MANAGUA.— Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, spoke of the advances and challenges in his country, during a ceremony commemorating the 35th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, July 19, 1979  In the capital’s Plaza de la Fe, before a multitude of Nicaraguans and representatives from various nations, Ortega highlighted Nicaragua’s advances in areas such as combating poverty, extreme poverty and malnutrition, over the last seven years

acto2He also emphasized advances made in healthcare; education; the construction of roads and high-ways; productive policies; the rights of young people; popular participation; and above all solidarity. Nonetheless, he also commented on the many challenges facing the country, stating that are some areas in which illiteracy persists, principally in the mountains, and highlighting the need to bring literacy to the communities in these regions.

At another point during his speech, referring to the Sandinista Revolution, he recalled that the Nicaragua people overthrew the United States’ representative in country, dictator Anastasio Somoza

The people organized themselves in different combat fronts, in the insurrection in the cities, raising the black and red flag to defend and save the homeland and break the chains of U.S. imperialism, he stated.

acto3Ramiro Valdés, a Cuban vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, who led a delegation to the celebrations, described the July 19 triumph as the beginning of a long road of transformations in Nicaragua. He emphasized the country’s economic growth and creation of more employment after the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) returned to power in 2007, as well as the development of social programs and achievements in security and reduction of poverty.

thAlso present was Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who extended his nation’s support to the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua.

Maduro stated that Nicaragua has the support of Venezuela and Alba. Emphasizing the need to think big, think about great infrastructure projects, a new economy, how to build powerful, developed and diversified economies.

Maduro congratulated Ortega for “having assumed this historic project of constructing an inter-oceanic canal here in Nicaraguan territory, with clarity and integrity.”

In 1979, the dictatorial government of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the last member of the Somoza Debayle family to hold the position, was defeated by an insurrectional movement led by the FSLN.

In attendance at the commemoration ceremony, led by Ortega, were the Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro; El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; and Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández. As well as Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, and President of the Ecuadoran Parliament, Gabriela Rivadeneira, among other dignitaries. (PL)

 

President Ortega highlights Nicaragua’s advances and challenges

Wishful thinking by Washington and Gusanos

 

Air Algérie Flight AH5017, which reportedly crashed in Mali after changing its flight path to avoid heavy storms, was carrying Mariela Castro — niece of retired Cuban President Fidel Castro and daughter of Cuba’s current president, Raul Castro, news agencies reported Thursday

180px-Mariela_Castro_2010_HamburgUPDATE 2 PM Eastern Time: Mariela Castro has confirmed that she was not on board the downed plane. “I’m alive, happy and healthy,” she told Venezuelan television. “Maybe the media that published that news needed a bit of publicity, but here I am.”

The Air Algérie flight was on its way from Ouagadougou, the capital of the western African country of Burkina Faso, to Algiers, Algeria. According to Jean Bertin Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso’s transportation minister, the plane’s pilots radioed to report heavy rains about 21 minutes after taking off, and asked to alter the plane’s flight path.

About 29 minutes later, the Air Algérie plane disappeared from radar.

An Algerian official confirmed to the Reuters news agency that the plane did indeed crash, but offered no details or speculation as to the cause or location of the disaster, or whether there were any survivors among the 116 on board.

Mariela Castro, the 51-year-old daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, was among the passengers now missing and feared killed in the crash, according to a Facebook post by the Ouagadougou Airport.

ABC Newsalso reported that Mariela Castro, a prominent activist for gay rights in Cuba and director of the Cuban National Center For Sex Education, was among those on board the ill-fated Air Algérie flight.

Wishful thinking by Washington and Gusanos

Air Algérie Flight AH5017, which reportedly crashed in Mali after changing its flight path to avoid heavy storms, was carrying Mariela Castro — niece of retired Cuban President Fidel Castro and daughter of Cuba’s current president, Raul Castro, news agencies reported Thursday.

 Wishful thinking by Washington and Gusanos

Obama does not support David against Goliath, but rather Goliath against David.

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by Fidel Castro

THIS morning the cables were full of reports about the unheard-of news that a
Malaysia Airlines passenger plane had been hit at an altitude of 10,100 meters as it flew over Ukrainian territory, along a route controlled by the war-hungry government of chocolate king, Petro Poroshenko.

Cuba, which has always stood in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and in the difficult days of the Chernobyl tragedy provided medical care to the many children affected by the accident’s harmful radiation, and is always willing to continue doing so, cannot refrain from expressing our repudiation of the action of the anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government.

At the same time, coinciding with the Malaysian aircraft crime, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the nuclear state, ordered his army to invade the Gaza Strip, where, over the last several days, hundreds of Palestinians have died, many of them children. The President of the United States supported the action, describing the repugnant act as legitimate defense.

Obama does not support David against Goliath, but rather Goliath against David. As is known, young men and women from the Israeli people, well prepared for productive work, are being exposed to a death without honor, without glory. I am not aware of the Palestinian’s military strategy, but I know that a combatant prepared to die can defend even the ruins of a building, as long as he has his rifle, as the heroic defenders of Stalingrad demonstrated.

I only wish to express my solidarity with the heroic people who defend the last sliver remaining of what was their homeland for thousands of years.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
July 17, 2014
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Obama does not support David against Goliath, but rather Goliath against David.