Category Archives: Latin America

A More Aggressive US Policy Against Bolivia

th-2This assessment (of a change of guard in the US embassy at La Paz indicating a more aggressive US policy against the Morales government which, in the context of Bolivian history,    has been revolutionary and antij-imperialist) should be taken very seriously. Fred Feldman Granma International Havana. May 29, 2014 What is the U.S. plotting in Bolivia? Hugo Moldiz Mercado In a tactical shift toward Bolivia, the U.S. State Department has sent Jefferson Brown to the country, indicating a likely increase in subversive activity against the Morales government. Continue reading

URGENT CALL – SPREAD THE WORD MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS!

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Human Rights Watch and The New York Times Weapons Of The US State Department

Join us this coming June 26 Thursday @ The New York Times 8 Avenue Between 41st & 40st at 3:30 PM and March to the Headquarters of Human Rights Watch in front (arriving @ 4:45PM)of the Empire State Building

Bring Drums, Pots and Pans, Posters, Banners and Signs, Lets make some noise and let the peoples voice be heard.

IN DEFENSE OF THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION

HRW Close your Revolving Door to US Government

They have never denounced:

More than 250 peasants killed

April 11, 2002 coup against President Chavez

Paramilitary presence in the violent protests against the government

Millions of dollars donated from the State Department to the Venezuelan opposition.

SAVE THE DATE – CUBA UNDER SEIGE

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Join us for an evening with Keith Bolender
who will speaking about his new book
“Cuba Under Seige: American Policy, The Revolutions, and its People.”

For more than 50 years America’s unrelenting hostility against the Cuban Revolution has resulted in the
development of a siege mentality among island leadership and its citizens. This has affected politics,
economics, culture, and nearly all aspects of everyday life. In a vibrant new look at Cuban-American relations,
Keith Bolender analyzes, through the voices of the powerful and the common, both the positive and negative of revolutionary society constantly under pressure from the world’s greatest powers. Using both historic
and current examination, including comparisons with America under siege since 9/11, the work covers the roots of besiegement, the impact it has had on the Cuban people, and how and when the besiegement will end.

Keith Bolender is a freelance journalist living in Toronto and has written extensively on Cuban matters for a
variety of North American publications, including the Toronto Star, Florida Sun Sentinel, the Council for
Hemispheric Affairs, the Guardian, North American Council on Latin America, Monthly Review, Progresso
Weekly and others. He has been involved with Cuban projects for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) on their roster of experts for Cuban Affairs. Lecturer on the Cuban Revolution at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Education.

Casa de las Américas
182 East 111th Street – between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave. Closer to 3rd
Ave. 6 Lex train to 110th Street Station

Asamblea en la ONU – CUBA

Hoy martes 29 de Octubre se llevó a cabo el 68vo periodo de secciones de la asamblea general de las Naciones Unidas. Tuve el privilegio de ser invitado por la delegación cubana ante la ONU para presenciar una parte de dichas secciones donde se discutía el tema 40 de la agenda: Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo, comercial financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos Yanquis contra Cuba.

Numerosas delegaciones de diferentes países presentaron ponencias favoreciendo el fin del bloqueo, destacándose en dicha demanda los países hermanos de Latino América y del área del caribe, muy en particular Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua y Ecuador. También depusieron Egipcio, Indonesia, Irán e India y un bloque de países africanos. Quienes destacaron lo cruel, inhumano y criminal de tal agresión contra el pueblo cubano. Todos recalcaron sobre los principios de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas, entre otros, los principios de igualdad soberana de los Estados y por ende de Cuba, en la no intervención y no injerencia en asuntos internos y la libertad de comercio y navegación, que lleva a cabo los Estados Unidos Yanquis contra Cuba.

Una excelente exposición del caso fue la del embajador de Bolivia, quien entre otras cosas manifestó: “Estados Unidos impone un bloqueo que intenta socavar el derecho del cubano a su libre autodeterminación, y los esfuerzos de su gobierno para luchar contra la pobreza y la desigualdad”.

También acuso al presidente Obama de ser un presidente soberbio, pues considera a su país algo “Excepcionar”, y por lo tanto un ente prepotente con derecho a intervenir donde se les antoje.
Lo único excepcional de los yanquis e Israel son sus mezquinas pretensiones de gobernar al mundo. No respetan el derecho internacional y además, actúan con la más flagrante impunidad. Hoy recibieron una contundente derrota en el lugar que ellos controlaron por mucho tiempo, LAS NACIONES UNIDAS.

Podría aun dar mucho más de las cosas que sucedieron allí hoy 29 de octubre. Hoy Estados Unidos Yanquis y su único aliado Israel, se han quedado solos en esa criminal postura contra Cuba.
Las ONU hablo, tiene la palabra el señor Obama. Cumpla con su promesa, y sin más prolongaciones levante el bloqueo a nuestra querida Cuba. Así lo exigen las naciones del mundo, así lo quieren los cubanos y así lo pide el pueblo de los Estados Unidos.

Votación
188 a favor de que se levante el bloqueo

3 abstenciones, Islas Marshall, Micronesia y Palao.

2 a favor que se mantenga el bloqueo, USA e Israel

Franklin, Casa de las Américas
Viva Cuba revolucionaria!

UNASUR funded hospital opens

GRANMA INTERNATIONAL
Havana. June 13, 2013

UNASUR funded hospital opens – Cooperation with respect for sovereignty

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Leandro Maceo Leyva, Special correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE.—The Community Reference Hospital in Corail, Grand’ Anse department has reopened after reconstruction and expansion works funded by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), with Cuban, Venezuelan and Argentine cooperation.

In this context, during a video-conference with his Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernández, Haitian President Michel Martelly expressed his thanks for the support given to his people and government, while advocating continued cooperation.

Martelly said that he received with pleasure the keys to this hospital, which will provide health services for a population of 150,000-plus, already receiving medical attention from Cuban doctors.

He highlighted Cuba’s contributions in Haiti which, as he stated, extend to many levels. “We have identified Cuba as a country that wishes to share everything it has with Haiti.”

The Haitian leader also made reference to Néstor Kirchner, the deceased former Argentine President and architect of UNASUR’s presence in Haiti, describing him as “a great leader for peace and integration in the region.”

In this context, Cristina Fernández expressed her thanks, “as a person, a woman and a president,” for naming the hospital – which she defined as UNASUR’s first physical work – after Néstor Kirchner.

“Let us hope that the four countries in development which have come together to rebuild this hospital will mobilize a little more the developed countries, which have a lot to do with Haitian realities,” President Fernández noted.

Argentine Vice President Amado Boudou, who was with the Haitian President, emphasized, “The construction of the hospital is the result of South-South cooperation without intermediaries or consultants… and is a joint work among sister peoples to solve concrete issues.”

Cuban Deputy Health Minister Marcia Cobas reiterated the will of the Cuban government and people to continue supporting Haiti.

IT is a truth that great undertakings can emerge from major disasters. The January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, with its terrible consequences, led to the installation of a Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) headquarters there and its presence and work has been constant ever since. Its aid has resulted in a joint hospital project within the regional bloc, linked to Cuba, Venezuela and Haiti itself.

In this context, to have some understanding of the dimensions of this shared effort, as well of the realities of Latin American countries, Granma interviewed Argentine lawyer Rodolfo Mattarollo, UNASUR representative in Haiti, who believes in “a more auspicious future for the country.”

What is the reason for UNASUR’s presence in Haiti?

The starting point is that UNASUR is a new kind of regional integration organization, established on a footing of total equality among its members. Homogenous as far as it is of Our America, where fraternity reigns and there is a climate of joy, unfortunately overshadowed by the death, first of Argentine President Néstor Kirchner – its first secretary general – and second, of Comandante Hugo Chávez, leader of the Bolivarian Revolution and the great inspirer of coordination among all the Latin American countries. But their spirit is still alive and we are trying to follow their example. On the other hand, there are UNASUR’s political, economic and social objectives, in which the struggle against existing differences among us is one of the distinctive aspects, and the one which brought us to Haiti.

Where are these actions directed?

There was a kind of combination of urgency – in other words, the need to respond to the great tragedy of the earthquake, and at the same time, to have a base in Haiti. Having a regular presence called for longer-term tasks because, to a certain extent, Haiti’s problems existed before the earthquake. There was a program for the reconstruction of the country’s infrastructure and housing, as well as important activities in the health sector, which had two directions. We worked on cholera prevention, given the epidemic which followed the quake, compounded by cyclones and, on the other hand, with Cuba and Venezuela, we jointly undertook the reconstruction and expansion of Corail Community Reference Hospital, in Grand’ Anse department. This was an action agreed with the Haitian government and the Ministry of Public Health and Population. One also has to bear in mind the food security programs, directed at promoting production unrelated to market labels, but an agriculture which attempts to ensure the subsistence of the population in situations of extreme poverty and, in this context, seek improved technological aspects, such as seeds, even more needed in a country like Haiti.

Why Corail?

Corail is a place of difficult access, where there is just one hospital for a population calculated at 150,000-200,000 people. With Cuban and Venezuelan cooperation, UNASUR financed, to a total of more than $800,000, the reconstruction and expansion of the facility, a modern building. It seemed right to give a symbolic dimension to this creation, so we decided to name it after Néstor Kirchner, an initiative approved by the Haitian government.

What value do you concede to collaboration with Cuba?

It has been very important to collaborate with a country in Our America like Cuba, with such a fundamental evolution in the 20th century and in the present one, opening the way to human and social development, a country which has so exceptionally enriched the continent’s political panorama. Cuba brought this star of socialism to Latin America and profoundly changed the dominion of oligarchies with a new concept of revolutionary thinking, which had become paralyzed. A Lula in Brazil, a Kirchner in Argentina, an Evo Morales in Bolivia, or a Chávez in Venezuela would not have been possible without Cuba. Fidel is one of the great figures of the 20th century, who has made possible an extraordinary advance of authentic democracy on the continent, which is absolutely not reduced to electoral events, but is a democracy with social justice, which fights inequalities, with a participative nature and one which integrates social sectors. It is fundamental to the UNASUR project.

In Haiti, when we made the decision to navigate within this shared enterprise which was the reconstruction of Corail Hospital – to be followed by other similar projects in the next few months – we believe that we based ourselves on the healthiest form of international cooperation with this country. A collaboration respectful of Haitian sovereignty, in an absolutely positive terrain like public health and directed at the most dispossessed sectors of the population. When we see the way in which Cuban doctors conduct themselves, their dedication and the care with which they treat the Haitian people, one blindly understands that one is witnessing an attempt to improve human beings.

How do you see the current Latin America panorama?

The panorama is one of great challenges, given that the oligarchies are not prepared to lose their privileges. For example, there has been an attempt to destabilize the government of Evo Morales. This reaction on the part of the oligarchies and privileged sectors is going to accentuate as members countries of UNASUR and ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) advance. It could even take the form of criminal acts, so one has to be very attentive. The class struggle has not disappeared, it continues to be something which could present itself in new forms, but which persists.

And the Haitian panorama?

Haiti is changing. There are sectors visible today which were previously unforeseen, although we cannot forget the structural problems and their tremendous seriousness. The Haitian press is now a place for debating ideas, a project of society.

Given this reality, what place is occupied by this joint cooperation, of which UNASUR is part?

The people are benefiting from this enterprise. South-South cooperation has innovative and original characteristics. It is a contribution which does not seek to replace the state which it is trying to help, but strengthen its independence. It is a contribution which tends to foster the creation of sovereignty, not to replace it, but to create or fortify it. We wouldn’t do anything without consulting authorities, without responding to demands beyond any doubt from the civil society and its organizations. There is an entire history of foreign interventionism, of tutelary powers, from which the Latin American component of UNASUR is very much distant.

VIGIL FOR OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA and NORBERTO GONZALEZ CLAUDIO!

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Vigil and Community Speak out for Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Oscar Lopez Rivera and NORBERTO GONZALEZ CLAUDIO!

Wednesday May 29th is the 32nd anniversary of the arrest of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera!

Community Vigil at the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner mural on E. 107th St. between Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.Take the 6 train to E. 103rd St. and walk up 4 blocks uptown on Lexington Ave.

Despite 32 years of psychological and physical torture, Oscar’s and Norberto’s revolutionary spirit has never been broken! Both men continues to be a powerful voice calling for Puerto Rican Independence!

Join The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign as we honor Oscar’s life, work and sacrifice! Join us for a community vigil at the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Mural in El Barrio!

Bring flags, candles, instruments, flowers or art so we can place them at the foot of the mural!