Cuba: la ganadora silenciosa de la Cumbre de las Américas

16 Abril 2012

No se alcanzaron acuerdos trascendentes, reinaron las divisiones entre latinoamericanos y estadounidenses y hasta algunos presidentes se fueron dando un portazo, pero quedó una silenciosa ganadora de la Cumbre de las Américas: Cuba.

Por primera vez en la historia, presidentes izquierdistas y conservadores de la región limaron sus asperezas y se plantaron frente a Estados Unidos exigiendo que el Gobierno  de la isla sea sumado a las reuniones continentales.

Aunque el reclamo fue vetado por Estados Unidos con apoyo de su vecino Canadá, renovó las presiones sobre Washington y sobre la patrocinadora de la cumbre en Cartagena, la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).

“(Pasamos) del llamado consenso de Washington, el proyecto neoliberal que se nos quiso imponer, a un naciente consenso sin Washington para la unión de América Latina”, dijo el domingo Nicolás Maduro, canciller de Venezuela, país que es el principal aliado de Cuba en el hemisferio.

La sorpresiva unidad de Latinoamérica -una región dividida durante décadas entre ideologías de izquierda y de derecha- muestra la menguante influencia de Washington.

Estados Unidos se opone a incorporar a Cuba en las Cumbres de las Américas porque asegura que La Habana no muestra avances democráticos y políticos suficientes para reintegrarse a la OEA, de donde fue expulsada en 1962 poco después de que estallara la revolución de Fidel Castro.

Y mantiene un embargo comercial sobre la isla de cinco décadas que algunos dicen que es arcaico.

“Cuba seguramente volverá a tener protagonismo en otro tipo de convocatorias que se van a abrir, mientras que Estados Unidos pasará a sufrir el aislamiento y el señalamiento que ha vivido Cuba”, dijo el analista en asuntos internacionales Vicente Torrijos, de la Universidad El Rosario de Bogotá.

Para una parte de Latinoamérica, la OEA es un sistema de diplomacia dominado por Washington que no ha logrado mantenerse al ritmo de los cambios en la región.

“Me asombró hoy escuchar el discurso de José Miguel Insulza en Cartagena. Pensaba que quien hablaba en nombre de la OEA, se ocuparía al menos de reclamar el respeto a la soberanía de los países de este hemisferio que a lo largo de siglos fueron colonizados”, dijo el ex presidente cubano Fidel Castro, en un comentario publicado en Cuba Debate el domingo por la noche.

“La Cumbre de Cartagena tiene escenas que no serán fáciles de olvidar”, sostuvo.

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Las críticas contra la OEA llegaron al punto en que 33 países del continente, con la intencional ausencia de Estados Unidos y Canadá, crearon en Caracas a fines del año pasado la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC).

Aunque la idea del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez de reemplazar a la OEA con el nuevo organismo es bastante ambiciosa, al menos la CELAC le restará algo de influencia a la organización con sede en Washington.

“Parece que Estados Unidos todavía quiere aislarnos del mundo, piensa que va a seguir manipulando a Latinoamérica, (pero) eso va terminando”, dijo el presidente boliviano, Evo Morales, en una entrevista con la cadena de televisión Telesur.

“Yo siento que es una rebelión de países de América Latina frente a Estados Unidos”, agregó.

Hasta hace dos décadas, Washington lideraba el continente y la mayoría de las economías latinoamericanas estaban alineadas a las políticas de su mayor socio comercial.

Pero la indiferencia de Estados Unidos en los últimos años, combinado con una mayor solidez de las economías de la región y el creciente peso comercial de China -ya es el principal socio comercial de Brasil y de otros
vecinos- instalaron el sentimiento de que Washington ya no es indispensable.

“Hay un mundo que se nos abre a la región muy interesante, con muchas posibilidades y que por lo tanto hoy nuestro destino no está atado de ninguna forma a una decisión norteamericana”, dijo en una reciente entrevista con Reuters Diego Guelar, ex embajador argentino en Washington.

“Nosotros fuimos el patio trasero, hoy la realidad no es así”, agregó.

Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Venezuela resolvieron no participar en las próximas Cumbres de las Américas en las que Cuba no sea invitada.

“Al final de cuentas no es ningún favor que se le estaría haciendo a Cuba, sino un derecho arrebatado que se le estaría reconociendo a Cuba”, sostuvo el presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, que estuvo ausente en Cartagena en apoyo a la isla.

Cuba: la ganadora silenciosa de la Cumbre de las Américas

(Con información de Reuters)

 

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Ozzie Guillen Does It Again, Pero No Es Pa Tanto!

Written by Julio Pabón,  Latino Sports – www.latinosports.com
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Ozzie Guillen is capable of insulting the Pope on Easter Sunday and not know that he did.
(Photo LSV)

Ozzie Guillen Does It Again, Pero No Es Pa Tanto!

Bronx, NY – If the Miami Marlins wanted to get more attention and publicity to go in line with their new $515 million dollar stadium, new logo, and new superstars like José Reyes it could not have been done better than this. Ozzie Guillen, their new manager, the man that does not know how to bite his tongue has done it again. This time he gave the Miami Cuban community who is vehemently anti the Cuban island a fastball to hit out of the park.

Everyone who knows anything about politics in South Florida knows that you can’t be a public figure and say anything that does not tow the anti-Castro/Cuban line, or your dead fish. Ozzie Guillen told a Time magazine reporter, “I love Fidel Castro” and “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.”  That is Ozzie being Ozzie. Ask the numerous people, groups, organizations, and players that he has offended while in Chicago. My favorite was when he said: “Our Fans (Chicago White Sox) are not stupid like the Cub fans.” To his credit, when he knows he was wrong he would apologize and if he felt he was not he won’t. That is Ozzie Guillen.

Ozzie who has lived in Florida for a good many years should have known better. If he would have gotten to know the grassroots Cuban community he might have seen a community that is blinded on the issue of Cuba.  What other community do you know that will go as far as to want their people in their home country to suffer just because they disagree with the government of their country? That is exactly what you have when the strongest opposition against ending a blockade that has done nothing to weaken the government, but everything to make their country folk suffer is spearheaded by the very Cubans who are criticizing Ozzie Guillen.

When it comes to baseball, Ozzie is a winner. Now if he would only stick to that. (Photo LSV)

Puerto Ricans don’t think of who’s in power when we are asked to make donations to help our island when a Hurricane, or other natural disaster hits? While in Puerto Rico party officials would go out of their way to fire someone not from the same party, those of us in on the mainland don’t care if the government is Pro-Statehood, Pro-Independence, or for remaining a Commonwealth, we all just want to help the island and relieve suffering. Same with countless of other exiles that had run away from their countries for economic, or political reasons like South Koreans, Haitians, Vietnamese and many others who have had to flee dictatorships, or countries for political reasons. I never heard any of these exiles say, “don’t send any food, or medicines to my country” like we have heard some of these Miami Cuban’s say about Cuba

I can’t help to think back to the 1970’s when I first heard of how far these folks would go to block anything to improve relations, or to have a different thought about the island nation. Back then two young Cubans, one being a friend of mine were at the forefront of starting a small company to begin flights back to Cuba to allow Cuban families to reconnect. They were working hard to make these legal trips. I remember my friend Mandy sharing his excitement with others and me who knew him. Mandy and his partner worked hard on that project doing what they had to do to get all the necessary paperwork done from the State Department and all the other government agencies. He also spoke about the many criticisms and threats they received. The many warnings not to continue, however, they were determined because being Cuban themselves they represented a large sector that did want to visit Cuba and re-connect with the families. Unfortunately, this growing sector had to be mainly underground for fear of reprisals from the pitchfork crowds that are ready to stamp out anything that is not anti-Cuban government.

Mandy and his crew finally prevailed and opened an office in Miami. Soon the list of travelers wanting to visit their island was growing so fast that it was beginning to become an embarrassment to those promoting the solid anti-Cuban government line. The pitchforks were thrown and so was a bomb that destroyed their new office and killed one of the young men. It was a devastating blow to many young people that could not believe that these folks would go so far as to use such blind violence against their own youth. However, to Mandy’s credit that did not stop the movement to visit Cuba and today Marazul Tours is a premier travel agency to the island.

What about the number of Puerto Rican artist like Andy Montañez, Danny Rivera, Lucesita Benitez (to name a few) who were all victims of the Cuban “can’t say anything positive about Cuba campaign” as they were all blacklisted from Miami radio stations and from performing in Miami’s Calle Ocho Music festival and from Miami clubs, or concerts for either visiting Cuba, or saying something positive about the island.

I mean these folks went to the extreme like in the case of Andy Montañez who was criticized and blacklisted simply for hugging world re-known Cuban composer and singer, Pablo Milanes in a New York Concert.

Ozzie Guillen should have surely remembered what happened in 2000 when a young boy by the name of Elian González was picked up on a floating tire barely alive off the cost of South Florida. His estranged mother and her con-artist boyfriend illegally took the child out of Cuba when the boat capsized drowning everyone except Elian. They literally kidnapped this child from the legitimate custodial father.  We all know the rest of the story since it became an international political incident. In practically any country on earth this would have been a no-brainer, you return the child to the legitimate parent, in this case the father and his grandparents in Cuba, however that was not the case. Though the child had no immediate family members here in the US, Elian became the new poster child for the same Miami political machine that is on call to bury anyone that does not tow the anti Cuban island line. The same group that wants to burn poor Ozzie on the stake.

I’m not defending Ozzie Guillen, or defending any political cause. I just want to make it clear that Ozzie does not know anything except baseball; to try to burn him to the stake for his comments outside of baseball is like trying to burn the poor village idiot for comments that do not make any sense. I would respect these critics of Ozzie Guillen more if they would have said one word against Major League Baseballs decision to play its 2011 All Star Game in Arizona a state that blatantly introduced a bill to discriminate and harass Latinos. I would have respected them so much more if they would have said anything about the Arizona’s education department discontinuing Mexican American studies in a state that was once Mexico.

Let’s all stick to baseball where it’s much simpler, three strikes and your out!

Enorme Cartel por los 5 Cubanos en una Autopista del Norte de California

Hoy 5 de abril, mientras personas desde todo el mundo llamaban a la Casa Blanca y enviaban correos electrónicos exigiendo a Obama la libertad de los 5 antiterroristas Cubanos, el Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos colocó un enorme cartel en medio del intenso tráfico de la mañana sobre una de las autopistas más transitadas en el área de la Bahía de San Francisco.


Foto: Bill Hackwell

Miles de personas que viajaban a esa hora por la autopista Interestatal 80, pudieron leer el mensaje “OBAMA LIBERTAD YA A LOS CINCO CUBANOS!” En señal de aprobación, muchos conductores tocaban las bocinas de sus camiones, autobuses y automóviles.


5 DIAS POR LOS 5 CUBANOS EN WASHINGTON DC, 17-21 DE ABRIL

Únase a Dolores Huerta, co-fundadora del Sindicato de los Trabajadores del Campo y al Actor Danny Glover en esta histórica jornada de denuncia y solidaridad para demandar la inmediata libertad de Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando y René.

Distintas formas de apoyar los “5 Días por los 5 Cubanos”

  • Para participar en las acciones o agregar su organización a la lista de endosantes escriba a info@thecuban5.org
  • Colabore en la colocación de carteles y otras tareas, por favor escriba a info@thecuban5.org
  • Si reside en Nueva York, reserve su asiento ahora junto a los amigos solidarios que viajarán a Washington DC el 21 de abril para participar en un rally frente de la Casa Blanca. Llame a (917) 045-9877 o al (718) 601-4751 para reservar su asiento.
  • Hacemos un llamado especial a todos los comités de solidaridad con los 5 y los amigos solidarios del mundo a organizar actividades paralelas durante esos 5 días, del 17 al 21.

Que la fuerza de la solidaridad internacional demande al Presidente Obama

¡LIBERTAD YA A LOS 5 CUBANOS!

AGENDA DE LOS 5 DIAS POR LOS 5 CUBANOS

LISTA PARCIAL DE ADHESIONES

Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos

Defending the Cuban Revolution