We have received the following call to action from the Latin America Working Group based in Washington, DC. The action is mostly for USAmericans but we post it in full to share the information.
Dear Cuba supporter,
It’s been four weeks since Donald Trump took office, and we’ve yet to hear what his administration plans to do regarding Cuba policy. The administration says they are doing a “review” of Cuba policy and President Obama’s policy changes. But at this point, we don’t know whether to believe that or not.
My talk given on 19 November 2016 for the World Peace Forum 2016 on Latin America.
"In this presentation I will first say a few words about the importance of foreign policy and the language used by the Empire in order to create what I call a virtual reality (a twisted reality). It is necessary to give a broad perspective before we “land” in Latin America.
Then I will give a quick review of events in Latin America.
The topic of the right wing attack on Latin America is quite extensive. I will focus on the case of Brazil and Venezuela to give a closer perspective.
Why Brazil and Venezuela? Simply, because Brazil is the latest case of a coup in Latin America, and it is representative of the new US tactic of aggression in Latin America; and Venezuela because it may well be the next in the crosshair of the United States, and we need to understand that.
I will conclude with my suggestions of what we can do as activists."
You can watch the full presentation here. Duration 1:09 including Q&A.
Parte de la presentacion para el 25 aniversario de la rebelion de Hugo Chavez el 4 de febrero de 1992
Nosotros sabemos que Bolívar fue la inspiración del levantamiento del 1992 porque Chávez nos lo ha dicho en sus propias palabras. Pero qué aspectos del pensamiento Bolivariano precisamente inspiraron a Chávez?
The U.S. has never mastered the art of coexistence and solidarity. Those are not words used in U.S. foreign policy. But those should be our bottom line words.
Americans in general and particularly American presidents historically have been quite nationalistic, and have projected that idea to what is known as U.S.-centered policies. Even if they did not say the words “America first”, as Trump has clearly spelled them out, all the actions of U.S. presidents have always put U.S. interests first – albeit their own vision of them – at the expense of many other nations. No one can doubt that on the face of the U.S. domination in the world.
This is the first anniversary of the Cuban Revolution when Fidel Castro is not with us physically. He passed away last 25 November at the age of 90. During nine days he has been officially honoured in Cuba with visits from dignitaries and world leaders who have remembered him for his many achievements for Cubans and for humanity. Around the world, including in Canada from coast to coast, millions have celebrated his life. Many still mourn him.
Today, the movement is redefining its focus after a successful end to the long campaign to secure the release of the Cuban Five (Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, René González and Fernando González); an overwhelming victory for the island and its supporters.
A year of intense work is how Kenia Serrano Puig, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) described 2016, while speaking to the national press in Havana in honor of the institution’s 56th anniversary, and the lead up to the anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, on January 1.
In 1960, the American sociologist and academic Daniel Bell (1919-2011) published The End of Ideology. It became a classic book in official political science. The publication was listed by Times Literary Supplement as one of the 100 most influential non-fiction books in the second half of the 20th century.
We were witness to his vocation for solidarity, there following a natural disaster, an act of injustice, a people in need of healthcare, or youth desperate to study. He understood that poverty is eradicated through cooperation, not with bombs.