Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations
Author: Nino Pagliccia
NINO PAGLICCIA has two Master’s Degrees from Stanford University and is a retired researcher on Canada-Cuba collaborative projects at the University of British Columbia. He has published many peer-reviewed journal articles and has contributed chapters to books on topics about Cuba, the Cuban healthcare system and solidarity. He has been a long-time activist and has organized groups to do voluntary work in Cuba for almost 15 years.
A principle remains unchanged: the Revolution will not leave anyone homeless and measures are already taken so that no Cuban family is left to their fate.
Monday, 11 September 2017
Let us face recovery with the example of the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, who with his permanent faith in victory and strong will has taught us that there are no impossible tasks.
I post this article from a blog in Cuba because I find it very interesting. Unless you are very familiar with Cuba, Cuban sentiments towards foreign interference and the real consequences of the blockade on Cuba, this article reads just like any of those commentaries that would appear in any blog about any country.
Thinking out loud. “Solidarity" is one of the most used terms among activists probably next to “struggle”. However, in practice I am surprised sometimes how little it is understood and how frequently it becomes a subjective term depending on…the mood.
Palabras de nuestro colaborador Arnold August tras recibir la Medalla de Amistad concedida por el Consejo de Estado a propuesta del ICAP. La Habana, 4 de julio de 2017
Muchas gracias, Fernando, por sus amables palabras. Muchas gracias Gerardo por hacerme entrega de esta Medalla. Me siento honrado de estar hoy aquí en presencia de ustedes dos, por dos razones en particular.
The official June 16 statement was barely uttered when the majority nationwide opposition to the Trump Cuba policy was once again reignited. Indeed, it was already extremely active and vocal before the Little Havana, Miami venue and date were announced on June 9. By stage-managing the event in Little Havana, Trump was preaching to the choir, one that does not even include the rest of Florida, where the majority of Cuban-Americans oppose the blockade, or at least support the Obama policy of making the blockade somewhat more flexible. Trump’s trademark manner of hand-picking events to spread the word across the country will not work. His Cold War rhetoric will not detract the forces that want to increase trade and travel to Cuba.
The 8th biennial convention of the Canadian Network on Cuba was held in Toronto, Canada, on June 3-4, 2017. I was asked to speak on the panel titled Building Solidarity with Cuba in Canada with distinguished panelists Don Foreman of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and Yamil Martinez of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).
This is what I said. The title is taken from a statement by Fidel Castro.
"The seeds of solidarity planted for many years are growing everywhere."
I like to think that those Venezuelans who have been reported by Reuters (nonetheless) as coming to the rescue of injured people during the spate of violence in Venezuela are sincere in their intentions. 
However, the fact that they have adopted the donning of white helmets as a symbol of their “altruism” makes it all very suspicious. Are we witnessing the birth of the Venezuelan version of the White Helmets of Syria?
Chemical weapons kill by causing a terrible death mostly to innocent people not involved in the conflict, but just by being nearby. That inevitably includes children. Those who do not die immediately will live scarred for life physically and mentally.