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."
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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?
Continue reading Venezuelan protesters “import” questionable tactics from 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.
Continue reading Chemical Weapons: Danger Beyond Syria
When I observe violence through media outlets anywhere in the world I seem to notice that it often comes from a rightwing ideology (neoliberal, conservative, capitalist, imperialist, etc). Often It also comes from misguided groups without a real or acceptable ideology who practice violence for the sake of violence. By the way, that gives a bad name to anarchism because that's how those groups are labeled. Anarchism as I understand it has an ideology even if you don't agree with it.
Continue reading My Take on it: The ideology of violence
19 March 2017
Posted in http://peoplesvoice.ca/2017/03/29/solidarity-in-opposition-to-neoliberal-ideology/
In a recent article titled “The Venezuela ‘Opposition’ We Never Hear About”, Canadian journalist and author Arnold August, wrote about the real nature of the “opposition” in Venezuela. [ http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/The-Venezuela-Opposition-We-Never-Hear-About-20170309-0035.html ]
In the context of a meeting of delegates of the international Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity in Caracas, August refers to one of the speakers, the Venezuelan deputy at the National Assembly, Hector Rodríguez, who is the leader of the minority pro-Chavismo group, fact that puts him effectively on the opposition – at least in a conventional sense.
Continue reading Solidarity in opposition to the neoliberal ideology
26 March 2017
It is with great contempt that I question the report of March 14 by Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS), accusing Venezuela of human rights abuses and of holding political prisoners, further demanding that Venezuela hold elections in 30 days.
Continue reading The mind-boggling audacity of some OAS members against Venezuela
Latin America may not have the military clout, but it has three major assets needed to challenge the United States: political will, economic resources, and a key strategic position as the U.S. “backyard”.
The main focus of world politics is still on U.S. president Donald Trump and it will continue to be for a while in part due to his outspoken (at times unpredictable) personality, but mostly because he does happen to have his finger on the nuclear, financial and political trigger of the Empire. That finger may well set off what have already been called “Trumpquakes”. 
Continue reading Latin America – Key player in a multipolar world
The Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity expresses its solidarity with the people and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in these moments when the sponsors of the media war and terrorism against Venezuela, Cuba and the ALBA countries have been renewed and intensified their interventionist intentions by trying to destabilize them as part of the imperial policy of "regime change" in countries considered hostile to the diplomacy of war coming from Washington.
Continue reading Statement of the 15th Meeting of the Network in Defense of Humanity; “Emancipatory Communication or Colonized Homelands”
International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
Friday March 17, 2017
Tuitazo for the End of the Blockade Against Cuba
NO MORE BLOCKADE!
On April 2015, during the Summit of the Peoples of Panama and in 2016 in various regional meetings of solidarity with the Cuban revolution, an agreement was made for visible actions to take place to show our forceful rejection of the criminal blockade.
Continue reading Call to Action: End the Blockade Against Cuba
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.
Continue reading Take Action on Cuba Policy NOW!