|World Focus: Regime Change In Cuba|
Friday, December 19 @ 21:41:58 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
December 19, 2014 - paulcraigroberts.org
Normalization of relations with Cuba is not the result of a diplomatic breakthrough or a change of heart on the part of Washington. Normalization is a result of US corporations seeking profit opportunities in Cuba, such as developing broadband Internet markets in Cuba.
Before the American left and the Cuban government find happiness in the normalization, they should consider that with normalization comes American money and a US Embassy. The American money will take over the Cuban economy. The embassy will be a home for CIA operatives to subvert the Cuban government. The embassy will provide a base from which the US can establish NGOs whose gullible members can be called to street protest at the right time, as in Kiev, and the embassy will make it possible for Washington to groom a new set of political leaders.
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|Caribbean: Recent Media Coverage of Cuba: Selective Commendation, Selective Indignation|
Tuesday, April 27 @ 17:08:19 UTC
|By Emily Kirk, John Kirk and Norman Girvan|
April 27, 2010
The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti caused some 230,000 deaths, left 1.5 million homeless, and has directly affected 3 million Haitians—1/3 of the population. On March 31, representatives of over 50 governments and international organizations gathered at the United Nations Haiti Donor Conference to pledge long-term assistance for the rebuilding of Haiti. At the conference, Cuba made arguably the most ambitious and impressive pledge of all countries—to rebuild the entire National Health Service. While the efforts of other government have been praised, those of Cuba, however, have largely been ignored in the media.
The aim of Cuba's contribution is to completely reconstruct the Haitian health care system—and to do so in a sustainable manner. The new system will be based on the Cuban model, embracing primary, secondary and tertiary health care, in addition to the training of additional Haitian doctors in Cuba.
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|Caribbean: Fidel Castro: Not a Word About the Blockade|
Tuesday, April 14 @ 18:13:43 UTC
By Fidel Castro|
April 14, 2009
The U.S. administration announced through CNN that Obama would be visiting Mexico this week, in the first part of a trip that will take him to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where he will be within four days taking part in the Summit of the Americas. He has announced the relief of some hateful restrictions imposed by Bush to Cubans living in the United States regarding their visits to relatives in Cuba. When questions were raised on whether such prerogatives extended to other American citizens the response was that the latter were not authorized.
But not a word was said about the harshest of measures: the blockade. This is the way a truly genocidal measure is piously called, one whose damage cannot be calculated only on the basis of its economic effects, for it constantly takes human lives and brings painful suffering to our people.
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|Africa Focus: Empowering Cuba to Save More African Lives|
Saturday, August 23 @ 21:50:57 UTC
|By Obi Egbuna|
August 23, 2008
The bravery and fervor Cuban Revolutionaries have displayed since time immemorial, from Jose Marti (whom Fidel Castro affectionately refers to as the Apostle of the revolution) and General Antonio Maceo to Che Guevara and Vilma Espin, have always been an inspiration to those who truly love freedom and justice. This passion for world peace stems from the revolutionary values which are at the core of Cuban society. Often times, the world has seen how willing Cubans are to give their lives and resources in pursuit of freedom and justice-such as they did at the US led Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961,and in Angola, Mozambique and Guinee Bissau. A more current example of this courage are the 5 Cuban patriots, who are illegally imprisoned in US jails, because they decided to risk their lives to prevent further acts of naked aggression and terrorism against their beloved homeland, by the counter revolutionary Cuban forces in Miami who are openly aligned with the Bush administration. It is quite interesting that despite this rich history of sacrifice, Commandante Fidel Castro has humbly indicated on many occasions that the greatest army ever assembled in Cuba, is that of the medical brigades. These professional and well trained brigades have many times represented their country patriotically not only at home but throughout the world.
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|Inside U.S.A.: The Empire's Hypocritical Politics|
Sunday, June 08 @ 17:03:09 UTC
By Fidel Castro
May, 28 2008
It Would be dishonest of me to remain silent after hearing the speech United States Democratic party presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered on the afternoon of May 23 at the Cuban American National Foundation created by former US president Ronald Reagan. I listened to his speech, as I did Republican party candidate John McCain’s and President George W. Bush’s.
I feel no resentment towards him, for he is not responsible for the crimes perpetrated against Cuba and humanity. Were I to defend him, I would do his adversaries an enormous favour. I have, therefore, no reservations about criticising him and about expressing my points of view on his words frankly.
What were Obama’s statements?
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|Caribbean: Fidel Castro's 'Life'|
Wednesday, February 13 @ 15:52:56 UTC
|La Lucha Continua|
By Ron Jacobs
February 12, 2008
Fidel Castro is one of the great men of the past fifty years. Even his bitterest enemies acknowledge this by their continuing attempts to destroy the man and the revolution he is identified with. In 2003, journalist Ignacio Ramonet, editor of Le monde diplomatique, began a series of lengthy conversations with Fidel that were recently published in English. This collection of interviews taking place over two years, titled Fidel Castro: My Life, is a history and autobiography of a man who is not only a revolutionary, but the leader of a country that has maintained its national integrity and independence in the face of one of history's longest economic blockades and has stared down the biggest empire in the history of humankind while doing so.
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|World Focus: Foodstuff as Imperial Weapon|
Wednesday, April 04 @ 04:46:24 UTC
|Biofuels and Global Hunger|
By Fidel Castro, CounterPunch
March 31, 2007
More than three billion people in the world are being condemend to a premature death from hunger and thirst. It is not an exaggeration; this is rather a conservative figure. I have meditated for quite a long time on that after the meeting held by President Bush with the US automakers.
The sinister idea of turning foodstuffs into fuel was definitely established as the economic strategy of the US foreign policy on Monday, March 26th last.
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|Caribbean: Midnight Reflections on Fidel Castro and Global Orwellian Imperialism|
Monday, July 04 @ 23:22:24 UTC
| By Franz J. T. Lee|
Last night, Friday, July 1, 2005, between 10 and 12 a.m., I was listening to and looking at a most informative live interview with President Fidel Castro, directed by Walter Martínez in his Dossier program of Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).
Reflecting deeply on all what Fidel explained ... especially about the Orwellian future that faces the "Third World" in general, and Latin America, Venezuela and the Caribbean in particular ... unless we urgently unite, integrate and defend ourselves in total revolutionary unison ... my mind began to run wild, reaching trans-historic dimensions and future awesome realms.
In bed I was still pondering about all of Fidel's profound reflections, explaining his rebelling youth, the development of the Cuban Revolution, also his high esteem and respect for President Hugo Chávez. He also confirmed that over 600 foreign CIA attempts were made on his life.
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|War and Terror: Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles|
Thursday, May 12 @ 19:20:51 UTC
|Small Fish in a Pond of Murderous Sharks|
By Kurt Nimmo, kurtnimmo.com
Forget Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the guy who went out for al-Qaeda's coffee, and consider Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles, a verified terrorist and former CIA agent who blew up an airplane (Cubana Airlines flight 455, killing 73 passengers), planted bombs in Cuban hotels, was involved in the murder of two Cuban officials in Argentina in August 1976, participated in plans to assassinate Cuban officials in Chile and assassinate Fidel Castro. If Carriles was Muslim, had blown up an American passenger plane, was involved in the murder of U.S. officials, bombing hotels, and had plotted to kill Bush, Special Forces and the CIA would be looking high and low for him, would likely attempt to kill him with a Predator drone, armed with Hellfire missiles, the same way the CIA killed Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi (described as a lowly al-Qaeda bodyguard) in northwest Yemen in early November, 2002.
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|Caribbean: Cuban Deja Vu All Over Again, All Over Again|
Tuesday, December 28 @ 10:21:54 UTC
|The Self-Delusions of James Cason
By Saul Landau, counterpunch.org
On December 10, US Interest Section Chief in Havana James Cason offered yet another Bush Administration policy missile to overthrow the Cuban government and replace it with a "democratic" regime, i.e.; one that would revere private property and kiss Washington's butt. Bush had already tightened the harsh trade and travel restrictions on Cuba, following this year's presidential panel recommendations. Headed by Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Cuba policy panel listed measures Washington should take to foster a post-Castro transition. Cuban Vice President Ricardo Alarcon dismissed these measures as nothing more than a blueprint for overthrowing the government. Cason denies any such intentions.
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|Caribbean: 179 countries vote against the blockade at the UN|
Thursday, October 28 @ 21:51:45 UTC
|For the 13th consecutive time, the UN General Assembly has passed a resolution calling for an end to the US blockade of Cuba. The voting on the resolution was 179 countries in favor and four against (The United States, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau), while Micronesia abstained . During the debate at the 59th session of the UN General Assembly, several heads of state and government condemned Washington’s policy of aggression against the small island. Over 75% of the Cuban population were born after the triumph of the Revolution on January 1959, and have had to grow and develop under the brutal effects of a ruthless economic, commercial, and financial US blockade, which knows no limits. The unilateral enforcement of this U.S. policy turned into a sick obsession and a veritable economic war, which has provoked losses to the country amounting to close to $80 billion.|
source : granma.cu
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|Latin America: Cui Bono? The Cuba Embargo as Rip Off|
Wednesday, November 05 @ 20:27:51 UTC
|By Saul Landau, www.counterpunch.org|
OPINION: "U.S. law forbids Americans to travel to Cuba for pleasure. That law is on the books and it must be enforced. We allow travel for limited reasons, including visit to a family, to bring humanitarian aid, or to conduct research. Those exceptions are too often used as cover for illegal business travel and tourism, or to skirt the restrictions on carrying cash into Cuba. We're cracking down on this deception." G. W. Bush, October 10, 2003
FACT: Administrative regulations don't prohibit Americans from traveling, but from spending money in Cuba, unless licensed to do so for research, media reporting, or family visits. "Freedom of movement is the very essence of our free society, setting us apart.it often makes all other rights meaningful." Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, (concurring) Aptheker v. Secretary of State, 378 U.S. 500, 520 (1964).
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|World Focus: Cuba in the Cross-Hairs: A Near Half-Century of Terror|
Friday, October 24 @ 20:38:44 UTC
|by Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com
Now that the Bush administration, pursuing its "war against terrorism," has once again elevated Cuba into America's cross-hairs as a newly anointed member of the Axis of Evil, it seems like a good moment to consider the question of terrorism and Cuba. Noam Chomsky takes up this matter in his new book, 'Hegemony or Survival, America's Quest for Global Dominance', and a long, chilling excerpt from that book is included below (with his kind permission). No one has written more powerfully or consistently on the subject of state violence and state terror or reminded us more powerfully or consistently that "terror" isn't primarily what small stateless bands of fanatics deliver to large and powerful states. History is, in a sense, a history of state terror and the United States has been a practitioner of the form, in the case of Cuba, as Chomsky shows, with unrelenting perseverance and relish for nearly half a century.
The Batista dictatorship was overthrown in January 1959 by Castro's guerrilla forces. In March, the National Security Council (NSC) considered means to institute regime change. In May, the CIA began to arm guerrillas inside Cuba. "During the Winter of 1959-1960, there was a significant increase in CIA-supervised bombing and incendiary raids piloted by exiled Cubans" based in the US.
-- Tom Engelhardt
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|World Focus: Cuba and the "Necessary Viciousness" of the Bushites|
Monday, October 13 @ 16:21:18 UTC
|By KURT NIMMO|
In order to please crucial "swing" voters in his brother's state, Junior has ratcheted up the anti-Castro rhetoric.
Bush has not threatened Castro outright -- not yet anyway -- but instead has said he will increase "restrictions" on Cuba. "The transition to freedom will present many challenges to the Cuban people and to America, and we will be prepared," declared Bush. He told Secretary of State Colin Powell and Housing Secretary Mel Martinez to "plan for the happy day when Castro's regime is no more and democracy comes to the island."
It wasn't all that long ago Bush said the same about Iraq.
In response to Bush's latest saber-rattling, Dagoberto Rodriguez, head of Cuba's diplomatic mission, said Bush should "stop acting like a lawless cowboy" and "start listening to the voices of the nations of the world."
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|World Focus: Why the US fears Cuba|
Thursday, July 31 @ 03:58:52 UTC
|Hostility to the Castro regime doesn't stem from its failings, but from its achievements |
by Seumas Milne, The Guardian
Fifty years after Fidel Castro and his followers launched the Cuban revolution with an abortive attack on the dictator Batista's Moncada barracks, Cuba's critics are already writing its obituaries. Echoing President Bush's dismissal of Cuban-style socialism as a "relic", the Miami Herald pronounced the revolution "dead in the water" at the weekend. The Telegraph called the island "the lost cause that is Cuba", while the Independent on Sunday thought the Cuban dream "as old and fatigued as Fidel himself" and a BBC reporter claimed that, by embracing tourism, "the revolution has simply replaced one elite with another".
Bush is, of course, only the latest of 10 successive US presidents who have openly sought to overthrow the Cuban government and Batista's heirs in Florida have long plotted a triumphant return to reclaim their farms, factories and bordellos - closed or expropriated by Castro, Che Guevara and their supporters after they came to power in 1959. But international hostility towards the Cuban regime has increased sharply since April, when it launched its harshest crackdown on the US-backed opposition for decades, handing out long jail sentences to 75 activists for accepting money from a foreign power and executing three ferry hijackers.
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