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Cuba’s Aid to Haiti Ignored By The US Corporate Media

October 3, 2010

After the quake struck, Haiti’s first medical aid came from Cuba  Among the many donor nations helping Haiti, Cuba and its medical teams have played a major role in treating earthquake victims. Public health experts say the Cubans were the first to set up medical facilities among the debris and to revamp hospitals immediately after the earthquake struck.
“It is striking that there has been virtually no mention in the media of the fact that Cuba had several hundred health personnel on the ground before any other country,” said David Sanders, a professor of public health from Western Cape University in South Africa.
The Cuban team coordinator in Haiti, Dr Carlos Alberto Garcia, says the Cuban doctors, nurses and other health personnel were working non-stop, day and night, with operating rooms open 18 hours a day.
Haiti and Cuba signed a medical cooperation agreement in 1998. Before the earthquake struck, 344 Cuban health professionals were already present in Haiti, providing primary care and obstetrical services as well as operating to restore the sight of Haitians blinded by eye diseases.
More doctors were flown in shortly after the earthquake, as part of the rapid response Henry Reeve Medical Brigade of disaster specialists. The brigade has extensive experience in dealing with the aftermath of earthquakes, having responded to such disasters in China, Indonesia and Pakistan.
Cuban doctors have been organizing medical facilities in three revamped and five field hospitals, five diagnostic centers, with a total of 22 different care posts aided by financial support from Venezuela. The Cuban team has been assisted by 100 specialists from Venezuela, Chile, Spain, Mexico,Colombia and Canada. Havana has also sent 400,000 tetanus vaccines for the wounded.
However, in reporting on the international aid effort, Western media have generally not ranked Cuba high on the list of donor nations.  Richard Gott, the Guardian newspaper’s former foreign editor and a Latin America specialist, explains: “Western media are programmed to be indifferent to aid that comes from unexpected places. In the Haitian case, the media have ignored not just the Cuban contribution, but also the efforts made by other Latin American countries.”

Title: Cuba’s Aid Ignored By The Media?
Source: Al Jazeera English
Author:  Tom Fawthrop in Havana
Faculty Evaluator:  William Du Bois Southwest Minnesota State University
Top 25 censored stories of 2009-10
The book : Censored 2011, p 63-67, ed Seven stories Press, 2010, NY-London-Melbourne-Toronto

U.S. Ambassador in Quito, H Hodges, Knows All About Coups D’Etat as Well as Blockades

October 3, 2010

By Jean Guy Allard

The U.S. Ambassador in Quito, Heather Hodges, Knows All About Coups D’Etat as Well as Blockades

The United States Ambassador in Quito is “distinguished” for her numerous links with USAID, the public face of U.S. intelligence which dedicates scores of millions of dollars annually to the attempt to destabilize progressive governments in Latin America.  In her diplomatic career, she had the “privilege” of personal familiarity with the bloody dictatorship of the putschist Guatemalan Rio Montt and of conspiring as a high level official in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.
Heather Hodges is the former U.S. Ambassador to Moldova, a country that was part of the former USSR, where she dedicated herself to exacerbating the differences that Moldova had with Russia over the Trans-Dniestr region.
In Ecuador, it’s known that “Her Excellency” has not lost any opportunities to foment the sordid work of her intelligence personnel and exacerbate controversy in the debate about a separatist Guayaquil, promoted by certain rightwing elements.
Through USAID, Hodges also guarantees funds to NGOs manipulated by elements of the extreme rightwing in order to develop their operations to penetrate public opinion.
Her official State Department biography says that she was born in Cleveland, Ohio, that she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Masters Degree from New York University.  She lived for a number of years in Madrid, in Franco’s Spain, during the 1970′s.
She arrived in Ecuador at the beginning of August 2008, selected by the George W. Bush administration.
Hodges joined the State Department “staff” in 1980 and was assigned to Caracas, Venezuela.
She later moved on to Guatemala where she was able to watch the coup d’etat that brought General Rios Montt to power and through U.S. complicity, accelerated the militarization of the country.  Civilian massacres took place in this, the most violent period in Guatemalan history.
In January of 1989, she went on to serve as consul before returning to the State Department.
Her extreme rightwing convictions allowed her to become the Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs in 1991, a responsibility directly linked with CIA machinations.  She carried out her work in this office of ill repute within the State Department during the same period as the toppling of the socialist camp and the introduction of the anti-Cuban Torricelli law which promulgated the extraterritoriality of U.S. law in its blockade against Cuba.
In 1993 Hodges was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua as Deputy Chief of Mission during the government of Violeta Chamorro, under which the central bank, mines, transportation, healthcare, and education were privatized and indexes for drug trafficking, illiteracy and corruption skyrocketed.
Hodges was Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Madrid from June of 2000 until July of 2003, under the regime of José María Aznar which bestowed upon her the “Isabel la Católica” medal “for her contributions to U.S. – Spanish relations.”
(Translation: Machetera)

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