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Cuando la cobardía no tiene límites

September 29, 2014

El Adversario

Por: Prof. Nestor García Olazabal

El fascismo es fascismo en cualquier lugar del mundo, mostrar miedo o indiferencia ante ellos se paga con sangre El fascismo es fascismo en cualquier lugar del mundo, mostrar miedo o indiferencia ante ellos se paga con sangre

Lo que indigna es el silencio de un ómnibus lleno de pasajeros donde ni una solo voz se irguió para enfrentar el odio, donde nadie llamó al silencio, a la disciplina, una guaga entera  callada ante la violencia, indiferente ante la amenaza

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Desfile juvenil contra el terrorismo y por Los Cinco

September 29, 2014

Siempre con Cuba

Este 30 de septiembre se desarrollará en toda Cuba una marcha estudiantil y juvenil contra el terrorismo, en reclamo por la libertad de Gerardo, Ramón y Antonio, los antiterroristas cubanos aún presos injustamente en Estados Unidos, y en denuncia por las acciones subversivas que buscan manipular a los sectores juveniles cubanos para enfrentarlos a la Revolución. Habrá concentraciones en todas las provincias, en una acción simultánea que unirá las voces de miles de compatriotas para reafirmar su compromiso con la justicia.

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#While EU sends soldiers against Ebola in Africa, Cuba sends doctors (#Cuba; #USA; #UN; #Canada; Belgium; #UK; #Europe;#Africa;#Sierra Leone; #Angola; #South Africa)

September 27, 2014

Resounding Condemnation at UN of US Blockade Against Cuba

September 26, 2014

NYC Havana Blog

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United Nations, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Leaders of Latin America, Africa and Asia expressed their rejection at the UN against the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, positions that were mentioned as part of the high-level discussions at the General Assembly.

During the plenary of the 193 UN members, the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, the siege imposed by Washington against Cuba for more than half a century a Cold War anachronism.

“What terrible damage this doomed policy, condemned for 22 consecutive years by the General Assembly, has caused the Cuban people,” he said, in the general discussion that will continue until next Tuesday with the attendance of asome 140 heads of state or Government.

Meanwhile, the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, called the US blockade the most unjust, severe and prolonged system of unilateral sanctions ever applied against any country.

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#World Health Organization: #Cuba sets the example in the fight against Ebola virus (#Cuba; #USA; #UN; #Europe; #Africa; #Angola; #South Africa)

September 26, 2014

Convocan marcha estudiantil por #LosCinco

September 25, 2014

Jóvenes por los 5

Marcha-e1411563653655Este 30 de septiembre ocurrirá en toda Cuba una marcha estudiantil y juvenil contra el terrorismo, en reclamo por la libertad de Gerardo, Ramón y Antonio, los antiterroristas cubanos aún presos injustamente en Estados Unidos, y en denuncia por las acciones subversivas que buscan manipular a los sectores juveniles cubanos para enfrentarlos a la Revolución.

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Obama’s Sanctimonious Human Rights Argument Against Cuba

September 23, 2014


Unbalanced Law?
Obama’s Sanctimonious Human Rights Argument Against Cuba

Raúl Castro, President of Cuba, said that he wants to start relations with the U.S., but first the U.S. must provide health insurance to all 46 million people who lack it; stop extrajudicial assassinations in sovereign countries through drone attacks; make higher education affordable for all; reform the prison system which has by far the highest incarceration rate in the entire world, with a drastically disproportionate amount of prisoners being minorities; grant Puerto Rico its sovereignty as required by the U.N. Charter, U.N. Declaration on Decolonization, and the popular referendum in Puerto Rico in 2012; halt the economic blockade, which has been ruled illegal for 22 straight years in the U.N.; close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and return the land to Cuba; turn overterrorists living freely in Miami who have bombed Cuban civilian airplanes, hotels and fishing boats; and free the three political prisoners who were investigating these groups to prevent further attacks.

Actually, he said: “We don’t demand that the U.S. change its political or social system and we don’t accept negotiations over ours. If we really want to move our bilateral relations forward, we’ll have to learn to respect our differences, if not, we’re ready to take another 55 years in the same situation.”

President Barack Obama has said Cuba: ”Has not yet observed basic human rights … I and the American people will welcome the time when the Cuban people have the freedom to live their lives, choose their leaders, and fully participate in this global economy and international institutions.” But he added: “We haven’t gotten there yet.”

Presumably Obama means when Cuba agrees to relinquish their right to self-determination, as guaranteed in the U.N. Charter, to join the U.S.-imposed neoliberal order. When Cuba to gives up state control over industries like banking and telecommunications and opens them up to foreign investment, so more money can be shipped off the island instead of staying in the local economy and invested in the Cuban people. When Cuba agrees to “free trade” agreements, which would prevent labor and environmental safeguards while forcing local businesses to compete on an uneven playing field with multinational corporations that receive government subsidies, allowing them to undercut the price of local products. In short, when Cuba decides to respect private profit over the social welfare of its population.

U.S. calls for “democracy” and “human rights” in Cuba have an important historical connotation, which in reality has nothing to do with representative government nor human rights. The term is nothing more than a propaganda tool, instantly elevating the accuser to a superior moral status and subjecting the accused to an indefensible position regardless of the real facts, history and context.

The U.S. is not suggesting that Cuba should be judged by established human rights and international humanitarian laws – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (which the U.S. has never ratified); and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (which the U.S. took more than 20 years to ratify); the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the U.S. has never ratified; and many others. It is suggesting Cuba abide by the criteria the U.S. sets out for them and sees fit to interpret itself.

The reality is that the United States does not get to serve as judge and jury for other countries’ internal affairs, just as they would laugh in the face of anyone who tried to do the same to them. To pretend that your demands are more important than the law that governs the international system is beyond condescending.

Incidentally, there is a United Nations Committee that impartially reviews compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, one of the few treaties which the U.S. has both signed and ratified. The committee, in its most recent annual report, found the U.S. non-compliant in many areas.

To start, they found that the U.S. “has only limited avenues to ensure that state and local governments respect and implement the Covenant, and that its provisions have been declared to be non-self-executing at the time of ratification,” which serves to “limit the legal reach and practical relevance of the Covenant.”

Among the many matters of concern is accountability for “unlawful killings during its international operations, the use of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees in United States custody.”

The committee also noted numerous domestic problems, including “racial disparities in the criminal justice system,” “racial profiling,” “excessive use of force by law enforcement officials,” “criminalization of homelessness,” “National Security Agency surveillance,” and even “voting rights.”

Obama’s sanctimonious remarks about Cuba demonstrate his disregard for the law that applies to both countries equally, and his unwillingness to be held to the same standard that he preaches to others.

Matt Peppe writes about politics, U.S. foreign policy and Latin America on his blog (,)
His writing has appeared in CounterPunch, MintPress News, Latino Rebels, Countercurrents and other outlets.,

Cuba, EE.UU. y los cables submarinos: La historia no contada

September 22, 2014

La pupila insomne

Omar Pérez Salomón 

cables-cubaMuchas personas desconocen que en el período de 1921 a 1989 entre Cuba y Estados Unidos se tendieron siete cables telefónicos con el fin de propiciar las comunicaciones entre ambos países. Tampoco se ha divulgado en la gran prensa internacional

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Back Channel to Cuba. The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

September 22, 2014


Back Channel to Cuba
The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

By William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh

Challenging the conventional wisdom of perpetual hostility between the United States and Cuba–beyond invasions, covert operations, assassination plots using poison pens and exploding seashells, and a grinding economic embargo–this fascinating book chronicles a surprising, untold history of bilateral efforts toward rapprochement and reconciliation. Since 1959, conflict and aggression have dominated the story of U.S.-Cuban relations. Now, William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh present a new and increasingly more relevant account. From John F. Kennedy’s offering of an olive branch to Fidel Castro after the missile crisis, to Henry Kissinger’s top secret quest for normalization, to Barack Obama’s promise of a “new approach,” LeoGrande and Kornbluh reveal a fifty-year record of dialogue and negotiations, both open and furtive, indicating a path toward better relations in the future.

LeoGrande and Kornbluh have uncovered hundreds of formerly secret U.S. documents and conducted interviews with dozens of negotiators, intermediaries, and policy makers, including Fidel Castro and Jimmy Carter. The authors describe how, despite the political clamor surrounding any hint of better relations with Havana, serious negotiations have been conducted by every presidential administration since Eisenhower’s through secret, back-channel diplomacy. Concluding with ten lessons for U.S. negotiators, the book offers an important perspective on current political debates, at a time when leaders of both nations have publicly declared the urgency of moving beyond the legacy of hostility.
About the Author

William M. LeoGrande, professor of government at American University, is the author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, among other books.

Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., is the author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability, among other books.


“An exceedingly well-written and well-documented account. . . . Essential for libraries that support research into the political and diplomatic history of America foreign relations with Cuba in the latter half of the 20th century.”
–Library Journal Starred Review

“Told in clear prose, this richly detailed book underscores how diplomacy makes headlines, but many exchanges happen far from official negotiation tables.”
–Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“LeoGrande and Kornbluh have analyzed thoroughly the history of dialogue between two countries locked in a contradictory relationship for five decades, with each side skeptical that the other truly wanted improved relations. With continual change in Washington, and continuity in Cuban leadership, the authors draw important lessons from the efforts of every administration since Eisenhower to negotiate with Cuba.”
–President Jimmy Carter

“Back Channel to Cuba tells a dynamic, expansive, and anecdote-rich story drawn from compelling primary sources, interviews and declassified documents. Generational change in the ranks of Cuban leadership and transformation on the ground and in the Cuban diaspora in the United States make Back Channel to Cuba a particularly timely contribution: history can and should serve as a guide to present and future decisions about the art of the possible by Cuban and American leaders, policy makers, and citizens.”
–Julia E. Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know

“A prodigious achievement–a truly exceptional examination of perhaps the most vexing relationship in the history of U.S. foreign policy. Based on vast numbers of documents, many rarely seen before, plus firsthand interviews with nearly every one of the important participants, including Jimmy Carter and Fidel Castro, Back Channel to Cuba is the equivalent of a 9′ high jump when the world record is 8’04” (held since 1993, incidentally, by a Cuban). Nothing else even comes close.”
–Lars Schoultz, author of That Infernal Little Cuban Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution.,

On Purpose of Cuba and international cooperation (II)

September 19, 2014


By José Luis Rodríguez

The Venezuela initiative to consider as tradable goods which are included in the Cuban collaboration, not only represented a remarkable show of solidarity with the efforts had made by the Cuban Government in helping other people, but that allowed that the island began to raise revenue that took the balance of the total trade balance in deficit to surplus there after which enabled to make sustainable that policy and expand it.

Other nations such as Ecuador and South Africa would also proceed to compensate the medical services provided by Cuba on the basis of their economic possibilities.

The most recent case that took this modality has been Brazil, where the Government of Dilma Rouseff decided to undertake a year ago the operation “More doctors”, with a view to expand services to the most disadvantaged regions in the North and North-East of the territory, taking into account that the density of physicians per capita was only 1.8 per 1000.

15 460 health professionals, of whom were hired originally 3 891 Brazilian physicians, which finally fell to 938, demonstrating the need to go to others abroad, mainly from Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Cuba were needed for this operation.

So far, Cuba has provided this operation 11 456 physicians through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which cover more than two thousand people in 26 Brazilian States, thus providing assistance that covers 74.1% of the lawsuit filed with its services.

As has happened with the presence of Cuban doctors in Venezuela and other Latin American countries, now also unleashed an intense media campaign against the Cuban specialists, who stands accused of displacing their counterparts in those countries. It is thus hide other realities, not by hidden less objective and often also painful.

First, the Cubans go there where there are no medical services. In very poor countries the absence of health personnel is almost absolute, but where there is – as the case of Venezuela or Brazil – many physicians are not hired to work in the public service and much less they go to regions where most they need them. Unfortunately, rather than receive a commensurate income according to their social contribution, the logic of competition in a market economy drives to go there where there is more money and not where most society requires it.

Secondly, if the Governments of the nations who hire doctors from other countries decide to capture personal competing with the highly profitable private medicine, they would have to face unsustainable expenditure for the public budget. Enough to recall that, according to studies carried out in Latin America, the expense of a patient assisted by private medicine in Brazil, based on the health insurance system, amounts as average to 606 dollars per year, while in Venezuela a basic medicine consultation can cost the equivalent of $127.

Certainly these are not the bases of calculation of Cuban cooperation programs, which are not governed by the price of the international market for these services, nor for the costs of training of highly qualified personnel.

What is meant to hide is that if today Cuba receives revenues reaching billions of dollars it is not related to prices imposed, but by the presence of 362 64 specialists in 191 countries, many of them free of charge.

Thirdly, the Cuban cooperation with other peoples is not the result of individual efforts, but should be understood as a policy advocated by the Cuban State for more than 50 years, and which relies on the use of resources that enter the country not only for the personal enjoyment of those who create the wealth, but on the needs of the whole society.

This does not exclude that insofar as the Cuban society can better recognize the efforts of its workers does not increase personal incomes of these. The wage increase recently approved this year for medical personnel, together with a greater involvement in income in currencies that generated while they remain on the outside, offers a clear testimony of this policy.

Cuba has developed a partnership with other peoples based on providing services of high quality and low cost, compensating for part of the expenses in the same measure in which revenues do not come into conflict with the principles of the deepest solidarity.

The essential motivation that has led to thousands of our doctors and teachers to work voluntarily away from their family and in very difficult conditions, saving lives or teaching from thousands miles their homeland, is the conviction that there is nothing more important to life and dignity of the human being. The value of these principles does not have a monetary expression.
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