Archive for August, 2015

El Salvador: Government responds to right-wing destabilization campaign

August 21, 2015

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Source:  TeleSUR
August 18 2015

Special security measures, introduced after the recent public transit shutdown which was violently imposed by gangs, will be in place permanently.

Soldiers stand guard near one of the few buses that circulated in San Salvador during the transit shutdown on July 30, 2015. | Photo: AFP Soldiers stand guard near one of the few buses that circulated in San Salvador during the transit shutdown on July 30, 2015. | Photo: AFP

Special security measures to protect El Salvador’s public transit drivers and riders after gangs violently forced a transportation boycott last month will remain in place permanently, announced Tuesday.

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President Sanchez explained in a speech Tuesday that the recently implemented transportation security “is now a permanent plan that includes increased police presence in buses, stations, terminals, and also in more checkpoints on highways and roads.”

Gang-mandated transport boycott paralyzed the capital city San Salvador for four days

Salvadoran authorities increased transit security at the beginning of August after a gang-mandated transport boycott paralyzed the capital city San Salvador for four days. A…

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African students at ELAM: We are thankful to Cuba, the island represents hope for the world

August 21, 2015

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  Granma
Nuria Barbosa León
internet@granma.cu
August 18, 2015

“The Cuban professors teach us with love, they provide us with all their knowledge, if we have any difficulties they even stay after working hours or invite you to their homes to go over topics”

Yannick Alban Joseph, of the Central African Republic, student at ELAM 2015 Yannick Alban Joseph, of the Central African Republics is opposed to the practice of medicine as a business Photo: Nuria Barbosa León, Granma

Young Africans Yannick, Joëllevie, Lindokuhle, Thatonatsi, Darions and Abdoulaye, are grateful to Cuba for having welcomed them to the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which has graduated over 24,000 health professionals from 84 countries during its 16 years of existence

Yannick Alban Joseph, of the Central African Republic, is opposed to the practice of medicine as a business.

Yannick Alban Joseph, aged 24, from the Central African Republic, tells of the internal conflicts affecting his country, which prevented him from enrolling in…

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Contrarrevolución y disidencia: Mas nada de lo mismo

August 18, 2015

La pupila insomne

Esteban Morales

cambio planesSin dudas, lo ocurrido el 17 de diciembre, al declarar Obama la posibilidad de un cambio de política hacia Cuba, ha dejado descolocada a la disidencia contrarrevolucionaria interna. Otrora pieza  funcional de la política agresiva de Estados Unidos contra Cuba.

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Cuba: la vaca sagrada

August 18, 2015

El Adversario

“He conocido a un doctor en filosofía que creía que Cuba era un territorio de la Unión… un funcionario de Washington que pensaba que La Habana era un puerto de los Estados Unidos”¹

Jenks en su estraordinario libro considera a  Cuba como la vaca sagrada de la diplomacia estadounidense y es que la diplomacia yanquí tuvo el sabor y el color del azúcar y el azúcar es un excelente compuesto químico que poseía  la propiedad  de exitar a Washington, nuestra azúcar era del color del dinero y la avaricia no tenía fin.

Los temas de Cuba se discutían a puerta cerrada, había mucha plata por medio, muchos intereses y no solo los que habían, los que les dibujaba el futuro. Eran los amos de una isla estratégicamente situada a la entrada del Golfo, quien la dominara, podía hacer mucho daño a la Unión, si la Unión la dominada, podía controlar…

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Ecuador Opposition Resorts to Violence…Again

August 18, 2015

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR

Demonstrators clash with the police during a march in QuitoThe pattern is clear in countries in Latin America run by progressive governments working to reduce inequality, poverty and hunger.  The pattern starts with a small group of right-wing persons finding a reason to ‘protest’.  They then lead a minority to join them in this ‘protest’.  A section of this ‘protest’ then turns violent.  One can never be sure if, as has been done in some marches in the US, agent provocateurs, were planted among the protesters to incite this violence.

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One objective of the violence is to create martyrs whose deaths can be used to strengthen the ‘protests’.  Another objective of the violence is to create vivid footage for the corporate controlled international media which then (i) gives their viewers worldwide the impression that the democratically elected president of the country is a ‘dictator’ who is very unpopular and has to resort to violence against his/her own…

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Venezuela’s Economic War: Tons of Food Found Buried Underground

August 18, 2015

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Source:  TeleSUR

Authorities discovered on Thursday 50 tons of food and other types of products like detergent, toothpaste, in the northwestern port of Maracaibo, the second largest city of the country and capital of the state of Zulia.

The discovery comes amid continuing reports of food shortages in the country by international corporate media and Venezuelan opposition groups that seek to portray the South American country as in the midst of an economic crisis.

Officials from the National Bolivarian Guard found dozens of bags of sugar buried two meters down in earth.  Photo:Alba Ciudad

Officials from the National Bolivarian Guard found dozens of bags of sugar buried two meters down in earth. Photo:Alba Ciudad Officials from the National Bolivarian Guard found dozens of bags of sugar buried two meters down in earth. Photo:Alba Ciudad

Intelligence information allowed the officials to locate the products in the courtyard of a house in an eastern suburb of Maracaibo. Photo:Alba Ciudad

They found packages of rice, coffee, noodles, beers, sodas, detergents, chlorine, toothpaste, among others. Photo:Alba Ciudad They found packages of rice, coffee, noodles, beers, sodas, detergents, chlorine, toothpaste, among others. Photo:Alba Ciudad

Corporate media outlets around the world have portrayed Venezuela as a country in the midst of an economic crisis, pointing to shortages of basic goods in stores as an evidence. Photo:Alba Ciudad Corporate media outlets around the world have portrayed Venezuela as a country in the midst of an economic crisis, pointing…

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Cuba-US: New Commission Will Address Outstanding Issues.

August 17, 2015

Additional Details About U.S.-Cuba Secret Discussions Leading up to the December 17, 2014, Public Announcement of Rapprochement

August 16, 2015

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A prior post covered the surprising December 17, 2014, announcement of U.S.-Cuba rapprochement while another post discussed the initial public information about the preceding secret U.S.-Cuba negotiations about normalization; yet another post integrated that information into previous public information about U.S.-Cuba relations in President Obama’s second presidential term, 2013-2014.

Now Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande. both leading scholars on the relationship between the two countries, have added the following additional details about such previous secret discussions:[1]

  • In response to the January 2010 devastating Haiti earthquake, the U.S. and Cuba engaged in unprecedented cooperative disaster relief in that country.
  • Thereafter in 2010-2012 two top State Department officials—Cheryl Mills, the Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Julissa Reynoso, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs—had secret discussions with Cuban officials that initially focused on Cuba’s releasing U.S. citizen Alan…

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Bienvenido, Mr Kerry

August 14, 2015

La pupila insomne

Iroel Sánchez

Neil-Armstrong1.jpg_88717827Desde que Neil Armstrong plantó en 1969 la bandera estadounidense sobre la superficie de la Luna ninguna otra tela con barras y estrellas parece haber despertado más interés en los medios de comunicación que la que desplegará en la reabierta embajada de EE.UU. en La Habana este 14 de agosto el Secretario de Estado John Kerry.

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U.S. Supreme Court Comments on U.S.-Cuba History 

August 13, 2015

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As discussed in a prior post, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 8, 2015, in Zivotofsky v. Kerrydecided that the U.S. President had the exclusive power in the U.S. Government to recognize foreign nations and governments.

In the course of that opinion, the Court discussed two facets of U.S.-Cuba relations. The first related to Cuba’s 1960 expropriation of U.S. property interests in Cuba, which Cuba’s official newspaper, Granma, just commemorated as covered n a prior post. The second related to the U.S. entry in 1898 into Cuba’s war of independence from Spain.

Cuba’s 1960 Expropriation of U.S. Properties

The discussion of Cuba’s expropriation occurred in a significant earlier decision of the Supreme Court, Banco Nacional de Cuba v. Sabbatino , 376 U.S. 398 (1964), which the Court this June asserted stood for the proposition that the Court already had endorsed the practice of U.S. presidents exercising unilateral…

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