Archive for May, 2016

Unrestricted Cuba travel getting closer

May 30, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

Unrestricted Cuba travel getting closer

The snowball effect of Cuba travel is already being felt in the U.S. Senate. The officialcongressional website reveals that 51 out of 100 U.S. senators support the elimination of laws and regulations that prevent U.S. citizens from traveling to Cuba. A majority of U.S. senators favor the Freedom to Travel Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Arizona) and Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy (Vermont).

If passed, the law would also permit tourist travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba, something that is not currently allowed. For passage, the bill would have to get the OK from the Senate who then would send it to the House of Representatives where there are currently 127 of 435 representative co-sponsoring legislation similar to the senate bill. Cuba followers predict that the law currently would be favored in the House; but this is not as clear as in the Senate.

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UK and Sweden Arbitrarily Detain Julian Assange for 2000 Days, Standing in Solidarity with the WikiLeaks Editor

May 30, 2016

WISE Up Action - A Solidarity Network for Manning and Assange

On February 5 this year, UNWGAD published their opinion that Julian Assange is Arbitrarily Detained by UK and Sweden. Both countries are signatories to the International Treaties upon which the UN group based their investigation and ruling, the two countries should follow the UN opinion that they should free and compensate the WikiLeaks Editor. But whilst these governments are pre-occupied with power politics disregarding a very important Human Rights issue, we can take action in Julian Assange’s defence by raising awareness of his case and standing in solidarity by his side.


On The 28th of May 2016 we gathered outside the embassy with banners, posters and distributed hundreds of flyers to passers by, discussing the latest news, sharing ideas for future action and sending our hopes and wishes for Julian Assange’s release.

Ciaron O’Reilly shared with us a statement, marking 2000 Days of Julian’s Arbitrary Detention by the UK and…

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Unbreakable Dilma

May 21, 2016

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2016

By: Ilka Oliva Corado

Dilma is unbreakable, they will not be able to break her. But they are not going for her, they are going for the achievements of progressive government, they are going for the dreams of outcasts.

dilma may 2016.jpgNow is the time to assert their vote. No one can defend the rights of outcasts better than themselves.

dilma young fighter for democracy“We should have killed her,” her torturers must have repeated hundreds of times when they saw her become the first woman president of Brazil. Or they may have wanted for cancer to remove her from the political scene like with Evita (only temporarily, because she is immortal). There is a before and after Dilma in Brazil and Latin America. A woman president overcoming patriarchy and gender inequality. A woman who has created gender inclusion policies from government – social policies that have benefited millions of pariahs that the…

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Noam Chomsky: The Real Reason why the US Normalized Relations with Cuba

May 21, 2016

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  Democracy Now

Transcript by JSC
(37:14 – 40:24)

But we have to ask: why did the US decide to normalize relations with Cuba?  The way it is presented here it was a historic act of magnanimity by the Obama administration as he himself put it and commentators echoed, we have tried for 50 years to bring democracy and freedom to Cuba, the methods we used didn’t work so we’ll try another method.

Reality, we tried for 50 years to bring terror, violence and destruction to Cuba, not just the terrorist war but the crushing embargo.  When the Russians disappeared from the scene, instead of – the pretense was that it was because of the Russians – when they disappeared from the scene how did we react under Clinton?  By making the embargo harsher!  Clinton outflanked George H W Bush from the right during the electoral campaign in harshness against…

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May 16, 2016
The undersigned, intellectuals, artists, writers and researchers from all over the world denounce the coup underway in Brazil and stand in solidarity with President Dilma Rousseff who was elected by 54 million Brazilians only one year and a half ago.

This is not a traditional “political trial”, as the Globo Group is attempting to present it. Michel Temer, the visible face of the coup, has already expressed his intentions to bring the private banking sector into the public sphere and to focus in particular on a social policy of austerity for the poorest 5% of the country, which would mean to exclude the 36 million people from the Bolsa Familia. In addition Temer intends to move toward agreements with the United States and the European Union “with or without the Mercosur”. In short his perspective is a Government for the elite of his country distanced from the majority and to wipe out forever the experience that the country had under the government of the Workers Party.

Temer envisions himself to be the “new Macri” of Brasil, using the new government of Argentina as his model and advancing toward the dismantling of the state rarely seen in Argentina. It is not surprising then that the Foreign Ministry of that neighboring country has shamelessly supported the coup in Brazil under the guise of supporting its institutions. For everything that the coup makers have expressed and with their links to big business we consider the coup of the President de facto Michael Temer illegitimate and illegal. He has long ago proven that he is a corrupt politician who takes his orders from the darkest parts of the predatory oligarchy of that country.

We are appealing to UNASUR to apply the established Protocol stating a Commitment to Democracy adopted by all the countries of the organization that could put the brakes on the breakdown of the democratic thread in Brazil. We also demand that the presidents and governments of the world do not recognize Temer and to demand the return of the legitimately elected President Dilma Rousseff. They should also end the political crisis by calling for an immediate presidential election – made by the President herself – so that the Brazilian people can once again express themselves by democratic means and not by an imposed coup d’état by a questionable and corrupt Congress.

Nao vai ter golpe!

To add to the statement send your name to:

Executive Secretariat REDH

Carmen Bohórquez (REDH General Coordinator)
Alicia Jrapko (REDH USA)
Ángel Guerra (REDH Cuba/México)
Ariana López (REDH Cuba)
Atilio Borón (REDH Argentina)
David Comssiong (REDH Barbados)
Fredy Ñañez (REDH Venezuela)
Hugo Moldiz (REDH Bolivia)
Juan Manuel Karg (REDH Argentina)
Katu Arkonada (REDH Basque Country/Bolivia)
Luciano Vasapollo (REDH Italy)
Marilia Guimaraes (REDH Brazil)
Nayar López Castellanos (REDH México)
Omar González (REDH Cuba)
Roger Landa (REDH (REDH Venezuela)

Signatures: Total 833,

WikiLeaks Reveal Brazil’s New Coup President Is ‘US Informant’

May 14, 2016

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
May 13 2016

Senate-imposed President of Brazil Michel Temer met with U.S. Embassy staff on at least two occasions to brief them on the country’s politics.

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Brazil’s Senate-imposed President Michel Temer gestures during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks described the Senate-imposed President of Brazil Michel Temer as a “U.S. Embassy informant” in a tweet and provided two links where Temer’s candid thoughts on Brazilian politics serve as the basis for a report by the U.S. embassy in Brazil.

The cable from Jan. 11, 2006, states that Temer met with embassy officials on Jan. 9, 2006 to give his assessment of Brazil’s political landscape ahead of the 2006 general election that saw Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva re-elected to the presidency.

RELATED:  UNASUR Head Says Rousseff Remains ‘Legitimate Leader’ of Brazil

Temer became interim president

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Relaciones Cuba-EE.UU. actuales en el contexto de dos “nuevos órdenes mundiales” opuestos.

May 12, 2016

Dialogar, dialogar


Por Máster en Ciencias Políticas Arnold August, Canadá.*

Este ensayo es una versión ligeramente modificada y corregida para su publicación en el blog Dialogar, dialogar administrado por Dr. Elier Ramírez Cañedo. El ensayo es basado en la ponencia impartida por Arnold August en el XII Seminario de Relaciones Internacionales: “ISRI 2016” del Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales “Raúl Roa García”.  El Seminario se celebró en La Habana, del 27 al 29 de abril de 2016, bajo el lema “CONTINUIDAD Y CAMBIOS EN LAS RELACIONES INTERNACIONALES”



Existen en la actualidad dos “nuevos órdenes mundiales” opuestos. Uno de ellos, el “Nuevo Orden Mundial”, está liderado por los Estados Unidos en alianza con la Unión Europea. Este orden fue iniciado por el presidente Woodrow Wilson después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Con la caída de la URSS, el presidente Gorbachov y el presidente George H. W. Bush adoptaron y, posteriormente…

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Estados Unidos prepara a los cubanos para la transición

May 11, 2016

El Heraldo Cubano

Por Arthur González.

Sin ceder en sus objetivos de desmotar el socialismo cubano, el Gobierno estadounidense continúa gastando cientos de miles de dólares en su programa de preparar a la llamada sociedad civil, para lograr su deseada transición desde adentro, retomando su experiencia en Europa del Este.

Para llevar a cabo ese esquema diseñado por sus especialistas en subversión política, desde hace varios días iniciaron un curso de formación en un programa de verano en la Universidad Internacional de la Florida en Miami, FIU, lo que constituye ujovenes cubanos 1na total injerencia en los asuntos internos cubanos.

Según esa Universidad se trata de: “un programa diseñado con el propósito de fortalecer la iniciativa privada en Cuba a través de cursos de capacitación empresarial y asesoramiento profesional, que incluyen además cursos intensivos de idioma inglés”

Dicho evento tiene una duración de semanas de adiestramiento en ese centro de altos estudios e impartido…

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Disidencia cubana, la mejor pagada

May 11, 2016

El Heraldo Cubano

Por Arthur González.

Por increíble que parezca para algunos en este mundo, la llamada “disidencia” cubana es la mejor pagada de la tierra, desde su creación por la CIA en 1959.

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Cientos de documentos desclasificados del gobierno de Estados Unidos y la propia CIA lo confirman; no es propaganda comunista y aquellos incrédulos solo deben leerlos.

El 28 enero de 1959 la CIA iniciaba la llamada “oposición” al fabricar la primera organización denominada La Rosa Blanca, dirigida por Rafael Díaz-Balart, ex ministro de la tiranía de Fulgencio Batista. Después vendrían otras con idénticos fines y fracasos.

El 17 de marzo de 1960 el presidente Dwight Eisenhower, le aprobó a la CIA el 1er Programa de Acciones Encubiertas para derrocar a la naciente Revolución cubana, y debía concluir con la invasión de un ejército mercenario, lo que ocurrió en abril de 1961 en las arenas de Playa Girón.

En dicho programa…

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Cuban minister: US blockade of island a Cold War ‘iceberg’

May 10, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

Cuba’s foreign minister says the United States’ embargo of his country is a lingering “iceberg of the Cold War” that needs to be lifted unconditionally.

Speaking after talks with his German counterpart in Berlin, Bruno Rodriguez said Tuesday that U.S. steps to loosen the decades-old blockade have been “very limited.”

U.S. President Barack Obama said during his trip to Cuba in March that it was time to lift the embargo, but Congress has resisted so far.

Rodriguez voiced optimism that Cuba and the U.S. can put aside their differences in the interest of improving relations, but said progress won’t happen overnight.

He also repeated Cuba’s demand for the return of the Guantanamo Bay territory where the U.S. military has a base.


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