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Freedom for Chelsea: Sentence Commuted!

January 30, 2017

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Chelsea Manning will be leaving the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on Wednesday 17 May 2017 – free to embark on a new chapter in her young life. Almost exactly 7 years of incarceration for the whistleblower and rights activist will come to an end after commutation of her sentence by the out-going president, Barack Obama, confirmed 17 January 2017.

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This amazing news is a dramatic turnaround for Chelsea and her family, after the years of exceptionally unjust and harsh treatment that has marked her time in detention, and for all those who have campaigned for and supported Chelsea over the past 7 years.

Chelsea’s Welsh-Irish family issued the following statement in response to the announcement from Washington:

We are all overjoyed that Chelsea will soon be free.

Chelsea exposed wrongdoing and was punished for being a whistleblower. We regret that it has taken so long for President…

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¿En México el asesino del Che? Iría a hablar sobre José Martí

January 27, 2017

Cuba en Resumen

Texto: Angel Guerra Cabrera, tomado de Cubadebate.

Como publicó el lunes La Jornada en su edición impresa, estaría por llegar a México Félix Rodriguez Medigutía, el ex oficial de la CIA que dio la orden de asesinar al Che en Bolivia en 1967.

Rodríguez alcanzó el grado de coronel en la citada agencia donde fue condecorado con la Medalla de Inteligencia al Valor y nueve medallas por su actuación en Vietnam. Inició su carrera como operativo contrarrevolucionario en 1960 al ingresar en la Legión Anticomunista del Caribe, organizada en República Dominicana por el dictador Rafael Leónidas Trujillo para implementar una invasión a Cuba. Derrotada al nacer, la operación se proponía acabar con la Revolución Cubana y asesinar a Fidel Castro.

Rodríguez regresa a Estados Unidos a terminar sus estudios, a fines de ese año es reclutado por la CIA y en febrero de 1961 realiza su primera misión de infiltración…

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Declaración Especial: Devolución a la República de Cuba del territorio que ocupa la base naval de los Estados Unidos de América en Guantánamo

January 26, 2017

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Esto ha sido reclamado reiteradamente por el pueblo y el gobierno cubanos, y debe ser un elemento relevante del proceso de normalización de relaciones entre ambos países, mediante un diálogo bilateral apegado al Derecho Internacional

Las Jefas y los Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de América Latina y el Caribe, reunidos en Punta Cana, República Dominicana, en ocasión de la V Cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), el 25 de enero de 2017;

  1. Reiterando su compromiso con el multilateralismo, los principios consagrados en la Carta de las Naciones Unidas y el Derecho Internacional, incluyendo la igualdad soberana y la integridad territorial de los Estados;
  2. Reafirmando la Proclama de América Latina y el Caribe como una Zona de Paz, acordada en la II Cumbre de la CELAC en La Habana, Cuba, el 29 de enero de 2014;
  3. Reafirmando la Declaración Especial sobre la Devolución a la…

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¿La víctima o el campañista mentiroso?

January 25, 2017

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Por. Marcos Velázquez Cristo.

Fernando Ravsberg, después de haber irrespetado la bandera, se mostró arrogante, no se disculpó, enfatizó en un artículo posterior, “La bandera, las campañas y el respeto” , que las autoridades ni siquiera le habían pedido que retirara la imagen ofensiva, que él lo decidió por propia voluntad, como si hubiese hecho un favor, ahora pretende mostrarse como víctima de una campaña dirigida a lograr el cierre de su blog y su expulsión del país.

En realidad, es él quien está iniciando una campaña para buscar la impunidad de su acción y descalificar a quienes debatimos al respecto. Basta leer su artículo: “La jauría viene con hambre atrasada”, publicado en su blog Cartas desde Cuba el 23 de este mes. Alega la existencia de “una campaña organizada por los extremistas a los que, burlonamente, llama mi “Club de Fans”…, significa que estos cuentan…

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Indulta Obama al preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera. ¡Victoria del pueblo boricua!

January 18, 2017

Cuba en Resumen

Tomado de Cubadebate

El Gobierno de Estados Unidos anunció este martes la liberación Oscar López Rivera, encarcelado en el país norteamericano desde hace 36 años por su lucha por la independencia de Puerto Rico.

El presidente saliente de EE.UU., Barack Obama, concedió el perdón a López Rivera y conmutó su condena a prisión, que expirará el próximo 17 de mayo, según una fuente de la Casa Blanca, consultada por la agencia EFE.

López Rivera, nacido en 1943 en Puerto Rico, es un líder independentista de su país natal. Es veterano de la Guerra de Vietnam, en la que fue condecorado por su valor en combate.

Al regresar a Chicago, se integró a la lucha por los derechos del pueblo puertorriqueño y participó en actos de desobediencia civil y militancia pacífica.

En 1976 se integró a la lucha clandestina en favor de la independencia de Puerto Rico como miembro…

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Obama Declares Cuba and Venezuela National Security Threats

January 17, 2017

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The executive order allows the president to use national emergency resources to fight the threat, such as enforcing sanctions against the country.

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In March, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years. | Photo: Reuters

Consistent with their new strategy of planning and working for regime change in Cuba through indirect and covert means,  the US government, through President Obama, has extended for another year economic sanctions against Cuba despite abstaining recently in the vote to end the blockade at the General Assembly of the United Nations.

A national emergency

The United States declared a national emergency to deal with perceived “threats” in Cuba and Venezuela on Friday, along with Iran, Libya, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and countries Washington claims “support terrorism.” The declarations effectively extend for another year economic sanctions already in place.

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TTIP – La dictadura de las multinacionales

January 10, 2017

Por The myke mz Documental que narra ¿Qué es el TTIP? y sus consecuencias para los ciudadanos europeos en materias como sanidad, alimentación, justicia etc, y que desvela la intención de la élite e…

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The End of Ideology in Cuba?

January 10, 2017

By Arnold August.
Jan 9, 2017 7:55 PM

In 1960, the American sociologist and academic Daniel Bell
(1919–2011) published The End of Ideology. It became a
classic book in official political science. The publication was
listed by Times Literary Supplement as one of the 100 most
influential non-fiction books in the second half of the 20th
century. While there were other “end of ideologies”
in the 1950s and early 1960s, Bell’s is considered the
most authoritative. The many varieties that emerged from this
school of thought have a common denominator. While not
oversimplifying this important trend, for the purposes of this
article one can say that it surfaced out of the perceived
failures of both socialism in the former U.S.S.R. and capitalism
in the West. It was born out of opposition to
“extremism.”

In November 1968, along with other political science students at
McGill University in Montreal, I founded the Political Science
Students Association. It organized a strike around two basic
demands. The first was student participation on faculty hiring
committees; the second, linked to this potential student
empowerment, demanded a more inclusive faculty and curriculum.
This would include writings other than by Daniel Bell (who, of
course, was considered mandatory reading and enjoyed uncontested
reference in political science), progressive social scientists
and the works of Marx and Lenin. These were all excluded at the
time. After a 10-day occupation and strike, the students’
demands were finally met by the university.

Bell was blind to the inevitable uprisings that were about to
take place in the U.S. among African-Americans shortly after his
best-seller rolled off the press. These progressive struggles,
like those of the Native peoples, who also revolted, have their
origins in the Thirteen Colonies. In the 1960s, American students
were also attracted to alternative ideologies and politics. In
fact, the youth movement was omnipresent throughout North America
and much of Europe. While this inclination in the 1960s was
characterized by different left-wing political and ideological
features, and experienced its ups and downs, it was the death
knell for the End of Ideology hypothesis. However, Bell’s
heritage keeps coming back to haunt us.

In Cuba, in the last year or so, there has been a steady increase
in the End of Ideology code words and buzz phrases emitted by
some marginal Cuban bloggers and intellectuals. They were timid
at first but became increasingly bold. To mention just a few:
complaining of what they see as a “sterile dichotomy
between socialism and capitalism”; advising Cuban
revolutionaries to be “balanced and more profound in
offering their criticism” of U.S. imperialism; opposing
what they consider the extremist “Fidelista” and
“anti-Castro” positions, placing both on the same
footing; labelling those who are Marxist-Leninist or Fidelista as
“extremists” or “fanatics”; writing
about “two major fallacies of what it means to be a
revolutionary in Cuba, from the left and right,” both
being based on “exclusive dogma”; and, finally,
asserting that “life is much more profound than even
ideology.”

Reading these pieces, my university days back in 1968 kept
piercing through my thought process. How was it possible that we
opposed the End of Ideology in the heart of capitalism yet now it
rears its head in Cuba, of all places? One can argue that the
opposition in Cuba is coming from the “left,” that
is, from those who claim that they support the Revolution. Well,
where else can it emerge if not from the so-called left? This is
Cuba. Let us not forget that Bell had identified as a leftist.
His opposition to ideology was ostensibly from the leftist
outlook and not the right. This, after all, was how he won his
credibility and credentials. Bell became disillusioned with
socialism. He could not see an alternative so he decided to wage
a struggle against both capitalism and socialism. His work is a
reflection of his own personal/political predicament.
Objectively, however, this so-called neutrality against extremes
consists in throwing a life jacket in support of capitalism. It
is no accident that he is so appreciated by the ruling elites of
the West.

I have always maintained that the most dangerous opposition to
the Cuban Revolution comes from the so-called left, and not from
the openly right Plattists, or annexationists. It is a cancer in
Cuban society that, if left to grow without sharp ideological
resistance, can influence the most naive, especially among youth,
intellectuals and artists.

When Bell wrote his essays in the late 1950s, which were
eventually compiled in his 1960 volume, Cuba was the scene of the
most glaring refutation in the world of his theory: the 1953
Moncada attack, its ensuing program and the Triumph of the
Revolution on January 1, 1959. Fidel Castro and the July 26
Movement initiated in embryonic form the road toward a new
Marxist-Leninist revolutionary ideology for Cuba. Far from being
a period characterized by the end of ideology, Cuba provided the
world with a resurgence of – and confidence in –
the need for ideology. It represented the end of the End of
Ideology. The Cuban Revolution erupted at the height of the Cold
War yet it dug in its heels against any intimidation from the
left or from imperialism. It did not represent the politically
correct action and thinking at the time, not of the left and even
less so of the right. Thus, in the initial period, Fidel had the
acumen to not reveal the entire scenario. However, ideology was
at the centre of the action and spirit.

Since 1953, Cuba has been and continues to be the quintessence of
cultivating ideological principles. Every written and spoken word
of Fidel is impregnated with ideology. It is not stagnant; on the
contrary, it is continuously evolving according to the context.
Otherwise, Cuba would not have been able to outlast its enemies
all this time.

I am convinced that one of the main implicit objectives of the
international corporate media campaign against the persona of
Fidel right after his passing was imperialism’s revenge
against him for not capitulating on ideology. Why, they may ask
in frustration, did the Cuban Revolution never buy into the End
of Ideology? It should have, according to official political
science. Yet, after all these years, from July 26, 1953 to
November 25, 2016, Fidel lived and died as he asked of others: a
humble revolutionary.

In this historical context today, to try to impregnate Cuban
political culture with “neutrality” on ideology,
opposition to “extremes,”
“equidistance” between socialism and capitalism,
and so forth does not constitute a challenge to dogmatism of the
left as it tries to portray itself. The real defiance is against
socialism and Marxist-Leninist ideology. In the 1960s,
Bell’s theory appealed to the ruling circles, who wanted
to preserve the status quo. The elites were in power. They were
not in any danger of being dislodged by their own capitalism! The
End of Ideology critique of capitalism was then just a convenient
cover for the critique of socialism. At McGill, in 1968, that was
the main argument of the conservative faculty and administration.
They were supposedly not in favour or against any ideology. All
political options were welcome, but Bell was more welcome. He was
supposedly against capitalism and socialism. However, those who
favoured the capitalist status quo relied on the End of Ideology.
Those who opposed the “extreme” ideology of the
left were fully merged with the capitalist ideology, serving to
propagate and elaborate it. The purpose of the End of Ideology,
in the 1960s and now in Cuba, is to put an end to
Marxist-Leninist and socialist ideology.

Source: Prensa Latina
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=7822&SEO=the-end-of-id\
eology-in-cuba <
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=7822&SEO=the-end-of-id\
eology-in-cuba>

Arnold August , a Canadian journalist and lecturer, is the author
of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections and, more
recently, Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion .
Cuba’s neighbours under consideration are, on the one hand
the U.S. and on the other hand, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.
Arnold can be followed on Twitter @Arnold_August and
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Marabu charcoal: First Cuban export to the U.S. in 50 years

January 6, 2017

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

As Cuban fields are being cleared of Marabu, U.S. citizens will now be able to purchase this quality variety of charcoal. On January 18, two days before U.S. President-elect, Donald Trump, is sworn into office, the first 40 ton shipment will arrive to the U.S. from Cuba, representing a historic occasion – the first export of Cuban goods to the U.S. in five decades.

This is the result of an agreement signed between the CubaExport…

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Cuban youth have decided to live in our free Cuba

January 6, 2017

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  Granma
January 4, 2017

by: Jennifer Bello Martínez | internet@granma.cu

jennifer bello feu cuba 2.jpgRemarks by Jennifer Bello Martínez, a member of the Council of State and President of the Federation of University Students in José Martí Plaza de la Revolución, January 2, 2017, “Year 59 of the Revolution”

Compatriots,

Friends from around the world accompanying us today,

People of Cuba:

Photo: Anabel Díaz


The landing of the Granma  expeditionaries

Called together by history, the present and future, we come together at this historic Plaza only two days after the 58th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the heroic uprising in Santiago de Cuba, the landing of the Granma expeditionaries, and Revolutionary Armed Forces Day.

This celebration has special motives which, for every Cuban, represent commitment, will, and confidence in the future of the socialist Revolution true to the ideas of Fidel and Martí.

We…

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