The Latinamericanization of the United States

Source: counterpunch.org

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Police confront a protester in St LouisFrom Guatemala City I have been keeping up with the events in Ferguson, Missouri and my heart goes out to those United States citizens who are actively resisting a brutal local police state. I sit awake at night and contemplate how one of the greatest nations in the world has become militarized and despotic. Impunity is now normalized in most police departments across the United States and in the minds of many Americans. I did not know I would live to see this phenomenon, yet, the more I peruse online news feeds, the more evident it is to me that Americans, especially minorities, are in great danger of militarized suppression as a matter of state policy.

What the U.S. helped do to Latin America, it is now doing to itself

From our experience in half a century in Latin America I can tell you that, once the human rights of a minority are compromised, it is only a matter of time before they are compromised for an entire nation. From that same experience I can tell you it will take decades before they can be regained. Militarized police forces take on a life of their down, at the expense of the society’s well-being. The social contract that gives the state the duty to organize police forces itself becomes obsolete, almost a joke. Citizens begin to obey agents of the state not out of respect or cooperation, but out of fear of those sworn to protect them. Eventually, the militarized power of the police reaches such magnitude that political leaders lose all ability to rein them in. We experienced this USA-backed militarized transformation of the police in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile, and Colombia. What the U.S. helped do to Latin America, it is now doing to itself.

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Sept 10 – 14: X International Colloquium To Free the Cuban Five

five cuban heroes 12Program from September 10th to 14th

Wednesday, September 10th
Arrival of Delegations
Hotel Check-In
Free time

 Thursday, September 11th

Breakfast at Hotel
09:00 AM             Opening at Convention Palace
Lunch in situ
06:00 PM             Back to Hotel / Diner / Free
08:00 PM             Meeting with Capital City neighbors in Committees for the Defense of
Revolution to demand freedom for The Cuban Five
10:00 PM             Back to Hotel

Friday, September 12th

Breakfast at Hotel
09:00 AM             Visit to University of Havana
09:00 AM             Visit to University of Informatics’ Sciences
09:00 AM             Visit to University Center José Antonio Echeverría
Lunch
02:00 PM             Visit to Museum of Fine Arts
Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho) Art Installation “Do Not Thank the
Silence”
                            Tour of Old Havana (World Heritage)
02:00 PM             Visit to Museum of Revolution
Tour of Old Havana (World Heritage)
06:00 PM            Cultural Gala on the occasion of XVI anniversary of the Cuban Five
incarceration
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CELAC concludes meeting on gender equality and women’s participation

celac 2014 2 The first meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean State’s (CELAC) working group on gender equality and women ended in San Salvador on Friday, August 22. The regional summit, “Promoting Equity, Equality and Empowerment of Women’s Lives in the New Development Agenda Post 2015″, opened on Thursday at El Salvador’s Foreign Relations Ministry.

The group analyzed the commitments expressed in the plan that were adopted in Havana, Cuba in January at the II CELAC Summit. At the event’s inauguration, the Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez recognized the importance of this opportunity to reflect on the advancement of gender equality and women’s participation. He also mentioned the importance of building societies that consolidate spaces promoting these values.

Martinez also advised that the CELAC should work on the existing challenges and goals laid out by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for women and children.

Launch of EU CELAC Dialogue on Gender

 In the framework of the bi-regional relationship CELAC-EU, the launch of the Dialogue on Gender, took place between 27 and 29 November in Buenos Aires. Continue reading

Cuba: Women with Remarkable Results in Diverse Fields of Work Awarded

Camagüey, Aug 23 2014

cuban women's fed awards 2014On the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), an organization founded by heroine Vilma Espín Guillois in 1960, a total of 23 outstanding women of this Cuban province were awarded for their important contributions in different areas of the local economy and society.

With the attendance of high level political and government officials, several members of the above-mentioned NGO also signed the Book of Honor of the Camagüeyan Women. Others were granted the August 23rd Distinction and another group received a special diploma in a ceremony held at the VIP lounge Nicolás Guillén, which is located at Ignacio Agramonte Revolution Square in this town.

Eduardo López Leyva, member of the Provincial Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, praised the conquests of the Camagueyan women in all spheres of society and recalled how many of these political and labour rights are still a longing in many parts of the world.

A special recognition to Anielka Fernández del Monte

For her part, Tania Díaz Bermúdez, general secretary of the Cuban Workers’ Confederation (CTC) in this province, presented a special recognition to Anielka Fernández del Monte, who on behalf of all women in this province accepted the prize.   Continue reading

Costa Rica: We are alarmed that USAID used Costa Ricans and put them at risk

usaid 3Costa Rica’s government will begin investigating programs, funded by the U.S. International Development Agency, or USAID, that used its citizens to destabilize Cuba’s government. The Costa Rican government has not yet confronted Washington formally but communication on the topic will be relayed through the foreign ministries of both governments, according to the Associated Press.

Costa Rican officials also said that the country has not yet found proper records to prove these USAID programs and their motive, the government will begin its investigation, based on an article published by the Associated Press on Aug. 4, which said that USAID and a Washington-based contractor Creative Associates International, used health and civic programs, including the ones being operated from Costa Rica, as a ploy. Washington reportedly sent Venezuelans, Costa Ricans and Peruvians to Cuba to provoke a change in Cuba’s political set-up when it was being led by ousted President Fidel Castro.

It’s a matter of sovereignty and respect

mariano figuerescosta rica“If we can confirm all this, of course we’re not going to agree that our national territory be used to attack a friendly government, regardless of what ideological side you’re on,” Mariano Figueres, the director of intelligence and security said, according to the Associated Press, adding: “It’s a matter of sovereignty and respect … and we’re very alarmed that they used Costa Rican citizens and put them at risk.”

Workers for the U.S. government programs had posed mostly as travelers in Cuba and tried to convert several people into political activists. One of the Cubans also said that the workers were taught how to evade Cuban intelligence, according to the AP.

Dozens of Latin-Americans were reportedly working for pay as low as $5.41 an hour.

The latest revelations come as the U.S. President Barack Obama’s government already faces questions about a secret project, known as “Cuban Twitter,” launched in 2009.

Source:  Costa Rica To Investigate If US Tried To Destabilize Cuban Government Using Costa Ricans   International Business Times

Related article:  Washington Used Foreign Youth for Political Subversion against Cuba  JSC Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Bolivia: Evo Morales en route to re-election

Bolivia’s President presents 12-point government program to his party and leaders of principal social organizations

Bolivia has experienced sustained growth under the leadership of President Evo Morales, who is running for reelection this coming October 12, with a new 12-point programmatic agenda, which could allow the country to become one of South America’s most developed economies, devoted to the goal of buen vivir, a good life for all with social justice and equality.

evo morales 7When Morales assumed office for the first time in 2005, capitalist technocrats and the regional right-wing thought he wouldn’t last long, lacking, they believed, the knowledge needed to carry out the anti-neoliberal policies proposed in his campaign, with the goal of creating a new nation.

The President, however, not only outwitted enemies who attempted to overthrow him, but ensured that Bolivia’s economy maintained a steady growth rate over the last 13 years, generating earnings which were used to meet social needs, thanks to new policies not based on market laws.

Bolivia’s reserves went from eight billion dollars in 2006, to 33 billion

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Fidel Castro: True Friendship

Source:  Granma International

by Fidel Castro

Yesterday I received a visit from the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, who made a trip abroad related to the defense of his country’s important oil interests.

fidel y maduroDuring his stop in Cuba, he took the opportunity to make contact with me and greet me personally, as he had promised, on August 13 of this year, when I had the privilege of reaching 88 years of age. That day he presented me with some fruits, among them, some small pearl like ones, which I had never even seen before and which taste excellent. He also presented me with a sports uniform, a gift from the Venezuelan athletes seeking to win laurels for their country.

I was extraordinarily happy that he made the visit so soon, not only for the honor which his presence and quick action imply, when he is involved in the difficult task of carrying out the epic struggle of Hugo Chavez, as well as the exceptional actions he is carrying out.

Who governs who?

Our world is experiencing an extraordinary and unique moment and every day the number of people who are conscious of this increases. Among the events being experienced, one of the most dramatic is the genocide being carried out in the Gaza Strip, where 1.8 million human beings live trapped between the desert, the sea and the military power of a Middle Eastern country, where the most powerful empire which has ever existed has created – over more than half a century, and at a cost, according to some estimates, of almost 100 billion dollars – a sophisticated and at the same time irresponsible, military nuclear power. Many people wonder: Who governs who, does the United States govern Israel, or Israel the United States?

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