Cubans and Jamaicans Celebrate Cuban Culture Day

JAMAICA, October 27, 2013.

Perucho_FigueredoEl Himno de Bayamo (The Bayamo Anthem), the national anthem of Cuba, has its origin in the Battle of Bayamo in 1868.  It is said that during this battle, on October 20, the Spaniard authorities surrendered to the Cuban forces and the jubilant people surrounded the poet and musician, Perucho Figueredo, who took part in the fighting, and asked him to write an anthem with the melody they were humming.

Legend has it that right on the saddle of his horse, Figueredo wrote the lyrics of the anthem (which was longer than the current official version).  Unfortunately Figueredo was captured and executed by the Spaniards two years later.   It is claimed that just before the firing squad received the Fire command, Figueredo shouted the line from anthem, Morir por la Patria es vivir (To die for the Homeland is to live). 

Officially adopted in 1902, the anthem was retained after the revolution of 1959.   Now, October 20 is a special day for the Cuban people, called Cuban Culture Day.

On Sunday, October 27, the Association of Cuban Residents in Jamaica in conjunction with the Jamaica Cuba Solidarity network, organized a gala to mark this memorable day.

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Africans should not search for justice at the ICC, solutions must come from within

“It is foolish to think that the forces that enslaved the African people, destroyed our history, colonialized our past, propped up dictators and assassinated revolutionary African leaders, destroyed our young economies in the name of loans/aid and views us as inferior due to the color of our skins will today become our saviors.”

kenya-flagThe International Criminal Court (ICC) has now become a permanent news item in Kenya, and a major issue across all of Africa.

Ever since Kofi Anan and the Chair of the commission investigating the Post Elections Violence Justice Phillip Waki introduced the possibility of the masterminds of the Post Elections Violence (PEV) being tried by the ICC, the Court has indeed become a player in the local Kenyan politics.

iccI have written on this blog before, and the fact remains that the ICC is an imperialist court. Some members of Parliament, the President, his Deputy and some African heads of state seem to have come to this realization just a year or a few months ago.

It is true that this court targets and is pleased to try Africans, right from the African Presidents to small time rebels. This is despite the fact that other than the Democratic Republic of Congo, the worst war crimes in the recent years have taken place outside of Africa.

It is also not just any other criminal African President/rebel that the ICC targets. Some can actually survive their dragnet if they have good relations with the western powers. In Libya for instance, armed rebels toppled and murdered Muammar Gaddafi with the support of the imperialist countries. In the process, they killed thousands of dark skinned Africans Workers who were operating in the different economic sectors in Libya. Today, it is Gaddafi’s son, Saif who is standing trial at the ICC and not the racist Al Qaeda linked rebels. (Nobody is telling us who is currently mining Libya’s oil). In the case of Ivory Coast, a rebel leader, Allasane Ouattara violently ousted President Laurent Gbagbo from power, with direct combat involvement of the French Army. While Ouattara had destabilized the north for many years, causing uncountable deaths and untold suffering to the people of Ivory Coast, it is Laurent Gbagbo who is sitting at the ICC, and not Ouattara. The biggest culprit in the DRC conflict which has claimed over 6 million lives is Rwanda’s Paul kagame, who at this moment a darling of imperialism hence untouchable by the ICC.
These few examples show the imperialist nature of the ICC.

In Colombia: Cuba, Norway assist in the release of US citizen

Source:  Granma International

kevin scott freedU.S. citizen Kevin Scott Sutay, held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Army of the People (FARC-EP) since this past June 20, was handed over by members of the FARC-EP Eastern Bloc to representatives of the governments of Cuba and Norway and delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an action undertaken with the cooperation of the Colombian government.

At 11:30am on Sunday, October 27, Mr. Sutay was released to representatives of the United States government at Bogotá Airport.

Mr. Sutay was given a medical check by the ICRC and is in a good physical condition. He will shortly be reunited with his family.

The Colombian government and the FARC-EP have thanked the governments of Cuba and Norway and the ICRC for their valuable contribution to the release and handover of Mr. Sutay to United States authorities.

The governments of Cuba and Norway reiterate their support for the peace talks and efforts to end the armed conflict in Colombia.

Bogotá, October 27, 2013.

At the UN: Israel alone supports US blockade against Cuba

188 countries vote against the US blockade

united-nations-general-assembly-2013In a U.N. vote that has become something of a tradition, only one country agreed with the United States that its embargo of Cuba should continue. The UN General Assembly approved today by 188 votes in favor, two against and three abstentions, out of a total of 193, a draft resolution demanding the end of the United States blockade on Cuba for the 22nd consecutive year.

According to the individual votes list, the United States and Israel voted against and Micronesia, Palau and Marshall islands, abstained.

“The U.S. policy against Cuba is suffering from an absolute international isolation and discredit and lacks every ethical or legal ground,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said.   Rodriguez noted that while restrictions have eased somewhat, “sanctions remain intact and are being fully implemented.”

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Kenya: U.S., Britain – Who Will Cast the First ‘ICC Stone’ At Kenya?

iccCan an American be guilty of crimes against humanity? Is it possible that some American individual, or group, can be involved in the kind of offences that constitute a serious attack on human dignity, and/or a grave humiliation or degradation of human beings, as part of an ‘organised’ system? Can Americans be involved in torture; rape; political, racial or religious persecution, or other inhumane acts, as part of a widespread or systematic practice, as the International Criminal Court defines as crimes against humanity?

Does ‘Gitmo’ apply; the military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, established in 2002 by the American government to detain extraordinarily dangerous prisoners, interrogate them in an ‘optimal setting’, and to prosecute such prisoners for war crimes.

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Jamaica to back Cuba at UN again but…

Source: The Gleaner (Jamaica)

Some lawmakers want new approach

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

un logoWHEN THE United Nations General Assembly meets on October 29, Jamaica will again join more than 180 countries around the world that will ask the United Nations (UN) to condemn the United States (US) economic embargo against Cuba.

The House of Representatives last Tuesday voted for Jamaica to use the stage at the UN to unequivocally declare its support for the lifting of the embargo.

It will be the 22nd consecutive year that Cuba will be using the floor of the UN to seek the lifting of the economic embargo.

Jamaica, last year, voted with 188 nations at the UN General Assembly condemning the embargo. Only the US, Israel and Palau supported the embargo.

Addressing the House of Representatives last week, Anthony Hylton, Jamaica’s industry, investment and commerce minister, pointed members to a Bloomberg report which said that from 2000 to 2006, the US opened almost 11,000 Cuba sanctions investigations, versus almost 7,000 for all other countries combined.

Ambassador Yuri Gala with Scholarship winners and the Minster of Industry Trade and Commerce Anthony Hylton

(Photo:  Hylton with past Cuban Ambassador Yuri Gala and Jamaican students who received medical scholarships from the government of Cuba in 2012)

Hylton noted that the US last year imposed a US$619 million fine on Dutch bank ING for carrying out transactions with Cuba using United States currency.

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First-Ever Case of Canadian Mining Company Going To Trial In Canada For Alleged Abuses Abroad

The Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals is going to trial over allegations of murdering, attacking, and raping indigenous communities in Guatemala. The attacks happened in 2009 by Hudbay subsidiary CGN and its Phoenix mine property near El Estor, Guatemala. In August 2011, Hudbay says it divested itself of the project and no longer has any operations in Guatemala.
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Guyana Solidarity Movement with Cuba: Lift the unjust trade embargo on Cuba!

The President of the Guyana Solidarity Movement with Cuba, Halim Khan, joins the rest of the world in calling on the US government to lift the unjust economic, commercial and financial embargo on Cuba

Source:  Guyana Solidarity Movement with Cuba

The U.S. economic embargo on Cuba has been a topic at the United Nations General Assembly meeting for the past twenty-one years. Every year an overwhelming majority of nations vote to condemn the U.S. embargo policy.

un gen assem 2012Last year, 188 countries voted against the embargo with three countries in favor of maintaining it. Which countries were these? The United States, of course, Israel and Palau (a tiny island in the Pacific). The numbers say it all; the rest of the world is against the out-dated policy of the United States towards Cuba. This year won’t be any different, except that we want to make a big deal about it so that the media can’t ignore it again. This October 29th, for the twenty-second year in a row, the Cuban government will ask the United Nations to condemn the basis of the current U.S. policy towards Cuba, the U.S. economic embargo.

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The Great Nothingness of Libya, Two Years After Muammar Gaddafi | Maximilian Forte



The notion of a “Libya” has ceased to have any meaningful practical application. As a concept that either refers to some degree of national unity, an imagined community, sovereignty, or the exercise of authority by a state over the territory within its borders, “Libya” has been driven back to the time when it had yet to become formalized as a concept.

Those once celebrated as “rebels” and “revolutionaries” — by Obama, NATO states, UN bodies, Western media, and a range of liberal imperialist opinion along with those “socialists” who, after an extended period of internalized structural adjustment now model their thinking to better accord with neoliberal principles — are rarely if ever held up now as paragons of the “better future” that was to come. Visions, as in hallucinations and delusions, of the better that would come once…

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