33 Years and Still in Prison: Oscar Lopez Rivera’s Message to the World

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the incarceration of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican considered by many to be one of the longest-held political prisoners in the Western Hemisphere. What follows is the original message in English López Rivera shared with Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Día:


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“To love the homeland costs nothing, what would be costly is if we lose it. For any Puerto Rican who has doubts about how costly it would be if we lose our homeland i suggest the person should visit the Navajos’ or the Lakotas’ reservations. Because there the person can see what happens to people who lose their homeland. We must face the truth and deal with it. As Puerto Ricans we have to accept the fact Puerto Rico is a colony and that colonialism is unacceptable to most Puerto Ricans and most nations in the world. If we accept this truth then we must be ready and prepared to kickstart a decolonization project.

This project must call for the unity of all the factions that make up the independence movement and of the progressive elements that see the need to create our own nation. A decolonization project goes beyond a CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. We have to make sure the us government and the international community (especially the Latin American countries) assume their responsibilities and commit themselves to help with the implementation of the project. We have to define the role the Puerto Rican diaspora is going to play.

We know any problem created by man has a solution. Colonialism is a man-created problem. We also know we have the human resources in Puerto Rico and in the Puerto Rican diaspora to resolve this problem. We know that in almost a century of being a u.s. colony the development of our nation has been thwarted and derailed. We know we have a debt that will take many future generations to repay it. We can’t allow for future generations to inherit nothing but debt and social, political and economic problems. Let’s face the problem of our colonial status. Let’s work to find a solution for it. Let’s decolonize our minds and spirits and become real citizens of Puerto Rico.

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For people who have said that i don’t want to come out of prison i would like to suggest they pay attention to what i have said during all the years i have been in the gulags and some of the history of our political prisoners. The fact that i’m the Puerto Rican political prisoner who has spent more time in prison doesn’t erase the fact that other Puerto Ricans political prisoners have spent almost as many years as i have. For example, Carlos Alberto Torres spent over 30 years in prison and Don Oscar Collazo Lopez spent 29 years. Rafael Cancel Miranda spent 27 years, and Lolita Lebron and Irving Flores Rodriguez spent 25 and Andres Figueroa Cordero spent 24. Many of the compañeros(as) who came out of prison when Clinton allowed them to be released in 1999 spent over 19 years and the others over 16 years. That’s a lot of years spent by Puerto Rican political prisoners. If we were to ask any of the above-mentioned political prisoners if they wanted to come out of prison their answer would be on the affirmative. None of us wanted to be in prison in the first place and none of us have entertained the absurd idea of staying in prison. Before coming to prison i had a life full of great experiences. i enjoyed and celebrated that life. And while in prison, in spite of it been the most dehumanizing, toxic and hostile environment any human being can experience, i still feel i have had a life and that i can celebrate all my life for all the great things it has given me. i don’t have hatred or fear in my heart and i do want to leave prison with my honor, my dignity and my spirit intact, safe and sound.

i believe the truth will survive and prevail just like our just and noble cause has been able to do for centuries. i’m a Puerto Rican and i don’t want to be anything else. But i consider myself also a citizen of this universe we live in. i believe a better and more just world is possible and that’s one of the main reason i chose to struggle for the independence of my homeland. i say “woe to him/her who has no homeland”. Much love. EN RESISTENCIA Y LUCHA, olr.

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Source:  Oscar Lopez Rivera’s Message to the World

Christine Lagarde, the IMF and Karl Marx

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This video from France says about itself:

Corruption probe moves closer to IMF chief as aide charged

13 June 2013

Stephane Richard, the head of telecoms company Orange and a former aide to IMF chief Christine Lagarde, has been charged in a corruption probe related to Lagarde‘s time as France’s finance minister.

From daily The Morning Star in England:

Christine Lagarde invokes Marx at ‘inclusive capitalism’ conference

Wednesday 28th may 2014

INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde raised the ghost of Karl Marx yesterday at a London conference of the super-rich on “inclusive capitalism.”

The managing director cited the founder of scientific socialism’s insight that capitalism “carried the seeds of its own destruction” while addressing an audience of corporate tycoons at the Mansion House and Guildhall.

Business bigwigs who jointly manage £17.8 trillion were invited by the City of London and financiers EL Rothschild to discuss how repeated…

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Cuba: Zimbabwe Will Overcome the Illegal Western Sanctions

Cuban Ambassador to Zimbabwe Elio Savon OlivaCuba’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Elio Savon Oliva, is optimistic that Zimbabwe will overcome the illegal Western sanctions imposed on the country in the same manner that the Caribbean island has for more than 50 years. The United States imposed financial, commercial and economic sanctions on Cuba in 1960, two years after Cdes Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara led the overthrow of the Washington-backed Fulgencio Batista puppet regime.

The sanctions on Cuba have cost the Caribbean’s largest island billions of US dollars, and related terror activities by CIA-sponsored and trained militias have led to the loss of numerous lives through bombings and attacks on civilian air-craft.

Zimbabwe too, according to ZANU-PF’s highly subscribed 2013 election manifesto, has lost more than US$40 billion because of American sanctions over the past decade.

joice mujuruAmbassador Oliva and his wife Mrs Dlores Meras Morejon -who is also a diplomat – met Acting President Joice Mujuru (left) in Harare yesterday and said Zimbabwe too could beat sanctions.

“Zimbabwe can also overcome illegal sanctions as Cuba did. Cuba will continue supporting Zimbabwe to overcome this embargo,” Ambassador Oliva said.

He said Cuba had survived through unity of purpose among citizens and support from the international community.

The overwhelming majority of the United Nations membership has for more than 20 years voted for an end to the embargo on Cuba, with only the US, Israel and the Marshall Islands supporting the sanctions.

Similarly, much of the world – including SADC, Comesa, the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Pan-African Parliament and the SADC Parliamentary Forum, among others – have called for an end to sanctions on Zimbabwe.

The sanctions on Zimbabwe were imposed after the 2000 Fast-Track Land Reform Programme that sought to adjust colonially-skewed tenure patterns.

Ambassador Oliva said his meeting with Acting President Mujuru was to reinforce bilateral relations.

He said Cuba was also implementing an economic reform programme similar to the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-sset).

Zimbabwe and Cuba enjoy cordial relations dating to the days of the liberation struggle.

These ties have seen Cuba sending medical personnel to Zimbabwe on a government-to-government arrangement, in addition to training teachers.

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Cuba: We will continue to support and assist Namibia

Source: AllAfrica.com

May 22 2014

Namibia’s long-time ally, Cuba, yesterday vowed it will continue to render support to the Namibian people where needed and continue to assist in the country’s development efforts.

Salvador Valdés Mesa cuba 2The visiting Vice-President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, Salvador Valdes Mesa, said this yesterday when he met the National Assembly Speaker, Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab, in Windhoek.

“It is our duty to cooperate with Namibia. Just like we stood by your side during your struggle for independence, we are ready to stand with you during your implementation of social development projects,” assured Mesa. Mesa told Gurirab that opportunities to increase trade and economic relations exist.

“I also want to thank Namibia for always supporting Cuba in the United Nations General Assembly,” said Mesa.

Dr Theo Ben -Gurirab namibia bGurirab on his part thanked Mesa for the visit and urged leaders from the two countries to share visits more frequently.

“The last time I was in Havana was in 2008, it has been too long and I even feel ashamed to say when last I was there,” Gurirab said.

He told Mesa Southern Africa would forever remain indebted to the people of Cuba for their support during the liberation struggle.

fidel y mandela“If it were not for Cuba, Southern Africa could have been a very different region right now. You consolidated the independence of Angola, expedited our independence struggle and you contributed to the end of apartheid in South Africa,” said Gurirab.

The Namibia-Cuba relationship has opened many doors for young Namibians over the years. They temporarily relocate to Cuba to pursue their education, especially in medicine and engineering. Cuba has also over the years assisted Namibia by providing medical personnel to assist at local public health institutions.

Source:  Namibia: Cuba Reiterates Bilateral Cooperation

Guyana Solidarity Leader meets Rene Gonzalez

haleem y reneIn a recent meeting in Cuba, Rene Gonzalez, one of the Five Cuban heroes, expressed his appreciation to the Guyana Solidarity Movement with Cuba for informing the Guyanese people of the plight of Cuban anti-terrorists who have been unjustly imprisoned in the US prisons for over 15 years now. Rene, who was recently released from prison after serving his full sentence, made these comments to the President of Guyanese friendship body, Haleem Khan, who was visiting Cuba.

The Five Heroes were detained while monitoring from the city of Miami, the movements and activities of violent groups and individuals engaged in planning terrorist acts against Cuba, which led to thousands of deaths and people with disabilities for more than 50 years.

President Khan noted that Gonzalez commended the work of Guyana Solidarity Movement in its fight for the freedom of the Cuban Five throughout the years.

He explained that even though Rene and his four brothers experienced great isolation from their families and close friends, they receive on a daily basis volumes of mail of solidarity from all over the world that filled the mail rooms of the prisons.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino Salazar and  Antonio Guerrero remain imprisoned and the Guyanese President said that he will continue to struggle for their freedom until they have returned to their families in Cuba.

Source:  Guyana Solidarity Movement with Cuba

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CELAC Rejects Inclusion of Cuba on List of States that Promote Terrorism

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Source: aldia.cu

May 7 2014

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States ( CELAC) rejected on Wednesday the U.S. government ‘s decision to include Cuba again, in an arbitrary and unilateral way, on the list of States that are promoters of International Terrorism.

In a communique, the CELAC expresses its concern about the stance of the U.S. State Department on April 30 to include Cuba, for the 32nd time, on this list, despite the condemnation caused by this measure in the United States and internationally.

The CELAC reiterated its total opposition to the making of unilateral lists accusing States of allegedly supporting and co-sponsoring terrorism and urged the U.S. government to end this practice.

The regional bloc expressed its position in paragraph 41 of the Declaration of Havana and in the Special Declaration of Support for the Struggle against Terrorism in all its Forms and Expressions, both adopted by the Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean at the Second Summit of CELAC, held in January.

The rejection of unilateral lists affecting Latin American and Caribbean nations

The article specifies the rejection of unilateral lists and certifications created by the developed countries particularly those related to terrorism, human and drug trafficking which affect nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, .

In addition, the paragraph confirms the Special Communique approved by the CELAC which rejects the inclusion of Cuba in the U.S. list of States sponsoring terrorism.  CELAC sees this as manipulation of a sensitive topic like international terrorism to turn it into an instrument of politics against the  island.

Source:  aldia.cu  CELAC Rejects Inclusion of Cuba on the List of Terrorism Promoters 

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Russia, China, Iran Willing To Drop US Dollar From Bilateral Trade

But until now much of this was in the realm of hearsay and general wishful thinking. After all, surely it is “ridiculous” that a country can seriously contemplate to exist outside the ideological and religious confines of thePetrodollar… because if one can do it, all can do it, and next thing you know the US has hyperinflation, social collapse, civil war and all those other features prominently featured in other socialist banana republics like Venezuela which alas do not have a global reserve currency to kick around.Or so the Keynesian economists, aka tenured priests of said Petrodollar religion, would demand that the world believe.However, as much as it may trouble the statists to read, Russia is actively pushing on with plans to put the US dollar in the rear-view mirror and replace it with a dollar-free system. Or, as it is called in Russia, a “de-dollarized” world.

Voice of Russia reports citing Russian press sources that the country’s Ministry of Finance is ready to green-light a plan to radically increase the role of the Russian ruble in export operations while reducing the share of dollar-denominated transactions. Governmental sources believe that the Russian banking sector is “ready to handle the increased number of ruble-denominated transactions”.

Igor Shuvalov RussiaAccording to the Prime news agency, on April 24th the government organized a special meeting dedicated to finding a solution for getting rid of the US dollar in Russian export operations. Top level experts from the energy sector, banks and governmental agencies were summoned and a number of measures were proposed as a response for American sanctions against Russia.

Well, if the west wanted Russia’s response to ever escalating sanctions against the country, it is about to get it.

The “de-dollarization meeting” was chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov, proving that Moscow is very serious in its intention to stop using the dollar. A subsequent meeting was chaired by Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Moiseev who later told the Rossia 24 channel that “the amount of ruble-denominated contracts will be increased”, adding that none of the polled experts and bank representatives found any problems with the government’s plan to increase the share of ruble payments.

For the benefit of our Russian-speaking readers, the interview with Moiseev is below and the transcript can be found here:

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Cuba and Angola strengthen cooperation in education and health

Gisela GarciaThe Cuban ambassador to Angola, Gisela Garcia, last Saturday ended a 24-hour work visit to the eastern Lunda Sul Province, where she checked the work conditions of Cuban teachers and physicians.

During her stay in this eastern region, the Cuban diplomat held a courtesy meeting with the governor of Lunda Sul, Cândida Maria Guilherme Narciso, with whom she established new paths of co-operation in the sectors of education and health.

The ambassador also visited a shelter home, a higher education institution, the Provincial Hospital, the construction works of a building for Cuban nationals, a residential complex hosting Cuban teachers and physicians, as well as held a meeting with Cuban nationals linked to the Antex co-operation organisation.

Cuba is always willing to send collaborators to Angola

Speaking at a press conference in the end of the visit, Mrs. Garcia said that her trip to Lunda Sul was beneficial, because it gave her the opportunity to strengthen the relations between Cuba and the Angolan province, especially in the sectors of education and health.

She added that her country is always willing to send collaborators to Angola, particularly to Lunda Sul Province, with the objective of contributing to the development of the Angolan society in different sectors.

“The relations between Angola and Cuba are characterised by brotherhood, indestructible solidarity, ties that have been forged with the blood of sons from both countries, shed in the battles for the defence of (Angola’s) independence and territorial integrity”, she emphasised.


Photo:  Fernando, one of the Cuban Five, while in Angola to help in the country’s liberation struggle

Currently, Cuba has in Angola about four thousand Cuban collaborators working in different institutions of Angola, mainly in the sectors of public health and education.

Washington Insists in Interfering with Venezuela’s Domestic Affairs

Source: Radio Rebelde

HAVANA, Cuba, May 8 2014

US meddling in Venezuela internal affairsThe White House and US political circles insist in maintaining their interference with Venezuelan internal affairs as the US Senate readies on Thursday to promote sanctions against the Bolivarian government following statements by secretary of state John Kerry that the United States is concerned about what he called the situation in the South American nation.

During the 44 th meeting on The Americas, held Wednesday, Kerry insisted that protestors in Venezuela– who have been encouraged by external factors, according to local investigations—have legitimate complaints which must be addressed.

Now the US senators ready to soon vote an initiative to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials in response to the decision by the Bolivarian government to defend itself from foreign aggression.

The Venezuelan authorities rejected statements by John Kerry aimed at undermining Venezuela’s sovereign position, according to a communiqué by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, which stressed that Washington is also trying to interfere with dialog between the government and the opposition.

An attempt to prolong violence

The communiqué noted that reiterated statements aim at encouraging the most reactionary rightist sectors to prolong violence and they also express a deep lack of understanding of Venezuelan reality.

For Caracas, the US statements would consider as legitimate the burning of universities and food-loaded trucks, as well as vandalism against public institutions, medical facilities, schools and even the murder of innocents.

Analysts consider that the US Congress role is part of the US strategy to present the dialog between the Venezuelan government and the opposition as a delaying practice.

The hearing at the US Senate has been promoted by conservative circles, including Florida-based senators Marco Rubio and William Bill Nelson, as well as Senator Robert Menendez for New Jersey, with the support of individuals like former under-secretary for Hemispheric Affairs with the Department of State, Roger Noriega.

Source:  Radio Rebelde Washington Insists in Interfering with Venezuela Affairs

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Cuba Strengthens Medical Cooperation with the Congo

Cuba celebrates 50th anniversary of bilateral relations with the Congo 

HAVANA, Cuba, May 9 2014
Cuba and the Congo flagsThe increase to 60 the number of Cuban medical voluntary workers in Congo is a goal for the two nations as part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their bilateral relations, as announced by Cuban Public Health Deputy Minister Rogelio Sierra.
During the ceremony held on Thursday in this capital to mark five decades of diplomatic bonds, Sierra added that the Caribbean nation also receives medical students, as well as students in other specialties from the Congo, as a way to contribute to improve health services in that African country.
For his part, the Congolese ambassador to Havana, Pascal Onguemby, thanked the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Commander Ernesto Che Guevara for being the pioneers of political exchanges between Africa and Latin America.
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Photo:  Che in the Congo
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