Cubans Honor Martyrs of the Revolution

Source:  Prensa Latina
Santiago de Cuba,
July 30 2015

With the evocation of the death in combat of Frank Pais Garcia and Raul Pujols 58 years ago on the streets of this city, Cubans are paying tribute today to the martyrs of the Revolution.

frank pais2Since early today, children and young people lay flowers at the “Callejon del Muro,” a place where Frank Pais was shot by soldiers of the Fulgencio Batista tyranny, who with barely 22 years was the Head of Action and Sabotage of the July 26 Movement.

In workplaces and other places in the city, men and women are meeting to remind themselves of the young organizer of the November 30, 1956 armed uprising, in support of the Granma Yacht landing that brought from Mexico the revolutionary fighters, led by Fidel Castro.

Hundreds of people will reenact this afternoon the popular pilgrimage from the Cespedes Park to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, carried out 58 years ago with the corpse of the beloved fighter in defiance of the dictatorship.

After knowing his death, Fidel Castro praised the great and promising qualities of the young revolutionary man, who was killed at the prime of life as an organizer and strategist from the anonymity of urban combat.

This July 30 tribute is extended to all martyrs of the Revolution, for also being the date, one year later, the death of Rene Ramos Latour (Daniel), who replaced the charismatic leader in such responsibility in the insurrectionary force.

Source:  Cubans Honor Martyrs of the Revolution Prensa Latina

Planting Love, Harvesting country: Venezuelans pay tribute to Hugo Chavez on his 61st birthday

29 July, 2015

chavez remembered on his 61st birthdayVenezuelans from different states gathered yesterday at the headquarters 4F, known as headquarters of the Mountain, located in Caracas, to mark the 61st birthday of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez.

A wide cross-section of the Venezuelan people came to honor the legacy of Commander Chavez including the  elderly, disabled, youth, children along with groups and representatives of community councils.

With flowers and photographs of the eternal leader of the Revolution, the people lined up to visit the flower of the Four Elements where his remains exist.

The president of the poor

The celebration of the birth of the legendary past Venezuelan president, affectionately known as ‘the president of the poor, included acts from several musical and theatre groups as the young and old joined in a common sentiment to pay respect to one of the most outstanding leaders of the modern period.

Also on hand at the solemn ceremony, which began at exactly 12 midnight on Tuesday, July 28th, and was broadcast live on TV network Telesur, were Chavez’s daughters María Gabriela, Rosa Virginia and Rosa Inés Chávez, his cousin Asdrúbal Chávez, Army Commander Cilia Flores, Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza and the country’s ministers.

In a letter to the late president, his daughter, Rosa Virginia Chavez, said the example of her father remains in force in all persons in the world who are willing to sow the seeds of solidarity, justice and love.

Rosa Chavez

She also said that every day, the revolutionaries move along the path which he carved out in order to magnify Venezuela.

We will continue training ourselves to defend this homeland you left us, Rosa Virginia Chavez wrote in the letter, and explained how his values went beyond the country’s borders and were settled in Latin America and the Caribbean.

She also confirmed that the Bolivarians will support President Nicolas Maduro to keep the Revolution and its social conquests.

Shortly before departing Tuesday for New York to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro paid homage to Hugo Chavez at the Cuartel de la Montaña in Caracas, which treasures the remains of the late Bolivarian leader.

Cultural galas and other commemorative activities have also been organized in countries like Spain, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador, to pay tribute to the beloved Bolivarian and Latin American leader.

Since July 24, there have been tributes to Chavez including workshops on his ideas and along with various cultural and recreational activities in different states to remember the legacy of the leader of the Revolution, under the name “Planting Love, Harvesting country ‘.

On Sunday, July 26, President Maduro said from the Mountain Barracks that one of Chavez’ great contributions was the Miracle Mission, founded along with the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and through which about four million people recovered sight or their quality of vision.

Residents of the Venezuelan capital conducted a national cohetazo on the anniversary of Commander Chavez.

Chavez’ family honors his memory

The town of Barinas, where the Commander Hugo Chavez was born, accompanied the relatives of revolutionary leader in various activities to celebrate his birthday and ratify their loyalty to the socialist process that bequeathed and which President Nicolas Maduro continues. The brother of the commander and governor of Barinas, Adan Chavez, said that the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution continues to motivate the people to defend the homeland. He also stressed that the effect of his legacy is evident in the military civic union.

After singing Happy Birthday to President Chavez, the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) for the circuit five of Caracas, Jacqueline Faria, said that the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution is a flame that lives in the Venezuelan people.


U.S., Cuba reopen embassies – signal historic milestone in removing barriers – says President of Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement

Source:  Guyana Chronicle Online
July 22 2015

haleem khan 3THE resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has signaled a historic milestone in the official thaw that President Barack Obama set in motion last year as the United States reopened its six-story embassy in Havana on Monday, and Cuba raised a flag outside its own stately embassy in Washington, according to President of the Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement (GCSM), Haleem Khan.Underscoring the culmination of months of negotiations to overcome decades of enmity, Khan said Cuba is still rallying against the United States’ travel restrictions, trade embargo and presence at the military base at Guantánamo Bay.

The GCSM President noted that even with continuing friction, the reopening of embassies in each other’s capitals provided the most concrete symbols yet of what has been achieved after more than two years of negotiations between governments that had long shunned each other.

Cuba will reopen its embassy in Washington after 54 years. | Photo: Reuters

The opening of the embassies is but one-step in the process of strengthening the relationship between the two countries, the White House has maintained. The U.S. removed Cuba from the State Department’s state sponsors of terror list in May, and President Obama personally met with Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas, which was the first in-person meeting of American and Cuban leaders since the diplomatic ties were severed.

Source:  U.S., Cuba reopen embassies – signal historic milestone in removing barriers – says President of Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement  Guyana Chronicle Online

July 26: Celebration, joy and patriotism reigned today in Santiago

Source: Cuban News Agency
July 26 2015

july 26 fidel 2An atmosphere of celebration, joy and patriotism reigned today in Santiago a city which  just celebrated the 500th anniversary of its founding, and in which the children confess that these same emotions are always present  when they celebrate their most important date – the date which marks the heroic deed of the attack on the Moncada Garrison led by Fidel 62 years ago .

The red and black, white and blue colors abounded on the streets; in the clothes of its inhabitants, in homes and public buildings, as the Cuban and 26 of July flags flew while chants ennobling revolutionary fervor filled the air.

Again, participants in the attack on the Moncada Garrison reunited with history, and heroes and the people joined in one embrace in the morning of Saint Ana at the site of the July 26 School City, where at 5:12 a.m. the traditional symbolic attack was carried out and the main rally for National Rebellion Day was held.

Students reenactment of the Fidel Castro led attack on the Moncada  barracks

Students reenactment of the Fidel Castro led attack on the Moncada barracks


Raul and other leaders at july 26 2015 celebrations

Abel Santamaria

Abel Santamaria

The July 26 Monument Area, remodeled for the occasion, was in all its finery, with its Abel Santamaria park-museum, the old Saturnino Lora Hospital and the Law courts, sites that keep a piece of the heroic deeds lived in 1953 by Santiago de Cuba by locals and youth of the Centennial Generation.

For journalist and retired combatant Manuel Antonio Rodriguez, the indomitable spirit of the inhabitants of this land is reaffirmed in such a significant date for the country, when the struggle for national sovereignty, which brought about the dawn of January 1959, was restarted.

We are proud, he said, in a city that is a symbol for its history, culture and people, with notable work and full of deeds; yesterday in emancipation, after winning the definitive freedom; today, working hand to hand to make this piece of Cuba grow in stature.

Teacher and Labor Hero Rolando Beltran runs a school named after martyr Abel Santamaria, where there is no better prize and reward, he says, than educating men and women of the same lineage.

cubans celebrate july 26 2015He highlighted the spirit of his countrymen, capable of rising to the challenge of creating after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, following the example of the Moncada attackers, of its heroes and martyrs.

July is a peculiar month to those born in this part of the archipelago, who live days of homage, of holiday and work, with streets filled with singing and folklore of people expressing unceremoniously all the joy harbored in their hearts, all the strength coming from their ancestors.

july 26 2015 santiago 4cThis is a people of love and virtue, a people who honor the rebelliousness and bravery of their city every July 26 as if the shots and the light of Moncada had shaken Santiago de Cuba again and the city shook and throbbed with more verve to the beat of all Cuba.

Source:  Santiago de Cuba Dawned Red and Black this July 26  Cuban News Agency

Toronto Forum on Cuba Celebrates Cuba’s Rebellion Day

Toronto Forum on Cuba

toronto forum on cuba celebrates july 26 2015Celebrate CUBA’s REBELLION DAY
Sunday, July 26
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

United Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St.
(one block southeast of College and Spadina)
Dedicated to Cuban Internationalist Healthcare & Education Workers

Special Guest
Professor Keith Ellis on The Legacy of Eduardo Galeano
Live Music
Ernesto Espinoza & Pablo Gutierrez
Wally Brooker & Paul OConnell
Steve Hall
Carlos Angulo and more
Dance Performance
Skigh Johnson
Homemade Halal food and much more… 

     On July 26th, 1953 a group of brave young Cubans, led by Fidel Castro, attacked the Moncada and the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes garrisons, symbols of the tyranny and occupation of Cuba under the U.S. puppet regime of Batista.
Although the attack was militarily defeated, it raised the banner of struggle, which would lead to the victory of the Cuban Revolution on Jan. 1st, 1959.
This year we cheer the return of the Cuban Five to their families and their homeland and we dedicate this year’s celebration to the selfless Cuban internationalist healthcare workers who courageously volunteered to battle the Ebola virus in Western Africa and the Cuban internationalist  education workers whose hard work and dedication have taught more than eight million people throughout the world, how to read and write. 

Organized by TORONTO FORUM ON CUBA     *

Toronto Forum on Cuba

Falklands/Malvinas: Argentina asks why UK is not punished for not complying with UN

Source:  Merco Press
July 24  2015

Argentine diplomats questioned in Montevideo why the United Kingdom is not punished for its denial to comply with the UN General Assembly Resolution from 1965 which calls on Argentina and the UK to sit and dialogue on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute. They also denied any attempts from Argentina to suffocate the Falklands economy or hydrocarbons industry.

“Why some countries are punished if they don't accept UN resolutions, while others that are founding members” can look aside and not comply asked Filmus

“Why some countries are punished if they don’t accept UN resolutions, while others that are founding members” can look aside and not comply asked Filmus

The head of the Argentine Foreign ministry’s Malvinas affairs Desk, Daniel Filmus was hosted on Thursday with a special session at the ALADI offices in Montevideo, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Resolution 2065 which recognizes the existence of a sovereignty dispute between the two countries.

ALADI stands for the Latin American Integration Association and is made up of thirteen members: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. The current chairman is Carlos “Chacho” Alvarez, a former Argentine vice-president who resigned ahead of the 2001/2002 political and economic meltdown of Argentina.

UN resolutions

“Why some countries are punished if they don’t accept UN resolutions, while others that are founding members and also have permanent seats in the Security Council can look aside and not comply with what the UN Decolonization Committee reiterates year after year?” asked Filmus following the special session and unveiling of a commemorative plaque and a Malvinas hall in the ALADI Montevideo building.

Filmus said it was hard to understand why the UK had not sat to dialogue with the Argentine government to address the issue, as established by the UN General Assembly resolution: “How can it be that the UK refuses to comply with the United Nations”, he insisted.

Filmus also made comments on the recent decision by the Argentine justice to embargo British, US and European companies’ assets for their involvement in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands without the consent of the Argentine government that claims the Islands and adjoining maritime spaces where the exploration for oil and gas with Falklands’ awarded licenses it taking place.

Sovereignty over the islands

“We are not intent in isolating or suffocating economically the Malvinas Islands, but simply want to exercise our rights, and our rights are sovereignty over the Islands” underlined Filmus regarding the UK government claims that Argentina wanted to ‘strangle’ the Falklands economy and the development of the Islanders’ hydrocarbons industry.

The Argentine official said that there were three main important pending questions in the region: Panama canal sovereignty, US and Cuba relations and the Malvinas dispute, and now “two of them have been accomplished, only the third one is waiting to be resolved”.

“We need the solidarity of the all Latin American countries, as in the other two cases to overcome the long-standing controversy over the Malvinas Islands”

A Latin American cause

ALADI chair Alvarez pointed out that “the Malvinas Islands claim is inexorably becoming a Latin American cause”. He added that nowadays colonialism is condemned by all countries in the world and “only 17 of these cases have survived so far, of which ten are linked to the UK”.

Alvarez also warned how dangerous is was to have in Latin America ‘a foreign power’ occupying part of ‘our territory’ and underlined the importance of ensuring that “our resources” are preserved to the benefit of the Latin American community.

Finally the president of the ALADI representatives council, Felix Rivas Alvarado read a message from Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro expressing full support and solidarity with “Argentina’s legitimate claim over the Malvinas”.

Source:  Falklands/Malvinas: Argentina asks why UK is not punished for not complying with UN Merco Press

Richard Wolff explains the foundation and nature of the crisis in Greece

An extremely simple, clear and powerful explanation of the historical foundation and nature of the present crisis in Greece

Published on May 12, 2015

Development, Thought and Policy Lecture Series: Austerity and Neoliberalism in Greece, sponsored by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (…), at the Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

Argentina president says West seeking to destabilize Latin America

April 12 2015

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has slammed the West’s “soft” campaign to destabilize Latin American countries.

cristina fernandez 3During her address at the 35-nation Summit of the Americas in Panama City on Saturday, she said the attempts always originate in some NGOs that “we never know who finance them.”

She warned that the destructive attempts “aim at the destabilization of governments in the region, of the governments that have done the most for equality, for education and social inclusion.”

Pointing to the “major accomplishments” of the Latin American governments in the areas of human rights, social inclusion, health, and education, Kirchner said the West lends support to “governments with neoliberal policies that shattered people.”

She also denounced the Western attempts to combat “governments that can show their credentials of having been the ones that have included their countrymen the most.”

Malvinas Islands

Elsewhere in her remarks, the Argentine president criticized the UK for considering her nation a “threat” and thus justifying an increase in its military presence in the Malvinas Islands, known as the Falklands to the British.

“The United Kingdom declared my country a threat to its won territory, the Malvinas Islands: 2.3 percent of UK’s budget is allocated to defense. It is also absurd,” she added.

Britain declared Malvinas as part of its overseas territories in 1833. Argentina calls it an occupation and has time and again challenged the British military presence in the archipelago, which is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Argentina’s coast.

Row over the islands turned into a bloody war in 1982. The conflict then claimed the lives of 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 Britons and three islanders.

Tensions between Argentina and the UK mounted again in 2013, after a London-backed referendum asking the islanders to decide whether to remain under the British rule. Some 99.8 percent people voted to remain a British territory. The Argentine government challenged the vote calling it “a British manoeuvre lacking legal value”.

Source:  Argentina president says West seeking to destabilize Latin America

FIFA Scandal: Trinidad Gets Extradition Papers for Jack Warner

Source:  World Soccer
July 23 2015

Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney-general Garvin Nicholas has received a US request for the extradition of Jack Warner, telling reporters his office will evaluate the documents from the US Justice Department.

warner arrested“I can tell you that I have this evening received a formal request for the extradition of Mr. Jack Warner with the supporting extradition package,” Attorney General Garvin Nicholas told reporters. “The process is now for me to examine the documentation and consider the evidence and decide whether to issue the authority to proceed.” However, the extradition will not be an easy task. Warner is leader of Trinidad’s Independent Liberal Party, as well as a member of parliament, which would mean he could be shielded from the extradition request due to diplomatic immunity

Warner is due to appear before a court on 27 July. He is resisting extradition on US charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering in the ongoing Fifa corruption case. The 72-year-old has also been accused of stealing aid money intended for the victim of the Haiti earthquake.

Warner is out on bail, has consistently maintained his innocence and claims he will not receive a fair trial in the United States. The former head of CONCACAF also claims he will prove a link between FIFA and the outcome of his nation’s elections in 2010.  . He says he has documents linking FIFA’s resigning President Sepp Blatter to money transactions related to corruption in these elections. But Nicholas dismissed arguments that Warner’s extradition was or could be a domestic political issue. “The matter has absolutely nothing to do with politics, ” he said. “This is an extradition request that was made by the United States government. We’ve dealt with several extraditions over the last few months.”

Trinidad legal experts believe Warner’s extradition could take up to five years to resolve – by which time he will be 77.

US prosecutors allege South Africa paid $10m in 2008 to Warner and two other Fifa executives as payment for them supporting its bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

Football Federation Australia has also alleged Warner stole $500,000 from Australia’s failed 2022 World Cup bid, syphoning payment intended for CONCACAF to be used to build a centre of excellence.

FFA president Frank Lowy said in June that Australia’s A$46 million bid for the tournament, which received just a single vote, was doomed from the start.

The Australian Federal Police are investigating the bid for irregularities.

Jeffrey Webb, Warner’s successor at CONCACAF, recently agreed to be extradited to the United States after being detained at this year’s Fifa congress in Zurich.

Source:  Jack Warner extradition papers arrive in Trinidad  World Soccer

Dialogue Widens in Ecuador as President Faces ‘Soft Coup’

Source:  TeleSUR
22 July 2015

Members of the PAIS Alliance party movement are committed a national dialogue across Ecuador despite calls for an uprising against the government.

ecuador dialogue widensMore and more leaders have committed to participate in the Ecuador’s National Dialogue for Equality and Social Justice amid calls for continued protests against the administration of President Rafael Correa. 1,400 mayors and other authorities of the PAIS Alliance party met with President Rafael Correa to discuss strategies to strengthen the dialogue in various places across Ecuador.

The need for peaceful dialogue

President Rafael Correa stressed the need for peaceful discourse when some members of the opposition support a “soft coup”. “There is a soft coup in the making,” the president told the press. “While there are people with good intentions who are democratically exercising their right to protest because they disagree with aspects of this government, there are others who have been for months, I mentioned this over a year ago, are trying to destabilize the government and wear us down as much as possible.”

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Those present at the meeting with President Correa and other leaders of the PAIS Alliance party movement discussed how the national dialogue can be supported to ensure greater communication between citizens and the national government.

A debate on equality and social justice

“The Citizen’s Revolution has always been open to dialogue with citizens, but today this dialogue has a specific objective,” Secretary General of the PAIS Alliance Party Doris Soliz told teleSUR. “It is a debate on equality and social justice. How Ecuadorean society is comprised, and in what direction it should continue growing. We have put forward a theory, that we must improve the inheritance and capital gains bills, so that unfounded wealth speculation is avoided.”

The National Assembly is putting forward its own dialogue, and United Front block, made up of 14 political parties and organizations has said that they are working to promote debate in all corners of the country. “This political debate is put forward and deepened by political organizations that are today making this call, and we the leaders of these political organizations of the United Front are ready to debate with ideas,” said President of the United Front Fabian Solano to teleSUR.

Dialogue and debates have been held in neighborhoods throughout the nation, to discuss wealth redistribution and the future of the country. While increasingly more sectors are opening themselves up for debate, the opposition is moving forward with plans for an indigenous-led uprising and national strike, insisting that the dialogue would not serve their interests.

Source:  Dialogue Widens in Ecuador as President Faces ‘Soft Coup’  TeleSUR