Cuban Doctors in Mexico Highlight Minimally-Invasive Surgery

Source:  Prensa Latina
March 31 2019

Mexico, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Minimally-invasive surgery has great prospects in the field of medicine, due to its comparative advantages not only for patient but also for society, two Cuban specialists said here on Sunday.
Doctor Julian Ruiz Torres, founder and director of the National Center for Minimally-Invasive Surgery in Cuba (CNCMA), and the center’s deputy director, Rafael Torres Peña, are in Mexico to comply with a program on this issue that includes meetings with more than 150 Mexican physicians trained in Cuba who perform this surgical procedure.

The two doctors told Prensa Latina that they take advantage of this visit to explain to their Mexican colleagues the great progress Cuba has made with this technique, especially the Center they represent, which is a reference in the Central American and Caribbean region.

The CNCMA, which brings together a group of doctors in different medical specialties, was created in 1993 at the Calixto Garcia Hospital to comprehensively face endoscopic surgery, therapeutic endoscopy and high-quality interventional radiology and with the best technology, Ruiz Torres said.

The Center was founded the next year, given its successful work.

During its 25 years of activities and thanks to its team of medical professionals, the CNCMA has become a national and regional referal center that leads assistance, teaching and research in the practice of minimally-invasive surgery.

Cuban President Highlights Meeting with US Congressman

Source:  Prensa Latina
March 30 2019

Association of Caribbean States Highlights Cuban Cooperation

Source:  Prensa Latina
March 30 2019

Managua, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The preparatory meeting for the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) highlighted in this capital the work carried out by Cuba in cooperation with that geographical area.

This was confirmed in recent statements to Prensa Latina by the director of Latin America and the Caribbean in the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Eugenio Martínez, who headed the Cuban delegation at the first segment of the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the organization.

The Secretary General of the ACS, June Soomer, described as excellent the cooperation projects that Cuba offers to the Caribbean area, said Martinez.

The delegations of Jamaica, Mexico and Panama also spoke in that regard, he said.

Cuba brought to the meeting in Managua a message of support for the revitalization of the ACS, as agreed at the Havana Summit in 2016.

That agreement, which involved a review of the structure and work for a year and a half of a working group appointed for that purpose, sought to strengthen the role of the ACS as a mechanism for concertation and cooperation in the Greater Caribbean area, the Cuban diplomat recalled.

The cooperation policy of Havana highlights issues such as the one that focuses the attention of the Managua Summit, the confrontation of climate change, according to Martínez ‘very relevant to a region hit by several natural phenomena.’

The top official from the Cuban Foreign Ministry said that in the opening session, the secretary general commented on the progress in the field of cooperation, including the notable increase in funds received during the last triennium.

On this work front, the search for relations with third parties, observer countries, that have supported projects in the Caribbean, on all European and Asian nations stands out.

The above shows that the AEC is a necessary structure, it is not paralyzed and in which there is a broad spirit of collaboration among its members and associated states, concluded Martínez.

Cuba Hosts 21st International Graphic Humor Biennial

Source:  Prensa Latina
March 31 2019

Havana, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Graphic humorists from 43 countries are competing in Cuba from March 31 to April 3 in the framework of the 21st International Graphic Humor Biennial in San Antonio de los Baños, southwest of Havana.

Cuban Vice President Ines Maria Chapman to Arrive in Kenya Today

Source:  Prensa Latina

March 31 2019

Nairobi, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the Cuban Council of State and of Ministers, Ines Maria Chapman, will arrive on Sunday in Kenya, the last stopover of a tour of three African countries.
The tour, which also included South Africa and Lesotho, contributed to fostering relations between Cuba and the African peoples.

The Cuban vice president was welcomed by the top government and political authorities in the nations she visited.

At each meeting, participants highlighted Cuba’s role in the independence of this part of the world, as well as its collaboration in several fields, particularly public health.

The vice president, in turn, expressed her country’s gratitude for the strong stance against the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States has imposed on Cuba for more than six decades.

My country never learned the lessons of the American War in Viet Nam

Venezuela:  Peace is Possible

Source:  Popular Resistance


“I dream, Peace is Possible
through a nightmare of wars,
No matter how brief the Dream”

~ by Daniel Shea © 3/26/19
    Viet Nam Veteran

daniel shea 2c.jpgI arrived in Caracas Venezuela on March 10th 2019 with Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese after the three of us had to scramble to find alternatives flights to Venezuela via COPA Airlines, Panama to Caracas.

The reason we sought alternative flights was because American Airlines cancelled our flights from Miami to Caracas fearing reported power outages.

The electricity blackout was real but flights were still operational during daytime hours as we were soon to find out.

We were determined to join our place as delegates on the U.S. Peace Council and to witness for ourselves the extent of U.S. Corporate Media reports of massive civil unrest, of a starving population resorting to eating garbage and government violence to subdue protests.

We were on a mission, to listen, to observe, and to attempt to assess the root causes of opposition grievances and whether there might be avenues for talks to address their concerns and find compromises and produce a peace to the advantage of all concerned.

Our main mission was to express our Solidarity with COSI – Venezuela, the Committee of International Solidarity and Struggle for Peace.

I, a Viet Nam Marine Corp Veteran of 1968, and I, as a former Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace International and the current President of  Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 of Portland Oregon have lived the hell of war, and wish never to have anyone live through that experience.

Unfortunately, my country never learned the lessons of the American War in Viet Nam, that it was criminal to send our armed forces to invade another country.

Viet Nam held no vital interest except the desire of imperialists to dominate Asia as a colonial power.  Viet Nam was no eminent threat to our nation.

We left defeated, as war criminals who killed, estimates ranging from 4 to 6 million Vietnamese, mostly innocent civilian, women and children.

We left another war legacy, the legacy of spraying 20 million gallons of Agent Orange Dioxin over Viet Nam a deadly toxic chemical weapon that continues to take lives and causes many debilitating birth anomalies and diseases including cancers affecting both Vietnamese and U.S. Veterans and their families.

We have 58,320 U.S. Soldiers names, including eight women carved in black granite in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC as a cold reminder of the consequences of War.

Thus, every U.S. War, whether a so-called humanitarian military intervention or regime change assualt on another nation, it is like a bullet striking my heart, opening old wounds, that trigger my PTSD causing depression, anger, and even suicidal urges to end the nightmare and shame of my country’s bullying violence and terrorism that threaten the nation’s of the world with our way or the highway.

I have chosen to walk a path of Peace, to rejected violence and war, thus raise my voice as a Veteran For Peace, challenge those who beat the drums of war, oppose dishonest diplomacy at the point of an arsenal of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

I guess it is no surprise that the U.S. Peace Council would invite two Veterans For Peace members Gerry Condon a former GI Resister and current President of VFP International  and myself to join their delegation.

It didn’t take long before the delegation were invited to meetings with various government ministries, popular people’s projects or cultural programs, but most obvious was that the so-called crisis and massive unrest was just not happening.

That is to say, that in Caracas these popular myths of violent unrest in the U. S. Media were not true.

Our observation was the unrest was a lie manufactured by the U.S. State Department and the Trump Goons, VP Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams the infamous 1980s criminal conspirator in the Iran Contra Scandal and lying to Congress.

One has to put much into perspective, there was an electricity blackout when I arrived on the 4th day of the outage and lasted an additional two days.

Was it a crisis, of course it was but it didn’t cause unrest, it brought people together, just like in the USA when a national disaster strikes, people go out of their way to help each other, the same in Venezuela.

I was humbled by the tenacity of the Venezuelans to persevere under this difficult hardship, the government trying to ease their burden declared taking the days off during the blackout, making them Blackout Holidays and you saw families in the streets, going to the parks, lovers holding hands, taking walks and meeting friends but no unrest.

Why the lies, why these threats of regime change intervention?

What are the Venezuelan Opposition Parties grievances, would they be willing to sit down for peace talks to find comprises.

Sorry to say, we were not able to get a meeting with opposition leaders to discuss the possibility.

What did seem apparent, was that the United States had their hands so far up the self declared president of Venezuela, Juan  Guaido’s ass, he nor the opposition parties couldn’t venture far from the uncompromising position the United States was dictating, Maduro must go “Or Else”.

The “Or Else” is the real crisis, was the dark cloud hanging over all of Venezuela, the threat of U.S. Military Intervention.

Donald Trump doesn’t give a shit about democracy or the suffering of Venezuelans, or he would lift the Sanctions at the root of much of the economic crisis, that and the drop in Oil Prices in the global market.

The real interest of the United States in Venezuela is it’s Oil and they have made that pretty clear in their own public statements.

““It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela,” ~ Bolton told Fox News in an interview.

I will be giving a report back on Venezuela Saturday March 30th 2019

Eye Witness Report Back from Venezuela
Dan Shea of Veterans For Peace &
U.S. Peace Council Delegate
3:00 PM at Sunnyside Community House
3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214

Please join me, both in Solidarity with the Peace Loving People of Venezuela and in Solidarity with the March 30th Mobilization taking place in Washinton, DC as officials of NATO come to celebrate 70 years of war making!

We Say No to NATO, War and Racism!


Venezuela Deploys Advanced S-300VM Missile Systems to Protect Capital Amid Growing US Threats

Source:  Popular Resistnce


venezuela deploys advanced s-300

Photo: Venezuelan S-300VM Surface to Air Missile Battery

Venezuela’s armed forces have reportedly redeployed additional S-300 missile batteries to military facilities near the capital Caracas to provide full coverage against potential air strikes, in response to a perceived threat of attack from the United States. The air defence missile batteries, command centres and radars were deployed to the Captain Manuel Rios Airbase. Venezuela currently operates several units of the S-300VM surface to air missile system, the second most advanced S-300 variant after the S-300V4, which is particularly specialised in intercepting ballistic and cruise missile attacks. The platform is designed to prioritise high mobility, and makes use of tracked MT-T launch vehicles allowing it to operate off road – providing superior survivability to variants from the S-300P family such as the S-300PMU-2 recently sold to Syria. Mobile transporter erector radars are also used to maximise mobility, and the system’s passively scanned array radar systems used for target acquisition make use of autonomous search capabilities.

The S-300VM’s electronic warfare countermeasures are comparable in their sophistication to those of the S-400, and missiles retain an engagement range of 250km. The platform is capable of engaging up to 24 targets simultaneously, and can engage low observable or stealth targets at intermediate ranges. The S-300VM is arguably the Venezuelan military’s most powerful deterrent against a potential U.S. attack, and represents a capability several generations ahead of anything a Western military has ever had to engage in the field. Unlike Syria, which from late 2018 deployed the less sophisticated S-300PMU-2, Venezuela’s more advanced air defence system is also supported by high end air to air capabilities – namely the Su-30MK2 air superiority fighters which are among the most capable of their kind in the world. The fighters allow the Venezuelan military to pursue enemy targets beyond the range of its air defences, thus providing the ability to engage U.S. bombers and strike fighters deploying standoff munitions from beyond the range of the S-300VM. The air to air engagement range of these fighters, which have been equipped with R-27ER and R-27ET missiles, is 130km.

Venezuela’s multi layered air defence network, which also includes complementary shorter ranged surface to air missile systems such as the BuK-M2 and S-125, presents a credible challenge to the U.S. Military which is set to factor considerably into Washington’s decision making regarding potential military action. The presence of Russian military personnel on the ground, who have reportedly trained Su-30 pilots and air defence crews to a high standard and may well be operating some of their equipment alongside them, further increases the risks for the United States should it attempt an attack.