Haiti Joins US-Backed Lima Group Against Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
January 29 2020

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been facing more than a year-long mass demonstrations calling for his resignation.Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been facing more than a year-long mass demonstrations calling for his resignation. | Photo: Reuters

Haiti’s government move came as the Caribbean nation is facing one of the worst political, economic and social crises of its recent history. 

Haiti’s request to be incorporated as a member into the United States-led Lima Group has been accepted, Peru’s Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday on its Twitter account.

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“Following the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti Bocchit Edmond and a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru Gustavo Meza-Cuadra in his capacity as coordinator of the Lima Group, Haiti has been officially accepted as a member of the Lima Group,” the Peruvian Government stated.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been facing more than a year-long mass demonstrations calling for his resignation. Unable to establish a stable government, under fire over corruption allegations, Moise has decided to align itself to the policy promoted by the U.S. and the right-wing governments of the region against Venezuela and the government of Nicolas Maduro.

The island’s government move came as the Caribbean nation is facing one of the worst political, economic and social crises of its recent history.

The nationwide protests that started in late 2018 were sparked by severe shortages of food and fuel and have been paralyzing the country for months now.

Moise, who has refused to step down, is facing widespread anger over inflation, rampant violence, allegations of corruption, particularly the embezzlement of the funds destined for social programs from the Venezuelan led Petrocaribe cooperation program.

The Lima Group was founded in 2017 by countries including Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Santa Lucia, Canada, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, with the support of the U.S., the Organization of the American States and the European Union.

The organization has worked to undermine the peace process in Venezuela by isolating the Bolivarian Republic economically and politically. They have encouraged asphyxiating  U.S. economic sanctions and supported the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido.

167th Anniversary of José Martí’s birth celebrated in Jamaica

Source:  Minrex

January 28 2020

The celebration in Jamaica of the 167th anniversary of the birth of our National Hero, José Martí, took place at the Technical School that bears his name, with the presence of officials from the Cuban State Mission and members of the board of the Association of Cubans Resident in Jamaica, who were invited for the occasion.

Kingston, Jamaica, 28 January 2020. 

The celebration in Jamaica of the 167th anniversary of the birth of our National Hero, José Martí, took place at the Technical School that bears his name, with the presence of officials from the Cuban State Mission and members of the board of the Association of Cubans Resident in Jamaica, who were invited for the occasion.

This institution, located in Spanish Town, was a gift that the people and Government of Cuba gave to the people and Government of Jamaica 43 years ago.

This January 28, the morning devotion ceremony at the School was conducted entirely in Spanish and the Simple Verses of the apostle of Cuban independence were recited or sung to the sound of La Guantanamera.

Speaking on behalf of the Cuban State Mission, Mr. Ulises Calvo, Head of the Consular Office, highlighted the qualities of José Martí as a revolutionary leader, teacher of generations and defender of the most advanced ideas and values ​​of his time.

Regarding the School and what it represents, he said: “There are many things that make it unique: its architecture, the combination of study and work as part of learning; the level of Spanish language proficiency and the vast knowledge about Cuba that teachers provide to students; the murals with portraits of Martí and Fidel … everything I see here reminds me a lot of my school in Cuba […] We are grateful and proud to see the hard work carried out by the staff, the students and the community in general to honour the name of this school and the eternal friendship between our two sister islands.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the visitors paid tribute to José Martí at the bust that honours his memory. They toured the teaching facilities and exchanged with students, teachers and members of the board of directors.



Exposing Economic Myths

This week on Economic Update, Professor Wolff discusses how the “unemployment rate” is an inadequate measure of the U.S. economy’s well-being along with the decline of the “real” value of the minimum wage in the U.S., the multiple failures and flaws of markets and how corporations as less economically efficient than worker co-ops.

President Ho Chi Minh, who led the Vietnamese revolution to success

Source:  vovworld.vn

February 3 2020

Ho Chi Minh was the first Vietnamese supporter of the Russian October Revolution and found Marxism-Leninism the way to liberate the working class and peoples of colonial countries. In 1920, he took part in establishing the French Communist Party at the Tour Congress. Since then, the founder of the Communist Party of Vietnam with his great contributions and dedication, has won the special admiration of many international friends.


President Ho Chi Minh, who led the Vietnamese revolution to success - ảnh 1

During his revolutionary life, Ho Chi Minh traveled to many parts of the world, but China is probably the place he visited the most. In 1925, he founded the Vietnamese Revolutionary Youth Association in Guangzhou and organized a “Communist League” as the core of the association, training communist cadres to lead the Association and popularize Marxism-Leninism in Vietnam.

“Before founding the Vietnam Communist Party, Ho Chi Minh founded the Vietnamese Revolutionary Youth Association in China. This was an organization to spread progressive thought and the spirit of national liberation and independence to young people in Vietnam. The role of Ho Chi Minh in this process can be summed up as follows: true organizer, ruler, founder, and supreme leader,” said Mr. Truong Duc Duy, who served as an interpreter for President Ho Chi Minh and is a former Ambassador of China to Vietnam.

Mr. Duy said that President Ho Chi Minh’s simple lifestyle and frugal spirit won the admiration of many international friends and Chinese people.

“President Ho Chi Minh was a revolutionary leader with a flawless character. He was a revolutionary with a strong will, extremely strong beliefs, and a vision.  He had a clear analysis and extensive calculations of the revolutionary struggle in Vietnam, as well as the international struggle for righteousness, and provided precise and disciplined guidelines, strategies, tactics, and policies,” he elaborated.

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Many international friends have praised the role of the Communist Party of Vietnam under the leadership of President Ho Chi Minh. Professor Doctor of History Vladimir Kolotov, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Research Institute, National University of St. Petersburg (Russia), said that during the past 90 years, the Communist Party of Vietnam with the legacy of President Ho Chi Minh’s thought has shown flexibility and ingenuity in leading Vietnam to great achievements and finding an effective international integration path in a complicated world. General Secretary of the Egyptian Communist Party Salah Adly Abdelhafiz called the Vietnamese Communist Party a potent symbol. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese people have found a prosperous and happy life.

Raul Congratulates the Communist Party of Vietnam

Sources: Cuban News Agency, invent-the-future.org, vovworld.vn

The struggle of the Vietnamese people against colonialism and imperialism was clearly an inspiration to Fidel and the Cuban revolutionaries.

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As Fidel explained in a discussion on why the Cuban revolutionaries decided on the route of armed struggle,

“Vietnam has definitely demonstrated to the world, to every revolutionary, and all the people confronted by imperialism, how, even with modern technology, a strong and massive weaponry, and even with a coalition of forces well-armed like those deployed by the United States in Vietnam, it is impossible to break down a revolutionary movement and its guerillas supported by the people.

I believe today nobody can deny that the United States failed in its war against the heroic people of Vietnam .  And I believe that this is one of the greatest favors the Vietnamese people have offered the world”

With his famous statement: “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to devote all our blood”, Cuba’s revolutionary legend Fidel Castro became a symbol of the comradeship and brotherhood between Vietnam and Cuba. He was the only foreign head of state to visit the liberated zone in Quang Tri province during the American (Vietnam) war. The visit was made in September 1973 at his own proposal.

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tankForty five years ago, on the 29th of April 1975, the joint forces of the North Vietnamese Army and the National Liberation Front entered the southern capital of Saigon, where they were greeted with the open joy of a population which had endured untold misery over the course of decades at the hands of foreign invaders and puppet governments. Just a day later, at around 10:45am, a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the gates of the presidential palace and raised the red flag. The head of the collapsing South Vietnamese regime, Duong Van Minh, reportedly told North Vietnamese colonel, Bùi Tín, “I have been waiting since early this morning to transfer power to you,” to which Bùi Tín replied: “There is no question of your transferring power. Your power has crumbled. You cannot give up what you do not have.”

The Vietnamese defeat of the world’s biggest imperialist power, the USA, was an incredible achievement that was the culmination of decades of heroic and brilliant struggle.

The beginning

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh: ‘On lynching & the Ku Klux Klan ...90 years ago, on this day, 3 February 1930, at a meeting in Kowloon (China) convened by Nguyen Ai Quoc (the famous Vietnamese revolutionary later to be known as Ho Chi Minh), the Indochinese Communist Party was formed, uniting the three existing parties of the Vietnamese left.  It was this Communist Party, guided by Ho Chi Minh that led the people in the struggle to defeat the seemingly invincible US and to inspire the Cuban revolutionaries to later do the same in their homeland.

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, several organizations throughout the world have sent congratulatory messages to Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

The Communist Party of China’s message affirmed that China attaches great importance to developing relations with Vietnam, and is willing to join Vietnam in strengthening the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), message to Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the PCV, confirmed the commitment of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, of loyalty and brotherhood with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, heir of the legacy of Ho Chi Minh ‘.

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In commemorating the landing of Granma and the creation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, on December 2, 1960, Fidel declared the popular decision to officially establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam.  The Cuban and Vietnamese governments will commemorate the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, which constitutes an expression of our deep friendship and an example of the will to be united in the face of the challenges imposed by the current international scenario.

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President Maduro Commemorates 21st Anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s Inauguration

Source:  TeleSUR
February 2 2020

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, accompanied by his wife Cilia Flores, waves from the balcony of the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela January 23, 2020.Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, accompanied by his wife Cilia Flores,
waves from the balcony of the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela
January 23, 2020. | Photo: Reuters

“On February 2 (1999), Comandante Chávez swore by the mandate of the people to transform Venezuela into a free and sovereign homeland,” Maduro tweeted on Sunday.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro commemorated on Sunday the 21st anniversary of the first inauguration of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, as president of the South American nation.

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“On February 2 (1999), Comandante Chávez swore by the mandate of the people to transform Venezuela into a free and sovereign homeland,” Maduro tweeted on Sunday.

During the swearing in as head of state, Chavez said he would promote “the democratic transformations necessary for the new republic to have a Magna Carta adequate to the new times.”

“I swear before God, I swear before the fatherland, I swear before my people that on this dying constitution, I will promote the democratic transformations necessary for the new republic to have a Magna Carta adequate to the new times. I swear,” Chávez vowed to the people on his inauguration day.

These words would ring true as he helped transform the country through a constitutional process to reform the 1961 Constitution and lay the foundations for a new inclusive and leading social model, after winning the elections of December 6, 1998.

After convening a referendum for the creation of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the consultation reflected 87 percent approval for the drafting of a new, more inclusive constitution .

With 71 percent of the votes, on December 15, 1999, the constitutional text that established a new social model of major transformations in the South American nation was approved.

“21 years later, we became an untamed force that will never stop the victorious march of the Bolivarian Revolution ,” President Nicolas Maduro said on this day.

Furthermore, the Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, recalled this Sunday the historical moment in which Hugo Chávez was sworn in as President of the Republic.

In a message posted on Twitter, Padrino said: “21 years after the oath of the commander Chavez as a leader of the Republic! Historical milestone that marked the beginning of a renewal process by retaking the ideals of Bolivar and Zamora in search of true independence and the dignity of a people that returned to be protagonist of their destiny”.

Chavez would go on to lead Venezuela for several years, paving the way for a new era in the Bolivarian Republic’s history.

Defense Team Challenged Trump Prosecutors’ Attempts to Fix Outcome of Trial: Judge Delays Key Decisions

Source: defendembassyprotectors.org

February 1 2020

By Ajamu Baraka and Bahman Azad
Co-Chairs of the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee

A pretrial hearing of the four Embassy Protectors facing federal prosecution took place before Judge Beryl A. Howell on January 29 in Washington, DC. The hearing, which was to define the parameters of the upcoming trial, became complicated as the judge learned more about the facts of the case.

When the hearing started, Judge Howell stated that she expected to rule on all the issues requiring decisions that day. She added that her previous ruling on discovery, where she denied all of the defendants’ discovery requests, ought to tell the defendants what to expect. However, after four hours, the judge decided to delay some of her decisions on critical elements such as what the jury will be allowed to hear and whether the Embassy Protectors will be able to present a meaningful defense.

Trying to manipulate the upcoming trial

During the course of the morning, it was also evident that the prosecutors were trying to manipulate the upcoming trial in a way that would guarantee a conviction. The first area of contention was whether the word “trespassing” or its equivalent should be included in the trial statement that would be read to the jurors. The Embassy Protectors were not charged with trespassing, yet the prosecution wanted to describe them as trespassing without allowing the four defendants to explain they were in the Venezuelan Embassy with the full permission of the Venezuelan government. This was left unresolved at the end of the day.

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The next hurdle for the defendants was whether photos and videos of people who are not on trial or of signs with political messages ought to be included in the exhibits. The defendants’ lawyers argued that people who are not being tried are not relevant to the case and that political messages should not be included, especially if the defendants will not be allowed to explain what they mean to the jury. This was also left unresolved at the end of the day.

Trying to limit what the jury should hear

The most important part of the hearing was the motion by the Trump prosecutors to prevent the four Embassy Protectors or their lawyers from being allowed to tell the jury anything that would explain the context of the case. The prosecutors sought to limit what the jury would hear to three things:  The Embassy Protectors were in the Venezuelan Embassy, they were ordered to leave, and they didn’t.

The judge was initially inclined to agree with the prosecutors, questioning the defense about why it mattered that the jury know about things such as who is the president of Venezuela, international law that governs the treatment of embassies and what happened during the time the four protectors were in the embassy.

As the hearing proceeded, it seemed the judge was hearing information that was new to her. She was not familiar with the Vienna Convention or with Protecting Power Agreements, which have been used in diplomatic relations for hundreds of years and are incorporated in the Vienna Convention. The US already has 20 such agreements with other nations. She did not seem to know that the four protectors were given permission to be in the Venezuelan Embassy by the elected government and were given the keys to the Embassy.

Judge seemed unaware of violent acts of the pro-coup mob

When one of the defense lawyers described the pro-coup mob as ‘hoodlums,’ she was perplexed. When he explained that the pro-coup mob outside the Embassy broke doors and windows, broke into the Embassy and damaged it, and cut off access to food, she seemed unaware of their violent actions and attacks on the embassy. The prosecutors failed to inform the court about the fact that the US Secret Service did nothing to stop the mob from physically attacking the embassy as it was their responsibility to protect the embassy. Nor did they mention that the power and water had been illegally shut off.

The judge said granting the prosecutor’s motion would be the equivalent of a directed verdict, i.e. the judge directing a guilty verdict. She asked what defense the protectors would have if she granted their motion. The prosecutors struggled to answer and then posited that the four protectors could say they didn’t understand the order. The judge quickly retorted that this was unlikely given the education levels of the defendants, a medical doctor, a nurse with a Master’s degree, a lawyer and a college professor with a Ph.D.

Will the court respect international law or will the four protectors become political prisoners of US Empire?

The prosecutors, who had entered the courtroom in the morning fully confident that their requests would be granted, squirmed uncomfortably and worked ineffectively to justify their requests as the day progressed. In the end, the judge decided to delay her decisions on these key issues saying she would take the motions under advisement. The hearing was adjourned at approximately 1:30 pm.

Now, the defendants will have to wait for the judge’s rulings on whether the process will be rigged against them or they will be allowed to present a defense. It likely helped that over two dozen supporters attended the hearing.

Attend the trial

The trial begins on February 11. We encourage supporters to attend the trial as the defendants face the full force of the Trump administration. The outcome of this trial impacts all who take bold actions to resist imperialism and respect the self-determination and sovereignty of people around the world.

If you choose to attend the trial, please heed the guidelines described here so your actions do not jeopardize the outcome for the defendants. Of particular importance is that supporters do not attempt to influence the jurors in any way such as approaching them, communicating with them or giving them information.