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.

 

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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.

Related: Cuba’s revolutionary legend Fidel Castro in Vietnam during American War

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.

Related:  Fidel Castro: A Great Friend of Vietnam,  Pictorial

Being Chinese in Revolutionary Cuba: A Unique Experience

Source:  The Militant

February 10 2020

The following is the presentation by Mary-Alice Waters, who spoke as part of a panel discussion in Guangzhou, China, one of some 50 during the 10th International Conference of ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. The conference was held Nov. 8-11, 2019, at Jinan University (see news article in issue no. 47 in 2019).

One thing distinguishes the economic and the social conditions of life today for Cubans of Chinese origin from Chinese communities everywhere else in the world. That is the near total absence of discrimination or prejudice against Chinese Cubans and their descendants.

By Mary-Alice Waters

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Fidel and Reserve Brigadier General Moisés Sio Wong

Sixty years ago in Cuba, a century of revolutionary struggle against Spanish colonialism and U.S. imperialist domination culminated in a victorious socialist revolution. It was a deep-going popular revolution. Millions of working people of all ages, both men and women, transformed themselves as they fought for independence, for sovereignty, for dignity, and began to transform their society.

In face of military aggression and economic sabotage by Washington, supported by other imperialist powers, workers and peasants in Cuba defended and deepened their initial conquests. They established a government, and a state, of their own — one that advanced the interests of those who had been the most oppressed and exploited layers of the population.

They ended capitalist ownership of the land, mills, factories and banks. They gave land to the peasants who worked it. They outlawed discrimination based on race in all public facilities. They organized millions of women into employment and social and political activity. With a popular mobilization involving hundreds of thousands of young people, they went to the mountains, working-class barrios and rural areas, eradicating illiteracy across Cuba in less than one year. They armed the workers and farmers and organized them into disciplined militia units to defend the country they were building on new economic and social foundations.

And against all odds, for more than six decades, Cuban working people have successfully held at bay the most powerful empire the world will ever see.

Cubans of Chinese descent

For Cubans of Chinese descent, the consequences of these historic conquests have been unprecedented. One thing distinguishes the economic and the social conditions of life today for Cubans of Chinese origin from Chinese communities everywhere else in the world. That is the near total absence of discrimination or prejudice against Chinese Cubans and their descendants.

That unique condition is a stunning fact. Most of you in this room know well from your own experiences the countless forms of anti-Chinese prejudice elsewhere in the world. That alone would justify a closer look at the Cuban Revolution. In Cuba there are no typically Chinese occupations anymore, whether it’s restaurants or laundries, or small shopkeepers, or families growing vegetables and fruits for urban markets.

There’s no glass ceiling. No field of endeavor or level of leadership responsibility beyond which no one of Chinese ancestry will be found. Whether it’s government ministries, leaders of mass organizations of the Cuban Revolution, generals, artists, scientists or whatever.

Esteban Lazo, president of the National Assembly of Cuba, is a Cuban of Chinese African descent.

Lázaro Barredo, until recently the longtime editor-in-chief of Granma, the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, is a Cuban of Chinese descent.

Wifredo Lam, among the world-renowned artists of the 20th century, was a Cuban of African Chinese descent, who wove threads from those cultures into the richness of his paintings.

Another example — one I’ll be drawing on today, since I happen to know it best — is the three generals of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces: Moisés Sío Wong, Gustavo Chui and Armando Choy. Their stories are available — including here at the conference — in the book Our History Is Still Being Written, published in English, Spanish, Chinese, Farsi and, just this week, now in French as well.

Capitalists divide and rule

The lessons of the Cuban Revolution are especially important in today’s world of deepening capitalist crisis. Because chauvinism and xenophobia are weapons of choice wielded by the ruling classes to try to divide working people and turn us against each other. They try to convince us our problems come not from those who exploit us, but from “immigrants who take our jobs,” or neighbors whose skin color or religion is different from ours.

This is a history that overseas Chinese know well. What’s happening today in Asia, in America, in Europe, in Africa is not new. Overseas Chinese for centuries have been a prime target of attacks against “foreigners,” from the more subtle forms of discrimination and race hatred, to mob violence, exclusion laws and pogroms. This is the context in which the example of Cuba stands out.

Continue reading at:  Cuba’s socialist revolution, China and the world class struggle today

Waters is president of Pathfinder Press and editor of Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution by Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui, and Moisés Sío Wong. The title of her presentation was, “Cultural, Diplomatic and Trade Ties between the People’s Republic of China and Cuba Today.” Participating in the audience were Cuba’s consul general in Guangzhou, Denisse Llamos Infante, and Consul Hansel E. Díaz Laborde. Copyright © 2020 by Pathfinder Press. Reprinted by permission.

Cuba: The most sustainably developed country in the world, new research finds

Source:  Morning Star Online

November 29 2019

The Capitol building in Havana

Cuba is the most sustainably developed country in the world, according to a new report launched today.

The socialist island outperforms advanced capitalist countries including Britain and the United States, which has subjected Cuba to a punitive six-decades-long economic blockade.

The Sustainable Development Index (SDI), designed by anthropologist and author Dr Jason Hickel, calculates its results by dividing a nation’s “human development” score, obtained by looking at statistics on life expectancy, health and education, by its “ecological overshoot,” the extent to which the per capita carbon footprint exceeds Earth’s natural limits.

Countries with strong human development and a lower environmental impact score highly, but countries with poorer life expectancies and literacy rates as well as those which exceed ecological limits are marked down.

Based on the most recent figures, from 2015, Cuba is top with a score of 0.859, while Venezuela is 12th and Argentina 18th.

The SDI was created to update the Human Development Index (HDI), developed by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and used by the United Nations Development Programme to produce its annual reports since 1990.

The HDI considers life expectancy, education and gross national income per capita, but ignores environmental degradation caused by the economic growth of top performers such as Britain and the US.

“These countries are major contributors to climate change and other forms of ecological breakdown, which disproportionately affects the poorer countries of the global South, where climate change is already causing hunger rates to rise,” Mr Hickel said.

“In this sense, the HDI promotes a model of development that is empirically incompatible with ecology and which embodies a fundamental contradiction: achieving high development according to HDI means driving de-development elsewhere in the world. For a development indicator that purports to be universal, such a contradiction is indefensible.”

Britain, ranked 14th in 2018’s HDI, falls to 131st in the SDI, while the US, 13th in the ul Haq index, is 159th out of 163 countries featured in the new system.

Mr Hickel added: “The SDI ranking reveals that all countries are still “developing” – countries with the highest levels of human development still need to significantly reduce their ecological impact, while countries with the lowest levels of ecological impact still need to significantly improve their performance on social indicators.”

The SDI is available at sustainabledevelopmentindex.org.

Sanctions kill more people than bombs or wars … Sara Flounders

December 16 2019

RT:  So joining us to understand sanctions a little better we’re being joined by Sarah Flounders she’s the co-director of the International Action Center in New York City.

Sarah thank you for being with us today. So you say in your article that sanctions actually kill more people than bombs or guns.  Can you explain that to us.

SF:  Yes sanctions are war. They are actually directed at the poorest, the most defenseless, those who are older, sick; the youth, and as such they have a deadly consequence.

If the most basic medicine, or if you create artificial famine – and that is what they do – it actually helps to spread disease by preventing the most basic medicine.  And it happens in country after country. 39 countries, a third of the population of the world, think of the impact and there are countries where it’s well known – Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, China and so on.  And there are all kinds of countries around the world that we don’t know and that you see on the sanctions list; and this is true for Zimbabwe or Laos or Guinea.  We could go on – Mali, Nicaragua, one country after another, that suddenly can’t get the most basic material.

RT:   And Ajama Baraka has actually said on on this very program that sanctions he said softens a country for military invasion.  What recent invasions can you point to that can prove that point is that a true thing.?

SF:   Well when you look at the impact in Venezuela certainly sanctions were used absolutely to try to undercut support for a very popular government.   We could look at Syria where sanctions since 2003 were an economic destabilizing force and and created great dissension within the country.  So it can be a precursor to military action, to using contra and reactionary forces; and at the same time the economic strangulation is meant to undercut support for popular and for elected governments around the world.

It happens without us being aware of it here and that’s why we need really a grassroots International People’s Campaign which is exposing this as an act of war.

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From Cuba: A Cantata of Solidarity and Hope for Chile

Source:  ICAP

Date December 20 2019

A call for solidarity with the Chilean people and to condemn repression was the aim of a cantata held by Cuban and Chilean singer-songwriters.

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) hosted the event, in which Cuban artists Raul Torres, Juan Carlos Perez and Angel Quintero, and Chilean singer-songwriter Carlos Orlando Aire Moreno, known as ‘Tato Aire’, took part.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Aire Moreno noted the need for an event like this and highlighted the immediate response from Cuban singer-songwriters to accompany him to support Chile and strongly condemn the repression unleashed by the Sebastian Piñera government.

‘One of the things that I like to highlight most is the attitude of young people, a very brave attitude, and I believe it has been like never before. I have never seen youths like these. I remember that when I was young, we used to do these things, but the violence we are seeing now has surpassed the dimension of repression,’ he added.

Aire Moreno condemned the human rights violations ‘by those who questioned Venezuela and Cuba and today are the first violators and the greatest assassins.’

During the cantata, participants recalled that the protests began in Chile two months ago, after being detonated by an increase in subway fares, and they multiplied with thousands of people demanding salary and pension raises, improved health care and public education and a radical change of the existing neoliberal model. (PL Service

An impeachment or political trial for Luis Almagro?

Source:  La Santa Mambisa

December 20 2019

 

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By Elson Concepción Pérez

Neither Trump nor Almagro would ever think of acknowledging that more than 400,000 health professionals have participated in missions outside of Cuba since 1963.

Knowing a server from a foreign power smells like a mercenary. Aligning with the worst hoaxes to harm our people is also embarrassing. And that is what Luis Almagro does every day.

In the Cuban case, this man has a fixation, so that, before the smallest blink of the US Department of State, he runs first in the genuflexes row, and more now when he surrenders completely for the sake of being re-elected as general secretary of the OAS, the ill-fated institution with an American surname.

The most recent of the compromises between the government of Donald Trump and the oea of ​​Luis Almagro, was the organization and realization of a forum in Washington with the title The Dark Reality Behind the Cuban Medical Missions, whose sole purpose is to discredit the programs of Third World health, where the doctors of the Island have performed a solidarity work never achieved by medicine worldwide.

Cuban health professional have made some 2 billion consultations  around the world since 1963

Neither Trump nor Almagro would ever think of acknowledging that more than 400,000 health professionals have participated in missions outside of Cuba since 1963, including those carried out after hurricanes, earthquakes and the confrontation with Ebola in Africa. During that time a total of one billion 923 million 712 550 consultations have been made, according to figures released by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health. There are currently about 29,000 employees in 65 countries.

Who, other than a Trump or an Almagro, would think – no matter how much hatred they have against Cuba – to question one of the noblest pillars, that of human solidarity, provided by our nation, which cures diseases and relieves pains in the souls of the unprotected of this world?

End the OAS or veto Almagro

In that case, the suggestion that I can make to the governments that still belong to the OAS is to end an institution so harmful to our peoples or, at least, veto a secretary general like Luis Almagro, the worst among worse when it comes to treating countries and governments that drive the most noble solidarity programs.

Does the OAS need a true impeachment or political judgment against its secretary general? Maybe that would look even more like his master, Donald Trump.

SOME MOMENTS OF THE US CRUSADE AGAINST CUBAN MEDICAL MISSIONS

May 2019
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States organized a Conference at the headquarters of said organization on the alleged crimes against humanity committed by Cuba, in relation to Cuban medical cooperation abroad.

June 2019
The State Department, in its Report on Trafficking in Persons 2019, denigrated Cuba’s international medical cooperation and, a month later, imposed visa restriction sanctions on Cuban officials linked to medical missions.

August 2019
The Agency for International Development (Usaid), a US institution that provides funds for subversion programs against the Government of Cuba, has allocated $ 3 million for projects directed against Cuba’s medical brigades abroad.

September 2019
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, during his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, tripled ridiculously, out of evil or ignorance, the liar and unfounded figure used by Washington, that Cuba maintains 20,000 military personnel in Venezuela, to refer to Cuban health collaborators.

November 2019
The medical cooperation programs with Ecuador and Bolivia cease, a decision encouraged by the persecution of the United States, which has forced the cessation of these programs as before in Brazil (November 2018). The declarations of senior officials of the United States slandering that the Cuban medical brigades in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are military troops are notorious.

Source: Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of December 5, 2019