US causes millions dollars losses to Cuba, even during Covid-19

Source: Cuba Inside the World

October 22 2020

US causes millions dollars losses to Cuba, even during Covid-19

For the first time in almost 60 years, the damages caused by the US blockade against Cuba exceed five billion dollars in one year, reported today the island’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez.‘From April 2019 to March 2020, the US blockade against Cuba caused damages of 5.57 billion dollars,’ he said.

As the holder of this portfolio said, the U.S. government has intensified measures against the island taking advantage of the conditions of the pandemic, it is an act of economic warfare and the cruelty of its application in this context is unprecedented.

Rodriguez offered this information during the presentation of the report on the damages caused by the U.S. government’s policy of blockade for almost 60 years.

According to the Foreign Minister, the accumulated damages in these almost six decades at current prices amount to 143,413 billion dollars.

‘If the depreciation of the dollar is taken into account, these data exceed one trillion dollars, which for a small economy like Cuba’s is an overwhelming burden,’ he said.The minister denounced that the White House has applied unconventional and improper measures against fuel supplies to Cuba. They harm the people, the families, the Cubans living abroad, and at the same time they restrict the U.S. citizens’ rights, which contradicts the democratic values of that country, he said.

He explained that this hostile policy makes communication, travel, visas and family reunification difficult.

It affects businessmen and US economic actors, as well as is detrimental to the national interest of that country that suffers deep isolation and discredit with its allies, Rodriguez denounced.

According to the foreign minister, the extraterritorial nature of this siege violates international law and damages multilateralism.

‘It is deeply immoral and illegitimate and it is surprising that more and more incredible slanders are being used against Cuba,’ he said

Coup regime in Bolivia admits ‘error’ in arrest of former officials

Source:  Chamosaur
February 1 2020

The Government Ministry of the coup regime in Bolivia today acknowledged the ‘error’ of arbitrarily arresting two former officials of the Evo Morales administration with extended safe-conducts to travel to Mexico.

The former Minister of Mining César Navarro and the former Minister of Agriculture Pedro Dorado, who were refugees 82 days at the Mexican embassy in La Paz, were arrested this morning when they were preparing to travel to the Aztec nation after receiving the de facto government’s pass to Your departure from the country.

“It was the result of a lack of communication,” said Artuto Murillo, head of that state portfolio appointed by the self-proclaimed de facto president, Jeanine Áñez, while declaring that they will respect the safe passages delivered and guarantee Navarro and Dorado’s departure to Mexican territory.

Murillo’s statements contradict those of the director of the Special Force to Combat Crime, Colonel Iván Rojas, who detained former officials at the international airport of the city of El Alto alleging an arrest warrant against them.

It also calls into question the statement issued this Saturday by the Foreign Ministry where he informed that ‘the Mexican embassy transferred the asylees to the El Alto airport with the guarantee granted by the safe-conduct extended by the Bolivian government.’

The same document published in the Twitter account of that ministry said that the asylees should be transferred to Mexico without any problem under the guarantee of the safe conducts.

The arrest of former officials of the Evo Morales government (2006-2019) caused multiple signs of rejection in social networks for political persecution and violations of international treaties by the coup regime.

‘All my solidarity with my brother César Navarro and his family, for the aggressions he suffered this morning when, making use of international law and having the corresponding safe-conduct, he was leaving the country. Work of the inhuman dictatorship of Áñez, Camacho y Mesa ‘, denounced the Aymara leader in his Twitter account.

In another publication, he affirmed that ‘even in the worst Latin American dictatorships, safe conducts were respected. Today, at 5 am, at El Alto airport, César Navarro and Pedro Damián Dorado were arrested. Their lives are in danger. We demand respect for international law, ‘Morales wrote.

The Helms-Burton is not applicable in Cuba

Source: Granma
May 17 2019

by: Yudy Castro Morales | internet@granma.cu

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“The Helms-Burton Act is not applicable in Cuba; in the first place, because it is a law of the United States and therefore its jurisdiction, its range of action, is the United States. No sovereign country that respects itself would allow the extraterritorial application of a U.S. law in its territory. In addition, in our case, Cuba has a law approved in 1996 that declares the Helms-Burton Act null and void.”

Carlos Fernández de Cossío 2.jpgThis is how Carlos Fernández de Cossío, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ general director for the United States, explained the situation, which is worth repeating for those with doubts about this famous law’s lack of validity. This legal creation, meant to strangle the Cuban economy, is well-known precisely because of its extraterritoriality, and its disrespect for international law.

A violation to Cuba’s sovereignty

The Helms-Burton Act is, above all, a violation to Cuba’s sovereignty, which purports to compensate potential claimants of U.S. properties nationalized in Cuba after the triumph of the Revolution. This barely exceeds the category of a pretext, although it is probably the argument that has caused the most turmoil, since it implies potential damage to third parties. This has been enough to intimidate those who can be intimidated and creating uncertainty.The essential nature of the law, as several experts have noted, lies in its colonizing spirit, in its expansionist hunger in the most faithful imperial style.

This “legislative instrument” denies, in terms of sovereignty, everything that Cuba has conquered for its people, enshrined in its Constitution with the majority support of the people.Cuba’s Magna Carta, which we Cubans approved, of our own free will, states in its first article, “Cuba is a socialist state of law and social justice, democratic, independent, and sovereign, organized with all and for the good of all as a unitary and indivisible republic, founded on work, dignity, humanism, and the morality of its citizens for the enjoyment of freedom, equity, equality, solidarity, wellbeing, and individual and collective prosperity.”And the sovereignty which this law is intended to violate “resides intransferably in the people, from whom all state power emanates.” Thus the Helms-Burton has no legitimacy, nor do such international relations, which are to be based, according to the Constitution, “on the exercise of sovereignty and anti-imperialist, internationalist principles, to serve the interests of the people.”

No negotiation under coercion

Article 16 reaffirms that “economic, diplomatic, and political relations with any other state can never be negotiated under aggression, threat, or coercion,” and reiterated is the aspiration for “an honorable, true, and valid peace for all states, based on respect for independence and sovereignty of the peoples and their right to self-determination, expressed in the right to freely chose their political, economic, social, and cultural system, as an essential condition to ensure peaceful coexistence among nations.”

Likewise established is the commitment “to strictly abide by the principles and norms of international law, in particular equality of rights; territorial integrity; the independence of states; no use or threat to use force in international relations; international cooperation for mutual, equitable benefit; the peaceful resolution of conflicts on the basis of equality, respect and other principles proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.”

Cubans are governed by our own laws

The Helms-Burton obviously advocates the contrary, but Cubans are governed by our own laws.

The Constitution also “condemns imperialism, fascism, colonialism, neocolonialism, and other forms of domination, in any of their expressions.” Is not any attempt to implement the Helms-Burton meant to impose subjugation?

Also ruled out are “direct or indirect intervention in the internal or external affairs of any state, and therefore, armed aggression, any form of economic or political coercion, unilateral blockades that violate international law, or any type of interference or threat to the integrity of states.”

We already know, based on our 60 years of experience, that the unilateral blockade is one of the keys to our northern neighbor’s foreign policy. In fact, the Helms-Burton codifies in law this policy and extends its impact internationally.

A mockery of international norms

Cuba’s Constitution insists on maintaining and fostering “friendly relations with countries which, having a different political, social and economic regime, respect our sovereignty, observe the norms of coexistence among states, and adopt a reciprocal attitude with our country, in accordance with the principles of international law. “But what is the Helms-Burton Law if not a mockery of international norms, of every elementary principle of coexistence among nations?The Magna Carta indicates that the Cuban state will, “promote multilateralism and multipolarity in international relations, as alternatives to domination and political, financial, and military hegemony or any other manifestation that threatens the peace, independence or sovereignty of peoples.”In other words: Cuba rejects each and every one of the postulates put forward by the Helms-Burton Act.

The implementation of its Title III

The Helms-Burton purports to establish the blockade as perpetual. The implementation of its Title III, suspended through May 2, reinforces and tightens the blockade. A new measure set up for failure, at a time when Cuba is precisely focused on attracting foreign investment, and diversifying, broadening its markets, not cutting them off.

In fact, the Constitution establishes this with great clarity: “The state promotes and provides guarantees for foreign investment, as an element important to the country’s economic development, on the foundation of protection and rational use of natural and human resources, as well respect for national sovereignty and independence.”

miguel diaz canel 20.jpgThese guarantees, as noted by the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on his official Twitter account, are established in Foreign Investment Law 118, and Law 80 on the Reaffirmation of Cuban Dignity and Sovereignty, despite the aggressive escalation and uncertainty that the illegal Helms-Burton Law causes.

And speaking of guarantees, Cuba’s Constitution explicitly reiterates that the socialist property of the entire people includes “lands not owned by individuals or cooperatives, the subsoil, mineral deposits, mines, forests, waters, beaches, means of communication, and both living and non-living resources within the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.”

Also included are “other assets such as infrastructure of general interest, the principal industries, and economic and social installations, as well as others of a strategic importance to the country’s social and economic development.”

“These assets are nontransferable and their ownership can only be altered in exceptional cases, with the approval of the Council of Ministers, provided that they are to be destined for the economic and social development of the country and do not affect the political, economic, and social foundations of the state.”Have you thought about whether your children’s school was one of the properties that someone could claim; or the hospital you go to, the bank, the stadium, the market…?Probably not, because we rarely waste time on such nonsense.The Helms-Burton Act is disconcerting. No doubt. Nonetheless, as emphasized by the Constitutional principles that govern the country’s entire legal system, “Cuba repudiates and considers illegal and null any treaty, concessions or pact agreed upon under conditions of inequality, or that ignore or diminish our sovereignty or territorial integrity.”

A Call to Hold President Trump Accountable before the UN General Assembly

International Network in Defense of Humanity

Caribbean Chapter

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There is no such thing as “American Exceptionalism”! And therefore, the President and Government of the United States of America (USA) are just as subject to the rules of International Law as are the President and Government of any other country.

Thus, when– on Friday the 11th of August 2017 — President Donald Trump of the USA threatened a unilateral military strike against the sovereign and independent Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela he was breaching a rule of International Law that is so fundamental that it is enshrined in Article 2 of the United Nations (UN) Charter.

un logo.jpgArticle 2 (4) of the UN Charter stipulates that “all Members (of the UN) shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

But this was not the first or only time that President Trump and his Administration had committed a flagrant breach of the said Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter !

Indeed, since taking up the office of President of the USA in January of 2017, Mr. Trump has attacked the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on no less than four occasions by issuing Executive Orders and inflicting punitive and damaging sanctions against the Government and people of that sovereign, politically independent nation.

President Trump also went on the public record on Tuesday the 8th of August 2017 threatening the Government and people of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if — according to him — the Government of North Korea makes “any more threats to the United States”. This –it is clear — is a threat of a nuclear conflagration that will be much more horrific than the “atomic” decimation that the USA inflicted on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945!

And, as if to further emphasize his utter contempt for the precepts of International Law, Mr. Trump used the podium of the General Assembly of the UN on Tuesday the 19th of September 2017 to issue a further threat to “totally destroy North Korea”, and to publicly parade his arrogant determination to defy the many U N resolutions that have denounced the USA’s illegal and genocidal blockade of the Republic of Cuba and demanded its termination.

In light of the fact that the USA has proven itself to be, perhaps, the most aggressive and warlike nation in the history of the World — with a record of having initiated or participated in well in excess of two hundred major military assaults or wars against other sovereign, independent countries during the 241 years of its existence as an independent state–the international community of nations would be well advised to take President Trump’s illegal threats and attacks very seriously.

It is against this background therefore that we, the Members of the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity, would like to remind all member states of the United Nations of their Constitutional power to bring the issue of President Trump and his flagrant and dangerous breaches of International Law before the UN General Assembly for collective discussion and for the prescribing of an appropriate response by the World community.

Article 11 (2) of the UN Charter establishes that “the General Assembly (of the UN) may discuss any questions relating to the maintenance of international peace and security brought before it by any Member of the United Nations…..and……may make recommendations with regard to any such questions to the State or States concerned or to the Security Council or to both….”

Furthermore, Article 20 of the Charter provides that “special sessions (of the General Assembly) shall be convoked by the Secretary-General at the request of……. a majority of the Members of the United Nations.”

In light of the foregoing, we — the Members of the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity now hereby:-

(1) CALL upon the responsible and peace-loving Member States of the United Nations to join together in a collective effort to bring the issue of President Trump and his flagrant breaches of Article 2 of the UN Charter before the General Assembly of the United Nations ; and

(2) REQUEST that all responsible and peace-loving members of the human family support this CALL by:-

(a) attaching their signature, name and address to this CALL ; and

(b) forwarding this CALL to the Head of Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs of their country either via e-mail or by printing and sending a hard copy.

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Call For A National Debate On U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

 

Source:  Popular Resistance
June 21 2016

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Above Photo: Lebanese supporters of Syrian regime, shout slogans during a demonstration near the US embassy, east of Beirut against a possible US military strike on Syria on September 7, 2013.    AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO

“More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war.

The memo, a draft of which was provided to The New York Times by a State Department official, says American policy has been “overwhelmed” by the unrelenting violence in Syria. It calls for “a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.”

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

We note the following:

(1) The memo is inaccurate. There is no ‘cease-fire’ in Syria. The ‘cessation of hostilities’ which was agreed to has never included the major terrorist groups fighting to overthrow the government in Syria. This includes Nusra (Al Qaeda), ISIS and their fighting allies.

(2) A U.S. attack on Syria would be an act of aggression in clear violation of the UN Charter. (Ref 1)

(3) The supplying of weapons, funding and other support to armed groups fighting the Syrian government is also a violation of international law. (Ref 2)

(4) A U.S. attack on Syria would lead to more bloodshed and risk potential military confrontation with Russia. With arsenals of nuclear weapons on both sides, the outcome could be catastrophic.

(5) It is not the right of the USA or any other foreign country to determine who should lead the Syrian government. That decision should be made by the Syrian people. A worthy goal could be internationally supervised elections with all Syrians participating to decide their national government.

(6) The memo reportedly says, “It is time that the United States, guided by our strategic interests and moral convictions, lead a global effort to put an end to this conflict once and for all.” Similar statements and promises have been made regarding Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. In all three cases, terrorism and sectarianism have multiplied, the conflicts still rage, and huge amounts of money and lives have been wasted.

In light of the above, and the danger of escalating global conflict:

  • We urge State Department officials to seek non-military solutions in conformity with the U.N. Charter and international law.
  • We urge the U.S. Administration to stop funding and supplying weapons to armed ‘rebels’ in violation of international law and end the policy of forced “regime change”.
  • We call for an urgent nation-wide public debate on the U.S. policy of “regime change”.

The Center for Citizens Initiative (CCI) delegation currently visiting Russia includes:

Ann Wright, retired United States Army Colonel and U.S. State Department official. Ann received the U.S. State Department Award for Heroism in 1997 after helping evacuate several thousand persons during the Sierra Leone Civil War. She was one of three U.S. State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Elizabeth Murray, retired Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council. She is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence.

Raymond McGovern, retired CIA analyst (1963 to 1990) who worked in the Washington, DC White House and prepared daily briefs for seven Presidents. In the 1980s Ray chaired the National Intelligence Estimates and the U.S. Presidents’ Daily Briefs. Ray is the founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Kathy Kelly, peace activist, pacifist and author. She is a founding members of Voices in the Wilderness and is currently a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Kathy has traveled to Iraq 26 times, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of the US-Iraq wars. Her recent work took her to Afghanistan and Gaza.

David Hartsough, co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce and the “World Beyond War.” David is a life-long peace activist, peace maker, and author “Waging Peace: Global Adventurers of a Lifelong Activist.”

William H Warrick III, retired Family Physician and 25-year member of Veterans For Peace. Former US Army Security Agency Intelligence Analyst (1968 – 1971).

Sharon Tennison, President and Founder of the Center for Citizen Initiatives. Sharon has 33 years of experience working in USSR/Russia (1983 to present).

Robert Alberts, MBA, Accountant. Bob volunteers with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Peter Bergel, Oregon PeaceWorks Board member and PeaceWorker news magazine editor.

Karen Chester, optometrist by vocation and a peace activist volunteer for two decades. Karen’s greatest concern has been and is the plight of Central American peoples, supporting those who come to the U.S. fleeing violence and poverty.

Alix Foster, Native Peoples Law Attorney in La Conner, WA. Alix volunteers for a number of positive causes, particularly with respect to Native America issues.

Jan Hartsough is an educator and community organizer. Jan worked for American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) for many years and currently works at the grassroots level to help African women gain access to safer water.

Paul Hartsough, Ph.D., clinical psychologist. Paul focuses on conflict resolution and how we can survive as one global family in the nuclear age.

Martha Hennessy, retired occupational therapist. Martha volunteers at the New York Catholic Worker.

Bob Spies, website developer, technical support for CCI, and activist for a number of non-violent causes. Bob previously was a participant in Beyond War.

Rick Sterling , retired aerospace engineer, Vice-Chair Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, co-founder Syria Solidarity Movement, Board President Task Force on the Americas.

Hakim Young is a Singaporean medical doctor who lives in Afghanistan part of the year. He is active with Afghan Peace volunteers and is deeply concerned about US-Russia relations.

References:

(1) UN Charter Preamble: “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other matter inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations”. The first purpose of the United Nations is “To maintain international peace and security, to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace.”

(2) On June 27, 1986 the International Court at the Hague issued its legal ruling in the case of Nicaragua vs. United States. The ruling was as follows:

Decision of the International Court at the Hague

Decides that the United States of America, by training, arming, equipping, financing and supplying the “contra” forces or otherwise encouraging, supporting and aiding military and paramilitary activities in and against Nicaragua, has acted, against the Republic of Nicaragua, in breach of its obligation under customary international law not to intervene in the affairs of another State.

By “training, arming, equipping, financing and supplying” the military rebel groups waging war against the Damascus government, the US and “friends” are committing the same crime that the USA was responsible for committing against Nicaragua in the 1980’s.

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ALBA Extraordinary Summit Supports Maduro, Rejects Obama’s Executive Order

Source: RNV Radio National de Venezuela

March 18, 2015

Declaration of the Special Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas – Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA – TCP)

ALBA summit in support of VenezuelaWe, the Heads of State and Government, representatives of the ALBA member countries, meeting on March 17, 2015 in Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, do declare:

  1. Our rejection of Executive Order issued on March 9, 2015 by the Government of the United States of America, on the basis of that this Executive Order is unjustified and unjust, and constitutes a threat of interference against the principle of sovereignty and the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of States.
  2. Our commitment to the implementation of international law, the peaceful resolution of conflicts and the principles of non-intervention, and we call on the Governments to act within the framework of the universal principles and the Charter of the United Nations, in particular the necessity and will of the governments to refrain from the use of unilateral coercive resources that violate the international law.
  3. Our sovereign and sincere request to the US government to accept and establish a dialogue with the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as an alternative to conflict and confrontation, based on the continued respect for the sovereignty and self-determination of the peoples and the independent States-Nations.
  4. Our proposal of forming a Group of Facilitators of our hemisphere and its institutions (CELAC, UNASUR, ALBA-TCP and CARICOM) to facilitate a diplomacy of commitment between the Governments of the United States of America and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to alleviate the tensions and ensure an amicable resolution.

On this regard, we decided:

  1. To reaffirm our commitment and unconditional support to the sisterly Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the search for mechanisms for dialogue with the Government of the United States, so that the aggression by that government  against Venezuela may cease.
  2. To reaffirm that Latin America and the Caribbean is a Zone of Peace, where nations are driving processes of integration and friendly relations, in order to further ensure the greatest happiness for our peoples.
  3. To emphasize that the sisterly Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela does not pose a threat to any country, being a nation of solidarity that has demonstrated its willingness to cooperate with the Peoples and Governments across the region, becoming a guarantee for social peace and stability in our continent.
  4. To demand that the Government of the United States immediately stop the harassment and aggression against the Venezuelan Government and people, since this policy encourages the destabilization and use of violence by sectors of the Venezuelan opposition.
  5. To highlight that the Executive Order approved by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, blatantly disowns the “Declaration of Solidarity and Support for Democratic Institutions, Dialogue and Peace in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” adopted by the Permanent Council of the OAS on March 7, 2014.
  6. To denounce the fierce international media campaign against the sisterly Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its government, aimed at discrediting the Bolivarian Revolution, trying to create the conditions for an intervention in a larger scale, alien to the peaceful settlement of disputes.
  7. To reiterate the strong support for the democratically elected and legitimate government of the President of the Sisterly Federative Republic of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, contributing to the strengthening and consolidation of democratic values and principles, of freedom and solidarity in our Americas.
  8. To express the most profound words of solidarity and support with the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and other officials of her government, who are being subjected to a personal and institutional smear campaign by sectors of the political and media right-wing in her country, while being attacked by vulture funds and international finance capital.
  9. To welcome the constructive dialogue held on the 20th Meeting of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), held in Antigua-Guatemala last March 10, 2015, on the disproportionate Executive Order signed by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
  10. To instruct the Ambassadors of the member countries of ALBA – TCP Worldwide, to develop an information and dissemination campaign of the truth about what is happening in Venezuela, and the threats that loom on this country and the region.
  11. To urge the social, workers, students, peasants, Indians, women movements, to permanently mobilize and stay on alert to inform the whole world and the Peoples of our Americas that Venezuela and the legitimate Government of the Constitutional President, Nicolas Maduro are not alone, and that the Peoples of the World categorically reject this new imperial intervention in the big Homeland, whose consequences can be nefarious for peace and stability in the region.
  12. To reaffirm that the ALBA-TCP will continue promoting unity, integration, solidarity, the peaceful coexistence as an expression of the Latin American and Caribbean ideal and commitment to building a region and a world of peace, as the foundation for strengthening relations between the peoples.

Also, we further declare and reiterate, in the context of an effective commitment to non-confrontational, our support for the “Letter to the People of the United States of America: Venezuela is not a threat,” issued by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, particularly in which regards to the following aspects:

  1. a) Venezuela’s commitment to freedom, independence and multilateralism.
  2. b) The fundamental belief of Venezuela in peace, national sovereignty and international law.
  3. c) The reality of Venezuela as an open and democratic society according to its Constitution and the aspirations of its people.
  4. d) The long-standing friendship of Venezuela with the people of the United States.
  5. e) The action, false and unjust, unilateral and disproportionate under the terms of Executive Order of the Government of the United States, by which is declared Venezuela as a threat to the national security of the United States.
  6. f) The declaration by Venezuela of the sacredness of their sovereignty.

Consequently, we, the leaders of the ALBA-TCP, are in solidarity with Venezuela. We know our fundamental freedoms and we enforce our rights. We unequivocally support Venezuela in the defense of their sovereignty and independence, and for it to be made standing up, and not on its knees.

In this regard, we request the Government of the United States of America, and specifically to the President, Barack Obama, to repeal the Executive Order adopted on March 9, 2015, as it constitutes a threat to the sovereignty and an intervention in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Adopted in Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on March 17, 2015.

Source: Know and Read! Final Statement of the Extraordinary ALBA Summit RNV Radio National de Venezuela

Maduro’s Letter to the People of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat

Source: TeleSUR

March 17 2015

Letter to the People of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat

An open letter from Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the people of the U.S., published in the New York Times.

maduro writes letter to us citizensWe are the people of Simon Bolívar, our people believe in peace and respect for all nations.

Freedom and Independence

More than two centuries ago, our fathers founded a Republic on the basis that all persons are free and equal under the law.

Our nation made the greatest sacrifices to guarantee South American people their right to choose their rulers and to enforce their own laws today. The historical legacy of our father, Simón Bolívar, is always remembered. Bolívar was a man who gave his life so we would inherit a nation of justice and equality.

We believe in Peace, National Sovereignty and International Law 

We are a peaceful people. In two centuries of independence, we have never attacked another nation. Our people live in a region of peace, free of weapons of mass destruction, and in freedom to practice all religions. We uphold respect for international law and the sovereignty of all people of the world.

We are an Open Society

We are a working people, we care for our families, and we have freedom of religion. Immigrants from around the world, live among us, whose diversity is respected. We have freedom of press and we are enthusiastic users of social media.

We are friends of the American people:

The histories of our people have been connected since the beginning of our struggles for freedom. Francisco de Miranda, a Venezuelan hero, fought with the American people during their independence fight. We share the idea that freedom and independence are fundamental elements for the development of our nations.

The relations between our peoples have always been peaceful and respectful. Historically, we have shared business relations in strategic areas. Venezuela has always been a responsible and trustful energy provider for the American people. Since 2005, Venezuela has provided “heating oil” through subsidies for low-income communities in the United States, thanks to our company CITGO. This contribution has helped tens of thousands of American citizens survive in harsh conditions, giving them relief, and necessary support in times of need, evidencing how solidarity can create powerful alliances across borders.

Incredibly, the U.S government has declared our country a threat to its national security and foreign policy

In a disproportionate action, the government of Obama has issued a “National Emergency” declaring Venezuela as a threat to its national security (Executive Order, 03-09-2015). This unilateral and aggressive measure taken by the United States Government against our country is not only unfounded and in violation of basic principles of sovereignty and self-determination under international law, but also has been unanimously rejected by all 33 nations of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the twelve member states of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).  In a statement made on March 14, 2015, UNASUR reiterated its firm rejection of these coercive measures that do not contribute to the peace, stability and democracy in our region and called on President Obama to revoke his Executive Order against Venezuela.

We reject unilateralism and interventionism

President Obama, without any authority to interfere in our internal affairs, unilaterally issued a set of sanctions against Venezuelan officials with potentially far-reaching implications, interfering in our constitutional order and our justice system.

We advocate for a multipolar world

We believe that our world must be based on the rules of international law, without interference in the internal affairs of other countries. We are convinced that the relationship of respect between all the nations is the only path for strengthening peace and coexistence, as well as for ensuring a more just world.

We honor our freedoms and uphold our rights 

Never before in the history of our nations, has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree. It is a tyrannical and imperial order and it pushes us back into the darkest days of the relationship between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the name of our long-term friendship we alert our American brothers and sisters, lovers of justice and freedom, of the illegal aggression committed by your government on your behalf. We will not allow our friendship with the people of the United States to be affected by this senseless and groundless decision by President Obama.

We demand:

1- The U.S. Government immediately cease hostile actions against Venezuelan people and democracy.

2- President Obama abolish the Executive Order that declares Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security, as has been requested by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

3.The U.S. Government retract its libelous and defamatory statements and actions against the honorable Venezuelan officials who have just obeyed our laws and our constitution.

Our sovereignty is sacred 

The principles of the founding fathers of the United States of America are followed today with the same dignity by the people of Simón Bolívar. In the name of our mutual love for national independence we want the government of President Obama to think about and rectify this dangerous precedent.

We are convinced that the defense of our freedom is a right we shall never give up because the future of the humanity lies also in our country. As Simón Bolívar said: “The freedom of the New World is the hope of the universe”. 

“Venezuela is not a threat, but a hope”

“Independence or nothing”

Simón Bolívar

Source: Venezuela’s Maduro writes letter to US citizens TeleSUR

Haiti: Judge Throws Out Cholera Suit Against U.N.

A U.S. court has ruled the United Nations is immune from a class action lawsuit stemming from Haiti’s cholera outbreak.

J Paul OetkenOn Friday, a U.S. federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit against the United Nations launched by Haitians who say U.N. forces should be held accountable for their nation’s cholera epidemic.

Judge J. Paul Oetken (photo) said the U.N. enjoys immunity against such cases.

According to Oetken, the U.N. would have to waive its immunity for the case to go ahead. Beatrice Lindstrom, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and supporter of the class action, has slammed the court’s decision.

Beatrice Lindstrom

UN can operate with impunity

“The court’s decision implies that the U.N. can operate with impunity,” she stated, according to the New York Times.

Launched in 2013, the lawsuit alleges the U.N. should provide compensation to victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak, which began in 2010.

The outbreak has been linked to Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers. Human waste from the peacekeepers was allegedly dumped in Haiti’s waterways, leading to the rapid spread of the disease. An estimated 700,000 have contracted cholera since 2010 – 6 percent of Haiti’s population.

Around 8000 people have died 

Around 8000 people died from the epidemic, which today is widely viewed as the worst cholera outbreak in recent history.

Although the epidemic is likely receding, thousands of new cases of the disease are reported every month.

The U.N. has vowed to help curb the outbreak, but has refused to comment on the lawsuit. In late 2012, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged US$2.27 billion in funds to fight the disease in Haiti.

Advocates of the class action have vowed to appeal the court’s decision.

Sources:
Haiti Cholera Suit Struck Down  TeleSUR
Haiti: Judge Throws Out Cholera Suit Against U.N.  New York Times

 

Jamaican Parliament Rejects U.S. Blockade on Cuba

JAMAICA,  October 23, 2014.

jamaican parliamentThe Jamaican Parliament approved a resolution demanding the end of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for over 50 years, the government reported here today.

The motion, presented yesterday afternoon by lawmaker and Minister of Industry, Investment and Trade of the People’s National Party, Anthony Hylton, was intensively discussed by members of the assembly, who highlighted Cuba’s role in international collaboration and solidarity and referred to the impact of the unfair U.S. blockade on the Island.

On behalf of the Jamaican government, lawmaker and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Arnaldo Brown, ratified the support to Cuba and decried the extraterritorial nature of the blockade, which is increasingly rejected by the international community.

The initiative not only condemned the blockade but also demanded the exclusion of Cuba from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

He reiterated Jamaica’s support to the draft resolution to be submitted by Cuba to the 69th period of sessions of the UN General Assembly on October 28 on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba.

At the end of the Jamaican Parliament session, Cuban diplomats working here, who witnessed the debate, expressed their appreciated for the firm and constant support of the Jamaican people and government

Source:  .CubavsBloqueo

UN Votes today on Cuba’s Resolution against US Blockade for the 23rd Time

cuba vs the blockadeOn Resolution 68/8 of the United Nations General Assembly entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Read the full content of Cuba’s presentation here:  Cuba vs the Blockade