December 7 2021
Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba, one of several Cuban solidarity organizations in Jamaica, has donated 10,000 syringes to the government of Cuba.
“The Jamaica-Cuba Solidarity organizations have been functioning since the 1970s and so we have been aware of the dire effects of the US blockade against Cuba, now 60 years old. In addition, we know that the extra measures implemented by the Trump administration, including the banning of remittances to Cuba and the placing of Cuba on the list of nations sponsoring terrorism; measures which have been continued by the Biden regime, have created an especially difficult economic situation for the Cuban people now. We also know that Cuba’s main foreign exchange earner, tourism, was basically wiped out by the pandemic,” explained Carl Bell, the person who spear-headed the project.
“It was the July 11 demonstrations, however, which had the US footprint all over, that made me decide that we had to now show our support for the government and people of Cuba in a practical manner. We realized that there was a shortage of syringes and that this could slow down the outstanding work being done by the government in vaccinating the Cuban people. We therefore thought that sending syringes would be a good way of showing our solidarity,” Bell explained.
“We knew that Jamaicans of all persuasions had a strong love for Fidel and Cuba, and so we approached a few persons, some of whom had studied at Cuban Universities free of cost, asking them for a donation to purchase the syringes. The result was that not only did everyone whom we contacted make a contribution, but in some cases, those whom we contacted got donations from their friends”, Bell added.
Jamaicans know of and highly respect Cuba’s response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa; they know that Cuba sent their doctors to Italy and all over the world to help in combatting the present pandemic, they know that the Cuban doctors were the first to come to Haiti’s rescue after the earthquake and the cholera outbreak, they know of Cuba’s historic role in the liberation of Angola and South Africa. They know that the Jose Marti and Garvey Maceo Technical High Schools and the GC Foster College, all in Jamaica, were gifts from Cuba. They know of the contribution of the GC Foster College to Jamaica’s performance in international track & field competitions. Furthermore, several Jamaicans who have refused to be vaccinated because of concerns of the origin of some of the vaccines have openly said that if the vaccine is from Cuba they will not hesitate to be vaccinated.
JSC joins the 184 (of 189) countries that voted in June of this year against the US blockade against Cuba at the UN General Assembly, and calls on the Biden regime to end this illegal, immoral and inhumane act. There must be something wrong with the world order when a country that has shown such humaneness in its treatment of others, is the target of persistent media warfare and constant destabilization attempts by the US.
Clearly, there is a fear that the many successes of a small socialist republic like Cuba will continue to give credibility to the ideas of its leaders. Hence, the decision to constantly push for regime change by any means necessary, and, as a worst-case scenario, to force Cuba to try to survive in a perpetually hostile environment. Very little has not been tried to destroy the Cuban revolution; from direct invasion, to biological warfare, to hundreds of assassination attempts on the life of Fidel, to terrorism including the blowing up of a Cubana airline, and much more. Only recently, Cuba’s foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla exposed the fact that “there have been 29 statements from the United States government and influential figures in that nation’s congress since September 22 alone … all aimed at encouraging, guiding, instigating destabilisation actions in our country.”
Despite the best efforts of the US, however, there is a leftist wind again blowing through Latin America and no matter how long it takes, no matter how many setbacks there are along the way, the people policies like free education and free healthcare, the presence of political leaders who genuinely work in the interest of the people, and the principle of international cooperation, will prevail over the warmongering and destabilizing practices of the US.
“On behalf of the people and government of Cuba, we thank all those whose donation made it possible to express in a practical way our support for our sister nation. In our humble way, we will continue to support the Cuban revolution following the principle they have made popular – giving, not because we have excess but because we live by a creed of sharing whatever little we have,” said Bell.