Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba (JSC) send 10,000 syringes to Cuba

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.

Carl Bell (right) with Ulises Calvo Borges, Consul, Cuban Embassy in Jamaica

“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.”

Carl Bell (right) with Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs

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. 

Nine Young Jamaicans Get Cuban Scholarships

Source: Jamaica Information Service

Inés Fors Fernández, Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica

Nine Jamaicans will be pursuing studies in Cuba under the Jamaica-Cuba Bilateral Medical Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2020/2021.

Sydonie Shaw, Thiana Tyrell, Kedesha Garwood and Theo Bryan are this year’s awardees for the medical programme, while Yanique Uter, Crystal McIntosh and Nika-Lee Page will be studying nursing.

The other students, Psylecia Senior and Kareem Scarlett, received scholarships for postgraduate studies.

The awards were formally presented to the students at an official virtual awards ceremony held yesterday (August 13) at the Cuban Embassy in Kingston.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, said that over the decades, Jamaica and countries across the globe have received much-needed medical support from Cuba.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,
Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts.

“Jamaica has received invaluable support for our health sector through the provision of medical practitioners as well as through the offering of these invaluable scholarships,” she said.

Ambassador Gilbert-Roberts argued that the collaboration in health “is reflective of the strong diplomatic and fraternal ties that endure between Jamaica and Cuba”.

“The scholarships also remain in line with our own strategic national development plan – Vision 2030 – and the Government’s resolve to build Jamaica’s human capital and to increase social development in rural communities across the island,’ she added.

The Ambassador expressed gratitude, on behalf of the Government, to the Government of the Republic of Cuba, for its support in providing additional health professionals to complement Jamaica’s local efforts in containing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Jamaica, Her Excellency Inés Fors Fernández, in her remarks reminded the scholarship recipients that their success is possible because of the support of their families, teachers and those important to them.

She said the Government of Cuba has kept the scholarship programme going in spite of Cuba’s ongoing economic situation, caused mainly by the continuation of the almost six-decade economic, financial and commercial blockade, as well as the effects of the international economic crisis and more recently the impact of COVID-19.

“You will be travelling to Cuba, a country with a free, resilient health system, with nine doctors per thousand inhabitants that provide the population 100 per cent coverage;  a country which ranks among the 35 nations with the lowest infant mortality rate,” she added.

Related: Michael Manley’s Wisdom Still Bearing Fruit in Jamaica

Build a Garveyite Political Party in Jamaica. Start Now!

August 17 2020

By Al Gray

If Marcus Garvey’s spirit passed through Jamaica today, still with his inexhaustible energy, passion and vision for the unity of all Africans at home and abroad, and for the establishment of a United States of Africa, what would he be saying to us?

No one can be sure but here are my thoughts.  First, he would be asking those who have withdrawn from this national election process: where is your party? where is the party with the red, black and green flag, with the programme to teach (or hopefully continue teaching) the youth about their roots in the great civilizations of Africa like Songhai and Mali?  Where are our strong non-exploitative business and cultural links to organizations in Africa?  What about the Black Star Line?  True, I was sabotaged but the vision was correct.  What have you done to establish a Black Star Line 2?

What are you doing to stand up with the African brothers in the US who are being slaughtered like chickens and whose consciousness as a dignified race and people is now beginning to re-emerge?  We, Jamaicans, have always been at the forefront of African consciousness.  What specifically are we doing to continue this great legacy?  Are you in touch with the Black is Back Coalition in the USA?  Look beyond your borders to express and receive solidarity.

Related: 10 Quotes from Marcus Garvey

Why don’t we see vibrant UNIA organizations in all communities’ island-wide, linked through businesses, schools and cultural activities?

Why are our universities, the centres of education for those who are usually among the most progressive in our society, the youth, why are they so backward in this regard?  Why, since Michael Manley dared revive our slogan of self-reliance, despite the might of US imperialism, why have we seemingly reversed his slogan to “backward ever, forward never”?  What are you teaching our youth about the need to change this society to work in the interest of people of African descent?

Have the two traditional parties united or divided the people?  Have they contributed to the legacy of brutal warfare of brother African against brother African?  If so, what is on your agenda to wipe this remnant of mental slavery from the face of our country?

Related:  Ghana President Nana Akufo Addo Speech on 100 Anniversary of UNIA

Or, are we still a colony just dressed up differently with the new colonizers working behind the scenes – divide and rule?  Why are we still looking to the IMF, the World Bank, USAID, and the agencies that everyone knows operates as an instrument of the imperialists?

We need a new vibrant party, no matter how long it takes and no matter how many challenges internally and externally that are placed in the way.  There are enough people who are not involved in the present political parties, at home and abroad, who can be brought together under the umbrella of the red, black and green flag. The two-party system took many countries to so-called political independence, but life has shown us that they cannot go any further.  A different kind of party is needed for economic and cultural liberation. Parties that are linked across geographical borders.

Brothers and sisters, he might say, its time, in fact way past time, to look within your class, within your communities for leaders, those who will unite the hundreds of thousands who dominate the ranks of the poorer class.  It is time to look for those among yourselves who have the courage, and who cannot be swayed by money and other forms of bribery.  it can be done; it has been done.  Toussaint and the heroic Haitian people did it in 1804‼!.  Bolivar and the heroic Latin American people did it shortly after; Fidel, Che and the heroic Cubans did it.  It is time for Jamaicans to show that our greatness is not just in music and athleticism, we are the sons of Nanny, Tacky and Sam Sharpe.  Parliamentary “democracy’ is a scam, we all know that it has kept us in- dependence on the imperial powers.

Related:  Marcus Garvey’s Glowing Praise of Lenin

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Negro People’s of the World, let us rekindle the spirit of Marcus Garvey and target having a vibrant UNIA branch in every community in Jamaica in the next decade, as we lay the foundation for a new Garveyite party or the strengthening of any that now exists.  Do not wait on anyone, start now and make this a lifelong task‼!

One aim, one love, one destiny

Al Gray is a retired Jamaican living in the USA. He can be reached at greyal2@yahoo.com

Cuban ambassador ratifies solidarity with Jamaica for COVID-19

Source:  Prensa Latina

March 13 2020

The Cuban ambassador to Jamaica, Ines Fors, today ratified the solidarity of the medical brigade personnel in confronting the threat of the Covid-19, present in the Caribbean island.

In a dialogue with Prensa Latina via whatsapp, Fors confirmed that the 298 medical workers on Jamaican soil contribute with their work and dedication to the education of the population and to the control actions established by the local authorities.

According to the head of the Cuban diplomatic mission, the aid workers continue their regular work in all the country’s hospitals, including four health regions and 14 parishes.

There is close cooperation with the Jamaican authorities, and the coordinator of the Cuban medical brigade, Dr. Armando Arronte Villamarin, receives updated information on the behavior of the virus and the strategy defined for preventing, containing and confronting this epidemic, he stressed.

The Cuban ambassador confirmed to Prensa Latina that all the members of the state mission, the collaborators and the Cubans living in Jamaica are well and properly protected against the COVID-19 disease.

The Cuban diplomatic corps in Kingston has set up a working group to update information on the situation of the personnel on a daily basis, and to provide information on the progress of compliance with the measures or others indicated by the Jamaican government, she stated.

According to the information provided by the health authorities, Jamaica woke up Friday with the confirmation of two imported patients infected by COVID-19, who arrived on the island from the United Kingdom.

How Cuba is Leading the World in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Source:  mintpressnews.com

March 16 2020


While the United States government is complicating efforts to treat coronavirus across the world and is using the pandemic to increase pressure on countries already struggling under U.S. sanctions, including Iran, Syria, and Venezuela, the small island of Cuba, itself a target of Washington’s ire, is leading the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

And while the Trump administration slashes the Center for Disease Control’s budget amid an imminent pandemic, China appears to have gotten to grips with the coronavirus outbreak. Beijing reported only 16 new cases of the virus today, and there are now more total cases outside mainland China than inside it.

Integral to reducing the number of deaths is a Cuban antiviral drug, Interferon Alpha 2b. The drug, according to Cuban biotech specialist Dr. Luis Herrera Martinez, “prevents aggravation and complications in patients, reaching that stage that ultimately can result in death.” It has been produced in China since 2003 in a partnership with the state-owned Cuban pharmaceutical industry. Interferons are “signaling” proteins, explains Dr. Helen Yaffe of Glasgow University, an expert on Cuba. These proteins are produced and released by the body in response to infections and alert nearby cells to heighten their antiviral defenses. It is not a cure or a vaccine to COVID-19, but rather an antiviral that boosts the human immune system.

Cuba has used it to fight outbreaks of Dengue Fever, a common occurrence on the mosquito-plagued island. The Cuban government was forced to develop a strong pharmaceutical industry because of the constant U.S. embargo. Cuba estimates the decades-long sanctions, continually declared illegal by the United Nations, have cost it over $750 billion.

Cuban nurses sent to Jamaica

Today, the Cuban government offered haven to the stranded cruise ship, MS Braemar. The ship has five confirmed COVID-19 cases on board and had been turned away by both Barbados and the Bahamas.

Despite confirming its own first cases, the island is continuing to export medical professionals to the rest of the world. Yesterday, Jamaican Health Minister Christopher Tufton announced that 21 nurses from its neighbor would arrive imminently, the first of more than 100, he hoped. But they have also sent doctors to more advanced nations, such as Italy.

Cuba has the interferon Alpha-2B, powerful in the treatment of coronavirus and China has the experience of having overcome the peak of infections in its territory. #COVID19

“…there are more Cuban doctors in Africa than African doctors and  ,…  the Caribbean island trains more Africans in medicine than all of Africa does.” 

Dr. Sarpoma Sefa-Boakye, MD – Oceanside, CA | Family MedicineSarpoma Sefa-Boakye, a Ghanaian-American doctor who studied for free in Havana and now practices in California told MintPress: “You don’t hear of Cuba’s health contributions in the United States,” claiming that there are more Cuban doctors in Africa than African doctors and that the Caribbean island trains more Africans in medicine than all of Africa does. She first heard of the possibility of scholarships for Americans while studying in Ghana. She notes that Cuba is well placed to combat the coronavirus because of its culture of quarantining for viruses and its experience fighting Dengue.

Despite inadequate testing, the United States has over 4,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has not been one centralized plan from the government; instead, different authorities have enacted different laws, with varying degrees of severity. New York City, for example, will go into lockdown tomorrow, closing all schools, universities and non-essential stores. On the other hand, other cities remain almost completely normalized.

Dr. Sefa-Boakye advised that stringent measures were urgently needed to fight the virus’ spread; “Quarantining has to be the only way that we can get a hold of transmission,” she said. “The science will tell you, you talk to any biologist or anyone who has taken a basic science class: viruses replicate. That is how they move. They need a host and a source. I learned that in Cuba.” She also warned that the United States is “facing an increase in transmission because of our lack of infrastructure.”

Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases reached over 175,000 today, with 6,717 deaths. COVID-19 has now reached a large majority of countries. Medical professionals urge everybody to reduce their contact with other people to the minimum necessary, regularly wash their hands with soap and water, avoid touching their face, and cover their mouths with their elbow when they cough or sneeze.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advised countries should check all potential cases. “You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia. “This amazing spirit of human solidarity must become even more infectious than the coronavirus itself. Although we may have to be physically apart from each other for a while, we can come together in ways we never have before…We’re all in this together. And we can only succeed together,” he added. It is that ethos that has driven Cuba’s revolutionary healthcare system for 60 years.

Feature photo | A woman wears a mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, March 12, 2020. Ramon Espinosa | AP

Alan MacLeod is a Staff Writer for MintPress News. After completing his PhD in 2017 he published two books: Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting and Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. He has also contributed to Fairness and Accuracy in ReportingThe GuardianSalonThe GrayzoneJacobin MagazineCommon Dreams the American Herald Tribune and The Canary.

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.



Caricom Rejects US Attempt to Split the Caribbean

Source: Cuba Debate / Internationalist 360
January 20 2020

https://i2.wp.com/www.ultimasnoticias.com.ve/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Mia-Motteley.jpgThe Caribbean Community (Caricom) today rejected US attempts to divide the region, in the wake of a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several leaders in Jamaica.

Barbadian Prime Minister and Caricom President Mia Mottley criticized the meeting between Pompeo and an undisclosed select group of Caribbean representatives, which is intended to fragment the region.

In a speech at the gala marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Barbados prime minister and regional integrationist Errol W. Barrow, Mottley said her decision to reject the invitation to send her foreign minister to the meeting in Kingston on Tuesday was based on the right to peace.

“I do not seek to fight, but I am aware that if this country does not stand for something, it will fall for anything. As president of Caricom, it is impossible for me to agree that my foreign minister should attend a meeting with someone to which Caricom members are not invited. It is an attempt to divide this region, ”she said.

Likewise, Mottley said principles only mean something when it is inconvenient to uphold them, aware that Caricom “must always monitor itself to ensure that we do not become the pawns of others”.

Pompeo will arrive in Jamaica from Costa Rica and hold official talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holnnes, who is expected to give a speech on the importance of the Caribbean region to the United States.

Last year Holness, along with the leaders of St. Lucia, the Bahamas and Haiti, flew to Miami to meet with US President Donald Trump, where they discussed the ongoing political situation in Venezuela and Washington’s attempts to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.

The Caribbean Community has reiterated its opposition to interference in the internal affairs of nations and called on governments to work together in pursuit of sustainable development objectives.

Today on his Twitter account, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez highlighted the importance of the Caricom Summit to be held in Havana next December.

Jamaica Welcomes Cuban Health Professionals

November 26 2019,

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Cuban Ambassador, Inés Fors Fernández, Jamaica’s Chief Nursing Officer, Patricia Ingram-Martin and Cuban Health Professionals

Authorities at the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Jamaica along with Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Inés Fors Fernández, officially welcomed at the office of this institution in New Kingston, St. Andrew, a group of forty Cuban health professionals who will render their services in Jamaica for the next three years.

The medical professionals will help to ease the problems created by the shortage of health care professionals in the country, especially doctors, nurses and technicians, including imaging technologists and will be assigned in different localities across the island.

In June, the ministry confirmed that it would process 212 nurses, 108 doctors, and 24 technicians. It also said a further 30 doctors would be given lessons in English to see whether or not they would also be processed, while nine technicians would do additional English lessons to see if they qualify.

At the welcoming ceremony, the Cuban ambassador to Kingston, Inés Fors, urged the doctors to keep up the ethical and professional values of medicine in the Greater Antilles.

Some 18 specialists are part of the “Miracle Mission”, within which some 16,000 operations have been carried out to improve or restore sight to Jamaicans with few resources.

The integration of Cuban professionals in Jamaica began in the 1970s when Cuban doctors and nurses joined their Jamaican counterparts in the healthcare sector of the country; when Cuban builders and engineers joined Jamaican workers and engineers in the construction of educational institutions and micro-dams, and when Jamaica/Cuba co-operation in sports and culture was birthed.

In 1976, the first medical brigade of 14 doctors arrived in Jamaica under a technical cooperation agreement.  According to official data, in more than 40 years of work in Jamaica, Cubans have saved 2,541 lives, have applied 73,331 doses of vaccines, performed 30,761 surgical interventions and have offered more than 1.4 million consultations.

This latest importation of Cuban medical personnel will mark the largest number of medical recruits at any one time in Jamaica’s history.

Jamaicans Should Understand What’s Happening in Venezuela

Source:  JSC
January 28 2019

by Al Grey, greyal2@yahoo.com

Probably the easiest way for young Jamaicans to understand what’s happening in Venezuela is for them to speak with an honest, objective and informed person who lived in Jamaica in the 1970s and who was old enough then to be aware of the real situation in the country.

If that is not possible, then there is a lot of information on the internet about this period in Jamaica’s life which can allow the honest, non-partisan mind to know the truth of the time. In addition, several informative books and articles, fiction and non-fiction, have been written about the CIA’s role in Jamaica in this period.  All one needs to do is google “the CIA involvement in Jamaica”.

Related:  CIA involvement in Jamaica 1976-1980

The script used then in Jamaica, which was basically the same one used in Chile leading up to assassination of the democratically elected President Dr. Salvador Allende in 1973, had three main components; paramilitary activity; propaganda in the mainstream media; and economic warfare.

This, in essence, is what we now see happening in Venezuela.  But of course, the stakes are much higher there, not only because of the huge oil, gas and gold reserves which the country boasts but also because of the leading role that the Bolivarian Revolution has played since Hugo Chavez’ electoral victory in 1998 in transforming the region into an integrated, anti-imperialist bloc.  Since Chavez’ victory there have been 15 progressive democratically elected governments in the region.

Related:  Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US?

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Michael Manley’s image shown with a death mask in the leading Jamaican daily newspaper, the Daily Gleaner

The violence unleashed in Jamaica in that period had never been experienced on the small, relatively peaceful island before. Socialist Prime Minister Michael Manley was demonized in the media and blamed for all the ills of the country including those manufactured by individuals and organizations trying to destabilize the young nation.  Shortages of basic items like soap and toothpaste resulting from hoarding by the suppliers formed part of a broader economic and financial sabotage of the economy which led to the devaluation of the national currency – all occurring under the dictates of the model guided by the words of then US President Nixon for the destabilizing of Chile: “make the economy scream”.

Related:  Destabilization in the Caribbean

Fortunately for the people of Venezuela, the experiences of Iraq, Afghanistan, and especially Syria and Libya, are too fresh in the minds of the peoples of the world for them to be fooled again. In addition, we are moving towards a multipolar world as the savage warmongering US empire is imploding, being isolated and recognized for what it is, and for its historical role as the purveyor of incessant destruction of other peoples and their lands under the guise of spreading ‘democracy’.

“You can fool some people sometimes
but you can’t fool all the people all the time,

so now we see the light,
we gonna stand up for our rights”

Related: Stir It Up: Marley, Manley & the Destabilization of Jamaica


Jamaica: Double Standards on Venezuela

Source:  Jamaica Observer
January 15 2019

by Mike John,  mickeyjMcG@mail.com

nicolas maduro jan 2019

President Nicolas Maduro wins another election 

I see where the Jamaican Government has voted not to recognise President Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

They have not really given us any reason for their decision.

The double standard that exists is blatantly clear.

In Jamaica in 1983

In 1983, the People’s National Party (PNP) Opposition accused the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government of using a wrong voters’ list and decided not to contest the election. The JLP obviously got all the seats. Not a thing was said about the illegitimacy of the Government.

Related:  Hypocrisy in Venezuela Vote

In 2004 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti was kidnapped by the UniteD States and flown out of the country. Neither Caricom nor the Organization of American States (OAS) did anything about the illegitimacy of the new Government.

In 2009 the democratically elected president of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown. The OAS was again silent and the new president was accepted by the United States.

In 2017 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned a report on Israel. Rima Khalaf, UN undersecretary general and ESCWA executive secretary, said the report was the “first of its type” from a UN body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist State that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.

The Jamaican Government remains in bed with Israel.

It is no secret that the United States has always wanted regime change in Venezuela long before Maduro. A deeper look at the situation easily shows that a devious, scheming hand is involved.