South Africa: Nehawu Message to the People of Cuba After the Effect of Hurricane Irma

The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has learnt of the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, described as “the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba’s history”.

There are reports of considerable damage to infrastructure, homes including regrettable loss of lives. Our thoughts are with the government of the Republic of Cuba, Cubans and families affected by the hurricane. We convey our deepest condolences to all Cuban people.

NEHAWU takes this opportunity to wish all Cuban authorities and the population in general well as they are focusing on recovery efforts to restore basic services to the population and repair the material damages. In the context of this disaster, we denounce the cruel US economic blockade against Cuba, which is a natural affront to the restoration of infrastructure, safety for the people and after all peace and social progress.

We have confidence in the unremitting rescue efforts coordinated by the government of the Republic of Cuba to prioritise the saving of lives. Our union, NEHAWU will participate in the International Emergency Campaign aimed at assisting Cuba with direct material aid. Once again, on behalf of its entire membership, the union remains confident to its relationship with sister unions and the working class as a whole in Cuba and also convinced that they will emerge victorious from effects of this hurricane.

Maduro, Morales Address World Solidarity Summit in Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
September 17 2017

Morales: Trump has Surrendered.  We have Won the Battle for the Sovereignty of Venezuela

evo y nicolas sept 2017.jpgThe Bolivian leader has been holding talks with the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Prensa Presidencial

More than 200 delegates  are taking part in the summit which aims to build a common agenda for the coordination of policies in defense of Venezuela’s sovereignty.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump’s support for dialogue in Venezuela represents a defeat to the empire.

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Speaking at the “We are all Venezuela,” summit in Caracas, Morales said “Since the US president has surrendered, he is supporting the political dialogue in Venezuela, we have won this battle. But as long as there is imperialism and capitalism in the world the struggle continues.”

The Bolivian leader has also been holding talks with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro at the global solidarity meeting.

Bolivia is one of the countries taking part in the follow-up commission to help reinvigorate the dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.

The Latin American peoples are anti-imperialist

Morales added that, “The Government of the United States of America threatened military intervention, attacked Venezuela with economic sanctions, and Latin America was revealed, even governments with presidents allied with US interests rejected the idea of ​​military intervention in the United States region, because the Latin American peoples are anti-imperialist.”

But he said the people “will continue to triumph.”

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Earlier, the Bolivian president questioned Trump’s double standards on Venezuela in a posting on his Twitter account.

The 13 working groups at the summit have been discussing sovereignty and peace, the struggle against war and imperialism, racial supremacism, discourses of exclusion and hatred, migrants and the fight for universal citizenship, global financial counterrevolution and mother land rights.

More than 200 delegates from around the world are taking part in the three day event which aims to build a common agenda for the coordination of policies in defense of the sovereignty and fundamental rights of Venezuela and other countries in the region.

As part of his weekly “Sundays with Maduro” program, the president reviewed all the countries represented, reiterating that every continent was present to support peace in Venezuela.

Adan Chavez, ANC member and older brother of late President Hugo Chavez, urged the delegates to attend the upcoming debates and plenary sessions to draw up a final program and plan of action.

To reclaim the flag of our liberators

“If in reality, the imperialists went through with the threat of an invasion, we are sure that the people and countries of the world will defend Venezuela. That is putting solidarity in action,” he said.

The President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly Delcy Rodriguez said there is a “revolution that came from Commandante Chavez to reclaim the flag of our liberators.”

Rodriguez added that attempts have been made by international actors and the domestic right-wing opposition “to implant forms of aggression against the Venezuelan people that have been experienced in other countries like Libya, Syria and Iraq.”

ALBA Bank to Donate $2 Million to Barbuda for Reconstruction

Source:  TeleSUR
September17 2017

alba bank donates.jpgHomes in Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda were completely torn apart by
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The Bank of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America has pledged to allocate US$2 million for the reconstruction of Barbuda.

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jorge arreaza venezuela.jpgSpeaking during a televised broadcast, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, said the funds will be accompanied by a commission of Venezuelan technicians who will participate in the reconstruction of homes adapted to face future climatological phenomena.

The island, comprising the duo Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, took a direct hit from Category 5 Hurricane Irma, destroying over 90 percent of building structures.

A joint venture

Arreaza stressed that the program will be a joint venture with the government of Antigua and Barbuda and Petrocaribe and ratified the willingness of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to assist the people of Barbuda to overcome the destruction.

“President Maduro was in contact with the Prime Minister of Barbuda Gaston Browne during this episode,” adding that Venezuela is prepared to do all it can in the name of solidarity with sister countries of the Caribbean.

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Amid Antigua and Barbuda’s devastation, Venezuela sent over 10 tons of supplies to the Caribbean islands, including mattresses, medicine, boots, and cases of water, as well as a roster of rescue personnel.

The Bolivarian National Armed Forces also transported 20 firefighters and 34 civil defense personnel to the hurricane-struck islands.

World solidarity in the wake of Irma’s devastating path across Cuba

Source:  Granma
September 14 2017

By International news staff |

Numerous expressions of solidarity have reached our country which was hit hard by the powerful hurricane, impacting almost the entire island

Numerous expressions of solidarity have reached our country which was hit hard by the powerful Hurricane Irma over a period of several days, impacting almost the entire island.

evo wins a third term 2.jpgFrom Bolivia, President Evo Morales called on his compatriots to share the little they have with those affected by natural disasters. The government of this South American country also reported that a contingency plan is being readied to send humanitarian aid to Cuba.

Sánchez Cerén 2Another regional leader, Salvador Sánchez Cerén in El Salvador, took to his Twitter account and expressed to the Cuban people and government “our solidarity in the face damage caused by Hurricane Irma,”.

Jorge Arreaza 2.jpgVenezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza extended his “unconditional solidarity with the sister people of Cuba. You can count on Venezuela to overcome the damage of Hurricane Irma.”

María Fernanda Espinosa ecuador.jpgEcuador’s Foreign Minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, sent greetings and “our solidarity with the people of Cuba who face the passage of Hurricane Irma,” she wrote on her Twitter account.

The Andes news agency reported that the Cuban ambassador in Quito, Rafael Dausá, thanked Ecuadorian authorities for their offer of help.

Dausá indicated that he held a brief talk with President Lenin Moreno and expressed the country’s infinite gratitude. “He asked me how Ecuador could help and we told him that we would give him concrete information shortly, about what Ecuador could do,” adding, “Ecuador’s help would be welcome.”

lenin moreno 2.jpgThe president of Ecuador’s National Assembly, José Serrano, announced his government’s willingness to send emergency assistance to Cuba and other Caribbean islands struck by Irma, on his Twitter account, reported PL.

Likewise, Dominican President Danilo Medina sent a Danilo Medina 1.jpgmessage to Cuban authorities in which he expressed his willingness to help the Cuban people confront the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Medina was in communication with Cuba’s ambassador in Santo Domingo, Carlos Jesús de la Nuez, to whom he reiterated his support for the Cuban people in times like these.

Also via Twitter, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski expressed his solidarity with countries affected by Irma and his country’s readiness to help.

Kuczynski said that he was astonished by the devastating impact of Irma and added, “Peru is ready to offer help.”

Wang YiOn the other side of the planet, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his country’s solidarity to First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina, after Irma struck Cuba.

Wang commented that the Chinese population, united in spirit with the Cuban people, are very concerned and following developments closely.

The secretary general of the Communist Party in Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, sent a message to Cuba addressing the human and material losses here.

Nguyen Phu Trong.jpgBidding farewell to the exiting Cuban ambassador, Herminio López, Nguyen asked the diplomat to convey his empathy to President Raúl Castro, to the Communist Party, and the people of Cuba, at this difficult time.

A message from Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation expressed “profound grief given the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma’s path across Cuba,” and lamenting “the very severe material damage caused, as well as the displacement of a million persons.”

The communiqué expressed solidarity with the people and government of the island “at this difficult time.”

David Beasley.jpgSupport for our country was also forthcoming from the United Nations. Cuba’s permanent mission at the UN, received, via telephone calls and social networks, dozens of expressions of support and readiness to help the country facing human and material losses in much of its territory. In this context, the executive director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, announced that he will visit Caribbean countries struck by Irma, among them Cuba.

un logo.jpgCuba’s ambassador to the UN, Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, received a message from Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, head of the General Secretary’s office, with the following text: “All my solidarity, Ana, given the impact of Irma in Cuba. The UN’s support is of course at your disposal. With an embrace, Maria Luiza.”

Also from New York where several international organizations have headquarters, a regional UN agency the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean sent a message of solidarity, offering its support and collaboration.

At the beginning of a concert by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez in the city’s Central Park, September 10, Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council speaker, emphasized the support our country has provided others in the Caribbean hit hard by the hurricane.

“Thank you Cuba,” she said, adding that she hoped this kind of support would now be extended to our country by others.

pcbFrom another part of the hemisphere, the Communist Party of Brazil (PCB) expressed its unconditional solidarity with the people, government, and Communist Party of Cuba, given the damage caused on the island by Irma.

The PCB note stated, “Even at this time of hardship, when an intense meteorological phenomenon has impacted your entire territory, Cuba offers another demonstration of its strong socialist mettle, providing immediate solidarity and help to neighboring countries – also hit by the hurricane – with the sending of teams of doctors and specialists.”

Other political figures commented after the hurricane struck Cuba: Javier Couso, a European parliament deputy from the Izquierda Unida, sent a message of solidarity to the Caribbean, especially our nation which he said would “overcome this difficult moment.”

Rodrigo Londoño timochenko.jpgRodrigo Londoño, alias Timochenko, president of the Alternative Communal Revolutionary Forces, the political party recently founded by former FARC guerrillas in Colombia, stated, “Cuba has shown the world solidarity. Let us embrace the Cuban people who have been impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma.”

Rosario Murillo 2.jpgThe Nicaraguan government was one of the first to send a message of support:
“To our beloved sister Cuba, our Caribbean Cuba, there resisting with all that organization it is known for,” read a message sent by Vice President Rosario Murillo.

She highlighted the Cuban government and people’s ability to “face all these disasters and endeavor, above all, to protect lives.

nicolas maduro 18.jpegVenezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, ordered agencies in his country to implement a plan to aid and support Cuba.

The Xinhua news agency reported that Maduro issued the statement while traveling to Kazakhstan, where was participating in the Islamic Cooperation Organization Summit, representing the Non Aligned Movement.

“I have given instructions to activate all support for our sister people of Cuba. From Kazakhstan, my active solidarity,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

putin.jpgRussian President Vladimir Putin, announced his willingness to provide help to Cuba to mitigate the consequences of Hurricane Irma, stating, “Yes, we are ready,” in response to a question by a Prensa Latina correspondent in Moscow, where elections were taking place on Sunday, September 10, according to Sputnik.

The Russian leader added that the country’s Minister of Emergencies, Vladimir Puchkov, had already offered assistance.

Juan Manuel Santos 3.pngIn Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos stated that he was concerned upon hearing of the damage caused in Cuba by Hurricane Irma, adding that Colombians are very worried about the situation, and ready to help in whatever way needed.

Argentina’s government also expressed its solidarity with Cuba in a communiqué released by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Religion, expressing its solidarity “with the Cuban people.”

Just hours after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto wrote on Twitter, “Mexico expresses its unwavering support and solidarity with the people of Cuba, who at this time face the force of hurricane #Irma.”

roosevelt skerrit 3.jpgCuba’s ambassador in Dominica, Juan Carlos Frómeta, received messages from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Foreign Minister Francine Baron, expressing concern given the damage cased by the hurricane in Cuba, and reaffirming their solidarity with the country.

Also of note was Panama’s organizing of an airlift to send 90 tons of humanitarian aid to Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma, according to the nation’s Secretary of Communication.

Copa Airlines.jpg“Thanks to the support of Copa Airlines and Panamanians, people in Cuba and the Caribbean will receive 200,000 pounds (90 metric tons) of aid,” said President Juan Carlos Varela, who emphasized that his nation has begun an assistance operation unprecedented for Panama.

President Varela, indicated on his Twitter account that a Joint Work Force (FTC), had been activated, including forces from the country’s security and rescue agencies, “to give support to Caribbean islands and Cuba affected by Hurricane Irma.

“The impact of #Irma on Cuba is severe. This country has shown much solidarity toward Panama. Let us all prepare ourselves to support the Cuban people,” the head of state added.


Antigua and Barbuda PM Thanks Venezuela for Irma Aid

Gaston Browne Antigua 2cPrime Minister Gaston Browne said Venezuela has “gone above the call of duty.”

Source:  TeleSUR
September 11 2017

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne has thanked Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for his “timely intervention” during Hurricane Irma.

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In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Browne said that “If it wasn’t for the availability of the military aircraft from Venezuelan we would not have been able to evacuate the Barbudans” ahead of Hurricane Jose.

Around 1,800 Barbudans were evacuated from Barbuda after Hurricane Irma devastated the island.

Browne told teleSUR the hurricane had left Barbuda “a mangled wreck” that is “totally uninhabitable.”

The prime minister warned that it may take years for the island to recover from the devastation.

Reconstruction cost

Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Gaston Browne told Parliament that reconstruction will cost US$200 million — nearly double the initial estimate made immediately after his tour of the island after Irma struck.

“We need to have all hands on deck. The enormity of the damage is such that it will cost us, at least, based on one report that I’ve seen, or one assessment, in excess of US$200 million to rebuild Barbuda,” he said.

teleSUR correspondent Francesca Emanuele, who attended the session, said the prime minister promised to raise US$50 million in the next 30 days to fast-track the much-needed recovery efforts.

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200 homes in six months

Prime Minister Browne also promised to build 200 homes in six months.

The prime minister told Parliament that because Barbuda is now considered a high-income earner they are blocked from accessing international development loans, grants and emergency funding — a situation that has complicated recovery efforts.

The prime minister added that help from any and everywhere was absolutely necessary.

“Already, there is one individual who has actually pledged US$1 million. And I expect every single resident, or homeowner on Jumby Bay, to make a contribution to that relief fund.”

Jumby Bay

Jumby Bay is an extremely wealthy residential area in Antigua, populated by movie stars and high-income earners from around the world.

Prime Minister Browne said they have already activated funding from the Caribbean Catastrophic Insurance fund and are expected to receive US$7 million from it.

He has asked that they advance US$3 million from the fund immediately, which should be received in 48 hours. Browne wants to raise US$10 million in seven days to charter a ship to bring the equipment needed to begin repairs to Barbuda’s electrical as soon as possible.

Barbadian Receives Friendship Award

Source:  CMPI
August 28 2017

David_Denny c.jpgBarbadian David Denny, General Secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration recently visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)  where he received one of the Highest Awards of Friendship from the Government of that country for his Friendship and Solidarity work with them for the past four decades,1978 – 2017.

In 1989 Denny, along with Jamaica’s Pamela Redwood, led a youth delegation from the English-speaking Caribbean to the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students which was held in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea from July 1 to 8.

The CMPI’s general secretary is also a 2016 recipient of the Pan African Award from the Government of Barbados and a 2017 Award of Friendship from the Government of the Republic of Cuba.

Mr. Denny, who is also a member of the Caribbean Network in Defence of Humanity, noted that he was very honoured and happy to receive the award from the government of the DPRK.  He received the award at the 5th International Festival in Praise of the Great Person of Mt Paektu.



WFDY: Solidarity statement with the Bolivarian revolution of Venezuela

Source:  WFDY
August 26 2017

WFDY logo 1.jpgThe World Federation of Democratic Youths condemns the threat and declarations of military aggression against Venezuela, expressed recently by the president of the USA, Donald Trump.

Likewise WFDT rejects the measures taken against Venezuela by several Latin-American governments which have aligned themselves totally with the imperialistic North American strategy that aims to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution.

We defend the principles of respect for sovereignty and the right to self-determination of all peoples and condemn the policy of imperialistic wars that demonstrates their  opposition to the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, approved by the CELAC in 2014.

Long live Bolivarian Revolution!!!

No to the Imperialistic War!!!

Long live the peace!!!

August, 2017

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