Militant Solidarity With Cuba on Display in 80+ Cities Worldwide

November 15 2021

The images that mass media are not going to show today or tomorrow because they tell a different story. | Photo: Twitter/@CUBAONU

Demonstrators support Cuba’s productive revival and reject U.S. interference against peoples and revolutions that act with sovereignty.

Solidarity movements with Cuba, political parties, social groups, and Cuban emigrants in other countries celebrated on Monday the restart of the school year on the island, its economic-productive revival, and the Cuban people’s determination to defend their Revolution against destabilizing attempts plotted from the United States.

Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, said through Twitter that “solidarity actions in more than 80 cities support the will of the Cuban people to build their own future.”

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In an act in front of the headquarters of the Cuban diplomatic representation in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, political parties and social movements supported the reopening of activities and rejected the recent acts of interference by the White House.

The member of the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity, María Fernanda Barreto, stressed that Cuba is not alone and counts on the militant solidarity of people all over the world.

She explained that the U.S. government is attacking numerous sovereign countries for several reasons, among which she mentioned the loss of its hegemony and the emergence of new powers.

He added that to this is added the determination of its circles of power to impose on Latin America a relationship of subordination through the Monroe Doctrine, aimed against the resistance of several peoples and sovereign revolutions, such as the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela and the Cuban Revolution.

He stressed that it is now more important than ever to unite against imperialism, which attacks Cuba to prevent the revival of the economy and tourism, a sector he valued as essential to overcome the obstacles of an economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the U.S. government for more than six decades.

Among those who demanded the cessation of the attacks against Cuba was Camila Fabri Saab, wife of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, kidnapped by the U.S. Government.

Since last November 11, several acts of solidarity with Cuba have been taking place in Syria, in which Palestinians residing in that nation have also participated.

In addition to demonstrating the failure of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, the participants denounce that Washington wants to set Cubans against each other in order to generate social chaos in Cuba.

This Monday, Cuba solidarity organizations in Greece gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Athens to denounce the destabilization campaigns and the criminal policy of economic war against Havana.

Similar acts took place over the weekend and this Monday in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Ecuador, East Timor, China, Peru, Dominican Republic and other nations.

A few hours before the 31st edition of the solidarity caravan that has been organized since 1992 arrives in Havana, the organization Pastors for Peace similarly emphasized that “once again, Cuba leads as an example in health, science and humanism.”

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. 

US blockade against Cuba, the worst violation of human rights

Beijing, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) China today described the US blockade against Cuba as the worst example of the continuous and serious violation of human rights, denouncing Washington’s disregard for democracy.

The Foreign Ministry criticized in a document the persistence of that hostile stance kept for decades and the application of unilateral sanctions that infringe on the freedoms of the peoples of both countries.

“For more than 60 years, overlooking the multiple resolutions of the UN General Assembly, the United States kept intact its blockade against Cuba, based on embargo policies and domestic laws such as Torricelli and Helms-Burton,” it added.

He also remarked that it is the “longest and cruelest trade embargo, economic blockade and financial sanctions in modern history”, since they seriously obstruct development on the island and caused losses of more than 100 billion dollars.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s text in three chapters listed several facts, figures and opinions of experts and international organizations about the flaws of democracy in the United States, in reaction to a summit on the subject to be held by Washington this week.

He criticized the disadvantages of the American democratic system, as well as the overexploitation of the issue to meddle in the internal affairs of other nations.

He denounced the predominance of money in politics, the abuse of power by the elites, the invisibilization of ethnic minorities and the injustice in the rules of the electoral process there.

He emphasized that the crisis in democratic practices led to the unprecedented assault on the Capitol, exacerbated racism, contributed to the mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic, widened the gap between rich and poor, and undermined the freedom of speech.

He also cited as other consequences of the imposition of the American model the outbreak of “color revolutions” to undermine stability in countries and regions of the world, humanitarian tragedies and abuse of sanctions also against Syria, Venezuela, Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that violate international regulations

Mass vaccination drive in Cuba shows power of socialist revolution

Source: The Militant

December 3 2021

BY SETH GALINSKY

With over 80% of the island’s population fully vaccinated as of Nov. 20, Cuba is on course to reach 90% before the end of the year. This striking progress is based on highly effective vaccines developed and produced in Cuba. This is despite stepped-up sanctions that are part of Washington’s more than 60-year long economic war against Cuba’s socialist revolution. 

People wait to be vaccinated for COVID-19 outside a doctors’ office in Alamar on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba,

Cuba is the only country in the world that has extended vaccinations to children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. In Cuba vaccination is voluntary. Their unprecedented success — which makes Cuba one of the top three countries in the world in vaccination rates, way ahead of the U.S. — shows what is possible when working people are convinced the government is theirs, not an enemy, and health care is a right, not a commodity to profit capitalist bosses. 

With deaths from COVID now three or less a day — on some days it has been zero — Cuba has begun once again to welcome solidarity brigades and tourists from around the world, with no quarantine; hold broader public events and political activities; and reopen schools and factories.  

The Joseph Biden administration has maintained all the economic and financial restrictions imposed by previous administrations, Democratic and Republican alike, and added more. The U.S. embargo “affects every aspect of life in our country,” Olga Lidia Jacobo-Casanueva, director of Cuba’s Center for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices, told MEDICC Review earlier this year. 

Chemicals needed for testing are difficult to procure, she said, as are spare parts and new equipment. Even paper and toner have been “dangerously low,” she said. That’s not a small question for records essential to modern health care. “This gives you an idea of the comprehensiveness” of the U.S. embargo, she said. “Something as simple as paper is hard for Cuba to purchase on the international market.” 

Unlike Moderna and Pfizer, none of Cuba’s vaccines need storage at extreme cold temperatures, making them more suitable for rural areas and large parts of the semicolonial world. Cuba has already sent millions of vaccine doses to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Vietnam. With Cuba’s aid, the Iranian government is producing the vaccine there. 

Working people’s increased confidence

Young people joined in making millions of daily visits to people’s homes during the peak of the pandemic to make sure everyone who needed medical treatment got it. Many joined volunteer agricultural brigades to alleviate food shortages exacerbated by the embargo. They were deeply impacted by the experience. 

Alejandro López Rodríguez, a student at Havana’s CUJAE technology university, volunteered in the fields, in health centers and door to door. “It was a fantastic adventure, which has allowed me to learn about everything and grow as a human being,” he told the campus media. 

On Nov. 21, the first Cuban plane since June landed in Argentina, reinitiating weekly air travel between the two countries. Argentina is historically a major source of tourism to Cuba. That same day, thousands across the island took part in a day of volunteer labor, preparing fields for planting and building homes. 

Success in beating back COVID made possible the first national Day of Defense since the start of the pandemic. Workplace, campus, farm and neighborhood militias are a central part of Cuba’s revolutionary strategy of the “war of the entire people.” Thousands of volunteers refreshed their military skills while sending a message to Washington that it would pay a huge price if it tried to invade. 

The mobilizations of popular support for the revolution and willingness to defend it arms in hands, in the face of hardships imposed by the U.S. imperialist rulers’ economic and political war, are no small factor in preventing Washington from attempting a repeat of its failed April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. That’s also why threatened Nov. 15 disruptions against the revolution instigated by Washington fizzled. 

Working people and youth in Cuba are proud of what they have accomplished over the last year. At the same time, they’re aware that the worldwide capitalist economic crisis and the tightening of the U.S. embargo guarantee that shortages of essential goods and other challenges will remain. “There is a lot to do in Cuba, a lot to transform to overcome the challenges of so many external limitations and those of our own doing,” wrote Iroel Sánchez in the Nov. 21 Granma. “But we have good reason to celebrate one more victory against the most powerful empire in history

The recent unrest in Cuba: a textbook example of fake news and media warfare

Source: Latin America in Movement

Date:July 26 2021

There has been a coordinated campaign to attack the Cuban government and blame it for the hardships facing the Cuban people.

On Sunday, July 11, Cubans took to the streets for the first time in more than twenty years to express their dismay. It seemed like a spontaneous action, but on closer inspection there’s a bigger picture here. For sixty years the US has been trying to bring about regime change. In recent years, they have been using social media and mainstream media in a sophisticated way to do so. Recent events in Cuba are a textbook example of this.

“Washington’s hysterical dedication to crush Cuba  from almost the first days of its independence in 1959  is one of the most extraordinary phenomena  of modern history, but still,  the level of petty sadism is a constant surprise.”
Noam Chomsky

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Bridges of Love delivers Biden petition against blockade against Cuba

Source: The Cuban Handshake

Date: July 29 2021

by Anthony Brenner

The Bridges of Love solidarity project delivered the United States Government a petition supported by more than 27,000 signatures to urge that President Joseph Biden lifts the blockade against Cuba.

Carlos Lazo, main coordinator of the initiative, told Prensa Latina that when he took the request to lift the sanctions against the island, he talked with Emily Mendrala, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at US Department of State.

We explained the official the necessity to reopen the Washington Embassy in Havana, normalize consular services and resume the family reunification program, the activist said in exclusive statements to this news agency.

Resuming flights from the United States to all Cuban provinces

We also highlight the importance of resuming flights from the United States to all Cuban provinces, eliminating restrictions that prevent US citizens from visiting the island, and facilitating unlimited remittances to the Caribbean nation, he added.

According to Lazo, respect prevailed during the meeting and they reflected on the political cost the strategy of trying to convince those who voted against Biden in the presidential elections could have to now join to the Democrats’ side prior to the 2022 mid-term legislative elections.

Solidarity actions such as those of Bridges of Love arise while the northern nation takes advantage of the complex economic situation in Cuba caused by the Washington siege and the health situation due to Covid-19 to promote a destabilization campaign, Cuban authorities denounce.

The Cuba Fixation

Source: Counterpunch

BY JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

July 16 2021

+ The hatred of Cuba by the ruling class of the US is a kind of political neurosis. It’s visceral, irrational and violent. Cuba poses no threat to the US, militarily or economically, Yet its very existence seems to drive US policy makers crazy. This week the mayor of Miami, an anti-Trump Republican, suggested that it might be necessary to bomb Havana. Why? Because it’s there. Well, it wouldn’t be the first time. The US has invaded Cuba, funded multiple insurrections, tried dozens of times to assassinate its leaders, used biological weapons to wilt its crops and poison its livestock, tracked down and executed Che Guevara, bombarded the island with hysterical propaganda, ranted against it at the UN, financed, trained and protected a gang of thugs that planned and executed the bombing of a Cuban passenger plane (killing 73 civilians), plotted false flag ops in Miami to blame on the Castro government, and enforced a decades long embargo (that even China finds it hard to break) that would have crippled almost any other nation. The fact that Cuba is still standing, a little wobbly at times, but still defiant, simply drives the US nuts. It’s a living example of another way to organize a society can’t be tolerated, especially so close to home.

+ As the US continues to rant incessantly at Cuba, we should not forget in this age of heightened sensitivity to infectious diseases that among the US’s many crimes against the Cuban people two stand out: introducing Asian Swine flu in 1971 (causing 500,000 pigs to be slaughtered) and Dengue Fever in 1988, an outbreak that killed 113 children.

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The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines rejects meddling in Cuban internal affairs

Prime Minister Ralph Gonzales

Source: TeleSUR

Published 14 July 2021

The Prime Minister St. Vincent and the Grenadines West Indies, Ralph Gonsalves, rejects meddling in Cuban internal affairs and stands in solidarity with the island.

STATEMENT ON CUBA’S REMARKABLE AND HEROIC REVOLUTION 

The protests in Cuba last weekend, fueled by unlawful imperialist economic sanctions, and carried out by a small minority in a nation of 11 million people, in relation to certain shortages of commodities for life and living, bring into focus again the remarkable and heroic achievements of the Cuban people and their Revolution despite monumental challenges. Immediately, it must be acknowledged that the protests are a purely internal matter for the Cuban authorities and the people of Cuba. Foreign interference in this internal affair is entirely unacceptable and is to be rejected. In the context of the inhumane, harsh, unilateral, externally-imposed, and illegal sanctions, no reasonable person can ever accept the pious, hypocritical, and self-serving imperial advocacy of “humanitarian intervention” in Cuba. 

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It is well-known that the Cuban Revolution, the embodiment of the Cuban people as a whole, has accomplished an immense socio-economic transformation of their country, for the better, since 1959 and has, through their internationalist solidarity, contributed selflessly to the global struggle for liberation, the defence of sovereignty and independence, and all-round social and material development of dozens of countries world-wide, particularly those in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. 

The Cuban people, in affirming their right to pursue a socio-economic and political path of their choice, in their own interest and on their own terms, have been subjected relentlessly to an ongoing criminal destabilization, terror, sabotage, and harsh economic sanctions, inclusive of an economic blockade which was again recently denounced by an overwhelming majority of the United Nations General Assembly as contrary to international law — only two countries out of 193 voted in favour of this criminal and imperialist blockade. 

In all this, we ought to be reminded that the Trump Administration in the USA tightened the embargo against Cuba with 243 specific measures which rolled back the partial easings under President Obama. The Trump measures are still in place and are causing real hardship for the Cuban people. International law and elemental justice demand their removal. 
Despite the concerted attempts, historically and currently, by imperialist and neo-colonialist forces to subvert the Cuban Revolution, to harm the Cuban people, and even to assassinate their principal leaders, the Cuban people and their Revolution have prevailed for 62 years, thus far. 

The global pandemic of COVID-19, the sharp down-turn in the global economy, and the devastating knock-on effects for developing countries, including tourism-dependent economies such as Cuba, coupled with the criminal economic sanctions and blockade against Cuba, have caused real hardship to the Cuban people and economy. All this the Cuban government has made plain to the people of Cuba and the world. The Cuban leaders have spoken honestly to their people about this. 

The government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines stand in solidarity at this difficult and challenging time with the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban people. We understand the pain and anxiety of the people concerning the shortages of some commodities. The Cuban government has repeatedly acknowledged these difficulties and has advanced credible steps to address the attendant challenges. 

We in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are unalterably opposed to the further attempts by imperialism to take advantage of the current difficulties of the Cuban people so as to destroy the Cuban Revolution and roll back the gains of this very Revolution. Imperialism’s quest to enthrone its hegemony in Cuba, to impose monopoly capitalism under the guise of hypocritical talk of “freedom”, and to bring war, intervention, and suffering to the Cuban people, must be resisted by all persons who uphold peace, justice, sovereignty, independence, and the people’s right to choose their own path of development, 

The government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines commend the Cuban Revolution on its extraordinary achievement of producing at least two vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 and on its selfless commitment to share these vaccines with the developing world on their approved roll-out. 

The government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have benefited considerably, particularly over the last twenty years, from its collaboration and partnership with Cuba in a wide range of areas touching and concerning our people’s lives, living, and production. We thank yet again the Cuba Revolution for its selfless generosity. We remain steadfast in our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Cuba, in this our Caribbean civilisation. 

We reject completely the attempts by certain unprincipled forces who seek to make the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban people prisoners of Presidential and Senatorial politics of Florida. 

We urge calm and peace in Cuba as the Cuban government and people seek to address in a focused way their current difficulties and challenges. We urge imperialism, the monopoly capitalists, and their allies in and out of Cuba to cease their nefarious activities against the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban people.