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Anti-Cuban Provocation Fails

Declaration by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations

Over the last few weeks, international media have reported the intention of OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro Lemes to travel to Havana, in order to receive a “prize” invented by an illegal grouplet, which operates in concert with the ultra-right wing Foundation for Pan American Democracy, created in the days of the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, to channel efforts and resources in opposition to legitimate, independent governments in Our America.

The plan, plotted during several trips to Washington and other capitals of the region, consisted of mounting a serious, open provocation against the Cuban government in Havana, generating internal instability, damaging the country’s international image, and at the same time, affecting the positive development of Cuba’s diplomatic relations with other states. Perhaps some calculated poorly and thought that Cuba would sacrifice its fundamental principles to maintain appearances.

Drawn into the spectacle were Almagro himself and other right wing figures who are members of the so-called Democratic Initiative for Spain and the Americas (IDEA), which has also behaved in an aggressive manner toward the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, over the last several years, as well as other Latin American and Caribbean countries with progressive and leftist governments.

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Public Letter to the Department of the US Treasury from Venezuela Vice-President Tareck El Aissami

PUBLIC LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin
Washington, D.C.I write to you as a Venezuelan citizen and in my capacity as Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the occasion to reply to the issuance of sanctions against me by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last Tuesday, February 13th.

First, in your capacity as OFAC Authority you have been deceived by political sectors, lobbyists and stakeholders in the U.S. whose essential interest is to prevent that the United States and Venezuela restore their political and diplomatic relations on the basis of mutual recognition and respect.

These stakeholders not only lack any evidence to demonstrate the extremely serious accusations against me, but they also have built a false-positive case in order to criminalize –through me– the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a country that is decidedly waging a war on transnational drug trafficking business.

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Venezuela is not alone! Statement and Appeal from the International Committee

The growing threats of a media driven coup against Bolivarian Venezuela and the government of Nicolas Maduro has risen to the extreme in the past week. This can best be seen in the false accusations and grotesque sanctions imposed by the Government of Trump on Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami.

During the 18 years of the Venezuelan revolutionary process, the different administrations in Washington, along with the European right and the Venezuelan opposition, has not stopped one day in trying to destroy it.

This has gone on since the coup d’état of 2002 with the kidnapping of President Hugo Chávez, followed by the oil strike, the lack of recognition of the results of each election and the constant drum beat of misrepresentation and lying. The empire and its corporate media have worked nonstop to distribute the fabrications of the fascist and anti-democratic opposition who constantly resort to violence. Through their vicious “guarimbas” (thugs) they have left a sad trail of death of innocent Venezuelans. They have held in contempt the national institutions of the country even going so far as to disgrace sacred images as Bolivar and Chavez and completely ignore the overwhelming support of the people to their legitimate Government.

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Ecuador Standing in Front of the Argentinean Mirror

By Atilio A. Borón on February 14, 2017

It would be difficult to overstate the national and international implications of the presidential elections that will take place next Sunday in Ecuador. In a previous article we referred to them as a new “Battle of Stalingrad” in where the future of the heavily harassed progressive and leftist processes of Latin America is at risk. A defeat of the Alianza País would mean the closure of the cycle initiated at the end of the last century. With the fall of the Ecuadorian stronghold the siege would close between Bolivia and Venezuela that is being harassed by the resurgence of the virulent opposition. Bolivia too is facing the tremendous effects of the economic crisis unleashed by an evil combination of national and international factors. And Cuba would lose a friendly government, not a minor matter for the island in the international scenery like the actual one.

On the other hand, a general ratification of the political course followed by Ecuador since the election of the president Rafael Correa would be a valuable and timely reassurance for those countries and a significant encouragement for Argentine and Brazilian parties, the movements that are resisting the conservative restoration, and for the people that are struggling against neo liberal governments from Mexico to Chile, thru Colombia, Peru and other countries of the region.

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Henry Boisrolin, of the Haitian Democratic Committee: “There’s No Legitimacy in Jovenel Moïse; this is an Electoral Coup” + Video

By María Torrellas on February 10, 2017

In a very lackluster ceremony, with almost no presence of international mandataries save a numerous delegation of US diplomats, Jovenel Moïse was appointed President of Haiti. But no media outlet reported that, at the same time, Haitian streets were boiling with protests in rejection to Moïse and his people. Resumen Latinoamericano talked about this with Henry Boisrolin, member of the Haitian Democratic Committee.

What’s your take on Haiti’s situation after the recent inauguration of Jovenel Moïse as President, with the support of the United States and the International Community?

In the first place, I’d like to renew once again my full solidarity with Resumen Latinoamericano regarding the attack you suffered last December, because I must take this opportunity to condemn this attempt to censor you and express our full solidarity because this mustn’t remain unpunished.

Regarding Haiti, it’s true that the President appointed by the Electoral Council is nothing but a direct representative of the Haitian elite, of the big landowners of Haiti and Dominican Republic, and of the International Community, led by US imperialism. This has to be very clear: Moïse was their candidate, not the people’s.

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Cuba to Build Its First Mosque as Muslim Population Grows

Resumen editorial comment: During the presidential campaign candidate Trump said he would roll back Obama’s Cuban policy reforms unless Cuban leaders allowed religious freedom and freed political prisoners. Since he was elected Trump has not just pushed for the racist exclusion of immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries but he has also whipped up a climate of hate against all Muslim people in the U.S. producing an increase of attacks on mosques and Muslim people in general. Meanwhile Cuba, that allows all religions to exist with tolerance and respect, is now about to build one of the largest mosques in Latin America.

 

February 17, 2017

The country’s some 10,000 Muslims have since 2015 been congregating for prayers in a building space in downtown Havana.

The city of Havana is set to build Cuba’s first mosque, touted to be one of the largest in Latin America, as its Muslim population continues to grow.

Since 2015, when the government authorized that Cuba’s some 10,000 Muslims should have a place of worship, they have been congregating in a building space in downtown Havana for prayers, where copies of the Quran in both Spanish and Arabic are abundant. The new mosque is set to be built in Old Havana.

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