This is the time to end once and for all the U.S. unilateral blockade against Cuba

“Everything you Hear is True Only 100 Times Worse”

We received this letter from Amanda Bloom, a physician assistant and registered nurse who volunteered her time and energy for 2 weeks right after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Amanda is a long time Bay Area activist and an organizer with the International Committee for Peace Justice and Dignity. – Resumen editorial

Hi all,

I got back Monday night. It’s taken me a couple of days to write. I am so furious with the way the Puerto Rican people are being left to suffer and die. The US government, military, FEMA, Rossello and PR State government have mounted little response.  Everything you have hear is true and worse by 100 times. The military’s a policing presence rarely actually helping the people…no surprise there. Unconfirmed word is that Tiger Swan (Blackwater spin off) may be coming in to handle security. I was told repeatedly by aid organizations that it was unsafe to go places without armed guards…not at all true. False reports spread to intimidate people.

There are still trailer tractors of donations sitting at the airport and port not getting out to people. There are trucks and cars willing to transport supplies. Many grassroots folks are distributing tons of supplies despite harassment by police or difficulty in getting their supplies out of the airport.

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Cuban Doctors Care for Earthquake Victims in Mexico

By Nuria Barbosa León October 19, 2017

Photos: Rolando Piloto Tomé

The first days of October in the community of Ixtepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, have been rainy, but this has not prevented older people, adults, children and pregnant women, shielded by umbrellas, waterproof ponchos and coats, for forming a line before 6:00 am every day to see a Cuban doctor.

In a field hospital at the Che-Nita Sports Center, a brigade of the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Disasters and Serious Epidemics, with experience working in 19 countries, is offering its services to the local population.

The Henry Reeve Contingent emerged on the initiative of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz on September 19, 2005, to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans, in the United States.

At that time, then U.S. President George W. Bush rejected the offer of assistance from Cuba, which consisted of sending 1,586 doctors, 36 tons of medicines, and elementary means of diagnosis.

However, on this occasion, the 40 members of the Cuban brigade arrived in Mexico accompanied by 10 tons of equipment, medical materials and supplies, and is offering its services in internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, traumatology, surgery, and neurosurgery, supported by imaging, psychology, psychiatry, physical rehabilitation, and a clinical laboratory, 24 hours a day.

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Breaking the Blockade against Cuba through Humanitarian Example

By Ricardo Vaz on October 11, 2017

“Cuba is the model of what can be achieved. Imagine how much more it could do without the economic and media blockade!” These are the words of Claudia Camba, president of the UMMEP Foundation (“Un Mundo Mejor Es Posible”, “A Better World is possible”) and coordinator of the Cuba’s medical and educational missions in Argentina. In this exclusive interview with Investig’Action she tells us about Cuban solidarity in Argentina and Latin America, and especially about Operación Milagro (“Operation Miracle”) and the Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara ophthalmologic center in Córdoba.

Can you tell us a bit of the history of Operación Milagro (“Operation Miracle”)?

Operación Milagro was born out of another great Cuban internationalist mission, which was the literacy program “Yo Sí Puedo” (“Yes I can”), and more concretely in Venezuela, where this literacy program was called “Misión Robinson”. The Venezuelans, through this program, had the goal of teaching 1 million people how to read and write in six months. During this period of time they had some major successes as well as big difficulties, and one of them was the participants’ vision. All of these people taking part in this program were illiterate adults and most of them had vision problems as well.

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Cuban Doctors Denounce Impact of Blockade

Photo: Yaimí Ravelo

Estimated damages within the healthcare sector caused by the blockade, between April of 2016 and March 31, 2017, surpass 87 million dollars, according to Cuban doctors and medical students speaking in Havana.

With only a few days remaining before Cuba denounces the hostile U.S. policy within the United Nations, the National Assembly of People’s Power held a public hearing on the economic impact of the blockade on the population.

This policy “must not be addressed with lamentation, but rather with condemnation,” said Isabel Moya, PhD in Communication Sciences and director of the Mujer publishing house, during the meeting, held in Havana’s Oncology and Radiology Institute.

Moya, who has been treated at the hospital, commented that, at a time when the U.S. government is discouraging its citizens from traveling to Cuba, saying it is not a safe destination, Cuba is recognized internationally for its free, universal healthcare system, although the blockade “prevents us from receiving more specialized treatment.”

“We never lack a smile in the wards, nor medications, or food. We understand the costly effort being made by the Cuban state, I couldn’t be more grateful,” said Mayelín Jiménez, mother of a young cancer patient at the hospital.

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