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

Saturday September 17 World-Wide Twitazo against the Blockade

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Photo: Bill Hackwell

The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity endorses the call made by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) to organize days of action under the title “We have Memory; Solidarity Against the Blockade” from September 4 to October 6. These actions will bring back the experience accumulated during the years of struggle to free the Cuban Five. The events most likely will extend until October 27, the day when Cuba will once again present the report to the United Nation entitled, “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” (view report)

The actions against the genocidal blockade against Cuba will start on September 17, as was agreed upon at the Summit of the People in Panama in April 2015 and reiterated at the Continental Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba in the Dominican Republic this past July, by organizing activities on the 17th of each month.
We call on solidarity friends from all over the world to express their rejection of the blockade in all possible ways including statements and pronouncements directed at the United States Congress and sending emails to President Obama urging him to exercise the powers conferred upon him by the Constitution to dismantle the blockade. He can do it. We encourage the movement to also organize public events that explain the impact that the U.S. blockade is having against the Cuban people.
It is necessary to emphasize that almost two years after the restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations the U.S. policy of genocidal blockade continues. A policy that causes enormous suffering and unquantifiable damage to the Cuban people and is the real cause preventing the economic development of Cuba.

Having normal relations between countries means the cessation of war that one country exerts on another. And this is even more obvious when it comes to the most powerful country on Earth against a small nation in the Antilles. Every day for more than a half century the U.S. has unilaterally applied the blockade through its extraterritorial laws like the Torricelli Bill, the Helms-Burton Act, the Cuban Adjustment Act, the wet foot, dry foot policy, the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, and many others designed to undermine the sovereignty of Cuba.

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With Fidel, Yesterday, Today, and Always

By Angel Guerra Cabrera on September 1, 2016

Photo: Roberto Chile

Photo: Roberto Chile

Fidel Castro was the first chief of state to interest himself in what today many studies call climate collapse and in gaining a clear vision of its basic causes. That’s why his words at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, almost a quarter century ago, sound so real today.

He affirmed on that occasion: “Consumer societies are chiefly responsible for this appalling environmental destruction. They were spawned by the former colonial metropolis. They are the offspring of imperial policies which, in turn, brought forth the backwardness and poverty that have become the scourge for the great majority of humankind. With only 20% of the world’s population, they consume two thirds of all metals and three-fourths of the energy produced worldwide. They have poisoned the seas and the rivers. They have polluted the air. They have weakened and perforated the ozone layer. They have saturated the atmosphere with gases, altering climatic conditions with the catastrophic effects.” He then stated: “Tomorrow will be too late.”

And he added: “If we want to save humanity from this self-destruction, wealth and available technologies must be distributed better throughout the planet. If there were less luxury and less waste in a few countries, there would be less poverty and hunger in much of the world. Stop transferring to the third world lifestyles and consumer habits that ruin the environment. Make human life more rational. Adopt a just international economic order. Use science to achieve sustainable development without pollution. Pay the ecological debt. Eradicate hunger and not humanity.”

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Emergency Resolution Opposing U.S. Government’s Re-Institution of “Trials for Travel” to Cuba

Aug 5, 2016

National Lawyers Guild

isWhereas the last NLG Convention unanimously adopted on October 24, 2015 an Emergency Resolution calling on the US Administration “to cease impending punitive actions and to instead act consistently for normalized relations with Cuba”; and
Whereas that resolution specifically called on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to “cease all impending threats and prosecutions of U.S. persons based on their previous travel to Cuba, including the threatened re-institution of ‘trials for travel’ ” in the greater Washington DC area; and

Whereas, despite this the announced policy of the Administration to change its policy towards Cuba and to look forward rather than be imprisoned by the past, OFAC has now begun the process of resuming such administrative trials which had been abandoned after six years by the George W. Bush administration. Specifically, on July 26, 2016, OFAC served a complaint instituting proceedings against Albert Fox, as President of the Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy Policy Foundation (the Respondent), seeking a penalty of $100,000 for participating in two short trips to Cuba in 2010 and 2011, and claiming that the Respondent improperly assisted other U.S. nationals on those two trips; and Whereas, for the first time in some ten years, OFAC has recently appointed an Administrative Law Judge, from the U.S. Coast Guard in Baltimore, MD, to hear this and possibly other Cuba travel cases; and

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Statement by the Revolutionary Government of Cuba

August 31, 2016

f0012049The Government’s estrangement from the President, without presenting any evidence of corruption or crimes of responsibility against her, as well as from the Workers’ Party (PT) and other left-wing allied political forces, is an act of defiance against the sovereign will of the people who voted for her.

The governments headed by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff implemented a socio-economic model that made it possible for Brazil to take a step forward in areas such as production growth with social inclusion, the creation of jobs, the fight against poverty, the eradication of extreme poverty among more than 35 million Brazilians who previously lived in inhumane conditions and income increases for another 40 million; the expansion of opportunities in the areas of education and health for the people, including those sectors who had been previously marginalized.

During this period, Brazil has been an active promoter of Latin American and Caribbean integration. The defeat of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), the holding of the Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development (CALC) which led to the creation of CELAC and foundation of UNASUR are transcendental events in the recent history of the region which show the leading role played by that country.

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So there was a coup d’état in Brazil

By Emir Sader on September 1, 2016

brazil - DilmaThe dream of the Brazilian right-wing, since 2002, has come true. Not under the earlier forms that were attempted. Not like when they tried to overthrow Lula in 2005, with an impeachment that failed to prosper. Not with electoral attempts such as in 2006, 2010, 2014, when they were defeated. Now they have found a short-cut to interrupt the PT (Labor Party) governments; which they need all the more, as they will continue to lose the elections, with Lula as the next candidate.

It was through a bloodless coup, for which the coups in Honduras and Paraguay have served as laboratories. Defeated in four successive elections, and with an enormous risk of continuing to do so, the right sought the short cut of impeachment, without any grounds for it, counting on the treason of the vice-president, elected twice under the winning (PT) programme, but determined to apply the programme that was defeated four times in the elections.

Taking advantage of the parliamentary majority, elected to a large extent with funding raised by Eduardo Cunha (until recently, President of the Chamber of Deputies), a man unanimously recognized as the most corrupt among all the corrupt Brazilian politicians, the right-wing overthrew a president re-elected by 54 million Brazilians, without bringing together any motive for impeachment.

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Coup Against Democracy in Brazil

Statement about the Coup d’État in Brazil

2016-08-31-PHOTO-00000009 (1)August 31, 2016 will be forever marked as a day of shame against the Constitution of the Republic of Brazil. This day the sovereign will of 54 million Brazilians, who only 2 years ago endorsed with their vote the re-election of the legitimate President Dilma Rousseff, was fraudulently mocked.

This is not just a blow to the Government of Dilma it is also a direct attack on the democracy of Brazil and the stability and unity of the region. It follows the same script of the “soft coups” already in practice in Honduras and Paraguay and aims to be implemented in Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela.

The current approach of imperialism against the progressive governments of the region is not one that needs to resort to unpopular military dictatorships. In its place the strategy now is to overthrow the legitimate representatives of the people, using the complicity of judges, corrupt politicians and traitorous parliamentarians under arguments that have no legal or constitutional validity.

This is also the coup of O´Globo and the other large media conglomerates that never ceased attacking Dilma, Lula and the Workers Party with malice for the crime of taking 35 million Brazilians out of poverty.

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