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Celebration in ICAP for the Definitive Freedom of the Boricua Patriot

Oscar Lopez Rivera will be in November in Cuba

Fernando Gonzalez speaks with Oscar Lopez

Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera thanked Cuba for solidarity in a telephone call this Wednesday with Fernando González Llort, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), during a ceremony in celebration of the definitive freedom of the Puerto Rican patriot, who will visit Cuba in November to personally thank the accompaniment to the struggle for his release.

By: Iliana García Giraldino Photos: Karoly Emerson

Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was definitively released this Wednesday after more than 35 years as a political prisoner in the United States, will visit Cuba in November to personally thank the people who accompanied the struggle for his release. The news was heard in a telephone conversation between the Puerto Rican patriot and Fernando González Llort, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), during a jubilant meeting with more than 200 people at the organization’s headquarters, where there have been carried out over the years numerous acts in support of this cause.

Fernando, who had been a companion for four years in Oscar’s cell, after several unsuccessful attempts to connect by telephone – which increased the anxiety of the audience and himself – finally managed to communicate and exclaimed: “Brother, how are you, good to hear your voice again! “, And then explained to Oscar the celebration that was taking place at that time at ICAP.

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Cuba Holds 5th International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

By Laura V. Mor on May 7, 2017

U.S. guard tower on Guantanamo. Photo: Bill Hackwel

The three days of activities began with an exposition titled ‘A World of Peace is Possible’, by Cuban artists of the Association of Communicators of Cuba.This past week the 5th International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases took place in the Medical Science University of the City of Guantánamo, with the presence of delegations from 32 countries.

The main plenary of the symposium featured comprehensive presentations by delegates from Nicaragua, Argentina, Palestine, Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy) and Puerto Rico, among others. Each gave their testimony on the military presence of foreign powers in their countries, highlighting the imperialist meddling in their internal affairs.

From Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega Reyes, President of the Christian Unity Party and Deputy of the Parliament, spoke about the role that the Cuban Revolution has in the region, and how the communities around Guantanamo represents a bastion of resistance and dignity.

‘It’s important to point out in which political conditions the Guantanamo Bay was rented out to the United States,’ he emphasized, and described how the Platt Amendment completely usurped the sovereignty of Cuba that was helped along by a compliant government that back then did not represent the interests of the people.

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Why Are There No Riots in the Barrios of Venezuela?

By Gustavo Borges on May 11, 2017

Photo: Mision Verdad

The only ones who have both the number and fury to set fire to this country are working, organizing, and discussing the call to a Constituent Assembly.

Closing streets, paralyzing the subway system, burning urban transport units, attacking public institutions, even some private ones, the looting of shops, schools and hospitals, terrorizing popular neighborhoods with hired gangs, mercenary style.

In eastern areas of Caracas, a minority sector goes to the opposition demonstrations where all of this takes place and daily life is a chaos in the middle of battles where this privileged little world rebelled against the poor. Wearing all sort of gas masks, journalists, photographers, camera people with helmets and bullet-proof vests, opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, mayors and governors of the counterrevolution stand there giving orders, Molotov cocktails keep coming and going, sometimes they collide with tear gas canisters in the air, youths wearing balaclavas and with shields that look like they are from the crusaders, using gloves to throw tear gas canisters back, barricades, cut down trees, fires, a constant battle against Bolivarian police and the national guards who are forbidden from using firearms and violence.

The cameras try to capture a picture showing that the country is at war.

This same scenario is repeated in specific places in different states of the country. But despite this theatrical set,

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Puerto Rico’s Oscar Lopez Freed After 36 Years in US Prison

Lopez Rivera was the longest held political prisoner in the United States from Latin America.

Photo: EFE

Puerto Rican independence leader Oscar Lopez Rivera was released Wednesday from house arrest in Puerto Rico after former U.S. President Barack Obama commuted his sentence in January, days before Donald Trump was inaugurated.

“I thank the whole world, and I ask for love for the whole world,” Lopez said to media in his first words once he was freed, adding that now that he has returned to the island, he will continue his fight for independence and reach out to Puerto Ricans to hear about their needs.

“I like to listen,” Lopez said. “I want to visit each municipality, listen and see what we can do.”

Lopez also spoke out about the massive cuts targeting the island’s main public post-secondary education institution, the University of Puerto Rico, which has seen funding slashed as part of a harsh austerity plan to tackle the Puerto Rico’s crippling debt, sparking widespread protests.
“The University of Puerto Rico has to exist, it has to continue to get better. To students, they need to fight, ” Lopez said. “We will never resign and will always push forward. We can. We are a beautiful people and I think we can come together.”

In early February, Lopez Rivera was transferred from the Terre Haute penitentiary in Indiana, where the leading activist spent about two-thirds of his more than 30-year prison term, to his daughter’s home in Puerto Rico.

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Venezuela Formally Begins Process to Exit ‘Interventionist’ OAS

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said her country’s decision was based on dignity and sovereignty.

Delcy Rodriguez, Foreign Minister of Venezuela

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez presented the official letter Thursday to start the process for the country to pull out of the Organization of American States, which she said was attempting to intervene and promote a coup in Venezuela.

“Today we formalize and present the letter to definitely pull out of this organization,” said Rodriguez in a press conference from the Foreign Ministry’s office in Caracas. “We will defend the self-determination of our people.”

Rodriguez said the move was based on a question of dignity and that President Nicolas Maduro’s decision, which was taken to defend Venezuela from arbitrary abuses and illegal actions carried out by the OAS against the country, had been both praised and respected.

“Today is a day of victory for Venezuela, we woke up today freer and more independent,” the foreign minister continued.
Rodriguez criticized OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro, accusing him of responding to U.S. interests to destabilize Caracas, adding that the organization has a historical precedent of promoting interventions, coups and invasions in the region.

Almagro has repeatedly called for the Democratic Charter to be applied against Venezuela, which would have lead to its suspension from the organization.

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