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

Support Colombian Political Prisoner Simon Trinidad Held at US Maximum Security Prison

By the International Campaign for the Release of Simon Trinidad on January 29, 2018

In Colombia, like many other Latin American countries, peasant farmers with little land have been oppressed ever since colonial times. Up until the mid-20th century Colombia also had a history of partisan political violence between the traditional Conservative and Liberal parties. After a period known as La Violencia that lasted, by most accounts, from about 1948 until the late 1950s or early 1960s, a pact was reached between the Liberals and Conservatives that would prevent any other parties from gaining political power for 20 years.

As in many other Latin American countries, such exclusionary political arrangements were being challenged by leftist guerrilla movements. In this context rural sectors that were affiliated with the Liberal fighters during La Violencia joined with political activists inspired by the Communist Party to form the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC, in 1964.

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The S.F. Bay Area Stands with Bolivarian Venezuela

About 100 people gathered in the city of San Francisco to hear a critical update on the current situation of Venezuela.

The full house event in the Mission District started with the Premiere of the documentary “Venezuela the Shadow Agenda” by filmmaker Hernando Calvo Ospina. The film explains the reasons behind the U.S.’s aggressive stand against Venezuela. The beginning of the film best illustrates this hostile policy by showing former President Obama commenting on Venezuela.”We have the strongest military in the world and occasionally we have to twist the arms of countries that wouldn’t do what we need them to do”.

Speakers included the General Consul of Venezuela Jose Antonio Cordero and Jeanette Charles from Venezuela Analysis. Carolina Morales a Venezuelan community organizer moderated the panel discussion. Translation was provided by Lisa Milos, a union organizer.

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Twitterstorm February 23, 2018 Calling on the U.S. to Return Guantanamo to Cuba

A Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases took place at the University of Baltimore in January with the main theme being the closure of all foreign U.S. bases. The conference was organized by the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases.

During the two-day event a number of resolutions were approved including one on Guantanamo. To see the Resolution click here: http://noforeignbases.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Resolution-on-Guantanamo.pdf
The organizers called upon the global peace movement to organize actions on or around February 23, 2018, coinciding with the 115th anniversary of seizure and occupation of Guantanamo….“We are calling for the United States to promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantanamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding Cuban control of Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. to be null and void.”
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Cuba Embarks on a 100-year Plan to Protect Itself From Climate Change

By Richard Stone on January 10, 2018

Photo: Yamil Lage

On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation. The powerful storm dealt Havana only a glancing blow; even so, 10-meter waves pummeled El Malecón, the city’s seaside promenade, and ravaged stately but decrepit buildings in the capital’s historic district. “There was great destruction,” says Dalia Salabarría Fernández, a marine biologist here at the National Center for Protected Areas (CNAP).

As the flood waters receded, she says, “Cuba learned a very important lesson.” With thousands of kilometers of low-lying coast and a location right in the path of Caribbean hurricanes, which many believe are intensifying because of climate change, the island nation must act fast to gird against future disasters.

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