The U.S. State Department announced today the decision to allow, as of March 19 this year, the filing of lawsuits before U.S. courts under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act only against Cuban companies included on the List of Restricted Entities issued by that government in November of 2017, which was updated one year later. This arbitrary and illegitimate list, intended to tighten the blockade and expand its extraterritorial effects, forbids U.S. citizens from engaging in direct financial transactions with the aforementioned entities.Learn More
By Alfred de Zayas on February 7, 2019
There is nothing more undemocratic and corrosive to the rule of law than a coup d’état. Members of the United Nations are bound by the Charter, articles one and two of which affirm the right of all peoples to determine themselves, the sovereign equality of states, the prohibition of the use of force and of economic or political interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states. Yet these fundamental principles of international order are being grossly violated in the case of Venezuela.Learn More
By Arnold August on February 14, 2019
After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, this is my basic impression. The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the international corporate media in the U.S., Canada and other countries in the West. It is calm. There are no people starving to death nor “civil war” violence as the media repeat.Learn More
Former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” Da Silva, historic leader of the Workers’ Party (PT), has been sentenced in a new case to an additional 12 years and 11 months in prison. Without producing any evidence, he is being accused of “passive corruption” for improvements carried out on a house in the country side that he does not own.
The offenses against Lula seem to be endless in this obscene mockery of the most elementary sense of justice.
On January 29, Genival Inacio Da Silva “Vavá”, Lula’s older brother and a beloved father figure, died. Lula was denied permission to attend the funeral, a right that every prisoner has in Brazil.Learn More