The 11 of July, between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm, the first demonstration took place this month in rejection of the aggression of United State against Cuba and the reinforcement of the blockade. This protest was organized by the Association of Friendship with Cuba (FOCUS) and was held in front of the Parliament based in the South African province of Cape Town. Continue reading
Statements by the new health professional, Sofika Sikhonathi Mkhiva, who is one of the newly graduated South African students who studied in Cuba the first five years of medicine. Continue reading
By Ilsa Rodríguez Santana Pretoria, (Prensa Latina) South African percussionist and music producer Dan Chiorboli will organize concerts in Cuba with the participation of musicians from both countries, as part of the support for the island during times of greater pressure from the United States.
The South African musician of Italian origin, who has performed all over the world and worked on the production of more than 200 albums, told Prensa Latina in this capital that he knew through his mother and grandmother from an early age the sonorities of the island. .
When offering his considerations on the new measures of the United States against Cuba, he described them as shameful and reflected ‘on the contrary to what we want in the current world’.
‘We are not politicians, but from the artistic point of view we need to project and support Cuba,’ he said after recalling the important role of artists worldwide against apartheid in South Africa and his assurance that the time has come to repeat those actions in support of Cuba.
It is very important to help Cuba as musical activists, in addition to making young people understand what is happening, what is the culture of the United States blockade against that nation and what we must do to achieve its elimination, he added.
Meanwhile, Chiorboli pointed out that his connection with Cuban music is maintained through two of his main friends; the British producer and guitarist Phil Manzanera and the Cuban Juan Marco González, of the Buenavista Social.
In his statements he recalled that he returned to South Africa with the aim of producing a CD with 12 or 14 songs linked to the liberation struggles and finished with 57 songs and the participation of 142 musicians from 18 countries, among them the young Cuban jazz musician Michel Herrera, who last March recorded in Johannesburg a title dedicated to the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale.
Message by Ambassador of Cuba Rodolfo Benitez Verson to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) National Policy Conference.
First of all, on behalf of our people and government I thank the leadership and members of NEHAWU for inviting Cuba to be present in this important National Policy Conference.
We which you great success in the review of your Strategic Policy Framework, and in this context we welcome your intention to develop a plan for the next decade in relation to working class internationalism.
In our region, Latin America and the Caribbean, we are living dangerous times. The US Government has announced and is very aggressively implementing a regime change policy against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. They accuse our countries, among other things, of threatening the US National Security by promoting socialism in the region.
Since Donald Trump took office, he very quickly reversed the process towards the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States outlined by Barak Obama. Instead of dialogue, the Trump government is intensifying to unprecedented levels the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba.
Let me just mention a few examples of the new unilateral sanctions being implemented against Cuba to collapse our economy:
- Aggravate impediments to entering the United States faced by executives and families of companies that legitimately invest in Cuba, in properties that were nationalized
- To allow legal action to be taken in U.S. courts against Cuban and foreign entities.
- To significantly reinforce restrictions for US citizens to travel to Cuba.
- To prohibit all kinds of boats and vessels from the United States to travel to Cuba.
- To ban cruise ships from visiting our Island.
- To establish limits on remittances that Cuban residents in the U.S. send to their families and friends in our country.
- To impose additional financial sanctions to Cuba and companies that has contacts with our country.
- Intensification of the persecution of Cuban international financial transactions.
I think that give you an idea of the situation we are facing today.
Washington intends to justify these measures accusing Cuba, among other things, of having military troops in Venezuela and being responsible for the current situation in that sister country. They are lying!
Cuba does not have troops or military forces in Venezuela, while the accuser is the only country in the world that keeps over 250 000 soldiers on 800 military bases all over the world, including in the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, which must be returned to our country.
The nearly 20 thousand Cuban collaborators in Venezuela, more than 60% of them women, fulfill the same tasks that are currently performed by 11,000 other professionals of our country in 83 nations, including South Africa: they contribute to provide basic social services, mainly health care.
The firm solidarity with Venezuela and other sister countries like the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Palestine, is a sovereign right of Cuba. No threat or blackmail of the current US government will divert the internationalist behavior of the Cuban nation.
It is worth remembering that threats and ultimatum were already used in the past, when Cuba’s internationalist effort supported the liberation movements in Africa, while the United States supported at that time the despicable Apartheid regime in South Africa.
It was also intended, then, that Cuba renounce its solidarity commitments with the African people in exchange for promises of forgiveness by the US. At that time Cuba rejected the blackmail, as we reject it today, with the greatest contempt.
The sovereignty and independence are not negotiable. For Cubans, betrayal is not an option.
The additional sanctions imposed by the US will have very negative economic effects and will generate greater difficulties and shortcomings for the Cuban people. But they will not change our firm determination of resistance.
Even with its immense power, imperialism does not have the capacity to break the dignity of a united people, proud of its history and freedom.
The Cuban Revolution has the firm determination to defeat this new aggressive escalation. As it has happened with 11 previous US Administrations in the last 60 years, the policy of confrontation against Cuba of the Trump government will fail once again. Continue reading
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Since he took office in January 2017, Donald Trump has been erasing the path towards the normalisation of relations between Cuba and the United States outlined by his predecessor Barak Obama. Instead of dialogue and cooperation, his government has promoted hostility and confrontation against our nation.
Last April 17, the current administration announced its decision to escalate even more the aggressive behavior against Cuba. The new unilateral sanctions include allowing hereinafter that action is taken in US courts against Cuban and foreign entities outside the jurisdiction of the United States; and to harden the impediments for entry into the US of the executives of companies that legally invest in Cuba and their relatives in properties that were nationalised.
Likewise, remittances which Cuban residents in the US send to their families and next of kin will be limited; trips by US citizens to Cuba will be further restricted; and additional financial sanctions will be applied against our country.
Those sanctions reinforce the blockade, flagrantly violate international law and directly attack the sovereignty and interests of third countries. The declared goal is to suffocate the Cuban economy, in order to achieve a “regime change”.
Washington intends to justify these measures by accusing Cuba of being responsible for the current situation in Venezuela, and a threat to the national security of the United States. False!
The current US government is known, in its own country and internationally, for its unscrupulous tendency of using lies as a resort in domestic and foreign policy matters.
The accuser has a GDP 200 times greater than that of our country, its territory multiplied by 89 that of the Island and its population is 30 times larger. It is also the only country in the world that keeps over 250 000 soldiers on 800 military bases abroad.
The US Department of State recently sent a secret memo to its embassies, instructing them to take steps in the capitals with the aim of obtaining public condemnation of the alleged presence of thousands of Cuban troops and security forces in Venezuela, influencing and determining what is happening in that sister country. It is another vulgar slander.
Cuba does not have troops or military forces, nor does it participate in operations in Venezuela. The nearly 20 thousand Cuban collaborators in that Latin American sister nation, more than 60% of them women, fulfill the same tasks that are currently performed by 11,000 other professionals of our country in 83 nations: contributing to provide basic social services, mainly health care.
It’s just ridiculous that the US accuse Cuba of being responsible for the soundness and steadfastness shown by the Bolivarian government and the people of Venezuela, in defense of the sovereignty of their nation.
You have to love those leaders with the power of their convictions, not afraid to call out US President Donald Trump to his face on the floor of the UN Security Council.
Bolivia’s first ever indigenous President, Evo Morales, a leader who took power from the predatory elites in his country and gave it to the masses, took Trump on this week sitting just two seats away from him.
One of the great revolutionary leaders that Latin America has produced, an indigenous leader who turned politics in Bolivia on its head, spoke truth to power in the most authoritative yet polite manner, and Trump had no option but to sit and listen.
It was everything we always wanted to hear said in the apex decision-making body of the UN, but seldom do we ever see leaders with the courage to tell it like it is.
It took a former coco farmer who had herded Llamas as a boy to tell one of the most pompous world leaders, full of hubris and self-importance, that actually the US is the opposite of what it pretends to be. It is not democracy, justice and human rights that the US cares about, but annexing the resources of other countries. It couldn’t have been put more plain and simple.
American attitude concerns SACP
The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Northern Cape is disturbed to see the political attack on Venezuela and Cuba by the American regime.
It is ironic that it is this same government that refused to implement sanctions against Apartheid South Africa saying that it would “hurt the very people it was meant to help”.
The American government has long interfered in South and Central American politics, overtly and covertly.
That President Donald Trump picks up the baton in this blatant disregard for the will of the people of these independent nations should not be surprising. Our error would be to see his action as maverick and the behaviour of an individual out of control.
He is completely under the control of capital and the true captains of America. We must see his action as representative of the American regime for as long as the regime refuses to distance itself from Trump’s comments and remove him from office.
Trump reflects what many of these right-wing senators and powerful players in the American economy think and feel, but are too guarded to say in public.
In short, they are able to implement policies they have long prepared and kept in waiting. Trump is their scapegoat. Western Democracy is a fallacy. What the United States calls a multi-party democracy is also a farce – there are really only two parties and actually both are very much alike.
Their foreign policies remain the same and they differ mainly in domestic matters and not even fundamentally.
Trump presents an opportunity to push ahead with their “America First” mentality, while we stand aside bemused that it is the workings of a single individual.
Many were fooled when Obama came into power.
Progressive thinkers and nations were so enamoured that a black man could be voted in in a country with a past littered with legislated racial discrimination that we failed to notice that, mostly, he continued the policies of the previous governments.
BY SHANNON EBRAHIM
Venezuela is becoming a litmus test for the capability of the West to successfully carry out regime change without staging a full on military intervention.
President Trump is not that keen to commit massive amounts of troops to stage a military intervention like they did in Iraq, but is bent on pursuing regime change through other means.