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.
One day as today, he added, the former president, Frederik de Klerk outlined the government’s plan that led to the first South African Democratic Elections and we hope the Palestinian government will manage to obtain its independence one day.
Whatever your views on Cuba, its people do not deserve such aggression. The Friends of Cuba Society (FOCUS), a volunteer organization of South Africans which seeks to promote solidarity with the peoples and sovereign government of Cuba, launches this protest as part of its ‘Hands off Cuba’ campaign.
We note that between the periods April 2017- March 2018 the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US government against Cuba has been intensified and applied with stricter rigor. President Trump’s adoption of the Presidential Memorandum entitled “Strengthening the Policy of the United States towards Cuba” on 16 June 2017, which among its aims renewed the intensification of the blockade against the Island. This represents a serious setback to bilateral relations with Cuba. During this period the persecution of Cuban financial transactions and banking and loan operations with Cuba has intensified on a world scale. Such measures has seriously hurt the country’s economy, especially the business activities of companies and national banks in their dealings with International banking.
These harsh and brutal measures that are imposed on Cuba, in addition to a blockade lasting more than 50 years are directly aimed at suffocating the development of Cubans and reducing to a minimum the hard currency resources which are indispensable in meeting the needs for food, healthcare educational services as well as other essentials of Cubans. A more shameless violation of a country’s sovereignty is hard to imagine.