Chilean Legislators Reject US Interference in Venezuela

The statement by Chile

The statement by Chile’s Lower Legislative Chamber implores the United States to respect international norms of non-intervention. | Photo: Reuters

The statement by Chile’s Lower Legislative Chamber implores the United States to respect international norms of non-intervention.

July 13 (teleSUR) Legislators in Chile’s Lower Legislative Chamber have passed a resolution rejecting intervention by the United States in Venezuela, responding to threats of a military option by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The resolution “communicates to the United States government, through our foreign minister, the rejection of the Chilean people of any military intervention in Venezuela, and urges the government to respect peace,” the statement says.

The statement also implores the United States to respect international norms of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states, out of respect for self-determination and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry released a statement on Chile’s resolution, saying the “declarations of the President of the United States Donald Trump regarding military intervention, unilateral, illegal and coercive sanctions, and the diplomatic attack by various governments in the region, form part of the escalation against Venezuela that seeks to undermine the government of President Nicolas Maduro, the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan people to rob the natural resources and minerals of Bolivar’s homeland, and exterminate the ideas of liberty and rebelliousness against imperialism.”

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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves Calls for Defense of Latin Countries

Havana, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, called today in this capital to defend the governments of Nicaragua and Venezuela, and to support the people of Brazil.

‘We have to support these sister nations with their successes and failures, that is the meaning of our struggle,’ said Gonsalves, speaking on the opening day of the 24th Annual Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum that takes place at the Convention Center until Tuesday.

‘One day is Venezuela, anotherday, it is Brazil and then Nicaragua, we always remember the coup against the government of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras in June 2009,’ Gonsalves explained.

‘Now Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is in prison but the people support him because people continue to see him as their leader,’ he said.

The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lamented the impact of the economic, financial and commercial blockade that Cuba suffers, as this policy of the United States affects in other latitudes.

He denounced how external agents conspire against governments and systematically practice interference in the internal affairs of countries.

To date Cuba has hosted two editions of the meeting, the one in 1993 and the one in 2001.

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Cuban Los Van Van Orchestra to Close Josone Varadero Festival

Varadero, Cuba, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The popular Cuban orchestra Los Van Van Van will give tonight the final notes of the Josone Varadero Jazz & Son Festival, an event which takes place at the famous Cuban resort.

A luxurious programme with local musicians was prepared by the organisers for the last day of the event, a four-day event with a wide range of sounds by renowned artists.

In addition to Los Van Van Van, the poster announces the tresero Pancho Amat, the percussionist Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez, and the group known as Rumberos de Cuba, among others.

The event featured the participation of the salsa artists Gilberto Santa Rosa and Jose Alberto ‘El Canario’, the jazzman Nicholas Payton, and the urban music duet Gente de Zona among its main attractions.

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Media and Economists Praise Economic Fair in Havana

Havana, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Press media and economists regarded the initiative to develop a sample on economic and social development in Expocuba, a Cuban ferial exposition site located in Havana, as successful.

For five days, to be finished on Sunday, the 4th edition of the Havana Economic Fair took all the attention of Cuban families and foreign visitors who appeared in the rooms, and cultural, sports and recreation activities.

The vice-president of the Organ of the Provincial Administration, Osmín Abel Camejo, stated that, as was predicted at the beginning, these events are here to stay, and each year the samples are more interesting and instructive.

The present was characterized by the accumulated experience, initiatives and creativity in the planned activities, and the quality of the exhibition design and the presentations of the entities attracted a lot of visitors.

The pavilions covered several areas such as Tourism, Light Industry, Construction, Food, Agriculture, Energy and Mines, and Azcuba (sugar industry).

During the week, visitors bought gastronomic products, handicrafts and books, and enjoyed encounters with sports glories, participatory board games, martial arts exhibitions and exhibitions.

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More Than 430 Delegates Attend the 24th Sao Paulo Forum in Cuba

Havana, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) More than 430 delegates from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe are participating in the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, a three-day meeting inaugurated today in this capital with the Left’s unity as its central theme.

The inauguration of the meeting was held in the Convention Palace, presided over by the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, and gathered more than a hundred left-wing and progressive parties and organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The opening ceremony was also led by the executive secretary of the Sao Paulo Forum, Monica Valente, with the participation of personalities such as the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, and the Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera.

On its first day, the annual forum – which returns to Havana after the 1993 and 2001 editions – includes a debate to establish a position against colonialism and in favor of anti-imperialist solidarity and peace.

It will also host the meeting of the regional secretariats, the 3rd Seminar between the Left Party and the Sao Paulo Forum, and a meeting of the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity.

This regional left-wing initiative was created in 1990 by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), and the former president and founder of the Brazilian Workers’ Party, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

According to the participants, the new edition of the Sao Paulo Forum should promote the momentum of the revolutionary and progressive forces of Latin America, in response to the onslaught of the right and the hostility of the United States towards governments and peoples who oppose its hegemony and interference.

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Nicaragua is now the target

Young people in Nicaragua have been victims of media and political manipulation. Photo: www.elpreg.com

U.S. organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID have meddled in other countries’ affairs since their founding at the height of the Cold War

July 13 (Granma) Masked individuals, armed with homemade mortars and bazookas, block avenues, close the main streets, attack state institutions, burn tires, start fires, loot and kill.

To date, approximately 170 people have died as a result of the chaos and violence in Nicaragua. A powerful media campaign follows the events and more than that, openly promotes, falsifies, and multiples them.

The violent acts are presented as peaceful demonstrations by students, and the press publishes photos of those supposedly killed by the Sandinista government, but just as the truth will come out, the deception is discovered. Several have complained, demonstrating that the supposed dead are actually alive. One young man who resides abroad returned to state as such before the cameras, but of course this was not reproduced by the mainstream media.

U.S. author, journalist, and blogger Max Blumenthal recently published an article noting that a group of activists opposed to the current Nicaraguan government went to meet with leaders of Freedom House in Washington D.C. According to Blumenthal, the opposition group known as M-19, “were there to beseech Donald Trump and other right-wing U.S. government officials to help them in their fight against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.”

The links between U.S. organizations and the events underway in Nicaragua and other parts of the world are clearly revealed in Blumenthal’s piece: “The NED (National Endowment for Democracy) is a leading agent of U.S. soft power that has meddled in other countries’ affairs since its founding at the height of the Cold War, in 1983.” And the author cites Allen Weinstein, a founder of the NED, in 1991: “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”

The budget with which the NED operates comes from the United States Congress, which grants it millions of dollars every two years, as part of the State Department budget. The organization also receives donations from four associations: the Smith Richardson Foundation, the John M. Ohin Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and Freedom House, indirectly funded by federal contracts.

Masked individuals, armed with homemade mortars and bazookas block the streets and incite violence in Nicaragua. Photo: www.telemetro.com

The money is distributed to the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the American Center for International Labor Solidarity of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which in turn distribute monetary and material resources to other organizations in the U.S. and around the world, and disburse money and materials for opposition organizations in countries whose governments are not to the liking of the U.S. government.

The report from this U.S. journalist identifies the culprits: “Aside from NED, USAID has been the most active promoter of regime change against socialist-oriented governments in Latin America. In Nicaragua, USAID’s budget topped $5.2 million in 2018, with most of the funding directed towards training civil society and media organizations.”

This is the same USAID that used funds from the Alliance for Progress, a U.S. “economic aid,” “political” and “social” program, a kind of Marshall Plan and the first big attempt to halt the prospect of revolution in Latin American and isolate Cuba, and finance repression. Instead of engineers, technicians, and skilled workers, USAID trained unscrupulous police, soldiers, paramilitaries, torturers, and killers; instead of factories, farms, and schools, detention and torture centers were built.

Let’s not forget that this is also the same USAID that financed the training of death squads, promoted “health” programs that concealed inhumane sterilization processes in Central America, and collaborated with CIA narco agents in the Iran-Contra operation.

USAID has created an extensive network on our continent, which attracts cadres, manufactures leaders, and penetrates civil society. A true interventionist army of “experts,” “advisors” and “consultants,” working to develop its subversive plans. In its first ten years alone, the NED distributed more than 200 million dollars in 1,500 projects to support so-called “friends of America.”

Serbia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Iran, and Venezuela; wherever there is a government that goes against the interests of the United States, these generously financed experts in destabilization and chaos swiftly act.

Mercenaries, delinquents, hirelings of the “Soft Coup,” of the “Color Revolutions,” or other “revolutions” with eye-catching and peaceful names, designed in Langley’s laboratories, such as the Rose Revolution, Tulip Revolution, Orange Revolution, or known by names closer to reality such as the Bulldozer Revolution in Serbia; where the purchase of uncritical consciences and deception, seduction through the use of attractive concepts for young people, and a lot of money, all the money that is necessary, are the soldiers and weapons of this new war. And of course, Nicaragua is now the target.

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Cuba will always support the just demands of Caribbean nations

Speech by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, on the occasion of the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 5, 2018 , Year 60 of the Revolution

Your Most Honorable Andrew Michael Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica;
Honorable Heads of State and Government of CARICOM member states;

His Excellency Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, CARICOM Secretary-General;

Distinguished heads of delegations, ministers and special guests:

It is an honor to greet the leaders of our Caribbean, a sea that we share as a cradle and a challenging home, where we count the hours with more haste, due to the passion that derives from its heat and its strength that stops hurricanes, increasingly frequent and destructive, and also due to the rise in sea level, as a consequence of climate change, which we ourselves did not even cause.

I follow the spirit of my people, who first send enthused gratitude to the hosts, as we are in Jamaica, where, in the late nineteenth century, far from the hatred of the Spanish metropolis, Mariana Grajales found refuge, the bravest of our women and Mother of the Nation, whom “God has invested with the rank of General,” in the words of another front-line fighter, the wife of her son Antonio, the unsurpassable Maceo.

Here our Mariana, who died on Jamaican land 125 years ago, and today rests in the patrimonial cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, found refuge and received José Martí.

Jamaica is very close, geographically, historically, and humanly.

I wish, therefore, to express our gratitude to the people and government authorities of Jamaica, especially to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, for kindly organizing this meeting and offering us the possibility to share in this moment of Caribbean brotherhood.

I also interpret this invitation and the welcome that we have received, as an unequivocal demonstration of the excellent state of relations between the member nations of CARICOM and Cuba, whose solid foundations are built on an infallible friendship and the mutual recognition that we share challenges, so enormous that only united and cooperatively will we be able to face them successfully.

I am honored to convey the fraternal message of friendship and solidarity of compañero Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, and to reiterate the unwavering commitment that he made to you last December, at the 6th CARICOM-Cuba Summit, held in Antigua and Barbuda, stating that, “The Caribbean can always count on the eternal friendship, gratitude, and support of Cuba.”

“Cuba does not wander around the world cadging: she is a sister and works with such authority. On saving herself, she saves,” warned José Martí when he organized the Necessary War. And the Cuban Revolution, which turned his legacy into law, has not hesitated to share what we have; offer what we know; support where we can; more so at difficult times than in fortunate moments, but simply always. With a single priority: firstly he who suffers the most, and if he is a brother all the more reason.

Esteemed Heads of State and Government and guests:

The challenge facing our small states to achieve sustainable development is not new, although it is intensifying, because the obstacles and dangers derived from an unjust international order, that has lasted too long, are even greater and more complex

An increasingly unequal world, in which the access of our products to markets is obstructed, and we are deprived of the essential technological and financial resources for development, while rivers of money and resources are squandered on military spending and endless wars beyond the borders of their promoters, where there is little room for the hopes of the nations that lost out on centuries of progress, fuelling that of our metropolises.

This is why Cuba will always support the just demands of the Caribbean to receive fair and differential treatment in access to trade and investment. And we will support, without hesitation, the legitimate demand for reparations for the horrors of slavery and human trafficking, while rejecting the inclusion of CARICOM member states on unilateral lists of alleged non-cooperative tax jurisdictions drawn up by international financial capital centers.

We also reiterate that the demand to foster cooperation based on the needs of developing countries, and on the basis of the historic debt as a result of colonialism, and not a mechanical and incomplete measurement of national income, is necessary and just. Continue reading

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Ten ideas for Cuban youth

Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus Alvarez

Key ideas – not to be forgotten – from the Federation of University Students Ninth Congress, held in Havana this past weekend

July 12, 2018

– Youth will guarantee the continuity of Cuba’s revolutionary process and the construction of the prosperous, sustainable socialism the country wants. This is not an empty slogan, but rather the greatest commitment this generation assumes.
– If youth are to be the protagonists of changes underway in the country, every one of the FEU’s 5,300 branches must take on a project of social, community, economic, or environmental impact.
– The organization of students, building unity and consensus, must begin in classrooms, to consolidate essential ideas and conscious action to produce concrete results.
– Priorities include continuing to encourage research, promoting its use in projects of social impact, allowing new generations to perfect our socialism.
– Measures are needed to provide for more autonomy and perfect practices in training periods and job placement of university graduates.
– Institutions and enterprises must promote graduates’ participation in innovation and development, under the guidance of experienced professionals.
– Nothing, no one, can destroy the solid political foundation developed in Cuba during our 150 years of struggle to win and protect the nation’s independence.
– Previous generations of university students left as their legacy the importance of unity.
– This was a historic Congress, the first to be held without the physical presence of Fidel, at a time when a new stage of the Cuban Revolution is unfolding, as a new generation is assuming the leadership of the country.
– Evident during the Congress were the talent and commitment of university students to this Revolution that began October 10, 1868, and has always been able to count on the active, conscious involvement youth.

(Granma)

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Venezuela Highlights Legacy of Fidel and Chavez in Sao Paulo Forum

By Wiliam Urquijo Pascual

Caracas, Jul 14 (PL) Venezuela will highlight the historical and political legacy of revolutionary leaders Fiderl Castro (1926-2016) and Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) at the annual meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, assured today socialist leader Adan Chavez.

In an exclusive interview for Prensa Latina, the vicepresident of International Affairs of the Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV) asserted that the concertation mechanism, to meet here from July 15 thru 17, will be a great tribute to the ideas and action of the top exponent of the Cuban revolution.

Revolutionaries of Latin America and the world will always recognize the historic stature and trascendency of Fidel Castro and its impact on emancipating movements foro ver 50 years, saiod Chavez, who travels leading the Venezuelan delegation to the great event of the regional leftwing forces.

He underlined that the Forum of Sao Paulo ‘is a product of tjhe brilliant and strategic mind of Fidel’, who in direct contact with former Brazilian president and founder of the Workers’ Pary of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, ‘gave life to that space of theoretical debate for action, in face of the thrust of the world to the right after the collapse of the Soviet Union’.

In that sense, the PSUV vicepresident said that concertation mechanism continues as a field of discussion to summon for unity, sharing experiences and promoting unity, experiences and promoting struggle to construct socialism,, freedom, sovereignty and integration of the peoples.

He also asserted that the Venezuelan delegation will ratify in Havana the call to continental unity, according to the legacy of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, who included among the historical objectives of the so-called Plan of the Homeland to consolidate a world ‘multicentered and pluripolar’, referring to the efforts of the United States government and its allies.

In Latin America, there is a focus to face those imperialist aggressions, formed by Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, saying the latter faces ‘a terrible attack’ promoted by oligarchic and extreme-right sectors like those against Venezuela in April to July, 2017.

The head of the Venezuelan delegation to the event of the Latin American and Caribbean left said that the 24th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum will debate strategies and actions aimed to counter the attacks of the region’s rightwing forces.

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Cuba’s President Expresses Condolences to Japan’s People, Government

Tokyo, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today expressed his deep regret over the deaths and damages that the worst meteorological disaster in the last 30 years left in Japan, said the Cuban embassy in the Japanese country.

The Cuban head of State ‘extended his heartfelt condolences to the government and people of #Japan for the unfortunate loss of human life and property damage caused by torrential rains in several regions of the country,’ says the diplomatic headquarters in its Facebook account.

Official data indicate that 201 people died, more than 30 are still missing, 160 houses were totally destroyed, while some 700 suffered structural damage and more than 25,000 were flooded in 31 of the 47 prefectures of the Asian country.

Thousands of troops from the Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighters continue to be deployed for the rescue and search of the disappeared.

At the same time, thousands of volunteers arrived on Saturday to the affected areas to support the recovery efforts.

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