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June 26 2017

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“조선인민과 꾸바인민 사이의 전투적친선단결 만세!”

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June 13 2015

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Obama’s Cuba Legacy May Run Through Venezuela

By Mark Weisbrot - Aljazeera America, June 10th 2015

“The latest move [US government’s “deeply ironic step of removing Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism”] removes one obstacle from the normalization of relations with Cuba, but there are many more ahead, including the 53-year-old U.S. embargo, which has been condemned by nearly the entire world for decades, and the much-hated U.S. military base and prison at Guantánamo, which the Cubans have indicated is a deal breaker if it is not closed down. Another irony: The U.S. government lectures Cuba about human rights while it illegally imprisons and tortures people on the island.

But another issue Cuba has raised with Washington could have even more important implications for the region. It is now apparent, as I first suggested a month ago, that the Cubans made it clear to President Barack Obama that normalization of relations would be limited if Washington was unwilling to normalize relations with Venezuela. This is important because U.S. hostility toward Venezuela, especially Washington’s support for regime change there, has poisoned relations with Latin America even more than the embargo against Cuba.

Obama appears to have gotten the message. He met with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Summit of the Americas on April 11 and backtracked from his executive order that declared Venezuela an ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. security. Obama has sent a top State Department official, Tom Shannon, to Caracas twice since April 7 to make peace. A career diplomat and an assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush, Shannon is considered pragmatic in Washington circles. In the context of Venezuela, this means someone who favors support for groups that want to get rid of the government mainly through electoral means rather than through violence or a military coup.

This is not the first time Obama has moved toward normalizing relations with Venezuela. In 2010 the administration attempted to re-establish relations at the ambassadorial level. This was sabotaged by then-Sen. Richard Lugar’s office, probably in collaboration with like-minded people in the State Department. Last summer, the U.S. accepted a chargé d’affaires — the No. 2 position after ambassador — at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. A few weeks after that, U.S. federal prosecutors had a Venezuelan retired general, Hugo Carvajal, arrested in Aruba despite his diplomatic passport, in apparent violation of the nearly sacrosanct Vienna Convention protecting diplomats. An island with a population of 100,000 that is 17 miles from Venezuela, Aruba is part of the Netherlands. The arrest almost destroyed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Venezuela, but the Netherlands intervened and ordered him freed on the grounds of diplomatic immunity.

The pattern is clear and easily understandable: There are many people in the Obama administration and Congress who do not want to normalize relations with Venezuela. (As was noted in the press, the same is true to a lesser extent for normalizing relations with Cuba. Obama kept top State Department officials in the dark for more than a year of negotiations.) So it was not surprising to see a 2,500-word Wall Street Journal article on May 18, with a far-fetched allegation that the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, was the chief of a drug cartel.”

May 16 2015

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handa: Fisherman, a photo from Santiago de Cuba

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May 14 2015

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May 05 2015

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Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has met with Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, the Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported on Sunday. The meeting that covered the ties between the two countries took place in Castro's home on Saturday. No photos of the event were published. Fidel Castro, 88, makes few public appearances. On March 30, after an absence of 14 months, he met with a group of young visitors from Venezuela.
Fidel Castro meets Japan’s foreign minister - local media (RT News, May 4 2015)

May 03 2015

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Street of Havana, Cuba.

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April 28 2015

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shevyvision: the beautiful colors of cuba

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March 26 2015

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Since the Obama administration decided last week to impose new sanctions on Venezuela, many people, including journalists, have inquired as to what motivated them to do this. Some are curious as to the apparent incongruity between this move and the White House decision in December to begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. ...

The contradiction between the Venezuela sanctions and the opening to Cuba is probably more apparent than real. A majority of the U.S. foreign policy establishment has wanted to normalize relations with Cuba since at least the 1990s. There is money to be made there, and most of those interested in getting rid of the Cuban government seem to believe – correctly or not – that it will be easier to do so if the island is opened up to commercial relations with the U.S. So beginning to normalize relations with Cuba is generally consistent with the broader strategy of opposition to Venezuela and other left governments that have been elected and re-elected since 1998.

It is only inconsistent if one sees the opening to Cuba as the beginning of a change in overall U.S. strategy for the region, one that seeks to reconcile with the huge hemispheric political shift that has taken place in the 21st century, and is sometimes known as Latin America’s ‘second independence.’ President Rafael Correa of Ecuador succinctly expressed the regional governments’ disgust with the latest sanctions, saying that it ‘reminds us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by the imperialists.’ He then asked, ‘Can’t they understand that Latin America has changed?’ The short answer to his question is no. Washington is still some ways away from the hemispheric equivalent of Nixon’s trip to China in 1972, which was not just about beginning a process of opening diplomatic or commercial relations but also about coming to grips with the new reality that an independent ‘Communist China’ was here to stay.

Even as the normalization of relations with Cuba proceeds, the White House plans to continue funding ‘democracy promotion’ programs within the country – as well as numerous others in the region.
— Mark Weisbrot: How Not to Win Friends in Latin America
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March 17 2015

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In essence, Venezuela is one of the very few countries with significant oil reserves which does not submit to U.S. dictates, and this simply cannot be permitted (such countries are always at the top of the U.S. government and media list of Countries To Be Demonized). Beyond that, the popularity of Chavez and the relative improvement of Venezuela’s poor under his redistributionist policies petrifies neoliberal institutions for its ability to serve as an example; just as the Cuban economy was choked by decades of U.S. sanctions and then held up by the U.S. as a failure of Communism, subverting the Venezuelan economy is crucial to destroying this success.
— Glen Greenwald: Maybe Obama's Sanctions on Venezuela Are Not Really About His "Deep Concern" Over Suppression of Political Rights
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March 15 2015

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latino-diversity: Portraits of Afro-Cubans from Havana, Cuba.

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October 12 2014

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October 9th 1967: Che Guevara executed

from todayinhistory.tumblr.com (via anarcho-queer):

On this day in 1967, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was executed age 39. Guevara played a major role in the Cuban Revolution which put Fidel Castro in power. He continued to study Marxism and decided that colonialism and capitalism were mainly to blame for problems in the Third World and that global revolution was the answer. When he tried to initiate revolution in Bolivia he was captured by Bolivian forces, who had CIA help, and was executed the next day. He continues to be a powerful symbolic figure, as for many he embodies rebellion.

"I know you’ve come to kill me. Shoot me you coward! You are only going to kill a man!" - Guevara’s last words

August 30 2014

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August 21 2014

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June 05 2014

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December 07 2013

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Mandela’s sharp statements rarely cited in mainstream media — RT News

As the world remembers Nelson Mandela’s legacy as South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon, he was also deeply skeptical of American power, the Iraq invasion, and was a key supporter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Here are seven quotes from the leader that are less likely to be published as his life is honored and his death commemorated in the mainstream media. ...

September 29 2013

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August 30 2013

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According to the report [by Russian newspaper Kommersant], Havana informed Moscow that it would not permit the plane to land if Snowden was on board. Castro responded by blasting Kommersant as a well-known ‘counter-revolutionary’ and ‘mercenary’ newspaper, alluding that it acts in the interests of the ‘evil empire’ of the United States. He also voiced his support for Edward Snowden’s actions. ‘I admire the courageous and just declarations of Snowden,’ Castro wrote. ‘In my opinion, he has rendered a service to the world having revealed the repugnantly dishonest policy of the powerful empire that is lying and deceiving the world.’
‘Lie & libel’! Fidel Castro slams report Cuba blocked Snowden flight (RT News, Aug. 28 2013)

August 20 2013

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“The best part of Cuba? The friendly people of course!”

July 07 2013

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【Twitter】 Cuba: in solidarity with Snowden

  • @UCWNews: Cuba's Raul Castro criticizes U.S., backs allies on Snowden dlvr.it/3czM9j

  • @wikileaks: If Raul Castro's solidarity on Snowden is serious Cuba will publically offer Snowden asylum.

By the way, I was surprised at the last paragraph of the Reuters report:

Castro  d o w n p l a y e d  Snowden's revelations of secret U.S. spy programs, stating Cuba had been one of the countries most spied upon on the planet. "We already knew about the existence of these systems," he said, as he closed the parliament meeting.

What does this mean? Is Reuters convinced that Snowden's revelations are criminal acts?

June 26 2013

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I would bet that Mr Snowden will be sleeping in Ecuador sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that Ecuador has difficult diplomatic relations with Washington. A major US oil company has polluted the environment in Ecuador, poisoned and killed a number of citizens. And the US refuses to be forthcoming with regard to bringing this company to justice. Supposedly Mr Snowden will be transiting through Havana and we all know the difficult relations between Cuba and the US. So I should say Mr Snowden should sleep soundly tonight.
— Gerald Horne (via RT Op-Edge)
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