3 Mexican ships taking fuel, medical aid and food to Cuba
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two Mexican ships carrying food, fuel and medical supplies were sailing to Cuba on Tuesday and a third was getting ready to head there Wednesday, in what experts said was Mexico's biggest aid run for Cuba in almost three decades.
The first ship left late Monday loaded with 100,000 barrels of diesel fuel that the Mexican government said would be used to provide power for Cuban hospitals.
China has been so successful because it has best been able to adapt the broad principles of Marxism to its unique historical and social context. An approach that embodies the *scientific* part of scientific socialism instead of simply of copying and pasting another society
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
Mexico steps up anti-corruption measures and support for Cuba
DAVID RABY looks at recent political initiatives by President Lopez Obrador and their potential impact on Latin America and beyond
Wednesday 28th July 2021
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
AS THINGS stand Mexican ex-presidents have immunity from prosecution, but last year the current president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Amlo) persuaded Congress and the Supreme Court to authorise a referendum (“consultation”) on changing this so as to end impunity. The vote will take place on Sunday August 1 2021.
The last five presidents at least are suspected of massive corruption and human rights abuses.
Amlo already ended his own judicial immunity, and it is obviously absurd that former presidents should enjoy a privilege denied to the incumbent.
Actual prosecutions would no doubt still be slow and complex, but the issue has great political significance for Amlo’s “transformation” programme aimed at ending corruption and impunity and ensuring real democratic accountability.
Not surprisingly, opposition politicians and media tried to prevent the vote from happening, and now it is a reality, they are trying to minimise its importance and discourage people from voting.
The corrupt INE (National Electoral Institute), which did all it could to hamper the campaign of Amlo’s Morena Party in the recent midterm elections, is now abusing its power to interfere in the referendum.
It has only authorised one-third of the normal polling booths and is trying to hinder popular campaigning for a Yes vote.
But popular indignation at the repression, corruption, fraud and deceit of former governments is enormous, and spontaneous campaign groups have sprung up all over the country to promote the referendum.
A massive Yes vote next Sunday will greatly reinforce Amlo’s political position.
It is no accident that the issue going to a referendum is a legal one: reform of the judicial system was one of the major issues in the recent midterm elections, and judicial corruption is one of the biggest obstacles to the country’s transformation.
Such corruption is notorious in Mexico: time and again judges release notorious criminals on technicalities, and venal officials know they can get away with murder (often literally) by buying impunity. This is beginning to change, but it is a slow process.
At Amlo’s request the Mexican Congress passed a Judicial Reform Bill a few months ago: it includes a massive increase in legal aid funding and hiring of legal aid advisers, democratising recruitment of judges and magistrates, gender parity and human rights training for magistrates and ending political patronage appointments in the judicial system.
But implementation of this reform depends on determined action by senior judges themselves (only they have the constitutional power to implement the reform), and above all by Amlo’s ally Chief Justice Arturo Zaldivar.
The president has requested a two-year extension of Zaldivar’s mandate (due to end next year) which is crucial to his success.
The importance of Amlo’s programme (and hence of next Sunday’s vote) for Latin America (perhaps not always clear to some left-wing observers) has been dramatically brought home by recent events.
When the recent Washington-orchestrated protests began in Cuba, Amlo immediately (in response to a question at his July 12 press conference) reaffirmed Mexico’s principles of non-intervention and self-determination: “If they want to help Cuba, the first thing to do is suspend the blockade!” and “We express our solidarity with the Cuban people, without hesitation!”
Action followed words as on July 25 Mexico sent two naval vessels with 138 lorry-loads of medical supplies, food and diesel fuel from Veracruz to Havana.
On July 26 Amlo stated that all the nations that voted against the blockade at the UN should likewise take action to end it.
As a local Mexican official declared: “We in Veracruz are almost Cubans” (as well as geographical proximity the port shares Cuba’s African heritage).
Also on July 24 a carefully staged event in Mexico City celebrated the birthday of Venezuelan Liberator Simon Bolivar in the presence of 31 representatives of Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Reiterating Bolivar’s call for regional unity, Amlo gave a remarkable speech documenting the history of US intervention in the region and calling for the defence of sovereignty.
Cuba, he said, is the one exception and its 62 years of resistance constitute an exceptional achievement: the Cuban people deserve an award for dignity and the country should be declared part of the World Heritage.
Amlo stated that the model of domination imposed by the Monroe Doctrine (1823) has no future, and called on the US to accept a new relationship based on respect and equality, with no more interventions, sanctions or blockades.
The meteoric rise of China, he declared, is a direct challenge to US hegemony, but what is needed is dialogue, negotiation and equilibrium without domination by any great power.
With such a bold statement in defence of Latin American and Caribbean unity and sovereignty, the Mexican president has staked out a claim to regional leadership which is a direct challenge to Washington’s hegemonic stance.
All the more reason to hope for a Yes vote next Sunday to consolidate his power at home and abroad.
David Raby is a retired academic and independent researcher on Latin America. He can be reached at david.raby@... and on Twitter @DLRaby.
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
Since the earliest days of the Cuban revolution, mainstream media in the United States has been consistent in presenting a misinformed, biased narrative against the island nation and its social/economic system.
The media is unerringly negative when reporting on the revolution, all in compliance to Washington’s stated foreign policy goals of regime change. So whether newspaper, television or any other form of corporate media tasks itself to coverage Cuba, it is accepted that the reporting will conform to self-created denigrations that the socialist government is either inferior, illegitimate or incompetent. This false narrative maintains itself regardless of what is being covered, political or otherwise. Or as Warren Hinkle, a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner said: “It’s a journalist axiom that if it’s anti-Cuba, it has to be true.”
Media coverage is the means where the worst charges against revolutionary society are believed and any attempt at authentic examination is denied. The United States audience has been particularly susceptible to this bias, because of the travel restrictions placed on the individual who has a difficult time visiting Cuba. Because of those restrictions, most Americans have no opportunity to see for themselves the good, the bad, and the indifferent. Nor to challenge the misinformation about the island nation.
There are a number of reasons for this bias. First, mainstream media still retains the most influential voice for the general public, particularly when it comes to framing the narrative in foreign affairs. Add that to the fact of American capitalism vs Cuban socialism. Then you put in the historical relationship between Cuban and USA, and American foreign policy since World War II based on the strategy of preventing national movements in former colonies to succeed. Particularly one under US control as Cuba was for more than 50 years....
Subject:México Solidarity Bulletin July 28: Land of the Free?
Date:Jul 28, 2021 10:00 AM
The weekly newsletter of the México Solidarity Project
July 28, 2021/ This week's issue/ Meizhu Lui, for the editorial team
Two Takes on Sovereignty: Which Promotes Freedom?
Freedom has never been free. The Africans enslaved in Haiti had to battle against all odds to get free from the shackles of French colonial rulers, who wanted to afford their owning class the benefit of free labor. But that freedom came with a heavy price that they continue to pay for the unimaginable affront of being a black people that defeated a white people and for the fear their freedom raised among all white supremacist nations.
Europe and its prodigal son, the United States, have continued to invent new ways to deny non-white peoples and nations the freedom to govern themselves. In the most recent “free” trade agreement, the USMCA, México has still not become an equal partner.
One of the most egregious provisions of “NAFTA 1.0” allowed foreign companies to sue national governments for infringing on their freedom to make enormous profits, even when their activities would destroy natural and human resources, as Manuel Perez-Rocha explains in this week’s issue. The new USMCA ends that provision for the US and Canada, but not for the US and México. US corporations can still challenge and threaten Mexican sovereignty.
The US and Mexican reactions to recent protests in Cuba perfectly illustrate the different foreign policy principles these two countries apply to situations that involve a nation’s freedom to govern itself. President Biden supports political intervention in favor of those who want to be “free” from a socialist government. President López Obrador, as we note below, sees Cubans needing the “freedom” from the US blockade that would allow food and medicine to get to their island nation.
US policy continues to coerce governments of the Americas to follow the dictates of the “land of the free." México’s policy? Send food and medical aid where needed, without interfering in other nations’ sovereignty.
Manuel Pérez-Rocha, a dual Mexican and US citizen, has been a long-time member of the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade and has led efforts to promote just and sustainable alternative approaches to trade and investment agreements over the past two decades. An associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and an associate of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, Pérez-Rocha co-edited the comprehensive 2019 trade analysis, Beyond NAFTA 2.0. He also writes regularly for the Mexican daily La Jornada.
The original NAFTA let foreign firms sue governments that put in place policies that benefit their own people, on the claim that these policies limit foreign profit. How did NAFTA do that?
Chapter 11 of NAFTA includes a set of “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” — ISDS — procedures. If foreign investors feel that a government is hampering their profits, including their estimated “expected profits,” they can demand “compensation.” The cases go before a supranational tribunal, usually the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The US and European Union dominate these tribunals. No Mexican company has ever won a case versus the US or a European country. But México has lost many cases and many more are pending, for a staggering $5.97 billion at least.
To give one example, the US hazardous waste company Metalclad sued the Mexican government for $16 million, “plus damages,” after the people of San Luis Potosí raised environmental concerns and opposed a facility the company wanted. That led to a permit not being granted.
Didn’t the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement — the USMCA — eliminate ISDS?
This new agreement eliminated ISDS between the US and Canada, but not between the US and México. The agreement does put in place some new limits on investor claims, like requiring that domestic remedies be exhausted first and ending arbitrary claims around “expected profits.” But for certain sectors that have government contracts — oil and gas production, telecommunications, transportation, certain infrastructure, and power generation — the old ISDS rules still apply.
And for disputes between any of the three signatory countries, a “legacy investment claim clause” covers investments made under NAFTA. This clause protects these investments for three years after NAFTA. One example: The oil company Trans-Canada sued the US government for $15 billion after President Obama nixed the Keystone Pipeline. Trump reversed that decision, so the suit was dropped. But President Biden has nixed the pipeline again, and the suit has been reintroduced under the legacy clause.
Why would AMLO accept these onerous provisions?
Powerful oil companies were able to influence negotiations to guarantee that AMLO would not take back lucrative oil contracts. I believe it was a mistake for AMLO to agree to these terms.
México has been exporting crude oil, but it buys refined oil — gasoline — from the US. Now AMLO wants México to increase its energy independence. He’s building an oil refinery and devolving power to México’s Federal Electricity Commission. This puts Mexican national interests and US — and Canadian and European — oil and electricity company interests on a collision course.
Twenty US lawmakers have just sent a letter to Biden calling on him to confront AMLO. They say AMLO is “severely” limiting U.S. companies’ access to hydrocarbon and energy markets in México, in contradiction to “the spirit of the USMCA.”
What have governments done to trigger these suits by foreign investors?
Most have to do with new environmental protections. People around the world, from indigenous peoples in Latin America to climate activists in Sweden, have been demanding a rapid response to stop global warming. In cases including Metalclad, the Keystone Pipeline, and hundreds of other situations, people have protested, demonstrated, and put their lives on the line to protect their health and the ecosystems they depend on. Investor “rights” like ISDS are thwarting progress on tackling climate change — by threatening governments with massive financial penalties for enacting responsible environmental measures.
What needs to be done?
We need to give priority to human rights and the rights of nature over corporate rights. We also must insist that trade and investment agreements fully eliminate ISDS mechanisms.
Any future agreement must enshrine binding, enforceable obligations to combat climate change and safeguard greenhouse gas reduction initiatives from corporate challenges. And any agreement must fully protect the right to preserve, expand, restore, and create public services without trade treaty interference.
ISDS mechanisms offer one of the most blatant examples of how private corporations have usurped public power. They amount to a new incarnation of an old imperialism. Britain’s East India Company exercised direct rule in India in the 18th century. Current “free trade” agreements allow indirect rule by foreign companies. They’re coercing governments to act in the interests of corporations and against the welfare of their own people.
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On July 12, at AMLO’s daily morning press conference, the Mexican president answered questions about the current situation in Cuba. Pedro Gellert provided this Spanish transcript, Walter Lippmann of CubaNews the translation.
What’s your view of the protests in Cuba against the government?
AMLO: We must always be guided by the principles of foreign policy established in Article 89 of our Constitution: non-intervention, self-determination of peoples, peaceful solution of disputes, and guaranteeing human rights.
And it must be the Cubans who decide because Cuba is a free, independent, and sovereign country. There should be no interventionism, the health situation of the Cuban people should not be used for political purposes. No politicization, no media campaigns, which are already taking place worldwide. Humanitarian support should not be used as a banner to interfere in matters that should only be resolved by the Cubans.
If the government of Cuba considers it necessary and its people demand it, the government of México can help with medicines, vaccines, whatever is required. And with food, because health and food are fundamental human rights.
What could the US do to express solidarity with the protesters?
The first thing they should do is to suspend the blockade of Cuba as most of the countries of the world are requesting.
That would be a truly humanitarian gesture. No country in the world should be encircled, blockaded. That is the most contrary thing there can be to human rights.
Are their foreign influences in the protests?
A group called Article 19, which is a journalistic association financed by the US Embassy, said it “rejects the call by the president of Cuba” [to stop the demonstrations]. Who are they to make these judgments? If it has to do with journalism, if it has to do with information, it should be transmitted with objectivity, with professionalism, without bias, not in a tendentious manner. Well, look [holding up a photo from the group’s reporting], it turns out that the image is not from Havana, it is from Egypt. A montage. The lie is reactionary, the truth is revolutionary.
What do you think of the pronouncements of the Cuban president?
When we recently had a worsening of the pandemic and we did not have doctors to attend to COVID patients, we spoke to the Cuban government and they sent us doctors and nurses, hundreds of doctors, who saved lives in our country.
So love is repaid with love, as José Martí used to say. We will always be in solidarity with Cuba and with all the peoples of the world. That is our foreign policy.
Recent news reports and commentaries, from progressive and mainstream media, on life and struggles on both sides of the US-México border
John Ackerman, La consulta es nuestra, La Jornada. Nos encontramos frente a un error grave de interpretación de parte de la autoridad electoral, resultado de su vista obnubilada por su odio hacia Andrés Manuel López Obrador y la Cuarta Transformación.
Se abrirán archivos del CISEN para mostrar décadas de espionaje: AMLO, Fuente. El presidente anunció que se abrirán y desclasificarán todos los archivos de lo que fue el Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional (CISEN), para que la ciudadanía tenga acceso a la información sobre el espionaje político que por décadas se llevó a cabo en contra de la oposición en el país.
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People stand outside a Western Union in Havana, Cuba. Fincimex is a Cuban state corporation that handles remittances sent to Cuba through Western Union from Cuban American communities in the United States. (Ismael Francisco / AP Photo)
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This week, House Democratic leadership killed an attempt to end aspects of former President Donald Trump’s punitive Cuba policies, which have led to severe food and medical shortages during the pandemic. As President Joe Biden doubles down on Trump’s approach, some progressives have been demanding an end to the US stranglehold on Cuba’s economy and trying to find ways to push for relief.
Illinois Representative Chuy García introduced an amendment to roll back Trump’s restrictions on the amount of money people in the United States can send to their families in Cuba, late last week. His amendment would have ended Trump’s $1,000-per-quarter cap on remittances to Cuba, as well as the administration’s decision to blacklist Fincimex, the Cuban financial institution that received and distributed the money.
“The United States has no business preventing Cuban Americans from sending life-saving remittances to their families, especially while so many lack adequate food, water, and medicine,” García told The Nation. “We must end our decades-long blockade against Cuba, which has led to desperation instead of democracy. Restoring remittances is an important first step.”
Though it’s difficult to calculate the exact figure, the Congressional Research Service estimates that remittances to Cuba added up to about $3.7 billion in 2019. This money has been a lifeline for many struggling Cubans; a 2019 study found that about 56 percent of Cuban families rely on money from families abroad.
Getting rid of limits on remittances is also one of the more widely supported Obama-era Cuba reforms—in theory, at least. When the Trump administration announced its remittances cap, nearly every South Florida Democrat came out against the move, saying that cutting off remittances in the middle of a pandemic is cruel not only to Cubans but also to their families in the United States.
But on Monday, House Democratic leadership blocked the proposal from advancing to the floor for a vote. The Rules Committee, which is chaired by Representative Jim McGovern, is the mechanism that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi uses “to maintain control of the House floor,” according to the committee’s website. It did not deem the amendment in order for a vote.
The Biden administration has announced “working groups” on remittances and “reviews” of other Trump-era Cuba policies, but hasn’t actually done anything to provide relief for the Cuban people. As a candidate, Biden repeatedly promised to “reverse the failed Trump policies that inflicted harm on Cubans and their families.” His 2020 campaign even criticized Trump’s decision to block remittances, calling his “war on family remittances” a “cruel distraction” that shows the “presumed support of the president for the Cuban people is nothing more than empty rhetoric.”
“In the midst of a global pandemic in which families are suffering deeply on the island and around the world, President Trump is denying Cuban-Americans the right to help their families,” Biden campaign adviser Christian Ulvert said at the time.
Trump sharply restricted remittances, implemented hundreds of additional sanctions to tighten the United States’ 60-year economic blockade, and barred most travel to the island nation—wiping out Obama’s progress in normalizing relations between the two countries and reverting back to the long-standing cold war. Now, after months of ignoring Cuba, Biden has embraced Trump’s approach, slapping on additional sanctions last week and defying the progressive voices in his party calling for relief.
Biden’s tougher line on Cuba, and congressional Democrats’ complicity, is better understood in the context of domestic politics, not foreign policy. It’s largely driven by the desire to placate Cuban Americans in Florida, who weren’t planning on voting Democratic in the first place. Most Cuban American voters nationwide identify as Republican, a 2020 Pew Research Center study found. And for years now, Republicans have outperformed Democrats in Florida on things like ground game and voter registration. So Democrats hold relief hostage, inflicting pain on countless ordinary Cubans in the process, for political gain that doesn’t actually materialize.
Last year, House Democrats similarly blocked two amendments aimed at providing Cuba relief out of concerns that a Cuba-related vote would affect vulnerable Florida Democrats like Debbie Mucarsel-Powell right before the election. Democratic leadership quietly quashed the effort, as part of their broader strategy of restraining legislation to try to protect House moderates in swing districts. But it made no difference; Florida was a bloodbath for Democrats. Trump drove up his Latino support in Miami-Dade County, and Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala went on to lose their Miami-area congressional seats.
Still, Democrats seem to have learned the wrong lessons from the 2020 election. Just a couple days ago, the Democratic National Committee launched a new ad campaign targeted toward the Cuban American electorate in Florida to highlight “Biden’s commitment to the Cuban people and condemnation of communism as a failed system.”
Aída Chávez is The Nation’s D.C. correspondent. She was previously a congressional reporter at The Intercept. Ch...
Aída Chávez is The Nation’s D.C. correspondent. She was previously a congressional reporter at The Intercept. Chávez has also written for The Washington Post, The Hill, and Refinery29. She studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University and is currently in a heterodox economics master’s program at the City University of New York.
Saab Case Shows Western Media’s Casual Acceptance of US Atrocities
By Joe Emersberger - FAIR - July 28, 2021
A Colombian businessperson named Alex Saab was traveling to Iran on behalf of the Venezuelan government in June 2020. His official mission was to negotiate shipments of medicine and other essential products to Venezuela. He was arrested in Cape Verde at the behest of the US government, where he remains to this day; President Joe Biden has continued Donald Trump’s effort to extradite him to the US.
Western corporate media have been frank about the fact that Saab was targeted for helping Venezuela get around US sanctions. Though you’d struggle to learn it from those media, these sanctions have been directly linked to tens of thousands of Venezuelan deaths since 2017 (FAIR.org, 6/14/19). Articles about Saab’s case have also ignored all the powerful arguments that the sanctions are illegal under both US and international law.
Imagine being imprisoned for nonviolently attempting to prevent a heinous crime. That sums up the absurdity of Saab’s predicament–and Western media’s coverage of it.
In January, a Wall Street Journal article (1/5/21) about Saab’s case quoted Martin Rodil, who it described as “a Venezuelan in Washington who works with federal agencies to recruit witnesses to build cases against corrupt Venezuelan officials.” Rodil told the Journal that US prosecutors want to “go after the banks that have been helping Venezuela to sidestep sanctions.” Rodil explained that “Alex Saab was the guy who would go to China, he’d go to Turkey, he’d go to Dubai, Iran and to Eastern Europe, Serbia, that’s what’s valuable about him.”
Reuters (3/15/21, 3/18/21) has casually reported that Saab “faces extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating US sanctions,” and that he has been “repeatedly named by the US State Department as an operator who helps Maduro arrange trade deals that Washington is seeking to block through sanctions.” A Reuters article (8/28/20) about Saab’s case in 2020 mentioned in passing that “the United States this month seized four cargoes of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela, where fuel shortages are once again worsening.”
Possible crimes against humanity
Apparently, Reuters could not find an independent source to dispute the legality or condemn the extreme cruelty of seizing desperately needed fuel shipments to Venezuela (FAIR.org, 6/4/21). Was the news agency unaware that Alfred De Zayas (a former UN investigator assigned to Venezuela) has spent years arguing that the US violates the legally binding UN Charter by attempting to overthrow Venezuela’s government (Democracy Now!, 1/24/19)?
In fact, De Zayas said in 2019 that US sanctions on Venezuela should be investigated by the International Criminal Court as possible crimes against humanity (Independent, 1/26/19).
Article 2 of the UN Charter says: “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” Note that even threats are illegal under international law, never mind an actual use of force. Presumably, the Western media would consider it an illegal “use of force” if Venezuela were suicidal enough to seize urgently needed shipments to the US.
De Zayas, an expert on international law, has explained that
nothing in the UN Charter can be read as authorizing in any way unilateral coercive measures [sanctions], which are incompatible with general principles of international law, violate the prohibition of interference in the internal affairs of other states and violate their sovereignty.
He added that the repeated, near-unanimous UN General Assembly resolutions condemning the US embargo on Cuba “can be seen as a restatement of the law on unilateral sanctions.” De Zayas noted that even when sanctions are approved by the UN Security Council–as the Venezuelan sanctions are not–the Security Council itself
is not above international law, as its mandate is circumscribed by Article 24 of the Charter. Thus the imposition of sanctions regimes that are tantamount to “collective punishment” and cause widespread death and suffering of innocent people are contrary to Article 24 of the Charter and therefore ultra vires [beyond its authority].
‘Coercive measures of an economic character’
In 2019, Idriss Jazairy (Ethics & International Affairs, 9/6/19), another former UN special rapporteur, took the same position as De Zayas: that unilateral sanctions violate international law. So did a resolution passed last year by the UN Human Rights Council (Canadian Dimension, 4/10/21).
Moreover, the OAS Charter, which the US has signed, also has very strong anti-sanctions language:
No state or group of states has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other state. The foregoing principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the state or against its political, economic and cultural elements.
No state may use or encourage the use of coercive measures of an economic or political character in order to force the sovereign will of another state and obtain from it advantages of any kind.
Again, if the US were the country being victimized, the media would not need legal experts to say that seizing fuel shipments, threatening military attack, deliberately inflicting economic hardships on the public and encouraging generals to overthrow the government were all gross violations of international law. The same applies to openly targeting a businessperson for trying to carry out business in the face of illegal sanctions.
How could Reuters and other big Western outlets also have missed the detailed report written in 2021 by UN special investigator Alena Douhan, which called on the US to end its fraudulent “national emergency” regarding Venezuela? Independent journalist Slava Zieber interviewed Douhan about her report, but prominent Western media ignored it (FAIR.org, 6/4/21).
In US law, the outrageous lie that Venezuela poses an “extraordinary threat” to the US is the legal basis for a “national emergency” that justifies imposing sanctions. US aggression against Venezuela therefore shows as much contempt for US law as it does towards the UN Charter.
A New York Times article (12/22/20) last year about Saab’s case was nonchalant in mentioning US crimes :
The showdown over Mr. Saab is the latest twist in the tense relationship between the United States and Venezuela. In 2017, Mr. Trump said he would not rule out a “military option” to quell the chaos in Venezuela. In 2018, the Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela to discuss their plans to overthrow Mr. Maduro.
And in August, the United States seized more than 1.1 million barrels of Iranian fuel that was headed to Venezuela in a high-seas handover that blocked two diplomatic adversaries from evading American economic sanctions.
Describing a “tense relationship” between the US and Venezuela is like saying an armed robber has a tense relationship with their victim.
It’s the empire, stupid
The US has been trying to overthrow Venezuela’s government since 2002 when the New YorkTimes (4/13/02) and other US newspapers applauded a US-backed coup that temporarily ousted President Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013 (Extra! Update, 6/02).
One tactic the US has deployed against Venezuela, many years before it dramatically intensified its tactics to truly barbaric levels under Trump (and now Biden), is to claim jurisdiction over any use of the US financial system, however incidental.
The US indictment against Saab alleges that as far back as 2011, he was involved in paying bribes to Venezuelan officials in Venezuela. How on earth can the US claim legal jurisdiction over corruption that foreign officials and businesspeople (as opposed to US-based corporations) allegedly perpetrated in Venezuela?
When you have the world’s dominant financial system, you can (when it suits you) act as if you had jurisdiction over the whole world. That financial power is key to making US sanctions so devastating. For example, out of fear of violating US sanctions, Swiss Bank USB blocked payments that Venezuela made to the United Nations COVAX program to purchase Covid-19 vaccines.
Greg Wilpert and Joe Sammut explained in the book Viviremos: Venezuela vs. Hybrid War (International Publishers, 2021), that “with more than 60% of central bank reserves, and most of commerce, in dollars,” the US government is well positioned to “weaponize” any use of its financial system to behave like a global dictator. US economist Michael Hudson argues that the US could use the SWIFT bank clearing system to make Europe “permanently dependent” and “under US control” (Grayzone, 5/12/21).
Writing for Grayzone (4/27/21), US activist Stanfield Smith reviewed Saab’s case, along with the similar prosecutions of North Korea’s Mun Chol Myong and Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou of China. Smith noted that the US has even used its financial might to threaten the International Criminal Court for moving to investigate US war crimes in Afghanistan:
National Security Advisor John Bolton bullied them, stating: “We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system…. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans.”
This turned out to be no idle threat: The Trump administration ultimately slapped sanctions on the ICC and its staff.
Focus on fake critics
Informed critics of US aggression can easily be found to comment on Saab’s case, if you read alternative media, but major corporate outlets in the West aren’t interested; they prefer to cite anonymous US officials claiming that fake critics exist online. A Financial Times article (3/17/21) about Saab’s case stated:
According to one intelligence analysis recently seen by the Financial Times, Caracas has used scores of false Twitter accounts in a bid to sway public opinion and pressure the Cape Verdean authorities into sending Saab to Venezuela.
A few years ago, the US media, aping Washington, expressed alarm that China might use its growing economic strength to assert “veto authority” over governments in Latin America (FAIR.org, 6/6/18). But Wilpert and Sammut (actual experts, not the “false Twitter accounts” that anonymous US official described to the Financial Times) expressed a much more urgent and reality-based concern–one that’s highlighted by Saab’s case:
Venezuela and other countries suffering from US aggression cannot wait for these world-historical shifts toward a more multi-polar world. The United States will also have to change from within.
US financial hegemony cannot end too soon, nor can the Western media’s casual acceptance of US brutality and criminality.
The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Venezuelanalysis editorial staff.
Anti-communist forces — led by the U.S. government — are mounting a no-holds-barred attack on revolutionary Cuba. That country continues to advance with determination on its own road to socialism, begun Jan. 1, 1959, when forces led by Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Ché” Guevara overturned the U.S.-backed government of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Solidarity with Cuba is worldwide, here in Union Square, New York City, July 15. WW PHOTO: Radhames Morales
The current assault on Cuba was launched full-scale on social media at the beginning of July. But the U.S. first declared ideological and economic war on Cuba in 1960 by placing a brutal economic and social blockade on the country that remains in place.
Since then the U.S. has tried every tactic to break the Revolution — from direct military might in the 1961 Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron) invasion to creating a secret “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest and organize “smart mobs” for a “Cuban spring” to overturn the government. (The Guardian, April 3, 2014)
The most recent campaign against Cuba includes thousands of boilerplate anti-Cuba twitter accounts linked to an automated system that rapidly retweets.
Disinformation expert Julián Macías Tovar told Newsweek that 100,000 tweets using an anti-Cuba hashtag were sent July 9, with 500,000 the following day and 1.5 million by July 11. Tovar added: “If there are accounts with few followers who make many tweets or retweets, newly created accounts with a fake profile picture . . . that’s always suspicious.”
Reuters has stated categorically that posts of protests in Cuba — shared in the millions — were falsely mislabeled as anti-Cuban government protests. Some of the photos were in fact pictures of a 2011 protest in Egypt — and some actually of a large crowd gathered in support of Cuba’s 2018 May Day march celebrating its workers revolution! (tinyurl.com/dbh5y7sf)
Disinformationhas included cultural intervention, like the promotion of an anti-communist reggaeton song coming from the Miami Cuban community, that has its origin in the wealthy white landowners who fled Cuba when the Revolution triumphed. Over the decades, many physical and psychological operations against Cuba have originated in Miami.
The disinformation campaign launched as some protests were taking place inside Cuba. The country has been hit recently by shortages in food and pandemic-related medical supplies like syringes, to which the U.S. blocks easy access.
Revolutionary Cuba is celebrated for its innovative, comprehensive and free medical care, with medical teams travelling in solidarity to other countries, especially during the pandemic. A recent U.S. political cartoon mocked this achievement, falsely showing a bleeding protester hauled away by grim police boasting of free medical care.
But during the pandemic, Cuba — still classified in the world economy as an “underdeveloped” country — has managed with its socialist planned system to limit COVID-19 deaths to 214 per million people. U.S. profit-oriented health care has lost 1,882 people per million, had over three times more cases per million than Cuba and leads the world in total deaths — now over 625,000. (worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries, July 21)
Many of the achievements of the Cuban Revolution are unknown to people in the U.S. — though not to the rest of the world — because of the ongoing U.S. campaign against communism. In place since the 19th century, virulent during the 1950s McCarthy era, this anti-communist campaign by the U.S. ruling-class strategists became focused in the 1960s on trying to break the socialist revolution taking place only 90 miles off U.S. shores.
Right-wing Christianity backed capitalism through literature funneled into churches on how to oppose Cuba, China, the USSR and other Communist Party-led or “Communist-leaning” countries. In 1962 the National Governor’s Conference created a committee to coordinate anti-communist high school curricula.
By 1963 U.S. corporations were spending about $25 million a year on anti-communist literature distributed to customers and workers on the job. (Sara Diamond, “Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States,” Guilford Publications, 1995, pp. 50-52)
Now, the latest anti-communist campaign is underway as “American Marxism” hits the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Written by Mark Levin, a right-wing Fox News star, and a Cold War warrior resuscitated, the book uses classic red-baiting tactics to attack almost every progressive initiative underway in the U.S.
Big Lie with a vengeance
This is the “War Is Peace” Big Lie with a vengeance! As socialists we know the real legacy of Marxism — based on solidarity in the struggles against injustice and inequality — shines in the beacon of revolutionary Cuba.
Anti-Cuba propaganda is the order of the day for the U.S. government, because Cuba has been so successful in forging ahead in its revolutionary vision, despite the vicious attacks and blockades placed in its way.
Led by its Communist Party over the decades, Cuba has created campaigns, initiatives and formal government agencies to significantly address material inequalities and cultural insensitivities. Government officials have frankly admitted mistakes rooted in the past, and with an electoral system built on full representation of all sectors of the country, have specifically addressed issues facing women, LGBTQ+ people, Afro-Cubans, Indigenous peoples and others with special oppressions.
The current anti-Cuba campaign is tied inextricably to the U.S. war on a socialist future. And no wonder! In a survey from June 11-15, Axios/Momentive found capitalism rapidly losing its popularity with young people in the U.S., with 18-34 year olds now almost evenly split between those who view capitalism negatively and those who view it positively. (tinyurl.com/xrpce8v4)
In a 2020 Gallup poll about elections — a far from radical source — 45% of U.S. people indicated they would vote for a socialist for president. (tinyurl.com/m36u4u2u)
We place the campaign against Cuba in the context of the long U.S.war against communism — and we are alert to how this poison still spreads, virulently alive, through every aspect of life in the U.S.
We are in the midst of a battle of ideas that will determine our future — the future of a socialist Cuba and our own future building a path to socialism.
As Fidel Castro said in his historic remarks on the battle between capitalism and socialism: “A revolution can only be born from culture and ideas. No people become revolutionary by force. Those who sow ideas have no need to suppress the people ever. Weapons in the hands of those same people are used to fight those abroad who try to take away their achievements.”
From inside the capitalist beast, we must continue resolutely to fight in the battle of ideas. Defend Cuba! Defend socialism!
Cuba faces COVID-19 outbreak and confirms highest number of positives today Aymara Vigil Rodriguez
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Havana, Jul 28 (ACN) With the report of 9,323 positives for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, Cuba registered today the highest number of infected people since the beginning of the pandemic here, in March last year, informed the national director of Epidemiology, Francisco Durán, who warned about the resurgence registered in the last three months in the country, with the consequent increase in cases and deaths.
During his usual television appearance, Dr. Durán pointed out that the situation is related to two factors: the new variants of the coronavirus reported in Cuban territory, which have led to a high contagiousness due to its higher viral load; and the aggressive behavior, with the presence of symptoms and aggravation.
The expert from the Ministry of Public Health warned about the positivity above 11 percent (%) reported in all provinces, except Isla de la Juventud and Villa Clara, and pointed out that in the case of Holguin, Cienfuegos, Guantanamo, Las Tunas, Matanzas, Mayabeque, Ciego de Avila and Artemisa even exceed the national average.
He detailed that 9,304 of the newly diagnosed cases are due to autochthonous transmission, a behavior that has been predominant for months, and which has increased in the last 15 days with a total of 107,251 cases (99.4%).
Regarding the complex situation in the national territory, he highlighted the high number of cases in the provinces of Havana, with 1,583 positive cases, Matanzas (1,314), Guantánamo (936), Cienfuegos (887), Holguín (864) and Ciego de Avila (766).
Durán reiterated the call for attention to the number of infected children under 20 years of age, with 1,707 confirmed cases, of which 1,431 are pediatric.
More risky is that of the pediatric cases diagnosed yesterday, 105 are infants, and 35 are less than six months old; once again I reiterate the need to protect these age groups, who we already know how to take care of them, emphasized the epidemiologist.
He regretted the death of 68 people yesterday due to COVID-19, of which 19 were under 60 years of age; there are now 2,560 deaths in the country due to the pandemic, he said.
He highlighted that this Tuesday eight thousand 16 people were discharged, a figure much lower than those diagnosed during the day, and now there are 312 thousand 169 recovered patients.
There are 350 patients in intensive care, 149 of them critical and 201 serious, a very high and high-risk behavior, said the doctor.
Since the report of the first cases of COVID-19 in Cuba, in March last year, the country has accumulated 6,360,992 samples processed and 358,378 confirmed SARS-CoV-2.
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
Cuba records record production of Abdala vaccine doses in vials
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Havana, Jul 28 (ACN) Cuba registered a new record in the production of 148,347 vials of the anti-COVID-19 Abdala vaccine, reported on Twitter the account of the capital's Laboratorios Aica, one of the companies in charge of this work.
According to what they communicated, this is the largest output for the whole country, generating one million 480 thousand doses of the Cuban vaccine, developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
"Our team, still in the company, does not lower its guard to meet the output and distribution throughout the country of 148347 Bbos thanks to our colleagues of @Emcomed1 is the largest output for the entire country generating 1.48 million doses. #CubaPorLaSalud #dosisisdevida," the company tweeted.
Aica pointed out that this milestone for Cuban biotechnology is recorded thanks to the enormous effort of a collective that, regardless of the date, day or hour, works tirelessly in the face of the difficult situation of COVID-19 in the country.
"New #Record is registered today in the departure of the VACCINE #Abdala thanks to the enormous effort of our COLLECTIVE that, regardless of the date, day or hour, works without respite in the face of the difficult situation that our country is going through today because of the #Covid_19," he wrote.
Aica Laboratories, located in western Havana, is one of the centers leading the development and production of Cuban anti-COVID-19 vaccine candidates, and for that purpose they have installed new production lines that expand the manufacturing capacity of Soberana 02 and Abdala.
In addition, it is in charge of producing generic drugs, with a product portfolio that includes more than 180 liquid injectable drugs in ampoules, liquid injectables and lyophilized drugs in vials, capsules and eye drops.
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
The violence against the Government of Cuba awakens again and not precisely in the Cuban streets, where calm reigns after the riots of July 11, despite attempts and calls on social networks from abroad to keep the "alive" protests in stages of the island where, in the end, citizen tranquility reigns.
Once again, the most radical elements among Cuban émigrés in several countries have once again gained prominence in their quest to overthrow the Government "from afar", even carrying out violent acts classified in Havana as "terrorists", such as the one executed against the embassy in France.
So far the most significant case occurred at midnight on July 26, when three Molotov cocktails (homemade bombs) were thrown at the Cuban diplomatic headquarters in Paris, causing a fire in the building, with no reported casualties.
Although no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the European association Cuba Libre, made up of Cuban émigrés who oppose the Cuban Revolution in France, expressed its "support" for the vandalism on social media.
In the "protests" against Cuba in the US and Spain, the protesters have had the support of US congressmen and politicians, some of Cuban origin, in the case of Washington; and representatives of the Popular Party and Vox, in the case of the marches in Madrid, according to reports from the press in those countries.
The Government insists on ensuring that everything responds to a plan designed by the US to generate a crisis on the island, subvert the internal order, destabilize society, and achieve, from political and economic pressure to the use of fake news, a "consensus »International that allows Cuba to sit on the bench of« its accused ».
"Frustration compels the manufacturers of lies from the US to invent a virtual reality that they themselves do not believe. Cuba is at peace, despite the provocations of the usual instigators of chaos. In the face of media terrorism, the value of the truth, ”commented on Monday the member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Cuba, Rogelio Polanco.
Havana has denounced that the violent events, manipulated by the large international media, try to present themselves to world public opinion as "peaceful" and "spontaneous" demonstrations, even as a "social outbreak."
But, according to the evidence and the denunciations of the Cuban Government, these events point to another chapter of an unconventional war, also known as "hybrid war" , "color revolutions", "fourth generation war", "soft coup or coup soft ”, as part of a manual applied by Washington in several countries of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
According to Cuban political analysts consulted by Sputnik, the soft coup variant applied against Cuba "is very similar to the one applied against Bolivia and Iran in 2019."
"Cyberattacks, destabilization campaigns through the networks, organization and convocation of marginal groups with no apparent connection to each other, paid for and directed by" activists "members of counterrevolutionary groups," analyst Raúl Capote told Sputnik a few days ago.
Sputnik spoke briefly with Eutelio García, an 83-year-old man who is recognized as a defender of the Cuban Revolution, who called "cowards and manipulators" those who instigate violent protests from abroad.
«Most of those who now yell like lions on the Internet when they lived in Cuba behaved like tame rabbits. They have never raised their voices here to criticize anything, less to protest, and now they are the most aggressive, ”Garcia stressed.
"What is necessary is for them to fill up with courage and come here, but their pants are too loose to confront the true people of Cuba, those who live on this island, who do not give up," emphasized the old man.
Demonstrations in Cuba?
“While the Cuban annexationists try to convince (US President Joe) Biden in the White House to intervene militarily in Cuba, toxic laboratories bombard with lies on the networks. The streets are quiet, ”says the Dominio Cuba digital site on Twitter.
The work of the so-called Cuban "influencers" residing in the United States, with the support of the government of that country, has been significant in the digital "war" deployed against the island, with the dissemination of false news, manipulation and decontextualization of images, and in the permanent call to belligerence.
Even though it has been shown that peace and tranquility reign in Cuban streets, these virtual operators from the US and Europe continue to harangue the rebellion, showing supposed images of riots, and attacking supporters with offenses and threats on social networks. of the government.
One of the actions that most repulsed most of the Cubans residing on the island is the request of these elements for military intervention by the US Government, an option rejected even by people who do not recognize themselves as revolutionaries.
The OAS puts its hands
Among the most recent actions undertaken by the US - according to Cuban authorities - is the call to the Organization of American States (OAS) to "address" the situation in Cuba, as a result of the July 11 riots, an action described by the Cuban president as "shameful", after pointing out this regional body as "a discredited Yankee colonies ministry (...) called to play its sad role as lackey."
Cuba has expressed its conviction to defend the socialist social project undertaken 60 years ago, and the United States reaffirms its intention to overthrow the Cuban Revolution, once using the exiles as a spearhead in its endeavor.
In the midst of all this political framework, the international community maintains its solidarity with the island, endorsed in the last meeting of foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), held in Mexico on July 24, and where the president host, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, highlighted Cuba's resistance to destabilizing attempts by the US.
In his words, the Mexican president recognized that Cuba is “the country that for more than half a century has asserted its independence, politically confronting the United States; We may or may not agree with the Cuban Revolution, but having resisted 62 years without submission, it is quite a feat.
López Obrador proposed that Cuba "deserves to be declared a World Heritage Site" and described it as a "new Numancia for its example of resistance."
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
Cuban Foreign Minister to attend inauguration of Peruvian President
Havana, Jul 28 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla informed today that he arrived in Peru to attend the inauguration of President-elect Pedro Castillo Terrones.
Ties of solidarity unite the Cuban and Peruvian people, the foreign minister emphasized in the message posted on his Twitter social network account.
"Arrival in #Peru to attend the inauguration of President-elect @PedroCastilloTe. Ties of solidarity unite the Cuban and Peruvian people," Rodríguez Parrilla tweeted.
According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry's website Cubaminrex, the head of Cuban diplomacy is leading a delegation attending the ceremonies for the transfer of presidential office.
They add that as part of the program, the Cuban foreign minister plans to meet with Peruvian government authorities and carry out other activities.
The newly elected Peruvian president is a 51-year-old rural teacher and will assume the presidency for the 2021-2025 five-year term; among the main challenges of his administration are to unite and recover a nation affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
Havana, Jul 28 (ACN) Cuba today added nine thousand 323 new positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, the highest number of infected people in one day since the beginning of the pandemic in the country, in March 2020, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 358 thousand 378.
The Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) reported 68 more deaths in Cuban territory due to this disease (2,560 in total) and 43,593 active cases, 149 in critical condition and 201 serious.
With regard to the pandemic, up to today the percentage (%) of lethality in Cuba is 0.71 %, compared to 2.14 % in the world and 2.61 % in America; during the day there were 8,016 discharges, for a total of 312,169 patients recovered, according to the Minsap report, which is transmitted below.
Closing report for July 27th at 12:00 p.m.
At the close of yesterday, July 27, 84,684 patients were admitted, 37,459 were suspected, 3,632 were under surveillance and 43,593 were confirmed active.
For COVID-19, 51,209 samples were studied, resulting in 9,323 positive samples. The country accumulates 6,360,992 samples taken and 358,378 were positive.
Of the total number of cases (9,323): 9,259 were contacts of confirmed cases, 19 with source of infection abroad, 45 with no source of infection specified; 5,031 were female and 4,292 male.
Of the 9,323 positive cases, 4.0% (372) were asymptomatic, making a total of 104,800, which represents 29.2% of those confirmed to date.
The 9,323 diagnosed cases belong to the following age groups: under 20 years of age, 1,707; 20 to 39 years of age, 2,668; 40 to 59 years of age, 3,116; and over 60 years of age, 1,832 cases.
COVID-19 en Cuba: nueve mil 323 nuevos casos y 68 fallecidos
La Habana, 28 jul (ACN) Cuba sumó hoy nueve mil 323 nuevos casos positivos por coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, causante de la COVID-19, la cifra más alta de contagiados en un día desde el inicio de la pandemia en el país, en marzo de 2020, con lo cual el número de confirmados asciende a 358 mil 378.
El Ministerio de Salud Pública (Minsap) reportó 68 fallecidos más en territorio cubano por esa enfermedad (dos mil 560 en total) y 43 mil 593 casos activos, 149 en estado crítico y 201 graves.
Con respecto a la pandemia, hasta hoy el por ciento (%) de letalidad en Cuba es de 0,71 %, frente a un 2.14 % en el mundo y 2,61 % en América; en el día hubo ocho mil 016 altas, para un acumulado de 312 mil 169 pacientes recuperados, precisa el parte del Minsap, que a continuación transmitimos.
Parte de cierre del día 27 de julio a las 12 de la noche
Al cierre del día de ayer, 27 de julio, se encuentran ingresados 84 mil 684 pacientes, sospechosos 37 mil 459, en vigilancia tres mil 632 y confirmados activos 43 mil 593.
Para COVID-19 se estudiaron 51 mil 209 muestras, resultando nueve mil 323 muestras positivas. El país acumula seis millones 360 mil 992 muestras realizadas y 358 mil 378 positivas.
Del total de casos (nueve mil 323): nueve mil 259 fueron contactos de casos confirmados, 19 con fuente de infección en el extranjero, 45 sin fuente de infección precisada; del sexo femenino se registraron cinco mil 031 y del sexo masculino cuatro mil 292.
Un 4,0 % (372) de los nueve mil 323 casos positivos resultó asintomático, acumulándose un total de 104 mil 800, que representa el 29.2 % de los confirmados hasta la fecha.
Los nueve mil 323 casos diagnosticados pertenecen a los grupos de edades: menores de 20 años, mil 707; de 20 a 39 años, dos mil 668; de 40 a 59 años, tres mil 116; y de más de 60, mil 832 casos.
Residencia por provincia y municipios de los casos confirmados
-Pinar del Río: 228 casos
Consolación del Sur: 11 (contactos de casos confirmados). Guane: 24 (contactos de casos confirmados). La Palma: 5 (contactos de casos confirmados). Los Palacios: 3 (contactos de casos confirmados). Mantua: 5 (4contactos de casos confirmados y 1 sin fuente de infección precisada). Minas de Matahambre: 30 (contactos de casos confirmados). Pinar del Río: 90 (contactos de casos confirmados). San Juan y Martínez: 14 (contactos de casos confirmados). San Luis: 29 (contactos de casos confirmados). Sandino: 8 (contactos de casos confirmados). Viñales: 9 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Artemisa: 326 casos
Alquízar: 9 (contactos de casos confirmados). Artemisa: 71 (contactos de casos confirmados). Bahía Honda: 52 (contactos de casos confirmados). Bauta: 18 (contactos de casos confirmados). Caimito: 20 (contactos de casos confirmados). Candelaria: 11 (contactos de casos confirmados). Guanajay: 19 (contactos de casos confirmados). Güira de Melena: 17 (contactos de casos confirmados). Mariel: 13 (contactos de casos confirmados). San Antonio de los Baños: 52 (contactos de casos confirmados). San Cristóbal: 44 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-La Habana: 1 583 casos
Arroyo Naranjo: 150 (contactos de casos confirmados). Boyeros: 157 (contactos de casos confirmados). Centro Habana: 128 (126 contactos de casos confirmados y 2 importados). Cerro: 75 (contactos de casos confirmados). Cotorro: 8 (7 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 importado). Diez de Octubre: 141 (contactos de casos confirmados). Guanabacoa: 67 (contactos de casos confirmados). Habana del Este: 126 (125 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 importado). Habana Vieja: 54 (53 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 importado). La Lisa: 175 (contactos de casos confirmados). Marianao: 173 (170 contactos de casos confirmados y 3 importados). Playa: 157 (contactos de casos confirmados). Plaza de la Revolución: 89 (87contactos de casos confirmados y 3 importados). Regla: 19 (18 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 importado). San Miguel del Padrón: 64(contactos de casos confirmados).
-Mayabeque: 404 casos
Batabanó: 121 (contactos de casos confirmados). Bejucal: 11 (contactos de casos confirmados). Güines: 43 (28 contactos de casos confirmados y 15 sin fuente de infección precisada). Jaruco: 17 (contactos de casos confirmados). Madruga: 22 (19contactos de casos confirmados y 3 sin fuente de infección precisada). Melena del Sur: 25 (contactos de casos confirmados). Nueva Paz: 13 (12 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 sin fuente de infección precisada). Quivicán: 17 (contactos de casos confirmados). San José de las Lajas: 50 (48 contactos de casos confirmados y 2 sin fuente de infección precisada). San Nicolás de Bari: 35 (contactos de casos confirmados). Santa Cruz del Norte: 50 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Matanzas: 1 314 casos
Calimete: 91 (contactos de casos confirmados). Cárdenas: 158 (contactos de casos confirmados). Ciénaga de Zapata: 27 (contactos de casos confirmados). Colón: 47 (contactos de casos confirmados). Jagüey Grande: 206 (contactos de casos confirmados). Jovellanos: 143 (contactos de casos confirmados). Limonar: 50 (contactos de casos confirmados). Los Arabos: 71 (contactos de casos confirmados). Martí: 67 (contactos de casos confirmados). Matanzas: 139 (contactos de casos confirmados). Pedro Betancourt: 114 (contactos de casos confirmados). Perico: 78 (contactos de casos confirmados). Unión de Reyes: 123 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Cienfuegos: 887 casos
Abreus: 68 (contactos de casos confirmados). Aguada de Pasajeros: 148 (contactos de casos confirmados). Cienfuegos: 479 (478 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 importado). Cruces: 26 (contactos de casos confirmados). Cumanayagua: 21 (contactos de casos confirmados). Lajas: 42 (contactos de casos confirmados). Palmira: 4 (contactos de casos confirmados). Rodas: 99 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Villa Clara: 415 casos
Caibarién: 4 (contactos de casos confirmados). Camajuani: 15 (contactos de casos confirmados). Cifuentes: 5 (contactos de casos confirmados). Corralillo: 13 (contactos de casos confirmados). Encrucijada: 3 (contactos de casos confirmados). Manicaragua: 59 (contactos de casos confirmados). Placetas: 15 (contactos de casos confirmados) Quemado de Güines: 16 (contactos de casos confirmados). Ranchuelo: 30 (contactos de casos confirmados). Remedios: 1 (contacto de caso confirmado). Sagua la Grande: 64 (contactos de casos confirmados). Santa Clara: 185 (184 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 importado). Santo Domingo: 5 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Sancti Spíritus: 219 casos
Cabaiguán: 35 (contactos de casos confirmado) Fomento: 22 (contactos de casos confirmado) Jatibonico: 34 (contactos de casos confirmado) La Sierpe: 3 (contactos de casos confirmado) Sancti Spíritus: 60 (57 contactos de casos confirmado y 3 sin fuente de infección precisada) Taguasco: 45 (contactos de casos confirmado) Trinidad: 14 (12 contactos de casos confirmado y 2 sin fuente de infección precisada) Yaguajay: 6 (contactos de casos confirmado)
-Ciego de Ávila: 766 casos
Baraguá: 22 (contactos de casos confirmados). Bolivia: 1 (importado). Chambas: 34 (contactos de casos confirmados). Ciego de Ávila: 419 (417 contactos de casos confirmados y 2 importados). Ciro Redondo: 130 (contactos de casos confirmados). Majagua: 21 (contactos de casos confirmados). Morón: 139 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Camagüey: 361 casos
Camagüey: 201 (contactos de casos confirmados). Céspedes: 24 (contactos de casos confirmados). Esmeralda: 32 (contactos de casos confirmados). Florida: 36 (35 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 importado). Guáimaro: 2 (contactos de casos confirmados). Jimaguayú: 9 (contactos de casos confirmados). Minas: 4 (contactos de casos confirmados). Najasa: 1 (contacto de caso confirmado). Nuevitas: 16 (contactos de casos confirmados). Sibanicú: 5 (contactos de casos confirmados). Sierra de Cubitas: 5 (contactos de casos confirmados). Vertientes: 26 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Las Tunas: 295 casos
Colombia: 8 (contactos de casos confirmados). Majibacoa: 9 (8 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 sin fuente de infección precisada). Jesús Menéndez: 2 (contactos de casos confirmados). Puerto Padre: 16(contactos de casos confirmados). Las Tunas: 260 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Granma: 175 casos
Bartalomé Masó: 1 (contacto de caso confirmado). Bayamo: 42 (contactos de casos confirmados). Buey Arriba: 1(contacto de caso confirmado). Campechuela: 7 (contactos de casos confirmados). Guisa: 24 (contactos de casos confirmados). Jiguaní: 6 (contactos de casos confirmados). Manzanillo: 44 (contactos de casos confirmados). Niquero: 8 (contactos de casos confirmados). Río Cauto: 30 (contactos de casos confirmados). Yara: 12 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Holguín: 864 casos
Antilla:6 (contactos de casos confirmados). Báguanos: 12 (5 contactos de casos confirmados y 7 sin fuente de infección precisada). Banes: 17 (contactos de casos confirmados). Cacocum: 9 (contactos de casos confirmados). Calixto García: 27 (26 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 sin fuente de infección precisada). Cueto: 43 (contactos de casos confirmados). Gibara: 7 (6 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 sin fuente de infección precisada). Holguín: 491 (490contactos de casos confirmados y1 importado). Mayarí: 72 (contactos de casos confirmados). Moa: 85 (contactos de casos confirmados). Rafael Freyre: 34 (contactos de casos confirmados). Sagua de Tánamo: 49 (contactos de casos confirmados). Urbano Noris: 12 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Santiago de Cuba: 550 casos
Contramaestre: 26 (contactos de casos confirmado). Guamá: 10 (contactos de casos confirmados). Segundo Frente: 21 (contactos de casos confirmados). Tercer Frente: 5 (contactos de casos confirmados). Mella: 40 (contactos de casos confirmados). Palma Soriano: 15 (14 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 sin fuente de infección precisada). San Luis: 56 (55 contactos de casos confirmados y 1 sin fuente de infección precisada). Santiago de Cuba: 336 (330 contactos de casos confirmados y 6 sin fuente de infección precisada). Songo la Maya: 41 (contactos de casos confirmados).
-Guantánamo: 936 casos
Baracoa: 18 (contactos de casos confirmados). Caimanera: 1 (contacto de caso confirmado). El Salvador: 54 (contactos de casos confirmados). Guantánamo: 816 (contactos de casos confirmados). Imías: 2 (contactos de casos confirmados). Manuel Tames: 45 (contactos de casos confirmados).
De los 358 mil 378 pacientes diagnosticados con la enfermedad se mantienen ingresados 43 mil 593, de ellos 43 mil 243 con evolución clínica estable. Se acumulan dos mil 560 fallecidos (68 en el día), letalidad de 0,71 % vs 2.14 % en el mundo y 2,61 % en Las Américas; dos evacuados, 54 retornados a sus países, en el día hubo ocho mil 016 altas, se acumulan 312 mil 169 pacientes recuperados. Se atienden en las terapias intensivas 350 pacientes confirmados, de ellos 149 críticos y 201 graves.
En el día se reportaron 68 pacientes fallecidos. Lamentamos profundamente lo sucedido y transmitimos nuestras condolencias a sus familiares y amigos.
Residencia por provincia y municipio de los pacientes fallecidos
-Artemisa: 1 fallecido
Bahía Honda: 1
-La Habana: 10 fallecidos
Plaza de la Revolución: 3 Playa: 2 La Lisa: 2 Diez de Octubre: 1 Arroyo Naranjo: 1 Cerro: 1 (Dirección particular del carné identidad, de la provincia Guantánamo).
-Mayabeque: 3 fallecidos
Melena del Sur: 1 San José de las Lajas: 1 Santa Cruz del Norte: 1
-Matanzas: 5 fallecidos
Pedro Betancourt: 2 Limonar: 1 Los Arabos: 1 Jovellanos: 1
-Cienfuegos: 11 fallecidos
Cienfuegos: 5 (de ellos 1 con direcicón de carné de identidad, municipio Trinidad, provincia Sancti Spíritus) Cumanayagua: 2 Cruces: 2 Aguada de Pasajeros: 1 Lajas1: 1
-Villa Clara: 4 fallecidos
Santa Clara: 1 Caibarién: 1 Camajuaní: 1 Corralillo: 1
Hasta el 27 julio se reportan 190 países y 32 territorios con casos de COVID-19, asciende a 195 millones 911 mil 108 los casos confirmados (+ 569 mil 607) con 14 millones 99 mil 262 casos activos y cuatro millones 192 mil 146 fallecidos (+ 9 mil 380) para una letalidad de 2,14% (=).
En América se reportan 77 millones 255 mil 199 casos confirmados (+ 149 mil 974), el 39,43 % del total de casos reportados en el mundo, con siete millones 149 mil 556 casos activos y dos millones 16 mil 403 fallecidos (+ 2 mil 709) para una letalidad de 2,61% (=).
=============================== WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
"On July 29, the Last Thursday of Topics space proposes to talk about the dimensions of US-Cuba relations, their current problems, the national and international factors that influence them, their contradictions and scenarios."
July 29, 2021, 4: 00-6: 00pm.
The next space of the Last Issues Thursdays aims to talk about the dimensions of the US-Cuba relations, their current problems, the national and international factors that influence them, their contradictions and scenarios. What prevents resuming the normalization started in 2014? What are your prospects? Why?
Questions to the panel:
1. How do you characterize the relations between Cuba and the United States in its various fields? [Diplomatic, economic, security, academic, cultural, scientific, media, religious, etc.]
2. How are conflict and cooperation combined in bilateral relations? In what fields?
3. What interests within the US affect the relationship with Cuba?
4. What factors within Cuba favor normalization? Which ones disadvantage it?
5. If you had to advise the two governments to facilitate dialogue and resume normalization, what would you say to them?
Mode of realization
• A Telegram group will be created, made up of panelists and audience participants.
• A maximum of 50 participants will be registered. Those interested in taking part in the debate should request it from one of the group's administrators (@VaniPeGe or @ EGM79), before Wednesday, July 28, at 2:00 pm.
• The questions to the panel and the responses of each of the panelists can be read and listened to in the group starting on Wednesday 28, at 4:00 pm. On Thursday 29, at 4:00 pm, the comments sent by registered participants will be published, then a voice chat will be opened to receive new comments in real time, and finally the panel will have a new round.
• Each registered participant may send an audio message, which should not exceed 2 minutes, with questions or comments on what was said by the panel. They will be able to send it to the group administrators (@VaniPeGe or @ EGM79) until Thursday at 3:00 pm, or participate directly in the voice chat on Thursday. In both cases, they must be submitted in advance (name and professional occupation).
* The debate will be replicated in the WhatsApp group "Last Thursday of Topics"
* All the comments made at the meeting will be collected in a summary in pdf format and in a podcast (audio), and published on the Catalejo website, and on the social networks of Temas.
The Haitian and Cuban revolutions are two of the greatest events in world history. Both social upheavals inspired oppressed peoples and terrified their oppressors.
The Haitian Revolution was the only successful slave revolution in history. Every slave master from Texas to Maryland feared enslaved Africans rising up and breaking their chains, like they did in Haiti.
Haiti gave crucial aid to the liberator Simón Bolívar, who defeated Spanish colonialism in much of South America.
Since 1959, Wall Street’s nightmare has been all of Latin America becoming “another Cuba.” Two thousand Cuban soldiers died fighting alongside their African comrades in defeating the Nazi armies of apartheid South Africa.
The initial assistance to newly independent Angola was called “Operation Carlota.” It was named after an enslaved African woman who led a Cuban revolt against Spanish colonial rule. After being captured she was torn apart by horses.
Less than two years after the apartheid invaders were finally defeated at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in southern Angola, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison on Feb. 11, 1990.
Cuba and Haiti are neighbors. The distance between them is less than a hundred miles across the Caribbean Windward Passage.
While the Haitian Revolution began in 1791, the Cuban revolutionaries entered Havana in 1959. This historical distance of more than 160 years explains their different outcomes.
No French Revolution without Haiti
The French Revolution was a capitalist revolution. But it was poor people in both France and Haiti who pushed it forward. The storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789, has never been forgotten.
Over two million poor people are jailed in U.S. Bastilles. These need to be torn down and the prisoners reunited with their families.
In the late 1700s, Haiti was the richest colony in the world. While today Big Oil calls the shots in the United States, it was sugar along with stealing and selling Africans that was central to the rise of European capitalism. Africans were their capital.
It was the profits from their sugar plantations in Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique that emboldened French capitalists to challenge King Louis and the rest of the feudal aristocracy. “Nearly all the industries which developed in France during the eighteenth century had their origin in goods or commodities destined either for the coast of Guinea or for America,” wrote C.L.R. James in “The Black Jacobins.”
French shipowners and other capitalists grew rich by working Africans to death. The average life expectancy of Africans in Haiti was just 21 years.
These conditions led to Dutty Boukman starting a revolt in August 1791 that burned 1,800 plantations.
Haiti helped shield the French Revolution from foreign invasion. Haitians defeated a British army trying to conquer Haiti. Because the redcoats were being vanquished in Haiti, they couldn’t march on Paris.
The French revolutionaries abolished slavery on Feb. 4, 1794. This act simply confirmed what Haitian people had already won on the ground under the leadership of Toussaint Louverture.
It also reflected the feelings of the French poor. They hated the “aristocracy of the skin,” the white slave masters who worked Black people to death. Peasants and other French working people boycotted coffee because it was grown by enslaved Africans.
But beginning in July 1794, the French Revolution was thrown back. Its leaders were sent to the guillotine.
Napoleon kidnapped Toussaint Louverture and let him die in a cold prison cell. The French dictator sent an army to try to restore slavery in Haiti. It was defeated with 24,000 out of 34,000 soldiers having perished.
Haiti against the capitalist world
Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence on Jan. 1, 1804. But the world capitalist class never forgave Haiti for its revolution. The two centuries of revenge that followed made Haiti poor.
The United States refused to recognize Haiti until after the U.S. Civil War had started, in 1862. The restored Bourbon monarchy in France agreed to diplomatic relations and trade with Haiti in 1825.
The French government did so on the condition that Haiti pay reparations to the defeated slave masters! The last payment on this reverse blood transfusion wasn’t made until 1947.
In order to pay off this blood money, Haitians were forced to chop down trees. Floods resulted from the hills becoming bare.
When Haiti’s elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide righteously demanded this money back—which with interest amounted to $21 billion—he was soon overthrown on Feb. 29, 2004.
The United States has continuously intervened in Haiti for more than a century. U.S. Marines invaded the country in 1915 and stayed there until 1934.
A half-million dollars of gold was stolen from Haiti’s central bank by U.S. soldiers and given to New York’s National City Bank, now named CitiBank. A U.S. marine was given the medal of honor for assassinating Haitian resistance leader Charlemagne Péralte.
It was the CIA that helped prop up the dictatorships of “Papa Doc” François Duvalier and his son “Baby Doc” from 1957 to 1986.
Haiti’s revolution occurred as capitalism was on the rise. British textile factories, which were the starting point of the industrial revolution, depended on cotton grown by enslaved Africans in the U.S.
By the 1840’s, British capitalists invaded China to sell opium. The 1884-85 Berlin conference of European colonialists carved up Africa. Belgian King Leopold killed between 8 and 15 million Africans in Congo for rubber profits.
Black people in the United States played a crucial role in defeating the slave owners’ confederacy in the Civil War. After a brief springtime of freedom, Black people were pushed back by Ku Klux Klan terror that overthrew the Reconstruction governments. Haiti was all alone.
Socialist solidarity with Cuba
In contrast, when the Cuban Revolution triumphed on Jan. 1, 1959—155 years after Haiti declared its independence—there was a constellation of socialist countries that embraced it. The Cuban Revolution came four decades after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
One-third of humanity lived under these people’s governments stretching from East Germany to Vietnam. Che Guevara was welcomed in both the People’s Republic of China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
That doesn’t mean the Cuban people had it easy. Over 3,000 Cubans were killed by terrorist attacks instigated by the CIA.
George Herbert Walker Bush was CIA director when 73 people were murdered on Cubana de Aviación Flight 455. They were killed on Oct. 6, 1976, by a bomb placed by Bush’s pal Luis Posada Carriles. It was revenge for Cuba helping to fight apartheid South Africa and the CIA in Angola.
For 60 years the U.S. has enforced an economic blockade that tries to strangle Cuba. It has cost the country at least $144 billion or $13,000 per person.
The banksters were furious that the Cuban people took back their sugar mills, railroads and electric utilities from U.S. financiers. Of the $12 billion in U.S. foreign investments from Latin America in 1959, $2 billion were in Cuba. That’s worth nine times as much in today’s money.
As Fidel Castro said after the CIA’s attempted invasion at Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs): “This is what they cannot forgive: the fact that we are here right under their very noses. And that we have carried out a socialist revolution right under the nose of the United States!”
After 80 percent of Cuban doctors left the country, the socialist republic of Czechoslovakia helped train a new generation of physicians for Cuba.
The thousands of Cuban doctors who save lives around the world are also a legacy of the labor donated by Slovak, Czech, Hungarian and Roma workers. So are the 300,000 people in Central American who had their sight saved or restored by Cuban health workers in “Operation Miracle.”
The Soviet Union went to the brink of nuclear war in October 1962 to defend Cuba during the “missile crisis.” Vital economic assistance was given by the socialist countries of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
Just the fact that these socialist countries conducted fair and equitable trade with Cuba served as a counterweight to the U.S. economic blockade.
Cuba’s solidarity with the world
It’s been 30 years since the Soviet Union and the socialist countries of Eastern Europe were overthrown. This immense tragedy is a greater defeat than Reconstruction’s overthrow in the U.S. and more dangerous than Hitler’s crushing of the German working class.
Cuba lost two-thirds of its trade. So how has Cuba survived?
Fidel Castro told the Cuban people that an economic storm had arrived. The historical leader of the Cuban Revolution called it a “special period.”
The Cuban people endured shortages, but because of socialist economic planning not a single school or hospital was closed. Funding was continued on medical research.
The Cuban people have never forgotten the aid given to their revolution by the Soviet people. Thousands of Ukrainian children who were victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have been treated free of charge in Cuban hospitals.
Towards the end of the initial special period in 1999, Cuba opened the Latin American School of Medicine. Tens of thousands of doctors from around the world have been trained there for free.
Among them are hundreds of doctors who are helping poor people in the United States. The Cuban people are continuing this aid despite new economic sanctions imposed by Trump and continued by Biden.
The courage of Cuba and Haiti
The Cuban Revolution is the continuation of centuries of struggle. Cuba’s economy, like Haiti’s, was based on sugar. Revolts of enslaved Africans broke out, including the 1825 uprising in Matanzas and Carlota’s rebellion in 1844.
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans died during two liberation wars from 1868 to 1878 and 1895 to 1898. It was only because of these sacrifices that Spain was forced to abolish slavery in 1886.
Cuba’s national hero, José Martí, died in battle on May 19, 1895. May 19 is also the birthday of Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X.
Just on the brink of Cuba’s victory, the U.S. declared war on Spain. Wall Street turned Cuba into a virtual colony.
The U.S. Navy seized part of Guantánamo. Hundreds of detainees have been tortured there since 2001 while the U.S. State Department and corporate media claim the Cuban government violates human rights.
Twenty thousand Cubans were murdered by the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s. Cuban revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, overthrew Batista in a guerrilla war.
The Cuban Revolution has been able to march forward since 1959 despite being just 90 miles from the United States. The first reason is the courage of the Cuban people and the leadership of Cuba’s Communist Party.
Cuba was also helped by the rising struggles of Black people in the United States. Even the Pentagon brass worried that if they invaded Cuba, Black troops might rebel.
The solidarity of socialist Cuba includes giving asylum to Assata Shakur and many other Black revolutionaries. Malcolm X met with Fidel Castro in 1960 at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem.
Haiti deserves reparations and a new revolution. Both Haiti and Cuba have done so much for workers and oppressed peoples around the world.
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They failed to achieve the precursor chaos needed by the empire and by Biden, the "globalist," the one who had pompously announced the "return" of America and his intention to "lead" the world; They needed it (and they continue to need it, so they will continue to act) because they know that their geopolitical objectives are unattainable without "recovering" the increasingly elusive Latin America and the Caribbean