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Does U.S. Policy towards Cuba Ever Really Change?

By Iroel Sánchez on May 23, 2022

“This flag, this sky, this land, we will defend it at any price necessary” photo: Bill Hackwell

On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, was interviewed by journalist Lucia Duraccio, of the Italian television channel RAI TG1, who asked him following the vote of condemnation by 189 countries of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, which had just happened for the 29th time in the UN General Assembly, why the nearby island was still the enemy and if the dialogue initiated by former President Obama was over for good. (more…)

Petro Bulletproofs Campaign Amid Assassination Fears

May 21, 2022

We have just learned that US Latin American solidarity activist Teri Matson, who was traveling to Colombia as an invited election observer for the election there next Sunday, has been detained and will be deported from Colombia tomorrow without cause. The Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights CPDH in Bogota denounces the deportation. –  editorial (more…)

Peruvian Lawmakers Call for Inclusion of All at the Summit of the Americas

By Gustavo A Maranges and Bill Hackwell on May 22, 2022

Margot Palacios and Silvana Robles

The IX Summit of the Americas to take place in Los Angeles , June 6-10, continues to generate news in the region and it is not exactly what the Biden Administration was looking for. Friday, Peruvian lawmakers Margot Palacios and Silvana Robles declared their opposition to a summit that would take place without Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. (more…)

On the Upcoming Summit of the Americas: Some Ingredients of American Democracy

By José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez on May 20, 2022

In most public presentations by U.S. politicians the word democracy is repeated over and over again, but without offering definitions about the concept they are referring to. From their perspective, democracy is something supreme that would be above a specific social economic regime, above the very idea of nation, giving the impression of being an inclusive space, when in fact it is the opposite. (more…)

Brazil: The Proposal of the South for a Single Regional Currency

By Jorge Marchini, Resumen Latinoamericano on May 19, 2022.

Less than six months before the elections, the two-time president of Brazil and pre-candidate for the Workers’ Party (PT), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will face the current president Jair Bolsonaro in October, defended the creation of a single currency in Latin America, as part of the expansion of relations between the countries of the region. (more…)

The Summit and the Crisis of US Hegemony

By Angel Guerra Cabrera on April 18, 2022

illustration: Victor Aquilar

The chaotic political situation created by the United States (US) government in the face of the IX edition of the so-called Summit of the Americas reflects, in the first place, the reluctance of the empire to accept the serious crisis of leadership and hegemony it suffers on a global scale. Washington has aroused rebellion and distrust in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) with its shady and undemocratic handling of the preparations for the upcoming meeting in Los Angeles, and its exclusionary attitude as host. (more…)

José Martí: A Quiet Solemnity 127 Years after His Death

By Alejandra Garcia on May 19, 2022, from Havana

Jose Marti, photo: Bill Hackwell

One hundred and twenty-seven years ago, Cuba lost its most illustrious son, José Martí. He lived, thought, wrote, and was inspired by his country. Martí was devoted to the struggle for Cuba’s independence from the Spanish regime and lost his life a few days after the beginning of the second -and definitive- stage of the war for independence (more…)

US  Government Denies Visas to Cuban Civil Society Delegation to People’s Summit

May 18, 2022, Los Angeles – For Immediate Release

Peoples Summit for Democracy, June 8, 9 and 10, Los Angeles

The People’s Summit for Democracy is outraged by the decision of the United States government to deny visas to a 23 person delegation from Cuban civil society to attend the Summit in Los Angeles on June 8,9 and 10. The denial of their visas is an affront to the same democratic values that the US government and its “Summit of the Americas” pretends to uphold. With this decision and Cuba’s exclusion from Biden’s official Summit, Cuba has been denied a voice in vital discussions about democracy, integration, and regional cooperation. (more…)

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