Month: July 2019
“The day only one Cuban is left to make this revolution, it will be me”
Granma | July 30, 2019
Mystery illnesses and a side-lined U.S. embassy spell trouble for Cuba
by W. T. Whitney Jr.
People’s World | July 31, 2019
Any concern, real or feigned, for the health of diplomats voiced when the mystery illness story began has given way to a stepped up campaigns by the Trump administration to ramp up attacks on Cuba and make it difficult or impossible for Cubans to come to the U.S. or for Americans to go to Cuba. The sidelining of the U.S. embassy in Cuba, pictured above, is a major impediment to restoration of normal relations. | Desmond Boylan/AP
President Obama on December 17, 2014 announced a U.S. opening to Cuba. Months later there was a U.S. embassy in Havana. Beginning in late 2016, however, some diplomats there –CIA agents among them – experienced strange noises, hearing loss, headaches, impaired memory, confused thinking, dizziness, impaired vision and more. Expressing safety concerns, the State Department in September, 2017 recalled most of its employees from its Embassy in Cuba.
São Paulo Forum: Venezuelan and Cuban presidents call for unity against U.S. imperialism
by Steve Sweeney
People’s World | July 30, 2019
Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, smiles with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during the closing ceremony of the Sao Paulo Forum at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 28, 2019. | Ariana Cubillos / AP
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was joined by his Cuban counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel Sunday as they issued a rallying cry for regional unity “to confront the onslaught of U.S. imperialism.”
The pair were among the speakers at the closing ceremony of the 25th Sao Paolo Forum in Caracas, which coincided with celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the birth of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013.
North Korea navigates economic reform in a sea of sanctions
by Bennett Guillaume
People’s World | July 24, 2019
Song Un Pyol, manager at the upscale Potonggang department store in Pyongyang, stands in the snacks aisle on June 19, 2017. In the new DPRK, markets have blossomed and a consumer culture is taking root. | Wong Maye-E / AP
PYONGYANG—In April, a Japanese newspaper revealed a policy document purportedly detailing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s economic strategy for the 2016-2020 period.
The text’s authors stressed the need to step-up technological development, diversify the country’s trade, chiefly toward Russia, and proceed with the “full introduction of a new economic management method.”
Rise and Fall of Guaidó: Six Months After the Self-Proclamation
by Edgard Ramírez
Orinoco Tribune | July 24, 2019
However, beyond the hectic media events, the entelechy of the opposition deputy Juan Guaidó’s self proclamation at the head of an alleged para-Government in Venezuela, he has not produced results and every day loses more impetus and support, inside and outside the country.
No forceful armed action – call it a coup d’etat or foreign intervention – has happened so far and the Government is riding through the political crisis against all odds, as it says.Read More »
Venezuela: US Sanctions Target Subsidized Food Program as Foro de Sao Paulo Kicks Off
Venezuelanalysis | July 25, 2019
The subdized CLAP food program benefits 6 million families monthly. (MPPCI)
Caracas, July 25, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The US Treasury Department imposed new sanctions against a host of individuals and companies connected to Venezuela’s CLAP subsidized food program on Thursday.
The latest round of unilateral measures from Washington is centered on Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Moran, who is claimed to have profited from overvalued state contracts, including ones involving food imports for the CLAP [Local Supply and Production Committees] program.
4 School Children Killed by ‘Snipers’ During Protest in Sudan
Australian workers win ExxonMobil strike after 742 days on picket line
by THE GUARDIAN, THE WORKERS’ WEEKLY
People’s World | July 29, 2019
The rat campaign mascot passes an ExxonMobil rig off Western Australia. | IndustriALL
On July 11, 2019 oil and gas workers in Victoria, Australia, dismantled their picket line after 742 days, following an agreement ending a long-running dispute with ExxonMobil and its maintenance subcontractor, UGL.
The David vs. Goliath victory against the world’s sixth biggest company, ExxonMobil, by workers who refused to give in, has had a nationwide impact in Australia.
Migrant detention centers in U.S.: A few accounts – Chilling, horrific
A Journal of People report
Migrant detention centers in the U.S. are turning out to be an issue of debate. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence toured two detention facilities on the Texas border Friday, July 12, including a Border Patrol station where hundreds of men were crowded in sweltering cages without cots.
“Look, this is tough stuff,” Pence acknowledged at a later news conference.Read More »