The first ten years of U.S. economic attacks on Cuba

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The newspaper Revolución announces the cancellation of Cuba’s U.S. sugar quota and negotiations underway with the USSR. Photo: Archive

The rulers of the United States have a long history of experience in this arena. During WWI, in 1917, the first legal document on economic war was approved by Congress, the Trading with the Enemy Act, which outlined a renovated strategy of financial maneuvers: the creating of difficulties for adversaries in access to banking services and credit; the freezing of funds; prohibitions on sales and purchases, including those involving the acquisition of products produced with U.S. components or raw materials in third countries; as well as coercive measures against ships and crews involved in trade with the sanctioned country, among other tactics.Read More »

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The democratic essence of Cuban elections lies within the people

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Granma | November 23, 2017

To elect the best, it is firstly necessary to know about the candidates. Photo: Dunia Álvarez Palacios

Like anything, our electoral system is perfectible. To believe it to be perfect would be, at the least, pretentious. But there are, let’s say essential, principles that distinguish it – principles on which our country has been built, based on an ideal of the just and the democratic, that puts the people at its very center.Read More »

FMLN, 37 years of struggle

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Granma | October 26, 2017

Medardo González, secretary general of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, reaffirmed that the FMLN continues to struggle for the demands of the majority in El Salvador, the working class. Photo: el19digital.com

San Salvador.-Founded October 10, 1980, the historic Salvadoran Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), maintains its guerilla fighting spirit, taking on every an important battle.

With the 1992 peace accords, only its weapons changed, since the political field demands well conceived tactics and firm troops to survive ambushes and enemy offensives. In fact, fighting times are approaching, with elections for deputies and mayors scheduled this coming March. The vote is key to advancing the FMLN government’s projects, many of which are systematically sabotaged by the right in the National Assembly and their allies in the judicial branch, including the Attorney General’s office and the Constitutional Court.Read More »

Cuba: The struggle against the blockade is a struggle for humanity

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Granma | October 26, 2017

Caracas.– Venezuela’s Minister of Communication and Information (Minci), Ernesto Villegas, stated that the struggle against the U.S. blockade imposed on Cuba for almost 60 years is also a struggle in defense of humanity.
“We feel as though it (the struggle) were our own, and when we say no more blockade against the noble homeland of Martí, of Maceo, Fidel and Raúl, we are also saying no more blockades against any other people on the Planet, and in particular, in Latin America,” stated Villegas in the National Library’s Hugo Chávez hall. Read More »

The commitment to produce more

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Granma | September 25, 2017

Machado Ventura in the San Blas ecological coffee processing plant, Cienfuegos. Photo: Magalys Chaviano

CIENFUEGOS.– José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, toured areas of Cienfuegos this Sunday, September 24, where he reviewed the progress of agricultural recovery following Hurricane Irma. He also met with agricultural sector representatives, campesinos, members of ANAP, CCS, UBPC, CPA, agricultural enterprises and trade union leaders, who reiterated their commitment to produce more food.Read More »

What Cuba can teach America about freedom

by T.D. Harper-Shipman PhD

Pambazuka NewsSeptember 14, 2017

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Saving socialism: Cuba renews land reform to bolster food production

by W. T. WHITNEY JR.

People’s World | August 29, 2017

Cuba’s Council of Ministers recently announced changes to regulations introduced in 2008 that gave citizens usage rights to land, the purpose then and now being to bolster domestic food production.

The expectation in 2008 was that many of the 500,000 workers about to leave state employment would become farmers. The Cuban state owns 80 percent of the island’s farmland. The precariousness of Cuba’s economy, now in recession, prompted both the original plan and the recent modifications. Cuba struggles to secure foreign investment, hard currency, and to grow its economy. The socialist state also has the obligation of guaranteeing employment, income, social services, education, and food for all citizens.Read More »

A Trip to Cuba

by Chaman Lal

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.7, Aug 20 – 26, 2017

My long awaited visit to Cuba materialised from 9th to 17th December, 2011. I have been trying for this visit from the beginning of my assignment in Trinidad & Tobago in October end 2010. In fact my reluctant acceptance of this assignment was due to the close proximity of Cuba and Venezuela to the country and a chance to visit the two nations with hopes of seeing Socialism in action. Developed friendship with Cuban and Venezuelan embassies in Port of Spain from February beginning, meeting the ambassadors from both the countries on some function organised in Bolivarian embassy of Venezuela. Started attending many functions and expressing my solidarity as well, addressing a few. Became member of ‘Friends of Cuba’ and gave the proposal to Cuban and Venezuelan embassy to deliver lectures on Che Guevara and Bhagat Singh. The proposal was sent to Cuban embassy in Delhi, where Ambassador Miguel Ramirez was personally well acquainted and had my book on Bhagat Singh. However, nothing worked out, tried through CPM leader Sita Ram Yechuri, Dr Lal Khan, through face book sites, through Pritam’s Trotskyite friends, through Indian embassies in Cuba and Venezuela, through Socialist party activists form Margarita, where I had gone. So as last attempt, I had to take recourse to Travel agency and opt to go as Tourist, as I was put to link with Producto travel agency by Cuban Counsellor in Trinidad Ana Silvia. This was going to be an expensive trip, but I could not miss the chance as from India it would have become more expensive. It came to nearly 2400 US dollars or one lakh twenty thousand plus rupees in Indian currency.Read More »