We defend the Revolution, above all else

For 60 years the example of the Cuban Revolution has bothered the United States, stated First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, yesterday, during a special message from the Palace of the Revolution explaining to the people the most recent provocation orchestrated by small groups of counterrevolutionaries.

Gladys Leydis Ramos López and Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver

Granma | July 12, 2021

Photo: Estudios Revolución

For 60 years the example of the Cuban Revolution has bothered the United States, stated First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, yesterday, during a special message from the Palace of the Revolution explaining to the people the most recent provocation orchestrated by small groups of counterrevolutionaries.

The President began his remarks with a revolutionary greeting to the entire people, and said: “Unfortunately, we have been obliged to interrupt our Sunday, that all our families take to rest and spend time together, to inform you and share with you a series of elements related to the events that have been taking place today, which are part of a high level, systematic, escalating provocation, which has been promoted by the counterrevolution over these days.”

What is the background to this situation we are experiencing, he asked.

“We have been honest, we have been open, we have been clear, and at all times we have explained the complexities of the current situation to our people. I remember that more than a year and a half ago, when the second half of 2019 was just starting, we had to explain that we were heading toward a difficult conjuncture, and we used that term, which was later taken up as part of popular humor, since we have remained in this ‘conjuncture’ for a long time…Beginning with all the signs that the U.S. government, headed by the Trump administration, was giving in relation to Cuba.”

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Cuba faces loot, whose hands behind?

Farooque Chowdhury

Countercurrents | July 12, 2021

Imperialist media and its followers are over-active in circulating the news: Protests and loot in Cuba. Then, they draw conclusion: The people in Cuba are rejecting socialism.

The MSM circulated news on Cuba said:

  • Large anti-government protests broke out in Cuba’s major cities. Thousands of protesters marched on Sunday in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and other locales, decrying food, medicine and vaccine shortages.
  • It’s a display of “pro-freedom” sentiment. The protesters were demanding an end to the present communist rule. Numerous videos posted on social media showed crowds marching and chanting such slogans as “Liberty”. In areas, protesters flipped cars and threw rocks at police in Havana and in other places. Some videos showed people vandalizing and looting shops.

Thus, the media-masters cheer and draw conclusion while they show their ignorance in drawing demarcation line between socialism and communism, as the two systems are far-far different.

Nothing to hide: There’re protests in Cuba.

Nothing to hide: There’s incident of loot.

The issue for consideration is what goods were looted. Do food-hungry people loot TV and electronics goods? The masters of the mainstream media obviously have an answer. The looters weren’t food-hungry if TV, etc. were looted. Or, there’s little scope for going hungry if stores were stashed with food products.

The fact-manipulation-efficient-masters have made a mistake in their fabrication of “facts” of protests. The fact that comes out from this inconsistency is there’s something fishy, smelling rotten.

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Venezuela: Counter-Revolution or Coup?

by Richard Lachmann

Venezuela has two presidents, or at least two men, both with committed supporters who accept their claims to be president. Nicolas Maduro was appointed Vice President by then Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2012. Maduro became president the following year when Chavez died of cancer, and was narrowly elected to a full term a month later. Juan Guaido has claimed that Maduro is not the legitimate president because he stole his last election and therefore Guaido as president of the National Assembly is, in fact, the acting president. Read More »

The counter-revolution acquires a new flavour

Morning Star Editorial

 

WE have become accustomed to the institutional hypocrisy of the European Union, which routinely commands that ballots be rerun when the insubordinate citizens of member states fail to vote as prescribed.

The statement by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini threatening further sanctions if Venezuela fails to announce new elections, seeks to extend this unwritten provision of the EU’s founding principles to Latin America.

It is not that Venezuela has not already voted. In last year’s presidential election — under a system which former US president Jimmy Carter described as “the best in the world” — Nicolas Maduro won 67.8 per cent of the vote.Read More »

Revolution or Counter-Revolution in Venezuela

by ANDREW JOEL MARTIN

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | September 07, 2017

Mural reads "I'm with the revolution!". (Abyayala)

Mural reads “I’m with the revolution!”. (Abyayala)

Anyone who has read anything on the government of Venezuela in the last seventeen years in the corporate media will have noticed that it is characterised as a repressive dictatorship. However supporters of its Bolivarian Revolution will tell a different story, claiming it has passed through an extended period of radical democratic change, achieving significant reductions in poverty. The advances of the revolution and the social progress it has engendered for the working class are very real, however the radical democratic reforms of the Bolivarian revolution are now under threat. Its attempts at measures of workers control, cooperatives and communes remain an important cornerstone of the revolution, but the radicalisation that occurred throughout the 2000s has faced significant setbacks.

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Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917–2017

Monthly Review Volume 69, Issue 03 (July-August 2017)

Petrograd workers drill on Palace Square

Petrograd workers drill on Palace Square. State Museum of the Political History of Russia, St. Petersburg.(The Bolsheviks in Power, p. 240)

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