Protests in Cuba: defend the revolution!

Jorge Martín

In Defence of Marxism | July 12, 2021

The situation in Cuba is serious. On Sunday 11 July, there were protests in various towns and cities in Cuba that have enjoyed widespread coverage in the international media (how could it be otherwise?) Where do these protests come from? What is their character? How should we, as revolutionaries, respond?

The protests began in San Antonio de los Baños, Artemisa province, 26 km southwest of the capital Havana. The immediate motivation for the protests, which brought hundreds of people to the streets in San Antonio, were prolonged and constant power outages. But this factor must be added to an accumulation of problems, which have become particularly serious since the beginning of the pandemic 16 months ago: shortages of basic products, shortages of medicines, the fall in the purchasing power of wages. Added to all of this is the worsening of the pandemic in recent days, with the arrival of new, much more contagious variants, at a time when only 15-20% of the population have been fully vaccinated, putting the healthcare system under a lot of strain in several provinces.

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Bless the Traitors

Chris Hedges

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (Scheerpost Daniel Hale, an active-duty Air Force intelligence analyst, stood in the Occupy encampment in Zuccotti Park in October 2011 in his military uniform. He held up a sign that read “Free Bradley Manning,” who had not yet announced her transition. It was a singular act of conscience few in uniform had the strength to replicate. He had taken a week off from his job to join the protestors in the park. He was present at 6:00 am on October 14 when Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his first attempt to clear the park. He stood in solidarity with thousands of protestors, including many unionized transit workers, teachers, Teamsters and communications workers, who formed a ring around the park. He watched the police back down as the crowd erupted into cheers. But this act of defiance and moral courage was only the beginning.

Hale’s 2019 booking photo from the Nashville Police Department. Photo via AP

At the time, Hale was stationed at Fort Bragg. A few months later he deployed to Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Force Base. He would later learn that while he was in Zuccotti Park, Barack Obama ordered a drone strike some 12,000 miles away in Yemen that killed Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old son of the radical cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been killed by a drone strike two weeks earlier. The Obama administration claimed it was targeting the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Ibrahim al-Banna, who it believed, incorrectly, was with the boy and his cousins, all of whom were also killed in the attack. That massacre of innocents became public, but there were thousands more such attacks that wantonly killed noncombatants that only Hale and those with top-security clearances knew about.

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Terrorist Operations in Caracas: Context and Orchestration

Misión Verdad | July 09, 2021

Venezuelan security forces deployed at Cota 905 (Photo: Archive).

Since last Wednesday June 7 and during Thursday June 8, the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas, has been the target of important operations by armed groups, which through the facade of criminal gangs have operated in actions of terror and the generation of chaos.

These events have been carried out by gangs led by alias El Koki, alias El Garbys and alias El Vampi as the main group leaders. Criminal gangs have carried out actions to generate anxiety among the population of Cota 905, El Paraíso, Quinta Crespo and its surroundings, shooting in the air or against the civilian population and sending criminals on motorcycles and pick-up trucks, heavily armed, to other nearby sectors such as the boulevard of El Cementerio, in an attempt to mark their presence there and force people to retreat to their homes.

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Venezuela’s Minister for Defense: ‘We Have Captured 11 Paramilitary Criminals in Apure State’

orinocotribune | July 15, 2021

Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Vladimir Padrino Lopez. Photo courtesy of Tal Cual.

This Wednesday July 14, Venezuela’s Vice President for Political Sovereignty, Security and Peace, General Vladimir Padrino López, referred to the arduous battle that the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) is fighting against Colombian terrorist and paramilitary groups. In this regard, he reported that the FANB have captured 11 criminals in Apure state, and they are already in Caracas.

“There are those who think that we have surrendered the sovereignty of Apure,” said General Padrino. “No! We have not surrendered our sovereignty. We are doing the necessary work and since last Sunday (July 11) we have captured 11 individuals (paramilitary criminals) in Apure state, from the same small group that attacked us [before], who intend to occupy Venezuelan territory. There are 11 and they are already here in Caracas.”

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Economic recovery in Venezuela

Pasqualina Curcio

Últimas Noticias | July 12, 2021

To forecast the economic recovery in Venezuela, or in any country in the world, it is necessary, first, to know what the causes of the fall in national production have been. Between 2013 and 2020, the gross domestic product has registered an abysmal decrease of 73%, that is, we are producing around a quarter of what was produced 7 years ago. 

Like all economic, social and political phenomena, the causes are usually multiple, however, among all of them there are always some that have more weight. In this case there are two: 1) the fall in oil exports; 2) the attack on the bolivar. Recovering national production necessarily involves reversing these two factors or, at least, their effects.  

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British Supreme Court to decide dispute over Venezuelan gold reserves

Últimas Noticias | July 16, 2021

Venezuela claims the gold resources deposited in British banks. Photo Archive

The British Supreme Court will settle the dispute over Venezuela’s gold reserves held by the Bank of England next week, lawyers representing the constitutional government of the South American country confirmed today.

The case reached the British courts last year, after the Bank of England refused to hand over the gold to the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), arguing that there was a similar request from the banking board appointed by the self-proclaimed president. Venezuelan Juan Guaidó.

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“We are going to put our hearts to the common work!” (+ Video)

Speech delivered by Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, in the act of revolutionary reaffirmation, in the esplanade of La Piragua, Havana, on July 17, 2021, “Year 63 of the Revolution.”

Granma | July 19, 2021

Cuba belongs to all Cubans who, wherever they are, work to see it advance with its own legs and its own arms towards a destiny of possible prosperity. Photo: Ismael Batista Ramírez

Speech delivered by Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, in the act of revolutionary reaffirmation, in the esplanade of La Piragua, Havana, on July 17, 2021, “Year 63 of the Revolution.”

(Shorthand Versions – Presidency of the Republic)

Dear Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban Revolution;

People of Cuba, Cuban men and women;

Compatriots:

Long live Cuba Libre! (Exclamations of: “Long live!”).

Free from foreign interference and free from the hatred that has been stirred up by those who have been holding the neck of the nation for 60 years to make it explode and now want to present themselves as our saviors.

Cease lies, infamy and hatred. Cuba is deeply allergic to hatred.   And it will never be a land of hatred!

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How to detect fake news around the events of July 11 in Cuba?

Common sense in the face of the implausible and distrust in the face of unprecedented events should prevail whenever you read any information, especially on the internet

Yenia Silva Correa & Maby Martínez Rodríguez 

Granma | July 17, 2021

Fake news against Cuba and how to detect them Photo: Taken from Twitter

Cuba is under fire from a cyber attack, one of the techniques used as part of the unconventional war that has been waged against our nation.  

Computer aggression includes the attack on institutional digital platforms and the country’s press media; and the media bombardment is based on the manipulation of all possible audiences based on speculation about fictitious realities and the sowing of terror or discontent in the population.

News montages are becoming more common every day. People and the media at the service of the economic and political interests that move behind what has happened in Cuba since Sunday, July 11, build parallel narratives using various tools, including false news or fake news.

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Cuba: Who cast the first stone? (+ Video)

There is room in our country for debate and differences of all kinds – policies included -, what is not ethical or permissible is to try to solve them with the rule of law of the jungle, baseness or backstabbing, or mixing with the perpetrators of acts as uncivilized as the assault with stones at the pediatric hospital in Cárdenas, with patients, companions and medical personnel inside

Juan Antonio Borrego

Granma | July 19, 2021

There is so much money in the campaign against Cuba that not even the “big media” hide to lie blatantly. 
In the upper half of the photo, Fox News Channel uses images of revolutionaries (as seen below) on the streets, and blurs their posters, to make them pass as protesters. 

They said that Raúl fled, that Camagüey was taken and kidnapped the First Secretary of the Party there, that the Vice Minister of the Interior resigned, that the streets are full of the dead and, by telling and lying, they even showed Alexandria and Buenos Aires as if they were Havana .

Most likely, they continue saying, because that has been one of their most recurrent weapons, since they tried to exalt Sosa Blanco’s “human values”, they presented the Escambray rebels as defenders of the people and not as vulgar terrorists, or fabricated that insurmountable compendium of misinformation in the days of Playa Girón, when, according to reports from press agencies, the invading forces took Pinar del Río and the Isle of Pinos, Fidel fled and Raúl was captured, Habana Libre was destroyed by the bombings and “the port of Bayamo was totally isolated.”

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