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Published 22 July by Academia Superior de Idiomas

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The Ecuadorian Ambassador has been recalled from Israel. The Ecuadorian government has made this decision based on the recent assault on the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces, leading to the deaths of over 550 Palestinians. Out of these 550 deaths, over 130 have been children, and over 3,300 people have been injured.

South Africa has also made a similar decision this week. On Friday the South African legislators urged the president to pull their officials from Israel and cut diplomatic ties by comparing what is happening now to what happened during Apartheid. Stone Sizani, a member of the African National Congress stated: “We echo the widespread condemnation of these senseless attacks on defenceless Palestinians and call on the government of Israel to immediately cease with this blatant act of criminality,”. “As the ANC in parliament, we stand unapologetically with the people of Palestine and pro-Palestinian campaigners … As one of the measures to put pressure on Israel, we are of a firm view that our government must recall our ambassador to Israel and also ask the Israel ambassador to South Africa to leave with immediate effect.”

The decision to recall the Ecuadorian ambassador coincides with the announcement made by the African Studies Association to join an academic boycott of Israel by getting 500 academic signatures worldwide to enact an embargo. The Ecuadorian government made clear that that the reason they are withdrawing is due to the recent attacks in Gaza. The Ecuadoran Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, stated, “We condemn the Israeli military incursion into Palestinian territory. We require cessation of operations and indiscriminate attacks against civilians.”

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Radio Cadena

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On 11 July Cuba strongly condemned the new Israeli attack against the population of the Gaza Strip that has caused the death of more than 100 people and wounds to hundreds.

In a communique, the Cuban Foreign Ministry denounced that Israel uses its military and technological superiority to execute a policy of collective punishment with out-of-proportion use of force, which causes the death of innocent civilians and huge material damage.

Faced with that situation, we are calling to the international community to demand that Israel ends its escalation of violence, said the statement signed by the Director for Bilateral Issues of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Gerardo Peñalver.

Only talks on the grounds of equality can lead to a fair peace that allows the Palestinian people to exerise their inalienable rights and establish definitively the Palestinian State, with its capital in East Jerusalem, the text said.

According to international media outlets, Israeli troops and armor-plated vehicles are stationed at the border with Gaza, awaiting the order to enter and occupy the territory.

There have been denunciations of the air raids against the civil population in the Gaza Strip that have caused numerous deaths, including those of women and children, who were taken by surprise inside their homes while asleep

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BNP paribas2Havana.- Paris National Bank (BNP) Paribas agreed to pay an 8.9-billion-dollar fine to avoid penal actions, after admitting its violation of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba and other nations.

Representatives of the French bank admitted before a Southern Manhattan Court, in New York, the falsification of commercial documents to hide operations considered illegal in the United States.

This is one of the largest fines ever imposed on a French entity for violating the sanctions maintained by Washington against some countries of the world.

It is not known yet if the fine will be joined by other measures such as the laying off of at least a dozen employees and the temporary suspension of the rights of the bank to do transactions in US dollars, as it was originally demanded by US authorities.

Last February, BNP Paribas closed its offices in Havana amidst a probe by US authorities for alleged transactions that violated Washington's prohibitions to do business with Cuba, Iran and Sudan.

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Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patiño said in Quito that without Cuba's full participation there will be no Summit of the Americas in Panama next year.

In a press conference on Wednesday, the foreign minister said that there is regional consensus on the Cuba issue as was evidenced at the recent meeting of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), held in the Galapagos Islands and at the Forum of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Paraguay.

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa recently stated that his country will not go to the Panama Summit of the Americas if Cuba is not there.

It is unacceptable holding a Summit of the Americas without Cuba, as it is also unacceptable the existence of the Organization of American States without Cuba, and Latin America cannot tolerate this situation, said Correa.

Ecuador did not attend the 2013 Summit of the Americas in protest against Cuba's absence.

 www.revolutionarycommunist.org  by Louise Gartrel

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This speech was written as an introduction to a meeting titled ‘Revolutionary Women: The Story of Rebellion’, which formed part of Scotland FRFI’s ‘Voices of Resistance’ series of events. The meeting was held on 16 March 2014 in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! has called this meeting today to pay tribute to the undeniable contributions which women have made towards the Revolution throughout history and to make the point that the struggle against imperialism and towards a society rid of oppression and exploitation must necessarily have women at the forefront. It must also be recognised that women throughout history have had to face not only oppression from the ruling-classes in terms of the effects of a capitalist system, but have also experienced the domination of, and subjugation to, male privilege within the home and throughout society. And for this, we see that women have had to face the greatest hardship and as a result shown the strongest resistance.

I will be discussing the historical and political importance of the role of women in four different parts. I will begin by outlining the crucial role of Sylvia Pankhurst in the early 1900s and the birth of organised mass political movement of women here in Britain. I will then move on to the women of the Cuban Revolution and their historically critical role in developing a socialist model of organisation. Thirdly, I will outline the resistance of Palestinian women in the face of Zionist oppression and destruction, and their consequent imprisonment. And lastly I will be addressing in what ways these battles apply to the fight here in Britain today as women lead the struggle against the cuts.

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cuba angolaThe Cuban program of anti-vectorial struggle to control malaria and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, rats and mice continues in a satisfactory way in 18 Angolan provinces de Angola, asserted a health authority in Luanda on Friday.

“A marked reduction of mosquito populations has been confirmed, due to the outstanding performance of 145 Cuban voluntary workers and 1,600 Angolan brigadistas in 130 municipalities of the country, with some 20 million inhabitants,” declared the coordinator of the national plan, Yoenys Hidalgo, according to a report by the Prensa Latina news agency.
   
He pointed out that the project, which began on January 23, 2009, is applied in coordination with the Health Ministry of Angola and the National Program against Malaria.

 

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Cuban-American groups gathered in the city of Miami, Florida, demanded the lifting of the U.S. economic and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for more than 50 years, local media reported today.

The conference was sponsored by four organizations that back the improvement of ties between the two countries, including the Cuban-American for Relations (known as CAFE), the Foundation for Normalization of Relations, Generation Cubano Change and Educational Travel to Cuba.

Those attending the event, held on Saturday, discussed the bilateral dynamics in recent years and called for the abolition of all kinds of unilateral sanctions of Washington against Havana, in order to boost bilateral trade and restore normal relations between the two countries.

Arturo Lopez-Levy, director of CAFE, demanded the White House to remove Cuba from the list of terrorist countries and questioned that the Caribbean nation is seen as a threat to U.S. national security, the newspaper The Miami Herald said. 

The expert said that most Cubans living in this country oppose the blockade, which he described as illegal, contrary to international law and condemned on multiple occasions by the UN General Assembly. A recent survey by the Atlantic Council of the United States shows that 56 percent of Americans support the normalization of relations with Cuba, and that figure reaches 63 percent in Florida, which has the largest population of Cuban Americans.

www.voiceforthefive.com

Rene denied visa

Late on Monday 3 March, just a few hours before he was due to fly from Havana to London, René González, was refused a visa to enter in the UK.

René González is the principal witnesses for the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five which takes place at the Law Society in London on 7 and 8 March.

In its letter of refusal, the UK Immigration and Visa Office states that it is due to point 320 (2b) of UK immigration law, which says entry can be denied to a person who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Although, dispensation can be granted in exceptional circumstances, the UK government states that it does not consider Mr González’s attendance at the International Commission to be reason enough to justify this or “outweighed by the public interest in maintaining a refusal.”

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Rally in Trafalgar Square, London WC2, Sunday 9 March. From 2pm

On Sunday 9 March representatives from the US, Canada, Latin America, Cuba and Europe will join British campaigners to denounce the British government’s decision to withhold an entry visa from Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorism agents, imprisoned in the US and known as the ‘Cuban Five’.
 
Gonzalez is one of five Cuban government intelligence agents who infiltrated exile-groups in Miami in the 1990s to uncover violent terrorist plots against Cuba. Evidence gathered, including plans to bomb tourist planes travelling to and from Cuba, was handed to the FBI and other US agencies. The US government’s response was to arrest the Cuban agents. They were convicted in 2001 on conspiracy charges and for using false identities and sentenced to between 15 years and double life in US prisons. In 2005, a US court ruled that the Cuban Five did not receive a fair trial, but no retrial was granted.
 
In 2011 Gonzalez was the first of the Cuban Five freed and returned to Cuba. He was to appear in London on 7 and 8 March as the star witness at a two-day International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five, at the Law Society (voicesforthefive.com). Evidence on the case will be presented by legal experts and politicians, including former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Tessa Murphy from Amnesty International. The Commission is supported by John Le Carré, Emma Thompson, Danny Glover, Lord Rowan Williams, Martin Sheen, Noam Chomsky, Günter Grass, Peter Capaldi and Dame Vivienne Westwood.
 
The British government can deny visas to anyone who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. However, campaigners point out that dispensation can be granted. ‘None of the charges against Rene and his Cuban colleagues involved violence, weapons or damage to property’, said Dr Helen Yaffe, a specialist in Cuban history at the University of Leicester. ‘Since 1959, nearly 3,500 Cubans have been killed by terrorist attacks or aggression – mainly launched from Miami. The Cuban Five worked to halt those attacks. That Rene Gonzalez is not welcomed as a hero by the British government exposes the hypocrisy of their so-called war on terrorism’.  
 
Hosted by British campaign Rock Around the Blockade (ratb.org.uk) the rally takes place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 9 March from 2pm with speeches, music and a giant Cuban flag. The protestors will demand the immediate release of the three Cuban agents who remain in US prisons: Antonio Guerrero (22 years) and Ramón Labañino (30 years) and Gerardo Hernandez (two consecutive life sentences). Fernando González (18 years) the second agent to be released, returned to Cuba just last Friday, 28 February.
 
More details on the protest see: www.ratb.org.uk/news/campaign-news/380-ra100214

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