Monday, April 4, 2022

 







“Cuba advocates a solution that guarantees the security and sovereignty of all”

Originally published: Granma English by Cubaminex (February 28, 2022 ) 

 Posted Mar 03, 2022

 

The U.S. determination to continue NATO’s progressive expansion toward the Russian Federation’s borders has brought about a scenario with implications of unpredictable scope, which could have been avoided.

United States’ and NATO’s military moves toward regions adjacent to the Russian Federation in recent months are well known, and were preceded by the delivery of modern weapons to Ukraine, which together constitute a military siege.

It is impossible to make a rigorous and honest examination of the current situation in Ukraine, without carefully assessing the Russian Federation’s just demands of the United States and NATO, and the factors that have led to the use of force and non-observance of legal principles and international norms which Cuba strongly supports and, are, particularly for small countries, an essential resource in resisting hegemony, abuse of power and injustice.

Cuba is a country that defends International Law and is committed to the Charter of the United Nations. Cuba will always defend peace and oppose the use of force, and threats to do so, against any state.

We deeply regret the loss of innocent civilian lives in Ukraine. The Cuban people have had and continue to have a very close relationship with the Ukrainian people.

History will hold the United States accountable for the consequences of an increasingly offensive military doctrine beyond NATO’s borders, which threatens international peace, security and stability.

Our concern has grown worse with NATO’s recent decision to activate, for the first time, its Response Force.

Ignoring the well-founded claims made by the Russian Federation concerning security guarantees for decades and assuming that Russia would remain defenseless in the face of a direct threat to its national security was a mistake. Russia has the right to defend itself. Peace cannot be achieved by mounting sieges or encircling states.

The draft resolution on the situation in Ukraine not adopted by the UN Security Council February 25, which will be submitted to the General Assembly, was not intended as a genuine contribution to resolve the current crisis.

On the contrary, it is an unbalanced text, which does not take into account the legitimate concerns of all parties involved. It does not acknowledge either the responsibility of those who instigated or took aggressive action that led to the escalation of this conflict.

We call for a serious, constructive and realistic diplomatic solution to the current crisis in Europe, via peaceful means, ensuring the security and sovereignty of all, as well as regional and international peace, stability and security.

Cuba rejects hypocrisy and double standards. It should be recalled that in 1999 the United States and NATO launched a major attack on Yugoslavia, a European country that was fragmented with a high cost in human lives, in pursuit of geopolitical objectives, disregarding the UN Charter.

The United States and several of its allies have used force on many occasions. They have invaded sovereign states to bring about regime change and interfere in the internal affairs of other nations that do not submit to their interests of domination, defending their territorial integrity and independence.

They are also responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians, which they label as “collateral damage,” millions of displaced persons and widespread destruction across our planet in their wars of plunder.

 

https://mronline.org/2022/03/03/cuba-advocates-a-solution-that-guarantees-the-security-and-sovereignty-of-all/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cuba-advocates-a-solution-that-guarantees-the-security-and-sovereignty-of-all

 


Saturday, March 19, 2022


 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Friday, March 4, 2022

 Successful Petition Against the U.S. War on Cuba Closes-Ottawa's Official Response Pending


The parliamentary petition (e-3640) against the U.S. War on and Economic Blockade of Cuba officially closed today, Saturday, February 26 at 8:31am. The petition initiated by the Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC) is sponsored by Niki Ashton, member of Canada's parliament for the federal constituency of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski in the province of Manitoba.

Despite a relentless anti-Cuba disinformation campaign by various media outlets, especially the CBC, the petition successfully garnered 1732 supporters.  

The petition's first marker of success is reaching the required 500 signatures, compelling the Government of Canada to issue an official response.

Once the Clerk of Petition has certified that there are 500 valid signatures, the petition will then be presented to the House of Commons. Upon being presented, the Government must respond in 45-days.

The second marker is surpassing the anti-Cuba petition (e-3573), which closed on December 18, 2021 with a total of 700 signatures. This was achieved despite support of well-funded reactionary forces and sections of the Canada elite, who threw their weight behind the malicious anti-Cuba campaign.

Central to the CNC's petition was the call for the Government of Canada to take specific steps in opposing U.S. attacks on the heroic island nation and ensure that Ottawa's policy and relations with Cuba do not mirror or follow Washington's diktat.

It bears underscoring that the CNC petition builds on the success of the previous petition (e-3456) that was launched in 2021 during the last parliamentary session when 3,375 citizens and residents of Canada emphatically demanded an end to the U.S. economic siege and blockade of Cuba.

Thousands of Canadians signed both petitions, declaring that Cuba is not alone by condemning Washington’s economic war and campaign of subversion.

Canadians are sending a powerful and unambiguous message to Ottawa.

As we await the government's response, it is abundantly clear and undeniable that Canadians have a profound respect and admiration for the people of Cuba. Irrespective of their political or ideological positions, Canadians stand for the building of genuine friendship with the island nation: relations based on mutual respect, equality, and recognition of Cuba’s right to self-determination and sovereignty.

¡Cuba sí, bloqueo no!
No to the U.S. War on Cuba!
Isaac Saney
Co-Chair and Spokesperson
Canadian Network On Cuba
www.canadiannetowkoncuba.ca

_______________________________________________

Sunday, January 9, 2022





 63 Years of Revolution: 

63 Years of Independence, Justice and Human Dignity!


January 1st, 2022, marks the 63rd anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, when the people of Cuba led by Fidel Castro, seized their destiny in their own hands, affirming and exercising their right to self-determination, authentic freedom, and human dignity. The Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC) on behalf of the Canada-Cuba friendship and solidarity movement, sends to the people of Cuba, the Cuban government and Cuba’s revolutionary leadership our warmest greetings on this occasion.

In 2021, Cuba weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, providing an example to the world by achieving one of the world's highest rates of vaccination through its own vaccines, which, with its immense generosity and dedication to internationalism, it now offers to the entire planet. Cuba's success is a direct and profound challenge to the global vaccine apartheid being imposed by western pharmaceutical monopolies and imperialist states.

In the past year, the Cuban people have also confronted and defeated a concerted U.S. imperialist orchestrated, organised and financed destabilization campaign. These nefarious and internationally condemned actions were aided and abetted here in Canada, among others, by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's malicious, scurrilous, and incessant disinformation against the heroic island nation. Canadians rejected this shameful and naked alignment with the criminal U.S. war against Cuba as thousands signed various parliamentary petitions condemning Washington’s economic war and campaign of subversion and calling on the government of Canada to take concrete and meaningful steps in opposing the U.S. war on Cuba.

The CNC once more re-affirms the inalienable right of all peoples and countries to determine their future and their political, economic, and social system without external interference.

The CNC is confident that the Cuban people will overcome the challenges they face - particularly, the criminal and immoral economic and financial blockade imposed by U.S. imperialism.

As the Cuban people continue marching on the path of independence, sovereignty, social justice, self-determination, and human dignity, they are not alone as solidarity and support for the Cuban Revolution continues to grow and deepen across the world.

¡Viva la Revolución Cubana!
On behalf of the Canadian Network on Cuba
Isaac Saney, CNC Co-Chair & National Spokesperson
-------------------------------------------------------

NSCuba welcomes the new Cuban Consul in Toronto!














CNC Co-Chair Elizabeth Hill welcomes 

Jorge Yanier Castellanos Orta, 

General Consul of the Republic of Cuba in Toronto. 















Unlocking U.S. sanctions: 

China Signs Construction & Energy Deals with Cuba

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis on January 7, 2022








Sometimes, you just have to be patient. Cuba, the Caribbean nation long a thorn in the side of the United States since Fidel Castro took control of the island against U.S. wishes, has managed to get around crippling U.S. sanctions that have rendered the islands economy backwards for over 50 years by signing reconstruction deals with China as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Cuba’s economy shrunk by 11% in 2020, and the government says it only began to grow slowly last year at just 2%. Cuba’s shortages of food, medicine and other basics have been worsened by decades of U.S. sanctions, which were tightened under former President Donald Trump.

China and Cuba have now signed a cooperation plan to promote construction into the country, injecting momentum for further collaboration by leveraging the complementary advantages of both parties and for cooperation between China and Latin America. China has been making inroads into Latin and Central America too as the United States ability to agree external funding for some of its closest global partners is buried under a weight of preconditions and political infighting. Never mind the proposed ‘Build Back Better World’, China is exerting control of a region now seemingly beyond Washington’s influence.

The China-Cuba deal also shows that the era of U.S. economic might is possibly damaged more than is generally realized. While the nation remains rich, political infighting has diminished its ability to contain perceived threats and extend its global influence, bending other nations to U.S. Foreign policy.

The significance of the China-Cuba deal will not be lost on Russia, also a close ally of Havana, and who have been threatened with ‘sanctions like you’ve never seen’ over the Ukraine issue. Those will mainly extend cutting Russia off from the global SWIFT payments network and persuading the EU to buy its goods and energy supplies from America instead, which might suit short-term Washington objectives but will ultimately cede global power and influence beyond Western Europe and North America to Beijing and Moscow.

But back to the China-Cuba deal. He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, and Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas, signed off the agreement on Christmas Day, clarifying key cooperation content and projects for China and Cuba under the BRI, including infrastructure, technology, culture, education, tourism, energy, communications, and biotechnology. This have been coordinated as many BRI agreements have been, to fit alongside Cuba’s short and longer-term development plans, and come with a proposed timetable and implementation roadmap.

The signing of this agreement shows that the two countries have accelerated their cooperation and highlighted China’s principle of mutual benefit on the basis of equality toward countries in Latin America, especially after the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Nicaragua–another Latin American nation long sanctioned by Washington.

Zhou Zhiwei, a research fellow on Latin American studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences noted in the Global Times that the agreement will help Cuba’s economic recovery and improve local livelihoods, as well as promoting cooperation between China and Latin America in tourism and energy. “Cuba is rich in mineral and oil resources and is a major source of nickel ore for China. The country also has large potential for development in agriculture and tourism,” he said.

China and Cuba have achieved results in energy cooperation in recent years. In terms of traditional energy, Chinese companies have carried out related cooperation projects in Cuba. In the new-energy sector, including wind power and photovoltaics, cooperation has been increased.

Cuba became a member of the BRI energy partnership in October 2021, a partnership network that now has 32 members and aims to promote energy cooperation in BRI markets as countries pursue a low-carbon transition. Energy has always been the focus of Cuba’s socioeconomic development plan, with Havana proposing that 24% of its electricity supply will come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

“China is actively maintaining the normal order of international relations and striving to promote common development across the world, unlike the U.S., which, under the banner of democracy, has imposed an economic embargo on some Latin American countries, interfering in their internal affairs and limiting cooperation among foreign companies,” Zhou noted.

China is Cuba’s largest trading partner in goods, and Cuba is China’s second-largest trading partner in the Caribbean. Cuba exports mainly sugar and nickel to China. It imports a broad array of supplies, ranging from machinery and transportation equipment to raw materials and food. The country has also recently become an observer nation to Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, suggesting a Free Trade Agreement could soon be in the offing.

Washington meanwhile must be wondering exactly how the economic might it has been used to wielding via sanctions came to be so badly frittered away. Clearly, with China turning up in Cuba, when in 1962 the U.S. was able to rebuff Russia, the sanctions and economic threat strategies the United States have been so eager to deploy need a complete rethink. They simply now do not work–China has developed an economic vaccine.

Source: Monthly Review

_________________________________________


United Nations General Assembly
Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez
Streamed Live September 23, 2021