NATO’s genocidal role (Part I and II)

NATO’s genocidal role (Part I)
(Taken from CubaDebate)

THIS brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious tool of repression known in the history of humanity.

NATO assumed this global repressive role as soon as the USSR, which had served as the U.S. pretext for its creation, disappeared. Its criminal purpose became obvious in Serbia, a country of Slavic origin, whose people heroically struggled against the Nazis during World War II.

 

In March of 1999, when the countries of this nefarious organization, in its efforts to break up Yugoslavia after the death of Josip Broz Tito, sent in troops to support the Kosovar secessionists, they met with strong resistance on the part of the country’s experienced forces which remained intact.

 

The yankee administration, advised by the right-wing Spanish government of José María Aznar, attacked Serbian television stations, bridges over the Danube River and Belgrade, the capital of the country. The embassy of the People’s Republic of China was destroyed by yankee bombs and several functionaries died. This could not have been any mistake, as those responsible alleged. A great number of Serbian patriots lost their lives. President Slobodan Miloševic, overwhelmed by the power of the aggressors and the disappearance of the USSR, submitted to NATO demands and allowed the presence of troops from this alliance within Kosovo, under United Nations command, which finally led to his political defeat and subsequent prosecution by the less than impartial court of The Hague. He died under mysterious circumstances in prison. Had the Serbian leader resisted a few more days, NATO would have faced a serious crisis which was about to erupt. The empire thus had more time at its disposal to impose its hegemony among the increasing number of subordinate members within the organization.

 

Between February 21 and April 27 of this year, I published, on the CubaDebate website, nine Reflections about the issues, in which I amply addressed the role of NATO in Libya and what, in my opinion, was going to happen.

 

I therefore find myself obliged to offer a summary of the essential ideas I presented and of the events which have occurred just as they were foreseen, given that a central figure in the story, Muammar Al-Gaddafi, was mortally wounded by NATO’s most modern fighter planes which intercepted and immobilized his vehicle, was captured alive and then assassinated by men armed by this organization.

 

His body was seized and exhibited as a war trophy, conduct which violates the most fundamental principles of Islamic norms and other religious beliefs around the world. It was announced that shortly Libya will be declared “a democratic state which defends human rights.”

 

I find myself obliged to devote several Reflections to these important and significant events.

 

I will continue tomorrow.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 23, 2011
6:10 p.m.

Translated by Granma International


 

 

 Havana.  October 25, 2011

 

REFLECTIONS OF FIDEL
NATO’s genocidal role  (Part II)
(Taken from CubaDebate)

A little more than eight months ago, on February 21 of this year, I affirmed with full conviction, “NATO’s plan is to occupy Libya.” Under this title I addressed the issue for the first time in a Reflection the content of which appeared to be pure fantasy.

 

I include in these lines the facts which led me to that conclusion.

 

“Oil became the principal wealth in the hands of the large yankee transnationals; with that source of energy, they had at their disposal an instrument that considerably increased their political power in the world.”

 

“Current civilization was developed on the basis of this source of energy. Of the nations in this hemisphere it was Venezuela which paid the highest price. The United States made itself the owner of the vast oilfields which nature endowed upon that sister nation.

 

“At the end of the last World War it began to extract large volumes from oilfields in Iran, as well as those of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Arab countries located around them. These came to be the principal suppliers. World consumption rose progressively to the fabulous figure of approximately 80 million barrels per day, including those pumped in U.S. territory, to which gas, hydro-electric and nuclear energy were subsequently added.”

 

“The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, totally unresolved, being endured by humanity: climate change.”

 

“In December of 1951, Libya became the first African country to attain its independence after World War II, during which its territory was the scene of significant battles between German and British troops…”

 

“Total desert covers 95% of its territory. Technology made it possible to find significant fields of excellent quality light oil, currently providing 800 billion barrels per day, and abundant natural gas deposits. [… ] Its harsh desert is located above an enormous lake of fossil water, equivalent to more than three times the land surface of Cuba, which has made it possible to construct a broad network of fresh water pipes which extends throughout the country.”

 

“The Libyan Revolution took place in September 1969. Its principal leader was Muammar al-Gaddafi, a soldier of Bedouin origin who was inspired in his early youth by the ideas of the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. Without any doubt, many of his decisions are associated with the changes that came about when, as in Egypt, a weak and corrupt monarchy was overthrown in Libya.”

 

“One can be in agreement with Gaddafi or not. The world has been invaded with all kind of news, especially through the mass media. We shall have to wait the time needed to discover precisely how much is truth or lies, or a mix of the events, of all kinds, which, in the midst of chaos, have been taking place in Libya. What is absolutely evident to me is that the government of the United States is totally unconcerned about peace in Libya and will not hesitate to give NATO the order to invade that rich country, possibly in a matter of hours or a few days.

 

“Those who, with perfidious intentions, invented the lie that Gaddafi was headed for Venezuela, as they did yesterday afternoon Sunday, February 20, today received a worthy response from Nicolás Maduro…”

“For my part, I cannot imagine the Libyan leader abandoning the country, eluding the responsibilities attributed to him, whether or not this news is partly or totally false.”

“An honest person will always be against any injustice committed against any nation of the world, and the worst injustice, at this moment, would be to remain silent in the face of the crime that NATO is preparing to commit against the Libyan people.

 

“The chief of that military organization is being urged to do so. This must be condemned!”

 

At that early date I had taken note of what was absolutely obvious.

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25, our Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez will be speaking in the United Nations headquarters denouncing the criminal United States blockade of Cuba. We shall be closely following this battle which will once again demonstrate the need to bring to an end, not only the blockade, but the system which engenders injustice on our planet, squanders its natural resources and is placing humanity’s survival at risk. We will pay special attention to Cuba’s arguments.

I will continue Wednesday the 26th.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 24, 2011
5:19 p.m.

Translated by Granma International

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Statement from the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five on the Release from Prison of René González

René González, one of the five men known as the Cuban Five, today will walk out of Federal Prison in Marianna, Florida. He will walk out with his head held high after more than 13 years in prison, having served his utterly unjust sentence with complete dignity. He has been a model prisoner, even while suffering the indignity of being inhumanely deprived visits from his wife for more than 11 years.

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Justice for the Five once again denied

RENÉ González Sehwerert, one of Cuba’s five anti-terrorist heroes, will be released from prison October 7 having served in full the brutal and unjust sentence he was given.

On September 16, South Florida District Judge Joan A. Lenard denied a motion submitted by René on February 16, 2011 requesting that he be allowed to return to Cuba and be reunited with his wife, daughters and parents. He has been unjustly obliged to remain in the United States for three years of probation.

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IMPORTANT VIEWS ABOUT THE BLOCKADE

IMPORTANT VIEWS ABOUT THE BLOCKADE

66th UNGA

DRAFT RESOLUTION “NECESSITY OF ENDING THE ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL BLOCKADE IMPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST CUBA”.

 

  • For the twentieth consecutive occasion, on Tuesday, October 25th, Cuba will submit to the consideration of the UN General Assembly the draft resolution entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.

 

  • Last year, 187 member states voted in favor of this resolution, which is an irrefutable proof that the battle for the lifting of the blockade has the recognition and support of the vast majority of the international community.

 

  • The economic, commercial and financial blockade againstCubaremains in place and is further intensified despite the repeated and almost unanimous demand by the international community, particularly the United Nations General Assembly, for its elimination.

 

  • The measures taken by President Obama on the travel and remittances by Cuban émigrés do not change the complex framework of laws, regulations and provisions of the blockade policy againstCuba. Besides, US citizens are still prohibited from travelling toCuba, save very few exceptions and through very strict regulations.

 

  • As a result of the strict and fierce enforcement of these laws and other normative provisions,Cubacontinues to be unable to: freely export or import goods and services to or from theUnited States, use the US dollar in its international financial transactions, have bank accounts, in US dollars, in banks from third countries.

 

  • The extra-territorial application of the blockade has been extraordinarily reinforced, as proven by the strengthening of the sanctions and persecution against third countries’ citizens, institutions and companies that establish or intend to establish economic, commercial, financial or scientific and technical relations withCuba. Thus, theUSgovernment abrogates the right to decide on matters that are relative to the sovereignty of other States.

 

  • The effects of the blockade’s extraterritorial nature have particularly impacted on the monetary and financial sphere. In fact, the increased persecution ofCuba’s international financial transactions, included those coming from multilateral organizations for the cooperation with the island, has been one of the distinctive features in the implementation of the blockade policy under the currentUSadministration.

 

  • Also,Cubacontinues to be unable to have access to bank credits from banks in theUnited States, their subsidiaries in third countries and from international institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

 

  • No blockade has ever been as far-reaching and brutal against a people as the one being implemented by theUnited Statesagainst the Cuban population for half a century. Due to its cruelty and impact, this policy may be defined as an act of genocide by virtue of item C of Article II of the 1948 Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

 

  • Despite the official rhetoric pretending to convince the international public opinion that the currentUSgovernment has introduced a policy of positive changes,Cubacontinues to be unable to trade with US companies in third countries. Likewise, entrepreneurs from third nations who are interested in investing inCubaare systematically threatened and included on black lists.

 

  • From March 2010 to April 2011, there were significant multi-million fines imposed to US and foreign banking institutions for engaging in operations connected in one way or the other with our country. These kinds of sanctions have a dissuasive effect and, in the case of banks in particular, entail breaking relations withCubaand/or forcing Cuban transactions to be made under more precarious conditions.

 

  •  The leaders of the most radical anti-Cuban groups in control of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs try to revert the flexibility measures on travel and the sending of remittances by citizens of Cuban-origin adopted by the government of President Obama, which would reinstate the policy in this matter to the restrictions imposed by former President Bush.

 

  • The blockade violates the International Law and is against the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. It is a transgression to the right of a sovereign State to peace, development and security and, in its essence and objectives, an act of unilateral aggression and a permanent threat against the stability of a country.

 

  • The blockade is a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of a whole people. It infringes on the constitutional rights of theUSpeople by violating its freedom to travel toCuba. Given its extraterritorial nature, it violates the sovereign rights of many other States.

 

  • The direct economic damage to the Cuban people by the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba until December 2010 based on the current prices and calculated in a very conservative way, amount to over 104 thousand million dollars.

 

  • Taking into consideration the depreciation of the US dollar against the price of gold in the international financial market, which has been extremely high during 2010 and maintained an increasing trend, the damages cost to the Cuban economy would exceed 975 thousand million dollars.

 

  • The blockade continues to be an absurd, illegal and morally unsustained policy that has not succeeded and will never succeed in fulfilling the purpose of breaking the political will of the Cuban people to preserve its sovereignty, independence and right to self-determination. However, it causes shortages and needless suffering to the Cuban population, limits and restrains the development of the country and seriously damages the Cuban economy. It is the main hindrance toCuba’s economic and social development.

 

  • The President of theUnited Stateshas sufficient prerogatives to significantly modify the blockade againstCuba, even without the intervention of Congress.

 

  • The blockade is a unilateral and immoral policy which is rejected both within theUnited Statesand by the international community. The United States must lift it immediately and unconditionally.

 

  • Cuba kindly requests all governments committed to the norms of the multilateral trading system, to the freedom of trade and navigation and to the rejection of the extraterritorial application of a national law, to vote on Tuesday, October 25th, in favor of the draft resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, which demands the lifting of the Blockade.
Presentation of Cuba’s Report on UN General Assembly Resolution 65/6: “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Statement on the further injustice against Rene Gonzalez and the Cuban Five

The Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association or Amistad and its Free the Cuban 5 Committee together with all its allied and member organizations, condemn in the strongest possible terms the further injustice being undertaken by US imperialism against Rene Gonzalez and the continuing unjust incarceration of the rest of the Cuban Five.

 

The release of Rene Gonzalez from solitary detention and into the arms of Florida-based self-confessed international terrorists such as Luis Posada Carilles is no real freedom and vindication for Compañero Rene. In fact, it is nothing but a death sentence for him, as he will be living side by side with counter-revolutionaries and terrorists who have made it their life’s work to ensure the destruction of the Cuban revolution and the elimination of Cuban patriots such as Rene.

 

The release of Rene Gonzalez, including its unjust and absurd conditions is clear proof that US imperialism continues to hold the lives of the Cuban Five hostage to punish the Cuban people for choosing to be free from imperialist control from 1959 until today.

 

Their illegal detention subsists, despite insurmountable evidence that no crime had ever been committed against the American people and government. In fact, it is because of their revolutionary work that terrorist acts, objectionable to all of humanity, had been discovered, prevented and foiled.

 

What is clear, however, is that the real terrorists and traitors remain free, and protected even, by no less than the US government itself. Posada Carilles, after his unjust release from US custody, walks freely in the streets of the United States, despite clear and convincing proof that it was he who had masterminded the murder of all the passengers and crew in that fateful Cubana plane bombing in 1976.

 

Such an unjust policy on the Cuban Five had always been expected from the US government, which stands responsible for bloody military aggression against the Cuban people and other freedom-loving peoples of the world, and for condemning to decades of suffering the Cuban people in its political and economic blockade of the Republic of Cuba.

 

Nonetheless, international solidarity has been growing to secure the release of the Cuban Five and their return to Cuba, without any preconditions such as that imposed on Rene Gonzales. In the Philippines, AMISTAD and its Free the Cuban 5 Committee had been organizing forums and other activities to drumbeat support for the Cuban Five and press the US government to end the injustice being inflicted on the Cuban Five.

 

We demand the unconditional release of the Cuban Five by the Obama administration, and their immediate repatriation to Cuba! Repatriate Rene Gonzalez to Cuba now!

 

October 18, 2011

 

On US blockade against Cuba

Dear Friends,

Once again Cuba submitted a report on Resolution 65/6 of the United Nations General Assembly
on the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the
United States of America against Cuba”.

This will be voted at the UN General Assembly this month of October.

Kindly pass on the information to the members of your organizations and friends.

Sincerely,
AMISTAD (Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association)

Cuba’s Report on Resolution 65/6 of the United Nations General Assembly

 

“Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.

INTRODUCTION

The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba has been maintained and further tightened despite the growing and categorical demand by the international community —in particular the United Nations General Assembly— for its elimination.

While the current US government has taken some positive steps, they are insufficient and extremely limited in scope. Furthermore, they are not intended to alter the complex structure of laws, regulations and provisions that make up the blockade policy against Cuba.

The Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the Export Administration Act of 1979, the Torricelli Act of 1992, the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, and export administration regulations are all currently in force. These laws are part of the legal framework of a policy defined as an act of genocide by virtue of the Geneva Convention of 1948 on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and as an act of economic warfare as outlined in the Declaration Concerning the Laws of Naval War adopted by the London Naval Conference of 1909.

As a consequence of the rigorous and fierce implementation of those statutes and other regulatory provisions, Cuba continues to be prohibited from freely exporting and importing goods and services to or from the United States, and it cannot use the US dollar in its international financial transactions or hold accounts in that currency in third country banks. Nor is Cuba permitted access to credit from US banks or any of their branch offices in third countries, or from international institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the Inter-American Development Bank.

Despite the official rhetoric intended to persuade international public opinion into believing that the current US government has implemented a policy of positive changes, Cuba remains unable to trade with any subsidiaries of US companies based in third countries; and businesspersons from third countries interested in investing in Cuba are systematically harassed and blacklisted.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the current US administration’s implementation of the blockade has been an upsurge in the persecution of Cuba’s international financial transactions, including those that stem from multilateral organizations that cooperate with Cuba.

Currently, the leaders of the most vicious anti-Cuban groups in control of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs are preparing to deal a new blow as part of their incessant obsession with the island aimed at preventing and hindering the presence in Cuba of foreign companies interested in oil exploration in Cuba’s exclusive economic zone.

One example of how the actions against Cuba recognize no borders or sovereignties is the request made to the US Secretary of State by Florida Senator Bill Nelson. On May 19, Senator Nelson called on the US government to intervene before the Spanish government to force Spanish oil company Repsol to stop oil exploration works it had scheduled to carry out in Cuba. In addition, a top-level political delegation headed by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar went to Madrid to pursue this same objective.

As stated in this report, the direct economic damages caused to the Cuban people by the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade by the United States against Cuba up until December of 2010, at current prices and based on very conservative estimates, amounts to more than 104 billion dollars.

Taking into account the extreme devaluation of the dollar against the price of gold on the international financial market during 2010 and this continual trend, the damages caused to the Cuban economy would exceed 975 billion dollars.

 

 

 


 

Fidel Castro Offered Interview to Venezuelan TV Station

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“Comandante Fidel is alive and kicking,” Venezuela’s La Hojilla journalist Mario Silva said.

Fidel Castro Offered Interview to Venezuelan TV Station 

The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, offered last Sunday an interview to Venezolana de Television, media outlets in Cuba and abroad reported on Thursday. The Cuban website http://www.cubadebate.cu posted photos of the interview conducted by Venezuelan journalist Mario Silva.

 

The Cuban website www.cubadebate.cu posted photos of the interview conducted by Venezuelan journalist Mario Silva, who said he came to Havana to dismantle a media campaign launched by the Venezuelan opposition and by anti-Cuba right-wing groups in Miami who were spreading rumors that Fidel Castro might be sick or near death.
In Venezuela, Silva showed the collection of photos from the interview on his program “La Hojilla” on Wednesday night, and said he expected the full interview to be broadcast soon.
“I am sorry to inform those who are enjoying themselves by believing that Comandante Fidel has had a stroke that he is alive and kicking,” Silva said.
In the photos, Fidel Castro appears relaxed and healthy, sitting in an easy chair and wearing a white jacket and green pants.