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Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper PDF Print E-mail

March 10, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Harper:

I am writing on behalf of the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto to strongly protest your unkind, insensitive comments on the death of Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.  I call them “comments” because they were not condolences – which are supposed to be an expression of sympathy to those who are feeling pain arising from death or misfortune.

Hugo Chavez had just been re-elected president of his country and had returned home after being treated in Cuba for cancer.  Hugo Chavez was deeply loved by the majority of the Venezuelan people and his record of accomplishments for the poor, the sick and uneducated is truly remarkable.  His accomplishments are celebrated around the world by peoples struggling for democracy, peace and justice.

We were shocked and embarrassed by your comments which are an interference in the sovereignty of another country.  It is especially hypocritical for you to comment on the democracy and respect for human rights considering what your government has been doing against the rights of the Canadian people and in particular the aboriginal peoples.

We believe an apology is due.

Elizabeth Hill, President
Canadian Cuban Friendship Association Toronto


 
Reflections on the 20th Annual Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade PDF Print E-mail

By: Petr Liakhov

What is Cuba? Ask the average American, and it is very likely that you will hear some variation on JFK’s “imprisoned island” hokum, where that small island is described as a testament to the bearded tyranny that is seemingly endemic to the developing world. Ask the average Canadian and you will probably hear a description of softly lapping waves, cheap but delicious rum, and how they bought a t-shirt with some fellow named Che on it for only $10. But if you were to leave the privileged confines of the West, if you were to go to the villages of Angola, to the streets of South Africa, or to the Barrios of Venezuela, you would hear about the shining example that Cuba presents in the face of Empire. You would hear about the sacrifices that the  Cuban people have made and still make, sacrifices in the name of solidarity with the people who Franz Fanon called “the wretched of the Earth”.  All of this in mind, a question emerges: what is Cuba?  And which description is right?

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Volunteer in Cuba PDF Print E-mail

Join the 2013 Che Guevara Work Brigade

Canadian Brigadistas in Cuba

  • Spend three weeks in Cuba doing agricultural or other work alongside Cubans

  • Connect with Cubans to learn from each other

  • Gain a personal and intimate understanding of Cuba’s achievements and resistance
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Why Cuba Supports People-to-People Exchanges PDF Print E-mail

By Manuel E. Yepe

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

How can you explain Cuba’s support for the people-to-people contacts promoted by the US government against Cuba? I was asked this by a US student, one of the many who have travelled to the island within the policy framework thus named by the William Clinton administration, later revoked by George W. Bush in 2003, and recently resumed by President Obama.  

Another student, also American, did not wait for my answer and added to the first question, “How come here in Havana we are received with so much friendship and respect despite the many outrages of our different governments against Cubans?

I explained that Cuba accepts the challenge of Washington’s people-to-people interaction policy because in spite of the fact that its declared purpose is that visitors promote “democracy” among Cubans (democracy being the term Washington uses to name the capitalist system), in fact it offers Cubans the opportunity to show visitors the falsehoods of the more than half -century old US media campaign against Cuba. 

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Cuba Solidarity 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Cuba Solidarity 2014
III World Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba
Convention Center, Havana.

October 27th to 31st, 2014.


The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), social and mass organizations in Cuba and the Cuban chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity, are calling for the participation of friends of Cuba in the III World Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, Cuba Solidarity 2014.

This meeting organized by the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, is the continuity of the two previous editions, and will represent the international support to the validity of the model of social justice that symbolizes Cuba and its viability as an alternative for ¨another better and possible world” that the people of world is fighting for.

Amid a constant aggression, media disinformation and global crisis, this will be an encounter that will enable the construction of initiatives, proposals and exchanges of strategies in solidarity with Cuba, in order to improve our instruments and fighting mechanisms to spread more effectively the truth about the Cuban Five, holding on to it faithfully and reach out with it where necessary.

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Vacations for Cuban Organizations PDF Print E-mail

 
Cuba Solidarity 2014 PDF Print E-mail

III World Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), social and mass organizations in Cuba and the Cuban chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity, are calling for the participation of friends of Cuba in the III World Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, Cuba Solidarity 2014.

This meeting organized by the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, is the continuity of the two previous editions, and will represent the international support to the validity of the model of social justice that symbolizes Cuba and its viability as an alternative for ¨another better and possible world” that the people of world is fighting for.

Amid a constant aggression, media disinformation and global crisis, this will be an encounter that will enable the construction of initiatives, proposals and exchanges of strategies in solidarity with Cuba, in order to improve our instruments and fighting mechanisms to spread more effectively the truth about the Cuban Five, holding on to it faithfully and reach out with it where necessary.

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