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Event: 'Join Webinar: Cuba Leading The Way Despite U.S. Blockade'

Date: Monday, June 29, 2020 At 20:00 PM
Duration: 1 Day

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) Presents:

Despite U.S. Blockade, Cuba's Internationalism Leading the Way

5pm PST, 6pm MST, 7 PM CST, 8 PM EST, 9 PM, AST.

TANIA LÓPEZ LARROQUE - Consul General of the Cuban Consulate in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Havana’s School of Foreign Languages and completed her post-graduate studies at the Institute of Foreign Affairs in Havana. She has been working for Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) for 20 years, including posts in Mexico, Argentina, and now Canada.

ARNOLD AUGUST - Author of many articles and books including: "Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections" (Editorial José Martí, 1999), "Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion" (Fernwood Publishing/Zed Books, 2013), "Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond" (Fernwood, 2017). An accomplished journalist, he contributes articles in English, Spanish and French to news and research sites in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Latin America and Europe.

STEPHANY MAZUERA VARGAS - Born in Zarzal, Valle de Cauca, Colombia, Stephany was a member of Amigos de Cuba (Cali-Colombia). From 2007, she studied at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba and the Ernesto Che Guevara faculty in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. She is an organizer with Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC).

TAMARA HANSEN - Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba. Member of the executive of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC). Author of the book "5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: The Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership" (Battle of Ideas Press, 2010).

Register now:

Join me and the other panelists. I will speak on this: After the defeat of Trudeau for the United Nations Security Council seat, we are in good position to further develop the popular demand: “Trudeau! Stand Up for our Friend Cuba against Trump’s Genocidal Cuba Blockade.”

Rabble/Yves Engler. Following Trudeau's UN Security Council defeat, it's time to fundamentally reassess Canadian foreign policy

What happened. Did Canadians play a role in Trudeau’s defeat?
Read Yves’ full article here:

Canadian Dimension/Arnold August

After the humiliating Trudeau defeat:

Trudeau should withdraw from the Lima Group, rescind sanctions on Venezuela

“On June 17, the Trudeau government suffered a humiliating defeat by losing its bid for a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat to Ireland and Norway. It was a strong rebuttal of Trudeau’s policy of “colonialism at home, imperialism abroad.” It should be obvious by now that serious questions need to be asked about Trudeau’s foreign policy, especially with regard to Venezuela and the Lima Group.”

Read my full article here in Canadian Dimension:

Counterpunch/Arnold August

If Trump is Thinking About a Meeting with Maduro, What about Trudeau?

“If Trudeau would like to make up for his past errors and show the world there is indeed a difference between the U.S. and Canada, and that we do not perhaps stand behind every Trump move, what better opportunity that to build on Trump’s short-lived opening to Maduro? Why should Trudeau not declare that, unlike Trump, he would like to have fair and open discussions with Maduro, as anyone who believes in an “international rules-based order” should do? “

Read my full article here in CounterPunch:

Canadian Foreign Policy Institute:


“Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

With Canada suffering two consecutive defeats in its effort to gain a UN Security Council seat, the time has come to fundamentally reassess Canadian foreign policy.”

The petition signed among others by:

Stephen Lewis, Former UN ambassador

David Suzuki, Environmentalist and broadcaster

Naomi Klein, Author and activist

Leah Gazan, Member of Parliament

Paul Manly, Member of Parliament

Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament

Alexandre Boulerice, Member of Parliament

Linda McQuaig, Author

Richard Parry, Musician (Arcade Fire)

Joel Harden, MPP Ottawa Centre

Roméo Saganash, Former Member of Parliament

Svend Robinson, Former Member of Parliament

Libby Davies, Former Member of Parliament

Jim Manly, Former Member of Parliament

Ellen Gabriel, Artist and activist

Sandy Hudson, Founder Black Lives Matter-Toronto

Judy Rebick, Author and activist

Read full petition and see all the other signatories here:

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