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Canadian and US Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Cuba

– Breaking US blockade against Cuba The Friendshipment Caravan arrived in Cuba this July weekend with 100 tons of humanitarian aid after overcoming some impediments at the US-Mexico border where US customs agents seized 35 computers from them. These computers were destined for classrooms, clinic and hospitals in Cuba. These are 31 classrooms, clinics and hospitals that now will not have the opportunity to have computers." Smith vowed to "maintain a demonstration until we get the computers back"

The U.S. government has forced the issue by turning back on previous actions and nderstandings" said Rev. Lucius Walker, Executive Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. "They have intentionally provoked and harassed us, he continued. "We will not be intimidated. We have made every effort to be cooperative and they have responded with aggression. These computers are the same type as the hundreds we have taken in the past", said Rev. Walker. Members of the Pastors for Peace caravan quickly launched an emergency outreach campaign to their elected representatives, local community networks, and local media.They demonstrated in the Customs compound, chanting" Si se puede" and "Cuba si, bloqueo no."
The Caravan brought a humanitarian donation of computers, vehicles, medical equipment, and educational, artistic and sports equipment.

The members of Pastors for Peace, which is a project of the US’s Inter-religious Foundation for the Community Organization, with numerous other non religious organizations from Canada and the US collected the aid during a tour of 12 cities in Canada and 125 in the United States
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The caravanistas are challenging an inhumane US law by delivering aid and traveling to Cuba without a license. They range in age from 8 to 86, and include Irish, British, German, and Canadian citizens as well as US citizens. Seven members of the caravan are Cuban-Americans.  The Caravan also includes a contingent of hip hop and spoken word artists who will be meeting up with their fellow artists in Cuba. Although they come from a broad variety of ages and backgrounds, the caravanistas are united in their determination to bring an end to the immoral and unjust blockade against Cuba. Explaining why they are participating in this year's Friendshipment Caravan, caravanistas said: "A person does not need an ancestral connection with Cuba in order to believe that what America has done and continues to do is not only immoral but also denies us [US citizens] our right to travel as Americans." "It is our obligation as citizens to be informed about what is happening 90 miles off our shores; I am addressing this by witnessing it with my own eyes." Pastors for Peace is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), an ecumenical agency with a 40-year history of work for social justice.
Rev. Walker added that during this tour they explained the case of the Cuban Five – as they are internationally known – who were arrested in 1998 for infiltrating anti-Cuba right-wing groups in South Florida that were organizing and carrying out terrorist actions against the Caribbean nation.

On Monday, the solidarity group will participate in a workshop on the Cuban economic development and its electoral system. Later, they will pay tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King and will also attend a rally in solidarity with Cuba at the Jose Marti National Library in the Cuban capital.
More information and photo images of the caravan are available at www.pastorsforpeace.org.For more info about the Cuban Five: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Website in USA: http://www.freethefive.org

 
Sovereignty and Food Security PDF Print E-mail

ADDRESS BY ESTEBAN LAZO HERNANDEZ, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SUMMIT "SOVEREIGNTY AND FOOD SECURITY: FOOD FOR LIFE", HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH, 2008, IN MANAGUA, NICARAGUA.

Esteemed Comandante Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua,

Distinguished presidents and high representatives,

The facts speak clearly for themselves. In 2005, we used to pay 250 dollars for every ton of rice we imported; now we pay 1,050 dollars, four times as much. For a ton of wheat, we used to pay 132 dollars; now we pay 330 dollars, two and a half times as much. For a ton of corn, we used to pay 82 dollars; now we pay 230 dollars, nearly three times as much. For a ton of powdered milk, we used to pay 2,200 dollars; now it's 4,800 dollars. This is a perverse and unsustainable trend.

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Cuba's Fidel Castro warned of food crisis a year ago PDF Print E-mail

By Marc Frank
HAVANA (Reuters) - As global fears about food security mount with riots in Africa and panic buying elsewhere, one world figure can sit back and say he warned a year ago of a coming food crisis -- Fidel Castro.

Cuba's ailing revolutionary has not appeared in public since he underwent intestinal surgery in July 2006 from which he has never fully recovered.

He finally retired as president in February but from his sickbed he has been writing columns on world affairs since March 2007, when he launched an attack on the biofuels policy of his ideological enemy, the United States, saying it was pushing up food prices and threatening global famine.

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UN Representative Praises Respect for Human Rights in Cuba PDF Print E-mail

Havana, Dec 11 (acn) UN resident coordinator in Cuba Susan McDade congratulated the island on Monday for its respect for human rights.

In a press conference at the UN venue in Havana, McDade recognized the free and universal nature of medical services on the island and also
the access to education at all levels.

She also noted that the ongoing efforts to level all the people's capacity to acquire a basic food basket reflects the government's political will and respect of these and other rights.

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US Radio Bombing of Cuba Found Illegal PDF Print E-mail

Geneva, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The World Radiocommunication Conference recognized Wednesday that US transmissions against Cuba are illegal, thus causing irritation among US representatives at the forum.

After three weeks of negotiations, the conference of technical experts from several countries rejected this practice.

"Radio transmissions from an aircraft only toward the territory of another government, and without its consent," contravenes radio communication regulations," the conference decided.

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