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2019 Ukraine presidential election: Results will sharpen internal contradictions

By DOUGAL MACDONALD with an update by TONY SEED

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The 2019 Ukrainian presidential election was held on March 31 and April 21 using the two-round system. A surprising total of 39 candidates ran for president on the ballot. Since entry into the campaign costs a non-refundable $90,000, speculation was rampant that some candidates were nothing more than straw men put forward by various factions of the rich simply to drain votes away from their opponents. Continue reading

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What is the US Helms-Burton Act? How will it affect Canada?

Interview with Isaac Saney, Co-Chair and Spokesperson, Canadian Network on Cuba

Vancouver monthly picket, April 17, 2019, demands end to blockade of Cuba.

The U.S. Helms-Burton Act was conceived to codify and tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba in 1962 for the purpose of subverting and overthrowing the Cuban government and imposing a regime to the liking of the U.S. government.

TML Weekly interviewed Isaac Saney, Co-Chair and Spokesperson of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC), to explain for readers what is the Helms-Burton Act and its Title III and what is at stake. Continue reading

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Canadian Network on Cuba calls on Ottawa to reopen visa office in Cuba

Canada and the International Rule of Law

By ISAAC SANEY, Spokesperson

The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) is deeply concerned by Ottawa’s abrupt decision to shut down the section of its Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Office in Havana through which visas were processed for Cuban citizens wishing to visit Canada and those seeking work or study permits. This measure follows the 50 per cent reduction of the staff of Canada’s embassy in Cuba which took place in January of this year. Cubans now have to make their applications through a visa application centre in a third country (the nearest being Mexico). Those having to submit their biometrics (photo and fingerprints), a requirement instituted in 2018 that will apply to most, will have to travel to a centre outside of Cuba to record this information. Continue reading

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Statements on US enactment of the Helms-Burton Act

On April 17, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump Administration will end the suspension of Titles III and IV of the Helms-Burton Act. The implementation of the Helms-Burton Act is a further intensification of the all-sided economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba by the U.S. This action is not only an attack on the Cuban people but also a direct attack on the sovereignty and well-being of third countries including Canada. As such it is an additional serious violation of international law. Statements by Cuba, Global Affairs Canada, European Union, Ottawa Cuba Connections, Venezuela and Mexico on the aggressive measure against Cuba. Continue reading

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Where is Canada’s backbone in standing up to the US on Cuba?

By JOHN KIRK and STEPHEN KIMBER*

0306-Ley-Helms-BurtonIn June 1996, mere months after the U.S. Congress passed the Helms-Burton Act to tighten the screws on Cuba’s economy, Canada became the first country to publicly say “no” to Washington’s plan.

Back then, Ottawa announced it would introduce new legislation to blunt the bully-boy impact of Title III – an extra-territorial section of that law that prohibits non-U.S. companies from “trafficking” in what the United States claims is American property confiscated after the 1959 Cuban revolution – and threatened to take the United States to international arbitration. Continue reading

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Let us make sure the Government of Canada does not appease the US in its attempt to strangle Cuba!

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Monthly picket at U.S. embassy in Ottawa April 17, 2019, demands end to the criminal blockade of Cuba.

On January 17, the U.S. State Department announced its intention to enforce Title III of its criminal Helms-Burton Act  “[…] in light of the national interests of the United States and the efforts to expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba, and include factors such as the Cuban regime’s brutal oppression of human rights and fundamental freedoms and its indefensible support for increasingly authoritarian and corrupt regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua.” Continue reading

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Exclusive: Caricom rejects Canada’s proposal to undermine Petrocaribe

Canada is trying to position Juan Guaidó in the Caribbean to the detriment of the constitutional government of Nicolás Maduro. The U.S. needs to break Venezuela’s strategic alliance with Caribbean nations and shift the voting balance in the Organization of American States. Canada, which has meddled in the British West Indies with “aid” and warships for decades, is sent as its errand boy to pull the chestnuts out of the fire. Yet the Liberal duplicity and intrigue is to feign that it is merely acting in a disinterested manner at the request of the same Guaidó. According to this fable, Guaidó himself is not able to make such an overture! A document from Global Affairs admits “there has been no consensus among the countries of the America.” | Misión Verdad

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Meeting of Caricom, February 26-27 in St. Kitts-Navis reiterated their rejection of outside interference in Venezuela.

The online Misión Verdad periodical has access to a confidential document (“Non-Paper”) drafted by the government of Canada, led by Justin Trudeau, with which they tried to build a bridge of contact between the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly (in contempt) and some countries of the Eastern Caribbean by proposing an instrument to displace Petrocaribe. Continue reading

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