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CNC: Work set to end the US economic blockade of Cuba and to strengthen Canada-Cuba relations

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The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) held a very successful 7th Biennial Convention in Toronto from May 30 -31, 2015.  Delegates and alternate delegates from 19 member organizations were joined by observers and invited guests including His Excellency Julio Garmendía Peña, Ambassador of Cuba to Canada, Javier Domokos Ruiz, Toronto Consul General of Cuba and other Cuban diplomats. Continue reading

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Re-establishment of Cuba-US diplomatic relations: Long live revolutionary Cuba!

Cuban President Raúl Castro speech, December 17 on U.S.-Cuba relations.

Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would “end its outdated approach” and re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba which were severed in January 1961. Continue reading

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Glorious victory for justice! The Cuban Five are free!

Vancouver picket December 17, 2014 celebrates release of three Cuban heroes.

Vancouver picket December 17, 2014 celebrates release of three Cuban heroes.

– Isaac Saney, Canadian Network on Cuba, December 17, 2014 –

The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) celebrates with tremendous joy the release of the final three members of the Five Cuban Heroes: Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero. They had been imprisoned unjustly since 1998 in the United States for defending Cuba from terrorism, for defending Cuba’s right to independence, sovereignty and self-determination. Continue reading

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Cuban Parliament thanks international solidarity with the Five

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Havana (Dec 19) – The Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power, ANPP by its Spanish acronym, thanked today in plenary, all parliamentarians and legislators of the world for their support to the cause of the Cuban Five. In the presence of Raul Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, the 546 deputies present unanimously approved the statement from the International Relations Committee of the Parliament of the Caribbean nation,  read by the legislator Yolanda Ferrer Gómez. Continue reading

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Cuba and the United States renew diplomatic relations

– Full Text of the Speech by Cuban President Raul Castro –

Cuban President Raul Castro addressed the nation this Wednesday in a broadcast on radio and television on the recent developments in the Cuba-US relations. The full text of the speech by President Raul Castro is reproduced below.

Statement by the Cuban President (December 17, 2014)

Fellow countrymen,

Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated in many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal reciprocally with a wide variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people.

This stance was conveyed to the US. Government both publicly and privately by Comrade Fidel on several occasions during our long standing struggle, stating the willingness to discuss and solve our differences without renouncing any of our principles. Continue reading

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The Cuban Five are free!!!

This morning, breaking news on all news agencies says that the final three members of the Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, and Antonio Guerrero. who were unjustly imprisoned in the US, are free! According to the news, Alan Gross is flying back to the United States now.

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The imprisonment of the Cuban 5 for the last 16 years has been a grave injustice. They went to the United States to expose and prevent terrorism directed against Cuba from within the territory of the United States. They were anti-terrorist fighters from the beginning.

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USAID: A wolf in humanitarian clothing

Propaganda and false premises mark the U.S. response to a “prisoner swap” with Cuba. In such a “deal,” Cuba would release a “wrongly imprisoned” USAID subcontractor in exchange for the freedom of three Cuban intelligence agents jailed as “terrorists” in the U.S. Continue reading

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Cuba remembers victims of terrorism

Families of victims of terrorism, students, athletes and the Cuban people paid tribute to the 73 victims of the mid-flight bombing of a Cubana de Aviación plane over Barbados on October 6, 1976. Photo: Jose M. Correa.

Families of victims of terrorism, students, athletes and the Cuban people paid tribute to the 73 victims of the mid-flight bombing of a Cubana de Aviación plane over Barbados on October 6, 1976 | Jose M. Correa.

Aviacionavion“Today, 38 years after the Barbados crime, we are still hurting; but not because the murderers walked free on the streets or because some have died without paying for their crime: Barbados hurts for the children who waited in vain for their parents to arrive,” Ana Laura Calle Pérez, granddaughter of Wilfredo Pérez, pilot of the sabotaged plane, stated during the commemorative ceremony which took place October 6, after the procession to the Revolutionary Armed Forces Mausoleum, in Colón Cemetery. Continue reading

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Cuba mourns anniversary of terrorist bombing of Cubana Flight 455

Aviacionavion“The reality that the U.S. government failed to charge Posada with terrorism — in connection with either the Cubana bombing, or the 1997 Havana hotel bombings — is a travesty of justice,” said Canadian author Stephen Kimber.

Cuba protests the release of Posada Carriles in the United States, 2007 (Photo: EFE)

Cuba protests the release of Posada Carriles in the United States, 2007 | Photo: EFE

TeleSUR (Oct. 6) – Twenty-five years before September 11 there was October 6.

In 1976, on October 6, anti-Castro terrorists planted and ignited two bombs on a Cuban passenger plane killing all 73 passengers and five crew members on board after it crashed off of the coast of Barbados. It was Cubana de Aviacion, flight 455.

Stephen Kimber, author of “What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five,” told teleSUR English it was “the most deadly act of air terrorism in the Americas prior to 9/11.”

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Call to the X International Colloquium to free the Cuban Five and against terrorism

CALL TO THE X INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE AND AGAINST TERRORISM

Havana, June 20th 2014
“Year 56 of the Revolution”

Dear Friends,

The year 2014 has witnessed numerous actions in support of the campaign for the release of our antiterrorist Heroes. Among them, the most important have been the Commission of Inquiry into the Case of the Cuban Five held in London, and the recently concluded “Five Days for The Five” in Washington DC. Both achieved important goals in disclosing and denouncing irregularities of the Cuban Five legal case, as well as violations against their rights and their relatives too. Your contribution to both, directly or indirectly, have been paramount. We would like to convey all our most sincere and heartfelt thanks on behalf of our Heroes, their families and the Cuban people. Continue reading

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Update on the ‘Free the 5’ campaign

Holquin coloquio5Holguin, Cuba (Nov 15) – THE 9th International Colloquium for the release of the Cuban Five and against Terrorism, underway in eastern Holguin city continues with a large agenda of activities in support of Cuba. The delegates to the forum are visiting several municipalities in Holguin province to meet the people and learn about social, political and economic programs in those territories and about the challenges faced by the Cubans because of the U.S. hostility toward the island for more than 50 years.. They are also doing voluntary work activities in several zones of the province. The activists are also addressing the agendas they have implemented in their respective countries in demand of the freedom of the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in US prisons.  Continue reading

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Massive vote against US blockade of Cuba

Massive international condemnation of  blockade for 22nd consecutive Year

Massive international condemnation of
blockade for 22nd consecutive Year

TML Daily – ON OCTOBER 29, the U.S. criminal blockade was overwhelmingly rejected by member nations of the UN. The UN General Assembly approved by 188 votes in favour, two against and three abstentions, out of a total of 193 countries, a draft resolution entitled, “Necessity of Ending the U.S. Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed on Cuba,” demanding the end of the United States blockade on Cuba for the 22nd consecutive year. Only the United States and Israel voted against. The tiny U.S. protectorates Micronesia, Palau and Marshall islands abstained. This is one fewer vote against the resolution than last year, when Palau voted with the U.S. and Israel. Continue reading

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Cuban Five member speaks about US-sponsored terrorism

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U.S. political prisoners and the media; the truth emerges

By SALVADOR CAPOTE*

Five media manipulation

“In those 194 days, El Nuevo Herald published 806 articles, and The Miami Herald 305 – a total of 1,111 items, which could adversely impact the judicial process, an average of more than five per day, without a single objective article included.” Continue reading

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U.S. ordered to disclose payments to reporters covering the Cuban Five case

Dollars:newspaperWASHINGTON (September 18, 2013) — A U.S. federal court has instructed the State Department to hand over material related to the payment of journalists who acted to the detriment of the Five.

According to the antiterroristas.cu website, in June, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) filed a lawsuit against the State Department in the District of Columbia’s federal court, based on the Freedom of Information Act, given that the Department refused to hand over material in its possession on secret payments by the government to Miami-based journalists. Continue reading

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Freedom for the Cuban Five coming events

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Toronto
Justice Denied
Saturday, April 20 – 6:30 pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Free admission — donations appreciated.

An evening of solidarity with Adriana Perez – the wife of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the U.S.A. since 1998. Continue reading

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Event – Tales of Terror: The U.S. War on Cuba

cuba-terrorismoPanel discussion followed by Q&A 

with acclaimed journalists Keith Bolender & Stephen Kimber

7pm, Thursday • February 7, 2013

Room 302, Dalhousie Student Union Building 

6136 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Since the early 1960s, few other countries have endured more acts of terrorism against civilian targets than Cuba. The US has had its hands in much of these terror attacks. The impact on the Cuban civilian population has been enormous, with over 1,000 documented incidents resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and 2,000 injuries.

Canadian journalists Keith Bolender and Stephen Kimber will examine different facets of this tragic history. Continue reading

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Case of the Cuban Five: A challenge to journalism

By RICARDO ALARCÓN DE QUESADA, President, National Assembly of Cuba

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES committed flagrant violations of the Constitution and Law to guarantee the unjust convictions of the five Cuban patriots who will soon complete 14 years of arbitrary and illegal punishment. It was not an isolated act but rather a systematic effort that encompassed the period of the Five’s prosecution, in which many millions of dollars were invested. Continue reading

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People’s Tribunal and Assembly for the Cuban Five

September 21-23, Toronto

Please follow the following links for further information:
Full Program • Media Advisories • Poster • Brochure • To Endorse • Pre-Registration
For list of participants, sponsors and endorsements, visit:
www.freethe5peoplestribunal.org

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Will the real terrorist please stand up

 

Film showing, question, answer & discussion with internationally acclaimed film-maker & scholar 

Saul Landau

7pm, Tuesday, September 25 • Room 224, Dalhousie Student Union Building • 6136 University Avenue • Halifax, NS Continue reading

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Moncada Day celebrated

MONCADA DAY, July 26, is Cuba’s National Day of Rebellion. It marks the start of the movement that overthrew the U.S. puppet Batista regime in 1959. It was celebrated in cities across Canada, including Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver, at events organized by the Nova Scotia Cuba Friendship Association (NSCUBA) and other Cuba Friendship Associations as well as other organizations which want to build friendly relations with Cuba. Continue reading

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Moncada Day celebrations

Friday, July 27, 2012 • noon to six pm

Victoria Park, on Spring Garden Road between South Park and Tower, Halifax, NS. Cost: free.

For the fifth consecutive year Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA) is organizing a public celebration of Moncada Day in Halifax, featuring speakers on Cuba’s medical internationalism, maternity care in Cuba, relations between Cubans and Canadians and the Cuban Five, as well as poetry, music and dancing. Continue reading

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The cases of Alan Gross and the Cuban Five

By SALIM LAMRANI with contributions from WAYNE SMITH, Center for International Policy, Cuba Report, January 17, 2012

THE WAY may be opening for increased U.S.-Cuban ties. The United States has removed all restrictions on Cuban-American travel from the U.S. to Cuba and all limitations on Cuban-American remittances to families on the island. Coming at a time when the Cuban government is encouraging the establishment of small private enterprises, this opens the way for importantly increased ties between the two communities – as one observer put it: “for an inflow of capital from the U.S. to Cuba.”

There is, however, the proverbial “fly in the ointment” and that is the case of Alan Gross, arrested on December 3 of 2009 and since then representing a major obstacle to improved relations – along with the case of the Cuban Five on the other side (but more on that later). Continue reading

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Ricardo Alarcón: Truth held hostage

Text of a talk by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, President of the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power,  on July 20, 2011 delivered at the Cuban University of Information Sciences (UCI), Havana. Continue reading

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U.S. government-funded disinformation operation in Miami exposed – Part 1

First of two articles from the website http://www.reportersforhire.org

Detailed evidence revealed of payments by the U.S. government to 18 Miami journalists – $252,325 to one journalist alone – to create a hostile atmosphere against five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States. For Part II see here. The website exposing the White House’s illegal propaganda operation and manipulation of the justice system is an initiative by the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five  (Free the Five). Continue reading

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U.S. government-funded disinformation operation in Miami exposed – Part 2

By GLORIA LA RIVA and BENJAMIN BECKER

MORE THAN 2,000 pages of contracts obtained by Liberation newspaper – between U.S. propaganda stations Radio and TV Martí and Miami journalists posing as independent press – reveal a close partnership between the U.S. government and extreme rightwing Cuban-exile reporters in Miami. Continue reading

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Contracts reveal Miami journalists on U.S. government payroll

A MULTI-YEAR effort by the U.S. National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, the U.S. Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and Liberation newspaper has uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased materials that reveal that the U.S. government was paying Miami-based journalists who saturated the Miami media with reports that were highly inflammatory and prejudicial to the five Cuban anti-terrorism fighters during their trial in that U.S. city.

The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 prohibits the U.S. government from funding activities to influence and propagandize domestic public opinion.

More than 2,200 pages of contracts between Miami journalists and Radio and TV Martí have been released thus far to Liberation newspaper through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) petition.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors – an official U.S. government agency – and its Office of Cuba Broadcasting have operated Radio Martí since 1985 and TV Martí since 1990.

The U.S. government has funneled nearly half a billion dollars into the Office of Cuba Broadcasting in Miami. With an annual budget nearing $35 million, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting and the Broadcasting Board of Governors put on their payroll domestic journalists to broadcast the same message inside and outside the United States on Cuba-related issues, effectively violating the law against domestic dissemination of U.S. propaganda.

These contracts evidence the U.S. government’s payments to journalists in Miami whose reports constituted a sustained effort to create an atmosphere of hysteria and bias against Cuba and the Cuban Five.

Radio Havana Cuba, May 9, 2011

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Case of the Cuban Five and the media

Extract of a speech delivered by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, President of the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power, on May 3, at an event held jointly by the Latin American Federation of Journalists (FELAP) and the Cuban Association of Journalists (UPEC) for Press Freedom Day. Continue reading

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Halifax Chronicle Herald shoots the messengers, convicts the Cuban Five all over again

By TONY SEED

Dr. Aleida Guevara March in Halifax

HALIFAX (October 25, 2003) – AN INFORMATION BLOCKADE on Cuba parallels the American economic, political and cultural blockade. Despite pretensions about its “independent line” on Cuba, the monopoly media in Canada also kowtows to the U.S. dictate and is caught in its own veneer of “objective reporting.” The media’s response to the recent national tour of Dr. Aleida Guevara March and Irma González speaking about the situation of the Cuban Five is a case in point.

Dr. Guevara March – referring to media disinformation on the five men who have been imprisoned by US authorities for exposing terrorism against Cuba organized from U.S. soil  – said that the most important aim for their tour was for the government and people of Canada to acquire correct information about the case. Continue reading

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