Tag Archives: Friendship First

An Open Letter to Party Leaders in the 2021 Federal Election of Canada

September 6, 2021

Re: Canada-Cuba Relations

I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC), which represents 22 Canada-Cuba friendship and solidarity organizations across Canada, ranging from Vancouver to Halifax, with over 50,000 in membership. Two of the CNC’s principal objectives are:

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Canadians reject economic war against Cuba: Thousands already sign parliamentary petition

The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) issued a press release on July 14 on its petition to the Canadian parliament to defend Cuba’s right to be and oppose the US destabilization of the island republic. Formed in 2002, the CNC and its chapters coast-to-coast works for the strengthening of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of Canada and Cuba  Here is the full text:

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Canadian Network On Cuba condemns US war on Cuba: ‘Hands Off Cuba!’

The Canadian Network On Cuba was founded on September 6, 2002 and has chapters coast-to-coast. It states “We are committed to the strengthening of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of Canada and Cuba.” 

Isaac Saney, Spokesperson, Canadian Network On Cuba, July 12, 2021

The Canadian Network On Cuba condemns the manipulation of the July 11 events in Cuba by reactionary politicians and the monopoly media in order to create a climate of disinformation and confusion that will be used to justify so-called humanitarian intervention in the heroic island nation.

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Northern ice: A shame on Canada

(December 27, updated December 29) – Canada routed Germany 16-2 in the “world” juniors hockey championship on December 26. The German team was missing six players including its top to goaltenders – one third of its roster – due to the covid pandemic. It had also played the night before, while Canada was playing its first game. Nevertheless, the game was not cancelled or postponed by the International Hockey Federation, being scheduled for the TSN Cable TV sports network [1] at primetime (6 p.m.) Saturday night. Continue reading

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NO to the promotion of hatred! YES to the promotion of friendly relations with the people of Vietnam!

By the Canada Vietnam Friendship Society

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The spectacle held today, July 30, 2020, on Parliament Hill to mark the occasion of so-called “Journey to Freedom” day is shameful. It is promoted to Canadians as honouring the “incredible contributions that Vietnamese refugees have now made to building our great country” but the Vietnamese slogans on the banners of those assembled literally promote hatred against all that Vietnam is today: its people, its government, its social and economic system. “Journey to Freedom” is rendered in Vietnamese as “Tưởng niệm Quốc Hận 30-4.” It refers to April 30 which is the day when National Liberation of Vietnam is celebrated in Vietnam and around the world. The rendering in Vietnamese of “Journey to Freedom” translates back into English as “national hatred day.” Continue reading

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Statement by Canadian-born Vietnamese youth

Shameful ceremony held on Parliament Hill, July 30, 2020 to mark “Journey to Freedom Day.”


I am a Canadian-born Vietnamese youth. My parents fled southern Vietnam in the early 1980s. My parents raised me to believe that the three-striped flag of South Vietnam was the only genuine flag of Vietnam. South Vietnam, the puppet regime of the United States raised from 1955-1975 to resist our people’s revolutionary movement, was the only genuine Vietnam to them.

For a long time, I didn’t understand this conflict. I didn’t know why my family hated the one-star flag of Vietnam so much. I didn’t know why all the pagodas we attended flew this flag when the official flag of Vietnam is something different. Continue reading

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CPC(M-L) condemns government’s promotion of division and hatred

Government hoists flag of Vietnam’s defeated colonial powers on Parliament Hill

Shameful ceremony held on Parliament Hill, July 30, 2020 to mark “Journey to Freedom Day.”

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) unequivocally condemns the ceremony  held on July 30 on Parliament Hill to mark the reactionary and illegitimate “Journey to Freedom Day.” The event was postponed from April 30, a date that has long been celebrated in Vietnam and the world over as Vietnam’s Reunification Day. The ceremony included the raising of the old colonial flag of the reactionary and collaborationist regime that the Vietnamese people deposed in 1975. Continue reading

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An American in Cuba … and the life that isn’t

Entrance to Cuba Libro, R Muck

By DEBRA BRUNO, Wall Street Journal

(March 9) – For Conner Gorry, there’s the image of Cuba that is portrayed in the press, and the Cuba that she has known and loved since she moved to the country in 2002. Continue reading

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Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Doctor Sócrates

Remembering Doctor Sócrates, who made the game beautiful

Corinthians fans held a banner that read “Socrates, rest in peace” before a match against Palmeiras in Brazil (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

Doctor Sócrates: his career in pictures

By TONY SEED, with files from AIN, Guardian

BRASILIA (December 8, 2011) — A MOMENT of silence was observed in all of Brazil’s soccer stadiums, accompanied by much applause, during the last day of the National Football Championship in memory of the former player and doctor Sócrates, who died during the early hours on December 4 at 57 years of age, as a result of an intestinal infection. Players on the Corinthians team from São Paulo dedicated their fifth title to him with their right fists raised, just as he celebrated his goals as the celebrated captain of the national team during the World Cups of Spain ‘82 and Mexico ‘86. Continue reading

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