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Honouring and supporting Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade

Mail Art Project Call for Submissions

The Nobel Peace Project is an international Mail Art initiative founded over 20 years ago in Nobel, Ontario by artists Susan Gold/Smith and AG Smith as a response to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.

In 2020, for the first time, the Nobel Peace Project has taken on a theme directly connected to the Nobel Peace Prize and is calling for submissions to celebrate and support the nomination of Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade for the award in 2021. Continue reading

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Shining the light on Cuba’s medical solidarity


ONLINE WEBINAR for the “Cuba Fights COVID-19 Around the World” – Fundraising Campaign Continue reading

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Vietnam’s proactive approach to battling COVID-19; A staggering achievement

Emphasizing the importance of social solidarity, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has described Vietnam’s efforts to contain the virus as the “spring general offensive of 2020”, referring to the crucial 1968 Tet Offensive by the liberation forces during its last war.

Vietnamese family of recovered COVID-19 patient presents flowers to a doctor in the  northern province of Vinh Phuc, Feb. 26, 2020. At the time the patient was the last being treated.

(April 27) – Vietnam, just south of coastal China, is the 15th most populous country in the world with 97 million people. At the time of writing, Vietnam has registered no new cases of the coronavirus  in the past ten days. In all, according to its Ministry of Health (MoH), only 268 coronavirus infections and no deaths have been recorded. In contrast to Canada, a country with developed resources and 48,800 cases and 2,852 deaths, this is a staggering achievement. Continue reading

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Nurses working both sides of the border speak for themselves

In this situation nurses are giving expression to the notion that we are one humanity fighting for the rights of all, in this case the right to health care. #Windsor

By ENVER VILLAMIZAR

There has been a lot of talk between the leaders of Canada and the United States over the movement of goods and people in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump has withheld medical supplies and Trudeau and other elected leaders in Canada have openly or indirectly threatened to limit the travel of Canadian health care workers currently working in U.S. border towns. Continue reading

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Collaboration between the USA, Cuba and Canada in the fight against COVID-19

– Campaign of the National Solidarity Network with Cuba in the United States and the Canadian Solidarity Network with Cuba –

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in the United States. Day after day, hour after hour, infected and deaths continue to spiral, and the most vulnerable communities, especially African-American communities, are disproportionately affected. The entire health care system is under pressure that exceeds its ability to provide adequate healthcare and treatment. Doctors, nurses and health workers are forced to work long hours during their brave lives-saving efforts.

A pandemic is by definition global. Without a doubt, in the face of this global threat, this is the time for international medical cooperation and solidarity. A time to gather joint efforts to face COVID-19. A time to put aside political differences in order to save lives. It is for this reason that we are launching a campaign to ask for medical collaboration with Cuba, so as to have access to Cuban medical knowledge to help in the fight against COVID-19. Continue reading

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Cuba a beacon of international solidarity and medical excellence in the fight against COVID-19

International Cooperation to Help Countries Cope

Cuban medical team of 50 arrives in Suriname March 20, 2020, to assist with COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 21, 53 physicians and nurses from Cuba’s celebrated Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade of health professionals, trained in disaster medicine and infectious disease containment, arrived in Italy’s northern Lombardy region at the request of its health authorities. They will join a dozen Chinese doctors to work in a new field hospital being built in Bergamo in Italy’s hardest hit area, where over 63 per cent of the country’s deaths due to COVID-19 and 42 per cent of its active cases are concentrated, with over 1,000 patients undergoing intensive treatment. It is the sixth contingent of the specialized brigade to go abroad to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and the first sent to Europe. Continue reading

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Cuba – ‘For Algeria any assistance it may need’

BoumedieneIn the early hours of October 22, 1963, the Aracelio Iglesias merchant ship arrived in Oran, Algeria’s second city, in the northwest of the country, where a column disembarked before being transported by rail in 42 open cars and 12 carriages some 80km to the fort built by the French Foreign Legion in Bedeau, near the town of Ras el Ma. Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Luis Nieves Falcón

Luis Nieves Falcón December 29, 1929 - March 10, 2014

Luis Nieves Falcón
December 29, 1929 – March 10, 2014

Tireless fighter for the dignity, rights and freedom of the Puerto Rican people

With profound sorrow, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) regrets to inform you that the beloved champion of the Puerto Rican people, the devoted anti-colonial patriot, Luis Nieves Falcón passed away in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on March 10 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Comrade Luis was also a very dear friend to CPC(M-L), its founder and leader Comrade Hardial Bains and its current leadership.

The passing of Comrade Luis represents a huge loss to the Puerto Rican people and all those fighting for independence and freedom from colonial domination around the world. The most beloved and fearless champion of the anti-colonial struggle, he had utter fidelity to the grand cause of the freedom of the Puerto Rican people, the liberation of their political prisoners from U.S. jails and the high road of civilization. Continue reading

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Humanity’s mission: Cuba’s medical internationalism in Haiti

Public lecture on Cuba’s Medical Assistance to Haiti

by Dr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez, Member of Cuba’s Medical Mission to Haiti

7 p.m., Wednesday, October 19

Room 303, Dalhousie Student Union Building, Dalhousie University, 6136 University Avenue, Halifax

A free event sponsored by the Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC),  Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA) and the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG). Continue reading

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Robbie Burns, Grand Falls, Mackenzie and Gaza

25 January 2009 marks 250 years to the day since Scotland’s national poet was born. PETER EWART* reflects on the legacy of Scotland’s celebrated bard whose polemics against the exploitation, injustice and oppression of his time enraged the establishment and won him enduring love from the peoples of all lands.

The statue of Robert Burns in Halifax’s Victoria Park Square is the centre of innumerable political rallies., as this one in October 2006 against the apartheid wall in Occupied Palestine | Photo Photo copyright 2006, Howard Harawitz, All rights reserved.

The statue of Robert Burns in Halifax’s Victoria Park Square is the centre of innumerable political rallies, as this one in October 2006 against the apartheid wall in Occupied Palestine | Photo copyright 2006, Howard Harawitz, All rights reserved.

MANY PEOPLE IN THE MARITIMES have Scottish blood in them, and the same holds true for people across Canada, especially in parts of Ontario and northern British Columbia where I reside. Indeed, at one point in Canada’s history, Scots were the third largest ethnic group, and they have certainly played an important role in the development of the country.

A good number of these men, women and children are descended from the hardy Scots who were scattered to the wind in the 18th and 19th Centuries, sometimes driven out of their homes and forced off their land, sometimes imprisoned or exiled, other times leaving poverty and hardship, in search of opportunity and a better life. 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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