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September 27, 2013 - No. 107

Sovereignty Yes! Annexation No!

Support the Right to Be of the Peoples
of Latin America and Caribbean!

Commemorating the Peoples' International Solidarity to
Uphold Peace, Justice, Rights and Dignity

When Africa Called, Cuba Answered
International Symposium on Cuba and Southern African Liberation

September 27 and 28

Roundtable Discussion -- ALBA: Latin America's New Dawn
Thursday, October 3 -- 7:00 pm

With the Ambassadors to Canada from Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador and Venezuela.

Details on these and other events below.

145th Anniversary of Grito de Lares Uprising
Puerto Ricans Celebrate Birth of Independence Movement
Order of Solidarity Delivered to Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

U.S. Interferes with Right of
Venezuelan Presidential Aircraft to Fly Over Puerto Rico

Oppose U.S. Imperialist Hooliganism and Violation of Laws and Norms Governing International Relations!

Worldwide Solidarity with the Cuban Five
15 Years of Injustice! 15 Years of Valiant Struggle! - Isaac Saney,
Canadian Network on Cuba

To the Conscience of the World and the U.S. People - Message from the Cuban Five
Cuban Patriots Grateful for Solidarity of Cuba and the World

Coming Events
Toronto: When Africa Called, Cuba Answered - International Symposium on Cuba and Southern African Liberation, September 27 & 28
Halifax: Roundtable Discussion -- ALBA: Latin America's New Dawn
Montreal: Exhibition of Cartoons by Gerardo Hernández
Vancouver: 95th Monthly Picket to Free the Five
Ottawa: Public Meeting on the Revolutions in Latin America
Holguín, Cuba: 9th International Colloquium for Liberation of Cuban Five and
Against Terrorism

145th Anniversary of Grito de Lares Uprising

Puerto Ricans Celebrate Birth of
Independence Movement

Puerto Rican patriots celebrate145th anniversary of Grito de Lares, September 22, 2013. (Primera Hora)

On September 23, thousands of supporters of Puerto Rican independence celebrated the 145th anniversary of the anti-colonial uprising known as the Grito de Lares (Cry of Lares), which this year was dedicated to Puerto Rican patriot Oscar López Rivera, a political prisoner in the U.S. for more than 32 years.

This revolutionary holiday commemorates the 1868 rebellion, centred in the town of Lares, against chattel slavery and Spanish colonialism. An army of insurgents made up of former African slaves, city workers, peasants and other strata of colonial Puerto Rican society, charged the city of Lares and attacked the Spanish military garrison. It was there that the slogan ¡Que viva Puerto Rico libre! (Long live a free Puerto Rico!) was first taken up. Although the uprising was ultimately defeated, it marked the Puerto Rican people's affirmation of their nationhood and a defining moment in their fight for self-determination.

This year, starting early in the morning, hundreds of people gathered at the Plaza de la Revolucion in the town of Lares, while others attended a commemorative Mass in memory of the historic insurrection of September 23, 1868.

At the Plaza de la Revolucion, supporters of Puerto Rican independence placed flowers beneath the bust of Ramon Emeterio Betances, the central figure of the Grito de Lares. The revolutionary anthem of Puerto Rico was sung, followed by speeches from several politicians with the Puerto Rican Independence Party.

From Lares, the demonstrators marched to Hormigueros where an event honoured the independence leader of the clandestine Los Macheteros organization, Filiberto Ojeda Rios, who, in an act of utmost cynicism, the FBI gunned down on the anniversary of the Grito de Lares, September 23, 2005.

The U.S. colonized Puerto Rico in 1898 and since then has made every effort to crush the struggle for independence, using assassinations, jailings and violence against the resistance. It has imposed such poverty on the country that millions of Puerto Ricans go to the U.S. to live. Amongst other injustices, for 62 years the U.S. Navy abused the island and people of Vieques, until it was finally evicted in 2003. Residents of Vieques continue to suffer the effects of weapons testing there, including cancer rates 30 per cent higher than anywhere else in Puerto Rico, attributed to the U.S. military's use of depleted uranium munitions.

Once again this past spring, the UN Special Committee on Decolonization reaffirmed the need for Puerto Rico's colonial status to be ended. The matter has been discussed in the Special Committee for the past 40 years, in which time it has passed 32 resolutions taking this position, the latest 14 of them presented by Cuba and adopted by consensus. The latest draft resolution was introduced by Cuba and co-sponsored by Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. Cuba's representative on the committee pointed out that little progress had been made towards a solution, but 115 years of U.S. colonialism had not been "sufficient to crush the will or culture of the people of Puerto Rico or to wipe out their identity or feeling of nationhood."

Updating the Special Committee on recent developments in Puerto Rico's relations with the United States, Juan Dalmau of the Puerto Rican Independence Party said the most significant recent event was the November 2012 referendum. With a turnout of 78 per cent, 54 per cent of voters had rejected continuing the commonwealth's current status, but despite that "full rejection of colonialism," the U.S. government continues to defend colonialism. The most common theme voiced by petitioners to the Special Committee was the demand for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners, including Oscar López Rivera, who recently began his 33rd year of incarceration. His time in prison includes 12 years in solitary confinement.

Oscar López Rivera, to whom this year's Grito de Lares anniversary commemoration was dedicated, was sentenced to 55 years in prison in August 1981. He is the only one of 13 Puerto Rican political prisoners to reject the 1999 release offer made to them by then-President Bill Clinton. The offer was rejected because two other comrades were not included in the offer and he vowed to serve out the remainder of his term. In the end, 12 people were released and the two that López Rivera wanted freed at the time have since been released. López Rivera has met the conditions as set by Clinton's clemency offer. Puerto Rican patriots and peace and justice-loving people around the world point out that he should never have been charged or imprisoned and demand his immediate release.

On the anniversary of the Grito de Lares, TML salutes Oscar López Rivera and the Puerto Rican independence movement and urges everyone to inform themselves about this important struggle.

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Order of Solidarity Delivered to
Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

In a ceremony at the José Martí Memorial in Havana, Cuba on September 18, Clarisa López Ramos received the El Mehdi Ben Barka Order of Solidarity on behalf of her father, the Puerto Rican patriot Oscar López Rivera. As of May 29, Oscar López Rivera has been a political prisoner in the U.S. for 32 years for being a part of the movement to win Puerto Rican independence from U.S. colonialism. The award was granted by the Secretariat of the Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL).

Clarisa López Ramos read the message of thanks written by her father when he learned that he had been given the award. In this message he states that this decoration will contribute to the solidarity actions so as to prevent him being turned into an "invisible" man, alluding to the silence of the monopoly media that hides the long-standing injustice by the U.S. against the Puerto Rican people.

We will raise our voices until my father and all of the Cuban Five have returned, because they will not be invisible either, emphasized Clarisa, bringing together the Puerto Rican fighters and four remaining Cuban patriots imprisoned in the U.S., Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González.

A warm and profound fraternal embrace between the Cuban and Puerto Rican peoples sealed the moment when René González, Hero of the Republic of Cuba, delivered the Order to Clarisa López.

Lourdes Cervantes, General Secretary of OSPAAAL read the decision of the organization highlighting the human qualities, events and life story of Oscar López Rivera as an exemplar of the Puerto Ricans who fight for the independence of their country and Latin America and the Caribbean from imperialism.

The El Mehdi Ben Barka Order was established in 1986 by OSPAAAL's Executive Secretariat. To date it has been awarded to 23 outstanding personalities in the struggle for freedom, independence, against colonialism, in favour of peace and social justice, among them Nelson Mandela, the Five Cuban Heroes and the Puerto Rican nationalist patriot Rafael Cancel Miranda.

The ceremony was part of Cuba's Days of Solidarity with Puerto Rico. The delegation of Puerto Ricans present included Elsa Santiago, wife of the Puerto Rican political prisoner Norberto González; Aleida Centeno, a leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party; Edwin González, head of the Puerto Rican Mission in Cuba, and was led by Alejandro Torres, member of the Secretariat of the Hostosian National Independence Movement. Cuban dignitaries who attended included José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and head of its International Relations Department; Ricardo Alarcón, advisor to the President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba; and officials, leaders and guests of OSPAAAL, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples of the World (ICAP) and the Cuban peace movement. The event was also attended by political representatives and diplomats from 14 other countries.

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U.S. Interferes with Right of
Venezuelan Presidential Aircraft to Fly Over Puerto Rico

Oppose U.S. Imperialist Hooliganism and Violation of Laws and Norms Governing International Relations!

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) condemns the recent attempt of the U.S. imperialists to once again interfere with the right of the president of a sovereign nation to free passage in the skies. This time, the U.S. took on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the Executive Branch of the Venezuelan government.

On September 19, President Maduro, who was about to fly to China in order to attend bilateral meetings on September 21 and 22, was informed that the United States refused his presidential plane access to Puerto Rico's airspace as per the flight plan. This attempt to undermine the strengthening of relations between the Venezuelan and Chinese governments was in vain. A few hours later, President Maduro informed that he was en route to China.

A U.S. State Department spokesman said that following a delay, President Maduro's plane had ultimately been granted permission to fly over Puerto Rico after negotiations were held with officials from the Venezuela embassy, in order to grant flight approval within hours. A diplomatic statement from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas tried to justify the delay with the pretext that the request was not filed in time and that "the [presidential] plane in question was not a state aircraft, which is required for diplomatic clearance." The statement also indicated that the Embassy had offered Venezuela, which has had active foreign relations with many countries for years, advice "on the correct way to get the clearance ..."

The spurious statement by the U.S. Embassy, a den of intrigue from which the U.S. foments counter-revolutionary activities within Venezuela, was fully refuted by the Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. Calixto Ortega. "The permission was denied. I have the denial in writing. We had to have a series of conversations [to gain clearance for the flight]," he said. He added that the plane, route and flight request were exactly the same as in June when Maduro passed over Puerto Rico en route to Italy for a diplomatic tour of Europe, when the request for flight clearance was immediately approved.

As soon as word of the U.S. provocative act reached Bolivia's President Evo Morales, he said he would propose that the presidents of the member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) boycott the meetings of the UN General Assembly this week in New York, in protest over the incident. "The United States must know that if it messes with Maduro, it messes with the whole Latin American people because this is about the unity and sovereignty of our peoples," he said. Morales, whose own presidential plane was subject to a similar act of U.S.-instigated aggression while returning from Europe earlier this year, requested that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) hold an emergency meeting to consider the incident. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla called the U.S. conduct "unjustifiable, arbitrary and unfriendly, which offends the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean." He added that CELAC members were discussing the issue and would raise the issue at the UN General Assembly. Cuba is currently the pro tempore president of the CELAC.

Also on September 19, President Maduro publicly denounced a second U.S. imperialist act of aggression. The U.S. refused to grant visas to Venezuelan government ministers who were to be part of a presidential delegation to the Africa-South America Cooperation Forum being held within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly. "We are not traveling to New York as tourists on vacation…we are going to a UN function. I cannot accept that they have denied a visa to Major General Wilmer Barrientos," said Maduro.

The serious concerns raised by the U.S. aggressive acts against heads of state, their aircraft and delegations was confirmed the following week. Following President Maduro's meetings in China, news agencies report that rather than attend the General Debate of the 68th General Assembly in New York on September 25, where he had been scheduled to speak at 3:00 pm, the President had returned directly to Caracas. The change of plans followed U.S. requests that President Maduro's entourage be inspected by U.S. authorities, a totally inappropriate request outside the norms of international relations. Earlier this week on September 23, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua stated that the Venezuelan delegation could not confirm Maduro's attendance at the UN Assembly, and that he needed a guarantee that they would be respected by the U.S.

These assaults by the U.S. imperialists constitute further violations of the laws and norms governing international relations between sovereign states. These latest acts are carried out in the same vengeful spirit as those perpetrated against Bolivian President Evo Morales and his presidential plane just three months ago.

These acts show just how much the private interests that have usurped state power in the U.S. are committed to making gangsterism the new standard in international relations in order to serve their private interests, regardless of consequences they may have on peaceful relations between countries.

The fact that the United Nations headquarters is on U.S. soil in no way authorizes the latter to prevent the full participation of a delegation of a member country. These revenge-seeking retaliatory methods have no place in international relations and must stop.

No to U.S. Gangsterism!
Condemn U.S. Imperialist Acts of Aggression Against President Maduro
and the Sovereign Government of Venezuela!

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Worldwide Solidarity with the Cuban Five

15 Years of Injustice! 15 Years of Valiant Struggle!

Vancouver, September 12, 2013

15 Years ago, on September 12th 1998, five heroic Cubans were arrested and imprisoned for defending their country from terrorism. This was their only crime: preventing terrorist attacks launched against Cuba from Florida with the tacit complicity of the United States' government. These attacks have claimed more than 1,400 victims since 1959. The Five Heroes were detained in Miami and given harsh sentences -- ranging from 15 years to two life sentences.

Montreal, September 12, 2013

Far from being dispirited, beaten or broken, the Five Heroes have refused to surrender. They hold their heads high and have refused to abandon their principles -- principles forged and deeply rooted in Cuban revolutionary history. As exemplars of Cuba, they embody the best of the indomitable human striving for justice and peace. While Washington had hoped to consign them to oblivion, the peoples of the world have taken up the cause to win the freedom of each of these Cuban patriots. Collectively, these Five Heroes -- Fernando González Llort, René González Sehwerert, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo and Ramón Labañino Salazar -- are global symbols of the struggle for self-determination, independence and human dignity.

Kamloops, September 14, 2013

The Cause of the Five Heroes resonates with Canadians, who are outraged at their unjust incarceration for simply defending their homeland from aggression. Across Canada a series of events and activities are taking place as part of the international campaign to mark this 15th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Five Heroes and demand their immediate release. For example, in Toronto a rally was held at the U.S. consulate calling for the freedom of the Five. In British Columbia, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Bowen Island will host events, including a rally at the U.S. consulate in Vancouver and a number of cultural and educational activities. These actions reflect the resolute determination to break the wall of silence and disinformation that U.S. authorities seek to impose around this valiant struggle.

In a world teetering on the brink of war, facing calamities that threaten the well-being of humanity, the Five Heroes remind us that there are other ways in which human relations and societies can be arranged. This in no small way has galvanized the international solidarity and friendship movement with Cuba to fight until their freedom is won!

Free the Cuban Five Now!

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To the Conscience of the World and the U.S. People

René Gonzalez and his wife Olga Salanueva tie a yellow on a tree outside El Templete (the Temple)
in Old Havana, September 12, 2013. (CubaDebate)

Fifteen years ago today, September 12, 1998, the brutality of five simultaneous arrests burst into our homes to initiate one of the most shameful chapters of U.S. legal history: the trial of those of us today known as The Five.

The arrest and trial of The Five will remain in history as one of the most ignominious and vile episodes of relations between the United States and Cuba.

A few months earlier, after the mediation of the Nobel Literature Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, the doors had been opened to significant cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism. In June of that year, an FBI delegation visited Cuba and after receiving copious information on anti-Cuban terrorist activities organized with impunity in Miami, promised their Cuban counterparts that they would take action.

In a low blow, instead of arresting the terrorists, the William Clinton administration arrested and brought before its courts those of us who were gathering information to avert the damage which these terrorists were inflicting on the Cuban population. The U.S. legal system was openly utilized as a means of protecting the terrorists and, in an atmosphere of lynching, we were subjected to a rigged trial. Cruel conditions of confinement were utilized to break us and to prevent us from preparing an adequate defense. Lies took over the courtroom.

Evidence was adulterated, damaged and suppressed. The judge's orders were openly disregarded. Terrorists called as witnesses by the defense were threatened in public with imprisonment if they did not take the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. U.S. experts and government officials justified or openly scorned the damage the terrorists were doing to Cuba. All this while the press opted to keep the American public in total ignorance, and the trial venue mercilessly bombarded with a barrage of propaganda against the accused.

On June 8, 2001, a jury which went so far as to register a complaint about their fear of harassment by the local press -- later revealed to have been paid handsomely by the U.S. government -- found us guilty on all charges, including one for which the prosecution -- in an emergency motion to the Appeals Court in Atlanta, had recognized in the light of evidence brought before the court -- it would not be possible to obtain a guilty verdict.

The deplorable conduct of the prosecution attorneys, judges and the U.S. government in this case is no accident. It is impossible to conduct oneself ethically when, for an objective in which political hatred is mixed with personal arrogance and revenge, charges are made which can only be justified by making a mockery of the law, by prevarication and by abuse of power. The vicious circle which would begin with the political decision to overwhelm us with charges -- the most serious ones totally fabricated -- to force us to surrender, could not but rebound in a constantly more deplorable conduct on the part of the prosecution.

But we did not surrender, because a display of brute force does not imply possession of morals on the part of those who exercise it. We did not surrender, because the price of lying in order to satisfy the prosecution's expectations seemed to us to be far too degrading. We did not surrender, because by implicating Cuba -- the nation we were protecting -- in false accusations in order to swell a U.S. government file against the island would have been an unpardonable act of betrayal of the people we love. We did not surrender, because human values are still, for us, something precious on which the transformation of human beings into better people rests. We did not surrender because that implied renouncing our dignity, a source of self-esteem and love of self for any human being.

Instead of surrendering we opted to go to trial. A trial which, if it had been reported, would have called into question not only this case, but the federal system of justice in the United States. If the knowledge of what took place in that courtroom had not been concealed from the American people, whom we never caused, or attempted to cause, the most minimal harm, it would have been impossible to stage the Roman circus into which this parody of a trial was transformed.

Fifteen years have gone by in which the U.S. government and that country's justice system have turned a deaf ear to the demand of United Nations organizations, Amnesty International, various Nobel prizewinners, parliamentarians and full parliaments, legal and religious figures and institutions. Only the lifting of this other blockade, the one imposed on the people of the United States to ensure that they do not know about it, would make possible the hope that this injustice could be brought to an end.

Today, Cuba will awake covered in yellow ribbons. The Cuban people will be the protagonists of this message, which appeals to a symbol that has become a tradition for the people of the United States. It will be an enormous challenge to those who have so successfully undertaken to silence this case, to now refuse to inform the world of this possibly unheard of event: that an entire people has adorned its country to ask another to demand of its government the liberation of their unjustly incarcerated sons.

Meanwhile we, The Five, will continue to be deserving of this massive display of affection; we will continue being the worthy sons of the generous people in solidarity who are leading it, and of the support of those who, around the world, have joined our cause; we will continue denouncing this injustice which has already lasted 15 years, and we will never give in, not one inch, from the moral advantage which has allowed us to resist and grow while we support the entire weight of a revengeful hatred on the part of the most powerful government on the planet.

Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René

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Cuban Patriots Grateful for Solidarity of Cuba
and the World

Ramon Labañino, one of the Cuban Five, who were arrested on September 12, 1998 in Miami, Florida, recently expressed his gratitude for all of the solidarity these political prisoners have received on the 15th anniversary of their imprisonment in the U.S. "In recent days we have felt tremendous pride and joy over the expressions of love and support from our beloved island, and from every part of the planet," Labañino said.

"Without question, we Five are privileged for having so many sisters and brothers from almost every political current and creed, and from [the fields of] sports, art and science," he said.

Labañino has been named a Hero of the Republic of Cuba, along with his comrades Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and René Gonzalez.

"We are together in this noble cause, which is much greater than ourselves. Cuba first, Cuba after and Cuba always!" Labañíno said in his message.

Labañíno was initially sentenced to life in prison plus 18 years, and subsequently, in 2009, his sentence was reduced to 30 years. However, the injustice persists, he declared at that time, together with Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, who were also resentenced.

Gerardo Hernández received the harshest sentence of the Five (a double life sentence plus 15 years), while René Gonzalez is now in Cuba after completing his full sentence and after a process that took away his U.S. citizenship.

Human rights groups, members of parliament and personalities from diverse spheres, including 10 Nobel Prize laureates, have asked for the release of the Cuban Five. More recently a UN panel concluded that their detention is arbitrary and asked the U.S. government to put an end to this injustice.

Posted below are videos and photos from some of the actions held in Cuba, Canada and the U.S., with the symbolic yellow ribbons figuring prominently throughout, representing the desire of the peace- and justice-loving peoples the world over for the safe return of these beloved Cuban heroes to their homeland.



A gala and concert was held in honour of the Cuban Five in Havana, September 12, 2013. In attendance were Cuban dignitaries including President Raúl Castro and other members of the Council of Ministers; René Gonzalez, the only member of the Cuban Five to be freed so far; as well as families of the Five. Many other events took place across the island.

Video of Cuban musicians' new recording of the traditional American song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree,"
part of the worldwide yellow-ribbon campaign to bring the Cuban patriots home to their beloved country,
people and family members immediately.


Actions to break the silence about the Cuban Five were held across Canada and are continuing in the weeks to come (see below). The Vancouver Free the Five Committee raised its work to another level by holding seven events in four days in Vancouver, Kamloops, Nanaimo and the first ever Cuban Five event on Bowen Island.




Bowen Island



The gathering in Ottawa to mark the 15th anniversary of the imprisonment of the Cuban Five included
the attendance of Cuba's Ambassador to Canada Julio Garmendía Peña (left).


In Montreal, the Quebec-Cuba Solidarity Roundtable kicked off a month of actions for the Cuban Five
with a picket that began in downtown Montreal and ended up outside the U.S. Consulate.

United States

Washington, DC

The demand for U.S. President to release the Cuban Five immediately -- "Obama: Give Me the Five!" --
was brought to the White House on September 12, 2013. Many other actions took place across the U.S.,
showing that the U.S. cannot isolate Cuba and its people.

(Prensa Latina; Photos: TML, Free the Cuban Five Committee-Vancouver; Free the Five Committee-Toronto; CubaDebate)

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Coming Events

When Africa Called, Cuba Answered

"The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Africa.The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice unparalleled for its principled and selfless character."
- Nelson Mandela, July 26, 1991

The two-day symposium, Africa's Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba and Southern African Liberation, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, a landmark in the struggle for African independence and self-determination: the decisive defeat in Angola of the racist armed forces of the apartheid South African state by combined Cuban and Angolan troops. This led to the immediate independence of Namibia and accelerated the end of racist rule in South Africa. These events and Cuba's extensive and crucial role in the struggle against apartheid South Africa, however, remain virtually unknown in the West. Also forgotten is the apartheid regime's regional war of terror, which set the context of Cuba's intervention, which cost hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars of economic damage.

The symposium is being held at the William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street, University of Toronto. The symposium features visiting scholars and activists from Cuba and elsewhere who participated in Cuba's anti-apartheid action. The event begins at 7pm, Friday, September 27 with the film screening of Brothers and Sisters Keeper: Cuba and Southern African Liberation, followed by a panel discussion and reception. On the following day, Saturday, September 28, the program continues from 8:30am - 5pm with a series of panels and keynote presentations on the following topics: Apartheid's War of Terror; Cuban and Southern African Liberation; The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale and Legacies of the Liberation Struggle.

Cuban internationalist troops fight side by side with the Angolan people, 1980.

Featured speakers include:

* Maria Elena Alvarez: Distinguished professor of African History, Institute of International Relation, University of Havana.

* Piero Gleijeses: Author of the universally acclaimed & groundbreaking Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-76. He is currently writing Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington and Pretoria in Southern Africa, 1976-91. Gleijeses is Professor of American Foreign Policy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

* Prexy Nesbitt: Internationally recognized scholar, & veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, Nesbitt is currently working on his memoirs of the southern African liberation struggles, and the extraordinary people he worked with, from Amilcar Cabral to Eduardo Mondlane to Graca Machel to Nelson Mandela.

* Jorge Risquet: Cuba's chief diplomat in Africa from the 1970s to the 1990s, who played a crucial role in the negotiations that ended South Africa's illegal occupation of Namibia.

* John Saul: Internationally acclaimed & honoured scholar on southern Africa & veteran anti-apartheid activist. Professor Emeritus at York University (Canada), Saul is currently working on the book The Thirty Year War for the Liberation of Southern Africa, 1960-1990.

* Isaac Saney: Cuba specialist who teaches at Dalhousie University & Saint Mary's University (Canada); author of the acclaimed, Cuba: A Revolution In Motion, he is currently finishing the book From Soweto to Cuito Cuanavale: Cuba, The War in Angola and the End of Apartheid.

* Various diplomats and representatives from Angola, Cuba, Namibia and South Africa. 

Sponsors include: Canadian Network On Cuba; Caribbean Studies Program, University of Toronto; New College, University of Toronto; Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Africa Studies, University of Toronto; James Robinson Johnston Chair of Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University; United SteelWorkers; A Different Booklist; Taylor Report/CIUT-FM;  Group for Research and Initiative in the Liberation of Africa;  Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto.

For more information contact Isaac Saney (isaney@hotmail.com; tel. 902-494-153); Melanie Newton (melanie.newton@utoronto.ca; tel. 416-978-4054); Miguel san Vincente (adifferentbooklist@rogers.com; tel. 416-538-0889) or visit:

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Roundtable Discussion --
ALBA: Latin America's New Dawn

Thursday, October 3 -- 7:00 pm

Room 105, Dalhousie University Law School, 6061 University Ave.
A roundtable discussion with the Ambassadors to Canada from:
Bolivia: Edgar José Torrez Mosqueira
Cuba: Julio Garmendía Peña
El Salvador: Oscar Mauricio Duarte Granados
Venezuela: Ana Rodríguez de Febres-Cordero
Sponsors: Dalhousie (IDS; Spanish & Latin American Studies); Canadian Network on Cuba; Nova Scotia Public Interest Group; Canadian Union Of Postal Workers
For information: Dr. John Kirk, 423-3325, kirk@dal.ca

What Is ALBA?

Click image to download poster (PDF).

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) was conceived by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, and was created by Venezuela and Cuba in 2004 as an alternative to the U.S.-led Free Trade Area of the Americas that aims for social, political, and economic integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ALBA, which means "dawn" in Spanish, has as its main goals the alleviation of poverty and the promotion of socioeconomic reform through trade agreements that meet each country's needs, rather than through the neoliberal, or free-market, economic policies that dominated the region's economic planning and growth strategies in the 1990s.

Essentially, supporters of ALBA find its programs to be worthy alternatives to the economic policies of many international lending organizations, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

With a total population of over 70,000,000 people the member nations are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela. Suriname and Saint Lucia were admitted to ALBA as guest countries and Haiti is pending full membership.

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Exhibition of Cartoons by Gerardo Hernández

Friday, October 4 -- 5:00 pm

Simon Bolivar Centre, 394 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest (metro Place des Arts)

A few of Gerardo Hernández' cartoons. Click to enlarge.

The Quebec-Cuba Solidarity Roundtable is currently focusing on activities surrounding the campaign "A Month for Five," highlighting the 15th year of the unjust imprisonment of five Cuban Heroes. These efforts will help advance the struggle to break the wall of silence surrounding the Five and that justice and truth are achieved. The September 12 picket was a success, as was the September 17 screening of the film "Mission Against Terror.

The Roundtable also wishes to inform its members and friends that the 9th edition of the Montreal Friendship Day with Cuba will not take place this year. For those wishing to participate in preparations for the tenth anniversary of the Montreal Day, edition of 2014, contact the Roundtable via email: journeeamitie@gmail.com. Planning and organizing is starting now to ensure that the 2014 edition will be brilliant. Join in!

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95th Monthly Picket to Free the Five

Saturday, October 5 -- 12:00 noon- 2:00 pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson St. @ Howe St.
Organized by: Free the Five Committee-Vancouver

Click image to download poster (PDF).

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Public Meeting on the Revolutions in Latin America

Thursday, October 10 -- 7:00 pm
Quaker House, 91A 4th Avenue
A roundtable discussion with the Ambassadors to Canada from:
Bolivia: Edgar José Torrez Mosqueira
Venezuela: Ana Rodríguez de Febres-Cordero
Cuba: Julio Garmendía Peña

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9th International Colloquium for the Liberation of the Cuban Five and Against Terrorism 

Holguín, Cuba -- November 13-17

The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples of the World (ICAP) calls on all of Cuba's friends to participate in the 9th International Colloquium for the Liberation of the Cuban Five and Against Terrorism.

This 9th Colloquium will take place from November 13 to 17 in the province of Holguín where participants will focus their efforts on the return to Cuba the four patriots who have been imprisoned in the U.S., for more than 15 years.

Lodging will be in the ISLAZUL hotel chain in the city of Holguín. The package available for the participants includes breakfast in the single and double rooms and transportation for the activities of the program.

For further information, contact the organizing by email: icaphlg@icap.cu or icaphlg.politico@icap.cu

Mass rally at 6th International Colloquium for the Cuban Five, Holguín, Cuba, November 2010.

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