Obama’s visit to Cuba voices from South Africa




Chris Mathlako, secretary general/Friends of Cuba Society (FOCUS) and  Member of the Politburo/South African Communist Party (SACP) told to Prensa Latina News Agency in South Africa:

We think this provides (Obama’s visit) a good opportunity to further entrench the normalisation of relations between the Cuba and the USA. We are aware that the USA strategy is intended to weaken and engineer a possible process of weakening the Cuba Revolution from inside as its has failed to overthrow it over many years. However the Cuban Revolution has stated from the onset its objectives for the process of normalisation of relations with the USA and this amongst others does not related to undoing the Revolution, instead its intended to strengthen its across the board.

Towards the end of the Obama presidency, he (Obama) is intend on creating a legacy of some sorts because his has been a legacy of wars and warmongering throughout his tenure. he has presided over many wars than any president of the USA since the Second World War. even when he prepares to visit Cuba, Obama was strengthening the blockade against Cuba and increasing measures that would strangulating the Cuban economy – this does not bode well for his intentions on Cuba and the intended relations he seeks to build going forward.

Therefore, Obama’s visit should be seen in the context of a weak president who intend on making and creating a post-presidential legacy for himself and create the impression that his presidency contained key elements of peace and human development – to the contrary Obama has presided over a presidency that not only increased tensions in the region of Latin America through his executive order decisions on Venezuela, his (CIA-involvement) recently in the murder of indigenous leader Berta Caceres, but is aware of the example of Cuba in the region. therefore, he is wanting to undo that by pretending to normalise relations with Cuba while at the same time take aim at Cuba and its example in the region and the world.

The Cuban Revolution is well aware of these threats and is going into these relations holding on to the principles of sovereignty, the goals of socialism and the Cuban Revolution!

That is calming to the majority of progressives and the world over.

Este día tendría que llegar


Dscurso del ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, en la ceremonia de reapertura de la Embajada de Cuba en los Estados Unidos

Excma. Sra. Roberta Jacobson, secretaria de Estado Adjunta y señores funcionarios del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos que la acompañan:

Honorables Miembros del Congreso:

Estimados Representantes de las Organizaciones, Movimientos e Instituciones estadounidenses que han realizado ingentes esfuerzos por el cambio de política hacia Cuba y el mejoramiento de las relaciones bilaterales:

Estimados Representantes de las Organizaciones y Movimientos de la emigración patriótica:

Excelentísimos Sres. Embajadores:

Compañeros de la Delegación Cubana:

Encargado de negocios José Ramón Cabañas, funcionarios y trabajadores de la Embajada de Cuba:

Estimadas amigas y amigos:
La bandera que honramos a la entrada de esta sala es la misma que aquí fue arriada hace 54 años, conservada celosamente en la Florida por una familia de libertadores y luego por el Museo de nuestra ciudad oriental de Las Tunas, como anticipación de que este día tendría que llegar. Sigue leyendo

The Coletilla


by Deisy Francis Mexidor

Cuba should have never be in that unilateral Washington’s list. Throughout history Cuba has proposed the United States to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. On June 1998, the Cuban government gave the FBI a record of recordings, phone numbers, addresses, names of terrorists who for years have lived in the US territory without being disturbed. The Cubans Five who were unjustly sentenced to long prison sentences in the US prisons warned about terrorism not only against the Cuban people but also against the American one. Is there good terrorism and bad terrorism? Paraphrasing a classic “to be or not to be that is the question”.


In the CNN’s todays news…

Washington (CNN)The State Department has sent a recommendation to the White House that Cuba be removed from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, paving the way for the White House to announce its intent to de-list Cuba as early as Thursday, two administration officials tell CNN.

In making the recommendation, the State Department has certified Cuba has not provided support to terrorist groups within the last 6 months.

President Barack Obama ordered the review of Cuba’s place on the list after announcing a historic diplomatic breakthrough with Havana in December and pledged to act quickly once he received the recommendation from the State Department.

The White House has made clear it wanted to make the announcement before Obama attends the Summit of the Americas later this week with Cuban leader Raul Castro, and ordered the State Department to speed up the process.

Cuba’s place in the list has been a major stumbling block to efforts to restore ties between Washington and Havana, including the opening of embassies. Cuba has demanded it be dropped from the blacklist before relations are normalized.

The move to de-list Cuba would also allow for the removal of certain financial and political sanctions against the island nation. In addition, the U.S. can drop its opposition to aid from the International Monetary Fund and other major financial institutions.

Congress has 45 days from the announcement to vote to block the President’s action with a vote on a joint resolution disapproving the de-listing.