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Raúl Castro Ruz: On the Relations Between Cuba and the United States | Monthly Review Zine

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 19, 2014 12:04 PM
"The economic, commercial, and financial blockade, which causes enormous human and economic damages to our country, must cease. Though the blockade has been codified into law, the president of the United States has the executive authority to modify its implementation." Full transcript here.

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Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 18, 2014 03:56 PM
"While the sanctions are enshrined in law, most notably the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, a U.S. president has leeway to chip away at the embargo even if Congress objects, the experts said. ... A president can loosen trade bans with Cuba as long as at least one restriction remains on the books to justify an embargo, said Clif Burns, a sanctions lawyer at Bryan Cave LLP in Washington."

The link address is: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/18/cuba-usa-nextsteps-idUSL1N0U124Z20141218

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OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 18, 2014 02:47 PM
"Established in 1990 through the United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, December 18 is celebrated around the world as International Migrants Day"

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United Auto Workers Local 2865 joins Boycott, Divestment & Scanctions movement

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 18, 2014 02:05 PM
"United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2865, which represents 13,000 academic workers at the University of California, has become the first U.S. union to pass by a rank-and-file vote a resolution honoring the Palestinian call for a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. ... UAW 2865 joins several labor unions in the United Kingdom and Ireland, UNITE New Zealand, CUPE in Canada, COSATU in South Africa and many dockworker unions around the world."

The link address is: http://socialistworker.org/2014/12/15/uaw-2865-makes-history

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Massive general strike in Belgium: Nothing moved by air, by road and by water

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 02:07 PM
Written by Erik Demeester | IMT | ‘This is the strongest strike ever’ commented the general secretary Marie Hélène Ska of the Christian union CSC. She is right. The national work stoppage on Monday 15th of December was without doubt the most “general” of 24 hour general strikes in the rich Belgian history of strike.

The link address is: http://www.marxist.com/massive-general-strike-in-belgium-nothing-moved-by-air-by-road-and-by-water.htm

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Pakistan: Barbarity of the Peshawar massacre

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 02:03 PM
Written by Lal Khan | IMT | The massacre of 141 people including 132 children by the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban at the Peshawar Army Public School yesterday was probably the most heinous barbarity ever seen even in Pakistan, which has been victim to this scourge for decades now. Hardly a day passes without suicide attacks, terrorist bombing or target killings in this tragic country.

The link address is: http://www.marxist.com/pakistan-barbarity-of-the-peshawar-massacre.htm

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz: History Will Absolve Me

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 18, 2014 10:36 AM
"I warn you, I am just beginning! If there is in your hearts a vestige of love for your country, love for humanity, love for justice, listen carefully. I know that I will be silenced for many years; I know that the regime will try to suppress the truth by all possible means; I know that there will be a conspiracy to bury me in oblivion. But my voice will not be stifled - it will rise from my breast even when I feel most alone, and my heart will give it all the fire that callous cowards deny it. ... To those who would call me a dreamer, I quote the words of Martí: 'A true man does not seek the path where advantage lies, but rather the path where duty lies, and this is the only practical man, whose dream of today will be the law of tomorrow, because he who has looked back on the essential course of history and has seen flaming and bleeding peoples seethe in the cauldron of the ages knows that, without a single exception, the future lies on the side of duty.' ... I do not fear prison, as I do not fear the fury of the miserable tyrant who took the lives of 70 of my comrades. Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me."

The link address is: http://bit.ly/1Gvek86

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USAID head resigns as US & Cuba plan 'normalizing' relations | RT

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 17, 2014 12:00 PM
"In April, it was reported that USAID secretly created a social media program with the intent of stirring unrest in Cuba; lastweek, the Associated Press reported that the agency hijacked the Cuban hip-hop movement with hopes of achieving a similar result."

The link address is: http://rt.com/usa/215315-usiad-cuba-us-normalizing-relations/

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U.S. and Cuba seek to normalize relations in historic shift | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 17, 2014 11:47 AM
"The three Cubans released in exchange for Alan Gross [a contractor with the U.S. government's U.S. Agency for International Development] are part of the Cuban Five" Full story here.

Also see: USAID programme used young Latin Americans to incite Cuba rebellion | The Guardian

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Haiti: Time for Clinton and Co to Pack and Go

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 10:26 AM
by Dady Chery | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/17/haiti-time-for-clinton-and-co-to-pack-and-go/

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