Par Fidel Castro | Cuba Debate, Haiti Chery. “Moi qui ai abordé bien souvent des problèmes difficiles dans de longs discours, en m’efforçant toujours au maximum de bien faire comprendre mes idées, j’ai du mal à m’expliquer comment ce militaire d’origine modeste, mais à l’esprit agile et au talent sans pareil, a été capable d’un tel déploiement d’éloquence sans perdre la voix ni ses forces. La politique est pour moi le combat prolongé et résolu des idées…. Si cette science ou cet art ou comme on veut l’appeler servait au bien de l’humanité, elle mériterait du respect, celui-là même que méritent ceux qui apprennent aux autres l’habitude de penser.” (Français | Espagnol)
Marco A. Gandásegui Jr, America Latina en Movimiento | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. In an annual exercise called Panamax, from Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 17 Panama was virtually occupied by troops from the U.S., France, Canada, the Netherlands, and 14 Latin American “allies,” although the Panamanian Constitution says Panama has no army and its sovereignty is inalienable and nontransferable. (English|Spanish)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. “These Southerners have found Haiti to be the veritable promised land of ‘jobs for deserving democrats’…. In Port-au-Prince many of them live in fine villas. Many of them who could not keep a hired girl in the United States have a half-dozen servants. All of the civilian heads of departments have automobiles furnished at the expense of the Haitian Government… It is interesting to see with what disdain, as they ride around, they look down upon the people who pay for the cars.” – James Weldom Johnson
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Charlemagne Peralte organized the Cacos after escaping his enslavement by the U.S. occupation. The revolutionary Cacos soon grew to thousands of guerillas, including many Dominicans won over by Peralte to the anti-imperialist cause, and a provisional Caco government was declared in northern Haiti.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Representatives of Haiti and the international community participated in a one-hour meeting in the National Palace on Thursday, March 1 on the urgent need to establish a Permanent Electoral Council and schedule new elections, as prescribed by the Haitian Constitution. In another meeting between the representatives of Haiti and Venezuela on March 2-3, Venezuela announced $369 million of projects including a gift of financial and technical support for a National Identification system.
By Staff, AFP via teleSUR | Translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. After a meeting of the current CELAC Three, composed of Chile, Cuba, and Venezuela, Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno announced that in January 2013 Chile will host the next CELAC summit as well as a meeting between the Latin American countries and the European Union (EU). UPDATES: The I CELAC-EU Summit is scheduled for January 26-27, and the I CELAC Summit is scheduled for January 27-28. These summits will be preceded by several days of meetings, including a CELAC-EU business meeting on January 25-26; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Senior Officials will meet immediately before each of the summits. (English | Spanish)
By Staff, Cuba Debate | CCS | Translated to English by Haiti Chery. CELAC is made up of 13 member nations from the Caribbean region, 13 from South America, 6 from Central America, and 1 from the southern part of North America whose leaders have agreed to promote an organization that will form a block in addressing the world’s challenges. It represents a consolidation of UNASUR that brings together a total population of 600 million. CELAC is the world’s No. 1 food exporter, with a GDP of US $ 6 trillion. UPDATE: Statements by CELAC leaders at the conference. (English | Spanish)
Press Release, November 28, 2011, Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. The first Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will take place on Friday Dec 2nd and Saturday Dec 3rd. This is an historic meeting that will include Cuba, exclude the U.S. and Canada, and sound the death knell for the old colonial Organization of the American States (OAS).
Haiti Progres | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The flag of Venezuela you see here was designed in Jacmel, Haiti. It is Miranda who carried the flag to Venezuela. And ten years later, in 1816, Simon Bolivar would return to Venezuela from Haiti leading two expeditions. Bolivar said: “By Petion’s decree, I was able to put together a group of his valiant patriots…. This group of Haitians that faced down ten thousand European tyrants numbered three hundred men.”
By William Blum, Consortium News. The U.S. government’s half-century campaign to discredit and destroy Cuba’s experiment with socialism has had many ruthless aspects, but perhaps none more so than efforts to disparage and damage the Caribbean island’s widely admired health-care system, as described in this essay.