August 17: Cuba is Not Alone! Webinar Print E-mail


The Canadian Network on Cuba presents:

CUBA IS NOT ALONE!


Webinar

Wednesday, August 17th

9:00PM Halifax - 8:00PM Toronto - 7:00PM Winnipeg - 5:00PM Vancouver


With Guests Speakers:


HELEN YAFFE

Lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Glasgow and author of "We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World"

DAVID COMMISIONG

Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM


TERESITA KEOSSEUIAN

La Asociacion de Cubanos en Toronto Juan Gualberto Gomez


BILL RYAN

Founder of the Cubacan Kid Project


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CNC LETTER TO CANADIAN MINISTERS RE: AID FOR MATANZAS Print E-mail

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Call Me - Washington's Generosity Print E-mail

Isaac Saney and Cheryl LaBash

While various countries such as Mexico and Venezuela were concretely assisting Cuba in overcoming the unprecedented disastrous fire consuming the Mantanzas oil storage facility, the United States cynically sat on its hands, instead asking Havana to call them. As Mexico, for example, sent 16 flights with over 45,000 litres of foam and other equipment for fighting the raging inferno, the United States provided the tremendous contribution of a telephone number for Cuba to call for technical advice! Presumably, it was Cuba who had to cover the cost of the call.

Of course, the very generous offer of help is quite familiar to workers and the ever-growing impoverished masses in Canada and the United States, who when seeking relief from looming homelessness, hunger and general immiseration are told to call a number only to begin a soul crushing, spirit destroying and emotion shattering odyssey: A dead-end that leads to no relief, succour or refuge in a dog-eat-dog society where everyone fends for themselves, so characteristic and defining of profit driven and capital centred societies.

Yes, call me is a refrain that should resonate with so many. But unlike the promise of Blondie's 1980 song, no help will be arriving anytime soon. Here-in lies the rub, the clear connection between disenfranchisement, austerity and marginalisation at home, and imperial plunder, exploitation, and war aboard.

While, Washington may plead ignorance, saying Cuba (less than 100-miles away) never exactly stated what assistance it needed, what good neighbour just stands by and watches a house next-door catch on fire instead of immediately rushing to help?!

But, of course, Cuba has stated time and time again exactly what is required from Washington:

Remove Cuba from the arbitrary and unilateral U.S. State Department's State Sponsors of Terrorism list!  A list that makes it impossible for Cuba to obtain credits and loans from international financial institutions and economic assistance from other counties who fear U.S. reprisals and retaliations. A list that Washington uses as justification to openly intimidate and sanction international entities that already have economic relations with Cuba, pressuring them to break those relations with the island nation.

End the criminal and internationally condemned economic war against Cuba, which is the principal obstacle to Cuba’s social and economic development, causing damage exceeding $100 billion!

Cease the relentless campaign of disinformation, aggression, and subversion of Cuba’s legitimate constitutional order!

Call me, indeed! The ignominies of the empire are writ large and know no bounds.


Isaac Saney is a Cuba specialist at Dalhousie University, Canada, and the author of Cuba: A Revolution In Motion and the forthcoming, Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid's End: Africa's Children Return. From 2008-2022, he served as co-chair and national spokesperson of the Canadian Network On Cuba, with which he now serves in an advisory capacity.

Cheryl LaBash is co-chair of the National Network On Cuba in the United States and works in Washington, D.C. on national mobilization and legislative advocacy to end the U.S. economic, financial, and commercial blockade of Cuba, and writes on current Cuba related developments.
 
MATANZAS FIRE FUNDRAISING ANNOUNCEMENT Print E-mail
From Keith Ellis – Co-ordinator CNC Fundraising

I am sure that you know that Cuba has suffered a devastating blow. A lightning strike during a thunderstorm on Friday night, evading the precautions and defenses known to science, set off a fire in one of eight storage tanks in the bay of Matanzas containing oil used for power generation. The highly flammable feeder of a fire that is proving difficult to extinguish has not only kept this disaster going for days now but has enabled this horribly wasteful disaster to cause four explosions and ignite a second storage tank. The winds are picking up and threatening a third tank of this indispensable and expensive fuel.

Cuban firefighters have brought all their skills and their valour to the task, but the indispensable and expensive commodity for a modern economy has so far accounted for one death and seventeen missing firefighters, as well as injuring at least 120 people. Cuba’s appeal for international help came after it had already been offered by Russia and Bolivia and the response from Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world has been positive. Mexico and Venezuela have already sent crews to fight the gigantic fire. Even the United States has spoken of offering technical assistance to quell the fire, an offer that is being assessed with respect to its implication for U.S. law and the long-lasting U.S. blockade.

The CNC is proposing a campaign for funds to help Cuba to deal with this disaster, one that comes not long after the destructive set-back to the country`s tourism industry caused by another gas explosion, this one to the Saratoga Hotel in Central Havana. The fundraising committee is suggesting a brief and intense campaign to raise funds for Cuba in these difficult times, an initiative already undertaken by a group in Calgary. The CNC is grateful for your contribution to this campaign and for any suggestions that you might have for making it more wide-reaching.

Keith Ellis
CNC Fundraising Committee

Your donation may be sent by e-transfer to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Write your cheque to Association of Cubans in Toronto and Mail to:

Julio Fonseca
705 King Street West # 1706
Toronto, ON
M5V 2W8

Unfortunately, the CNC is unable to give tax receipts for your donations.


 
CNC Statement on the Matanzas Fuel Base Fire Print E-mail
La Red Canadiense de Solidaridad con Cuba (CNC) sigue atentamente las operaciones de extinción del fuego ocasionado por una descarga eléctrica en la base de combustible en la ciudad de Matanzas. Elogiamos la rápida acción de las autoridades del gobierno cubano para prevenir más daños a la estructura de dicha base y la protección de vidas humanas.

Este lamentable accidente ocurre en momentos en que Cuba enfrenta escasez de combustible debido en gran medida a las sanciones impuestas por EEUU, las que están encaminadas a asfixiar la economía y causar dificultades al heroico pueblo cubano.

Nuestros pensamientos están con Cuba en estos momentos de dolor. Deseamos una pronta recuperación a los lesionados, y como siempre, reafirmamos nuestro apoyo irrestricto al pueblo cubano.

The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) is saddened to hear about the fire accident that occurred at the Matanzas fuel base due to a lightning strike, and commends the swift and brave action taken to extinguish it to prevent further loss, at a time when Cuba is experiencing severe fuel shortages under sanctions by the United States that relentlessly attempts to asphyxiate its economy and cause daily suffering for the Cuban people.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the heroic victims and their families, and we are thinking of them in this time of pain, while we wish them a speedy recovery.

As always, the CNC stands in unwavering solidarity with Cuba, especially in this time of critical shortages of fuel and other basic necessities. Our thoughts and support are with the Cuban people.

 
Resistance, Resilience and Renewal: Cuba Commemorates Moncada Print E-mail
By Isaac Saney

July 26, 2022, marks the 69th anniversary of the act that is annually celebrated all over Cuba as the beginning of the movement and struggle that paved the way for the Cuban Revolution. On that day, Cuba’s rebels - led by Fidel Castro - rose up against the U.S.- supported dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

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