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The Venezuela-Cuba Alliance

Cuba and Venezuela have arranged a trade deal
which will benefit both nations. So, why is
Condoleezza Rice upset by this alliance?
Both Venezuela and Cuba consider health care to be
a basic human right, and both countries have agreed
on a mutually beneficial trade agreement.

This is a personal agreement between two independent
nations, so why is Condoleezza Rice up in arms about
this Venezuelan-Cuban alliance?

In an interview with the editorial board of The Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review six months ago, Condoleezza Rice
referred to Hugo Chavez as "a real problem." "He is
continuing to communicate with Fidel Castro", said Rice,
"and this will allow them to disrupt the politics of South
America."

Why is Condoleezza so anxious?

In that same interview, Condoleezza pointed out that
Russia was a model of democracy, saying that
amazing things are happening with the Russian
economy, and calling it a "remarkable example of
progress." "Putin has told the Russian people that
they will have to pay for all of their health care",
said Rice.

Condoleezza Rice is a member of the political-
corporate "elite", serving on the board of
directors for corporate giants of industry, such as
Charles Schwab, Hewlett Packard, and Trans-
america, to name a few.

Condoleezza, like George II, and other members of
the cabal, have investments in the oil business.
Condoleezza has direct interests in Venezuelan oil,
derived through her association with the Chevron
Corporation. Chevron named its largest oil tanker
the Condoleezza Rice in 1995, after the company
had signed a lucrative, long-term contract to develop
and operate the Boscan oil field In Venezuela.
The oil tanker was renamed in 2001, after Rice was
appointed as the National Security Advisor.

Now, ten years later, Rice is the Secretary of State, with
the responsibilty of implementing all U.S. foreign policy
toward other nations. She eagerly supported several
anti-Chavez measures, such as the 2002 oil strike that
crippled the Venezuelan economy.
The alliance between Caracas and Havana has caused
a great deal of consternation for Bush and his
administration. Washington has, for decades, been
unsuccessful in its attempts to control Cuba through
its International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Fidel Castro hosted a 1985 conference, to discuss
the Latin American debt crisis. The delegates were
unable to agree on a basic restructuring plan
concerning the relationship between debtor and
creditor nations. Today, Venezuela has joined with
Cuba to resist the financial restrictions imposed
upon them by the U.S. Venezuela, unlike Cuba, is
tied to America's financial institutions, the IMF and
the World Bank.

Venezuela and Cuba have initiated the Bolivarian
Alternative for the Americas, in response to
Washington's efforts to impose the Free Trade
Agreement of the Americas upon them.
This effort by Havana and Caracas to unify South
America is a continuation of the work started by
Simon Bolivar and Jose Marti.

Castro and Chavez signed an agreement on
December 14, 2004. This agreement will allow
the process of integration between the two countries,
which will include the trade of goods and services,
to be mutually beneficial to the social and economic
needs of both countries.

Both countries will work together, as well as coordin-
ating with other South American countries, to eliminate
illiteracy. "Si se puede"(Yes I Can) is the Cuban
teaching method that has increased the literacy rate
in Venezuela. The Cuban teaching plan is also used
in other countries -- Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico,
Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Mozambique,
Nigeria, and New Zealand.

Washington has declared that it will not support the
Chavez-Castro plan for eliminating illiteracy in
South America because it is not conducive to
creating the freedom and democracy that Bush
wishes to impose upon the rest of the world.
"The key to stopping Hugo Chavez is to mobilize
the region", Rice said, "to keep up our vigilance in
watching him and to keep pressuring him."
"We cannot do this alone", she added, "but the
Organization of American States can do a lot."
The Washington Post printed an editorial on
November 20, titled "Watch Venezuela", which
stated that the efforts by Condoleezza Rice to
isolate Chavez was a "sound and wise policy."

Much to the chagrin of Bush and his minions,
Venezuela initiated the creation of the South
American Community of Nations, or the South
American Union, in December 2004. The goal
of this union is to create a free trade zone among
its member nations -- Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru,
Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Brazil,
Bolivia, and Argentina.
Like Al Jazeera, the independent Arab media in
Iraq, Washington fears the new independent
South American television media, Telesur,
which began broadcasting in South America
this year.

On her first day as Secretary of State, Rice wasted
no time trying to destroy the South American Union.
She sent letters to government leaders, ordering
them to take military action against Venezuela
for supporting Colombian "insurgents."

Washington's attempts to increase political pressure
on South American leaders backfired, serving only
to accelerate the conflict. In response to Alvaro
Uribe's request for assistance, Fidel Castro sent
his Foreign Minister, Felipe Perez Roque to Caracas.
With Brazil's and Peru's help in mediation, Cuba was
successful in achieving a peaceful solution to the
crisis. Cuba's role in this South American Union has
infuriated Washington even more. Ironically, Cuba
was expelled as a member of the Organization of
American States in 1962.

During the 1960's, Washington attempted to mobilize
South American countries against Cuba, with its
Operation Mongoose. This plan, which followed the
Bay of Pigs invasion, also failed in its attempts to over-
throw the Cuban government. In 1963, in another
attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro, Washington came
up with Operation Northwood(which was never used).
This plan proposed to shoot down a U.S. civilian airliner,
blaming it on the Cubans, and giving the U.S. a pretext
to invade and "liberate" Cuba.

George II and cabal, along with the state media, have
stepped up their attacks Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.
During her Senate confirmation hearing on January
18/19, Rice referred to Cuba as an "outpost of tyranny."
Washington's new catch-phrase of the week replaces all
of the old, tired euphunisms, like "terrorist nation",
"al-Qaeda", "weapons of mass destruction",
"axis of evil", etc.

Cuba is still listed as a "terrorist nation" on
Washington's watch list. Washington's declaration of
Cuba as a terrorist nation is ludicrous, especially
considering that John Bolton's claim that Cuba's medical
system was a front for bioterrorism had been thoroughly
discredited.

Washington is using its newest buzz words, "outpost of
tyranny" because Fidel Castro has never been elected in
a U.S. style of election, like the one that occurred in
1901, under U.S. military occupation -- like the January
"election" in Iraq.

In 1952 the U.S. installed its puppet, General Fulgencio
Batista, in a Washington staged and supported coup
that prevented Fidel from running as a candidate, by
suspending the election and the Constitution.
In appreciation to his American masters, Batista favoured
the U.S. with the right to claim Guantanamo Bay as
American soil in perpetuity. (The U.S. had stolen
Guantanamo Bay during the Spanish-American war).

The U.S.'s 1996 Helms-Burton law says that it is
illegal for Fidel Castro, or his brother Raul to be
candidates in a Cuban election. According to this
law, if Cuba were to hold a national election, the
results would not be recognized by the United
States. (An ironic twist of U.S. hypocrisy).
Hugo Chavez was first elected as president in 1998,
and re-elected in 2000, the same year that George II
was selected by the U.S. Extreme Court.

In 2002, two days after Washington's failed coup to
purge Chavez, he was restored as president by the
Venezuelan public. America's coup was cheered on
by the U.S. media, most notably, The New York Times.
At her confirmation hearing(broadcast on CNN, Fox, etc),
Rice publicly threatened the elected government of
Venezuela by saying she wants the OAS to hold
accountable "all leaders who do not govern
democratically, even if they are democratically elected."

Of course, the U.S. installation of its puppet govern-
ments is run-of-the-mill stuff for Washington, as we have
seen in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Afghanistan, Chile,
Iraq and Brazil, just to name a few.

Much to the chagrin of the U.S., Venezuela has initiated
a land reform policy. This issue is what caused the U.S.
government to stage a C.I.A. coup to overthrow the
elected government in Guatemala in 1954. (At the
behest of the United Fruit Company and the Dulles
Brothers).

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee
on February 16, C.I.A. Director Porter Goss described
Venezuela as a "potential flashpoint" in 2005, because
Hugo Chavez is "consolidating his power" by using
"technically legal tactics" to target his "opponents",
"meddling" in the region, and being supported by
Fidel Castro.

One U.S. method of "regime change" is assassination,
as evidenced by the 1975 Senate Select Intelligence
Committee hearings, held in the wake of the Vietnam
war, when some members of Congress attempted to
confront and put an end to the covert/overt murderous
practices of U.S. foreign and domestic policy.
Naturally, Fidel Castro was a frequent target of
Washington's wrath.

In his speech to the OAS on February 23, Venezuelan
Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said that the
accusations made by Washington against the
government of Venezuela are absurd. He said
Venezuela is not bothered by U.S. charges,
because their multitude of facts, which do not
exist, would be proof of their statements.
"Sooner or later, the U.S. will attack Venezuela.
This is what happened with Allende in Argentina,
in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and many
other countries", said Rodriguez.

"Venezuela will not ignore the information from our
intelligence sources", said Rodriguez, "concerning
Washington's threats of assassination against
President Chavez."
Rodriguez pointed out that Article 1 of the OAS
Charter states that the OAS has no powers other
than those expressly conferred upon it by this
charter, with no provisions to authorize it to inter-
vene in the internal matters of individual member
states.

Why does the U.S. continue to oppress Cuba,
when Cuba is not a terrorist threat to America?
Condoleezza Rice has referred to Cuba as an
"outpost of tyranny", but the real reason for
Washington's angst is that Cuba has exemplary
social programs, which provide health care and
education to people, free of charge. Fidel Castro
does not tell the Cuban public that they will have to
pay for their health care and education.

Now Hugo Chavez is working with Fidel Castro
to make that example a reality in Venezuela.
Cuba sent 350 doctors to Honduras in 1998, when
Hurricane Mitch ravaged the poverty-stricken country.
Cuban doctors have stayed to look after Honduran
people. 600 Hondurans are studying medicine in
Cuba(free of charge) so that they can return home to
provide medical care for their people.

This is what has Condoleezza Rice in a state of
anxiety.

Venezuela and Cuba working together to provide
health care and education -- in the spirit of
unselfish cooperation.
Bad Example 17.Mar.2005 12:37

un cubano malo

Castro...Bush...what's the difference? They're both psychos who allow their insane personal visions to overrride the wills and needs of their respective peoples. I find it particularly funny that Castro is sending doctors to Venezula as the shortage of medical care in Cuba in the last ten years has reached crisis levels. I love how some folks seem to have this endless love affair with Cuba. Oh, the wonderful education system they have. Sure, if you don't count the fact that it's almost impossible to get any books in Cuba that were published after 1960. Oh, the superior healthcare system. Go ask Cuban doctors about all the stone age Soviet equipment they have to work with or ask about the total lack of medicines. Let's talk about the appalling shortages of food as Castro chooses to keep the richest agricultural land in the Caribbean in sugar production for export while Cubans eat Spam sandwiches(and are happy to get that). When I went there in 1998, a Cuban man told me a very funny joke: What are the three greatest failures of the Revolution? Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. And please, PLEASE, don't tell me that it's all the fault of the blockade. Most of the failure of Castro's policies revolve around the fact that they were basically the bitches of Soviets and now that the Russian tit has been taken away Castro's true ineptness has been revealed. I mean, come on folks, do you really want to use a country where the government dictates the MENUS IN EVERY RESTURANT as an example of how meaningful change should be accomplished? Jesus, it's no wonder that Bush keeps winning.

r 17.Mar.2005 15:37

S

Castro Bush what is the difference?

Castro is sending doctors to Venezuela, Bush is sending bombs and assassins.

I'm not saying Cuba is a paradise, but the U.S. is unparalled in thinking it can dictate what everyone else in the world can do.

one and the same 17.Mar.2005 16:26

cubanito

No, Castro was too busy sending bombs and assasins to Angola and Ethiopia. Castro and King George are two peas in a pod. If Castro wielded the wealth and military power of the US then he'd be just as bad if not worse.

Patria o Muerte! 17.Mar.2005 19:46

B

I guess sucking Yankee dick is a better proposition? Maybe prostituting one's countrymen to multi-national companies (modern day plantations) is also a better option? Yeah, let's go back to the pre-Castro days where racism and despotism reigned supreme------where a pro-American elitist minority prostituted the people and the country to be able to maintain their comfortable way of life.

Cuba's problems are not tied to the embargo?! The why does the U.S. government make it illegal to travel to Cuba? Why does the U.S. government prosecute and coherses foreign/domestic businesses from establishing commerce and trade with Cuba? Who are you kidding?

It is precisely because of Cuba's involvement in Africa that some of those countries made progress in escaping the clutches of their European colonial masters. Yes, Castro/Cuba is guilty of helping the South African struggle against the then racist Apartheid government, and of aiding Nelson Mandela(was then declared a terrorist by the U.S. govt).

I would dare to day that the majority of Latin Americans, those living a miserable existance, wish they could have some of the basic needs which are provided by Cuba's socialist system.

The window is closing on the American imperialist state, it will be defeated in Iraq and in the middle east in general. It will loose it's grip on Asia. It will also loose it's grip on Latin America, and no longer be able to place and displace governments at its liking. The best thing about it, it's that I will actually live to see it in my lifetime.

Hasta la Victoria Siempre

ditto 17.Mar.2005 21:12

anarKezbian

Well said "B" patria o muerte. I was absolutely thrilled to hear about this! Its fuckin'
awesome to see brown folk takin' care of bidness!!!

boats leaving today 18.Mar.2005 11:23

Che Guevera

Nothing you say changes the fact that Castro is still a dictator. Maybe Cubans are better off in some ways than other Latin Americans, but that still says nothing that changes my mind and makes me feel like I should support a dictator. I mean let's take our precious little Portland IMC for instance. Nothing like this exists in Cuba. Why? Because common Cubans are forbidden by law to purchase computers and an unauthorized Internet connection is punishable by a FOUR YEAR prison term. If everything is so great with Fidel then why must he suppress his own people? How come all the artists and intellectuals in Cuba have that nasty habit of ending up in jail unless they toe a seriously strict political line( i.e. only pictures of urban scenes and Che....never,never of Fidel)? All in all, you folks have once again proven how out of touch with reality you are. Do as I did - go there. See the fear firsthand and see the poverty firsthand. See how people are so scared of the government that the only refer to Castro thru stroking an imaginary beard or refering to him as "El Jefe". This is because they are afraid that any comment using his name will be misconstrued and result in a visit from MININT. The whole thing is a sham and as long as you champion Castro you will lose. Let's take a vote, shall we? How many are ready to move to the Socialist Paradise of Castro's Cuba? Please raise your hand! I'm sure that we can find plenty of Cubans willing to trade places with you. Then you will finally have what you want-a government that controls every single thing you do. Get smart. Read about anarchism and wake up to the fact that there has never been a government in this world, imperialist or communist, that is worth a shit and there nver will be. I

Patria o Muerte 18.Mar.2005 16:43

B

Yes, I've been to Cuba twice, and I've interacted with students, average citizens, and folks involved in politics, and didn't see or experience any of the bullshit you're spreading. Do Cuban people lack many material luxuries that our society posesses in excess? Sure. Yet, people in general are very supportive of their socialist system and of their leader Fidel, and it would be unrealistic to expect every citizen to feel this way, it just won't happen anywhere--under any system. The poverty that I witnessed does not even match some of the miserable situations that I've witnessed in Mexico, Thailand, Phillipines, or China. Therefore, to attribute Cuba's "poor" predicament to Castro and/or its socialist system is missing the whole point altogether.

I will tell you what I did witness in Cuba-----No homeless, NO police in riot gear or military personell, whites/mulatos/blacks living, working, playing, and partying together. I saw both youth and adults able to have intelligent conversations about international conflicts and their politics. I met atheletes, doctors, performers, artists, and intellectuals almost everywhere I went. And while I also witnessed prostitution I equally saw the efforts of authorities to curtail that type of activity.

As for Cubans exiting Cuba, it cannot be interpreted as individuals turning their back on their country or it's socialist system. Cuban's aren't coming to the U.S. to be educated or indoctrinated into the capitalist orbit, but rather out of the human instinct for survival. And surely this is not just a Cuban phenomena? Cubans like the rest of America's immigrants want to enjoy the Empires's booty, the very booty that it rapes and plunders from the very places they are fleeing.

I'm not moving to Cuba anytime soon, but at the same time I would not mind at all living in Cuba or Venezuela. I am conscious about the miserable impact the U.S. has had on the rest of the world, that I'm not in love with the material wealth it has to offer and I am able to leave all this behind. Fortunately, I'm an educated individual and I'm not afraid of the rest of the world, and what it has to offer. It's a physical and mathematical impossibility to expect other countries to duplicate the American way of life and it's over consuming and excessive ways.

As much as I like to sympathize with anarchists, when was the last time anarchists won any battles or establish any type of mass popular movements? Anywhere in the world? If there's anything that will put forth a real challenge to fascism and imperialism, it's socialism/communism. It's either a dictatorship for the rich (U.S) or a dictatorship for the working class (Cuba). If communism has barely survived around the world with all its problems, anarchism doesn't stand a chance. Until that happens, I think it's somebody else who needs to get a clue on reality.

"Castro the tyrant" and other US fairytales 18.Mar.2005 21:07

ne1

The US government has spent the past 45 years trying to overthrow the socialist revolution in Cuba. Why? Why has the yankee superpower lavished such exorbitant attention and hostility on a little island republic off its Florida coast? Could it really be for the sake of its undying passion for "freedom"? If so, why are most of the political prisoners and victims of government torture in Cuba located in Guantanamo Bay, the one part of the island not under the control of Cubans?!! Why did the US support the corrupt, brutal Batista dictatorship for years before the revolution? Why does the US arbitrarily refuse to meet its own official quotas on Cuban visas (some 40,000 a year), granting only a few thousand instead, but gives automatic asylum to anyone who washes up on shore in Miami Beach with tv cameras rolling? Could this in fact just merely be yet another gigantic, Jessica Lynch-style PR stunt by the wily yankees to demonize Cuba? What better propaganda to justify destabilizing this little island republic than pointing at the supposed waves of bedraggled refugees in boats? (Millions of Cubans have relatives in the US they seek to visit, like people throughout the Caribbean, yet only Cubans are subjected to such arbitrary and politicized US policies on visas and immigration.)

The best proof Castro can give for the claim that "multiparty democracy" in Cuba would only be used relentlessly by the US to intervene in, control and overthrow Cuba's revolution is the US's own behavior. The leaders of the Cuban revolution made a strategic choice against such parliamentary democracy because they rightly judged, based on the US's despicable conduct in Guatemala and many other countries, that the revolution would never survive US intervention otherwise. Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala still represents the clearest exemplar of this reality. President Arbenz led a completely parliamentary, democratic socialist reform movement in Guatemala, with perfect freedom of speech and assembly. But he made the fatal mistake of pursuing land reform policies that would have forced United Fruit Co., personally presided over by CIA director Dulles and his brother, to pay full back taxes on its massive Guatemalan plantation holdings, or surrender them to landless peasants. It wasn't long before Arbenz found himself in US crosshairs, victims of a CIA organized proxy army and invasion by fascist coup plotter Carlos Castillo-Armas. Arbenz's fall inaugurated a massive bloodbath in the country, leading to a civil war in which rightwing US-financed and supported death squads murdered 70,000 civilians (which would be equivalent per capita to the murder of 2 million people in the US).

So who is the tyrant? Castro and the other Cuban revolutionary leaders made the right decision, sparing Cuba such a US sponsored bloodbath. Cubans have paid a steep price for it, yes. Cubans lack freedoms that none of us would readily choose to part with. But would the alternative really be better? Living under a neocolonial banana republic like Guatemala, with perpetual and endemic crime, poverty, and starvation is not preferable. We hear an earful of US government propaganda constantly about "Cuban refugees," but how often do we hear about the endless and continuing (and vastly larger) stream of Central American refugees, victims of US neocolonial economic and political policies?

wanted to know 13.Dec.2006 16:20

born supreme Usla7@yahoo.com

Why is cuba a threat to the U.S.? I have been always curious.