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
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",
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Venezuela and Cuba working together to provide
health care and education -- in the spirit of
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