Caribbean Political Economy

Forty Years of Cuba-CARICOM Friendship and Cooperation

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December 8 2012 marks the fortieth anniversary of the day when four independent states of the Commonwealth Caribbean, in defiance of the hemispheric hegemon, opened full diplomatic relations with Cuba. Today all of CARICOM maintains close ties of friendship and cooperation with the sister republic, which continues to maintain its revolutionary project in spite of a US-imposed blockade which has been repeatedly condemned by the overwhelming majority of the world community. A selection of items from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba commemorating the 40th anniversary.
 

Jamaica, Cuba celebrate forty years of friendship YesCuba

Citation to the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples Jamaican Network in Solidarity with Cuba

Forty years of cooperation Humberto Rosario Trinidad Express

Sandy solidarity to Cuba from UWI students Milagros Martinez

Cuba And Southern African Liberation: The Unknown Story, Isaac Saney

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Cuba’s direct, extensive, critical and decisive role in the struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa is little known in the West. As 2012 marches into 2013, we are in the midst of the 25th anniversary of a series of military engagements that profoundly altered the history of southern Africa…

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Medical Training in Cuba: A Personal Experience, Wendy Campbell

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Wendy Campbell is past Head Girl at Garvey Maceo High School in Jamaica and a final-year medical student in Cuba.  In this article she speaks of her experience  in Cuba over the past six years.
 

“As someone who benefited from the exposure to Cuba’s medical system, I would like to give back to Jamaica; I would like to use the knowledge that I have gained in Cuba to implement some of the programmes than can be implemented, especially the system of primary health care.”

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Donations for Santiago de Cuba, Norman Girvan

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Santiago de Cuba, well-known to readers of this blog as the host to the annual Festival del Caribe, was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As many as 130,000 homes may have been damaged and 15,400 destroyed in this city of 500,000 people. The city is still without electricity and running water and repair crews are being rushed from other provinces. Click here for a report on the situation in the city and here for a YouTube video on the devastation, Show your solidarity with the Santiaguerans who have shown so much hospitality to Caribbean visitors by donating through Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba; click here to make a donation.

Cuba’s new migration policy seeks to regulate the brain drain, Norman Girvan

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 Top officials, social service professionals with high-level responsibilities, science and technology professionals and top athletes and trainers; will have to wait for up to 3-5 years after applying for permission to live abroad; during which time they will be required to train a replacement.
 

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Cuba’s migration policy reform Salim Lamrani Historical context and analysis

The immigration law and Cuba’s relationship with the émigrés, Jesús Arboleya Cervera Additional Information and analysis

Cuba’s new migration policy and the brain drain, Jesús Arboleya Cervera

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Cuba’s new policy on travel and emigration, which is still a work in progress, raises questions about how to manage the ‘brain drain’ that are of interest to other Caribbean countries.

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Test of official announcement on new policy

Implications for the United States Wayne Smith

Cuba, A Healthy Island, Salim Lamrani

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Cuba, with the highest number of doctors per capita in the world, and the lowest infant mortality in all the Americas, is currently training over 24,000 doctors from 116 counties free of charge in its medical schools; and has medical training programmes in,   eight other countries . Salim Lamrani teaches at the Sorbonne in Paris.

SINCE the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, the development of Cuban medicine has been a government priority. The country is now a point of reference internationally, with Cuba, in fact, currently having the highest number of doctors per inhabitant in the world…

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Read Scholarships to the Daughters of Nanny and to the Sons of Cudjoe and of Tacky, Dellie-Ann Antoinette Green

Olympic Coverage: Another Cuban Gift to the World, Keith Ellis

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‘ Sport Internationalism’ is little known dimension of Cuba’s international mission of solidarity.

From the beginning of the London Olympic Games of 2012 to one day after the closing ceremonies, Cuba provided coverage 24 hours every day in the country, ´s language, Spanish. What is more, the coverage was entirely free of commercials…

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Scholarships to the Daughters of Nanny and to the Sons of Cudjoe and of Tacky, Dellie-Ann Antoinette Green

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Vote of Thanks delivered on behalf of Jamaican Medical Scholarship Awardees (2012) at The Embassy of The Republic of Cuba in Jamaica, June 8, 2012. Reprinted from YESCuba Newsletter of the Jamaican Youth and Elders in Solidarity with Cuba, June 9, 2012

It is, indeed, a signal honour for me to have been invited to move this vote of thanks. “Thank you” could be said as simply and as easily as this: “THANK YOU.” But might this not be rude? Would this not be an instance of brevity being most inappropriate? On the other hand, I could choose to be boring and insensitive to this wonderful audience and deliver an hour-long diatribe..

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José Martí and the Origins of Cuban Humanism, Keith Ellis

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Keith Ellis, a Jamaican, is Professor Emeritus of Spanish American Literature at the University of Toronto. This article first appeared in YESCuba, the newsletter of Jamaican Youth and Elders in Solidarity with Cuba.

Between August of 1883 and May of the following year, José Martí­, then thirty years old, published a series of essays on scientific education. In them he formulated and anticipated a policy of education for Cuba. Among the precepts that he announced in them were the following: “To be good is the only way to be happy;” “To be cultured and educated is the only way to be free;” …

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Huge Respect for Jamaican Professor in Cuba YESCuba

Cuba debates its socialist future, Marce Cameron

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Two decades after the demise of Soviet bureaucratic “socialism” and the onset of its “Special Period” crisis, Cuba is immersed in an ongoing debate on the future of its socialist project…

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Cuba: Looking Back and Ahead, Saul Landau and Nelson Valdés

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In 2012, the White House will focus on the most important of international and national issues: the re-election of the President. U.S.-Cuba policy will fall into “Next Year’s” box – or the year after that. The National Security staff reverts to its familiar positions on relations with that troublesome island: ignorance and arrogance…

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Cuba’s New Economy and the International Response, Richard Feinberg

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Published by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., this 100-plus pages paper diagnoses the main problem of the Cuban economy as ‘an outdated model of central planning’,   and argues for constructive engagement by the international financial institutions and U.S. policy makers aimed at strengthening the pace of internal economic reforms in Cuba.

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Cuba International Book Fair 2012 – An Invitation

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The 21 Cuba International Book Fair’2012 will be held from February 9th to the 19th, 2012.It will pay tribute to the Bicentennial of the rebellion organized by José Antonio Aponte against the Spanish colonial empire in Cuba and the Centennial of the Colored Independent Party members’ uprising. It will also honor our many Caribbean cultures, envisioned as a great cultural melting pot, diverse and at the same time integrated by their common history..

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Cuba, the Embargo and the Digital Divide, Sue Ashdown and Nelson Valdes

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There is a lot of discussion about Cuba and Internet access and how many Cubans are not connected to it. Oddly enough, most of the critics assume that having access is merely dependent on political will. A recent report by Nick Miroff for NPR’s “All Things Considered” was titled “In Cuba, Dial-Up Internet Is a Luxury.” The report did not address the issues of infrastructure cost; rather, those matters were disregarded…

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A Public Relations Disaster for the U.S., Norman Girvan

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Stupid, petty, vindictive, short-sighted, counter-productive, a huge diplomatic faux pas. These are the some of the words that could be used to describe the U.S. decision not to issue a special license to allow the Trinidad Hilton hotel to host the Cuba-CARICOM Summit in Port of Spain on December 8…

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Unwelcome meddling by the United States Trinidad Express

US out of step on Cuba Trinidad Guardian

Shame on the USA! Federation of Independent Trade Unions

CARICOM’S stinging rebuke to the United States Rickey Singh

Blunder after blunder Raffique Shah

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister apologises to President Raul Castro Trinidad Guardian

SPECIAL STATEMENT BY HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM AND CUBA

Declaration adopted by the Cuba-CARICOM Summit

Cuba’s Economic Guidelines: Full Documentation, Trans. Marce Cameron

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English translation of the official Cuban document that reproduces the Draft Guidelines (December 2010), the changes made as a result of the opinions of the population and other consultations, the reasons for the changes, and the final Guidelines approved at the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Sixth Congress in April 2011. A valuable resource for researchers and others with an interest in the evolution of Cuba’s socialist project.

Cuba Guidelines Debate and Analysis

Interview: Cuba’s Health Care Miracle in Haiti, Canada Haiti Action Network

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Dr. Jorge Balseiro Estevez is Director of the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Camaguey, Cuba; a member of Henry Reeve Cuban Internationalist Medical Brigade[1] and a director of the Brigade’s field hospital in the city of Leogí¢ne, Haiti. Here he is interviewed by Roger Annis of the Canada Hati Action Network, while on a speaking tour of Canada.

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State of Siege: U.S. Sanctions against Cuba, Salim Lamrani

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Interview with Salim Lamrani on his book titled í‰tat de sií¨ge. : “The Economic Sanctions against Cuba Constitute the Principal Obstacle to the Development of the Country”

The book it covers the unilateral economic sanctions that the United States first imposed upon Cuba at the height of the Cold War with the aim of overthrowing the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro…the Cold War is only a fading memory; still the United States persists in maintaining an economic state of siege that is suffocating for all levels of the Cuban population, although it primarily affects the most vulnerable sectors: women, the elderly and children…

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How would the U.S. react to a drone strike on Posada Carriles? Neil McDonald

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From CBC News, republished in Progreso Weekly

Let’s imagine for a moment that Cuba’s regime were to decide that Luis Posada Carriles deserves the same fate as Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda operative executed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last week…

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