Caribbean Political Economy

Military Coup in Honduras: Is it against Obama too? Wim Dierckxsens et. al

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By Dr. Wim Dierckxsens (Holland).- Dr. Antonio Jarquin T (Nicaragua).- Dr Paulo Nakatani (Brazil) Dr. Paulo Campanario (Brazil).- Dr. Reinaldo Carcanholo (Brazil).- Dr. Remy Herrera (France)

It is unthinkable that the U.S. military and intelligence community had no prior knowledge of the Honduras coup. If this information was known to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, then statements made by both during the Vth Summit of the Americas were merely a cynical maneouvre to deceive regional opinion. If,   President Obama did not know about it, this means that there was illegal intervention within the USA of sinister forces in the political, military or intelligence apparatus, usurping or commanding the powers and privileges of the U.S. President with respect to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, by attacking another democratic state such as Honduras, a friend of USA, without the approval of the president. Worse still, this would imply the presence in the official state apparatus of the U.S. of subalterns –civil, military diplomatic or in intelligence– insubordination to the President of the United States.

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OAS Readmission of Cuba: With or Without Conditions? Norman Girvan

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“Imposing Conditions, O.A.S. Lifts Its Suspension of Cuba” heads the New York Times story; whilst the,   InterPress Service (IPS) says ” OAS Opens Doors to Cuba without conditions’. Which is correct?

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Port of Spain Declaration: A Critical Analysis, Mervyn Claxton

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An in-depth critique of the Port of Spain Declaration prepared for the Vth Summit of the Americas, for its failure to address fundamental issues in sustainable development from the perspective of the interests of the Global South. Discusses issues of land degradation,,   sustainable agricultural practices, ecology and agroecology, water resource depletion, lessons of the Cuban experience in sustainable growth with equity, developing a culture of sustainability, renewable energy, toxic emissions, nitrous oxide, global warming, deforestatiion, the role of traditional agroecological practices and indigenous knowledge, disaster prevention, food security, intellectual property, biopiracy, cultural heritage, creativity, and the extreme envionmental situation in Haiti. Concludes with,   concrete proposals for an Internet discussion of sustainable development practices and policies,   forr the Caribbean and initiatives that Caricom can take with respect to Haiti and,   at,   the upcoming (2010) conference,   of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development.

I strongly believe that all public policies, actions, and decisions would benefit greatly from a critical examination and that the more searching the examination, the healthier would be the society concerned and the better the quality of its democracy. I also firmly believe that such criticism is useful and valuable to the extent that it is complemented by suggestions or proposals for alternative policies/actions which are demonstrably or, at least, arguably better than those criticized.

A given public policy or action may be criticized for one or more justifiable reasons but unless that policy or action can be shown to be worse than adopting no policy or undertaking no action at all on the particular matter, and if the person who criticizes it is unable to propose feasible alternatives which are demonstrably/arguably better than the one criticized, he/she should acknowledge the possibility that the policy/action in question might be the least worse option available to the authority and, as such, does not merit outright condemnation. I have always tried to apply that principle to any criticism I make on all issues I examine, whether they concern public policy or not. It is a principle that I applied in this paper, which criticizes quite severely many if not most of the policies and actions advocated in the Port of Spain Declaration of Commitment.

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The Black Agenda Report: The US, Cuba and Moral Authority, Netfa Freeman

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Barack Obama dominates his Republican rivals here in the United States, but the international arena is a different venue, entirely. There, Obama carries the baggage of American presidents past – and any new encumbrances he might pick up on his own. Certainly, in a heads up against Cuba, the United States finds it nearly impossible to claim the moral high-ground. ” One cannot ignore that unlike in the US, Cuba regards education, healthcare and employment as rights, not privileges. It is fairly common knowledge that Cuba provides free education, from pre-k up to the university level, and healthcare to all its citizens is completely free of charge.”…

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Fostering U.S. Style Democracy in Cuba, Nelson Valdes

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Nelson Valdes, who holds PhDs in Sociology and History,,  was born in Cuba and currently directs the Cuba-L Project at the University Of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1961, at the age of 15, he was taken to the United States as part of the ” Pedro Pan” (Peter Pan) project to ‘save’ young Cubans of privileged background from the influence of the Revolution. He returned to Cuba in 1977 as a member of the Antonio Maceo Brigade and since then has been a regular visitor. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cuban magazine TEMAS.

A Modest ["Transition"] Proposal.

1. That Newt Gringrich and Sarah Palin be permitted to become Cuban,   citizens so that they may offer Cuba the proper guidance on how to set up,   political parties in the island. They will be put in charge of a two-party system. We realize that we do not need more than two parties, as you have shown the world through your example.

2. That the United States National Security Agency help the Cuban police modernize their surveillance technology so that we can better keep track of the congressmen we elect, as you do so well…

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Port of Spain Declaration or Port of Spain Debacle? Norman Girvan

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The Vth Summit of the Americas is now history. The Summit ended without the signing of the contentious Declaration that several countries had indicated contained unacceptable omissions and inclusions.Having the Declaration signed by the Summit Chairman, Prime Minister Manning of Trinidad and Tobago, was evidently a face-saving compromise to the stand-off over the Declaration’s failure to call for the lifting of the U.S. embargo on Cuba and for Cuba’s re-admission to the Organisation of American states.

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See also A Critical Analysis of the Port of Spain Declaration of Commitment, by Mervyn Claxton



ALBA Document For the Vth Summit of the Americas

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Cumaná, Venezuela, April 17, 2009

The heads of state and governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, member countries of ALBA, consider that the proposed Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons:

- It offers no answers to the issue of the Global Economic Crisis, despite the fact that this constitutes the largest challenge faced by humanity in decades and the most serious threat in the current epoch to the wellbeing of our peoples.

- Unjustifiably excludes Cuba in a criminal manner, without mentioning the general consensus that exists in the region in favour of condemning the blockade and the isolation attempts, which its people and government have incessantly objected to.

For these reasons, the member countries of ALBA consider that consensus does not exist in favour of adopting this proposed declaration and in light of the above; we propose to have a thoroughgoing debate over the following issues:

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Fidel Castro–Unseen Guest at Vth Summit, Norman Girvan

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AFP - BBC

AFP - BBC

Cuba, and in particular its former President, Fidel Castro, is already a player at the upcoming Vth Summit of the Americas. That much is evident from information coming out of Havana, Moscow, Santiago de Chile and La Paz in the past 48 hours.

On Friday 3 April, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega met with Fidel Castro and handed him a copy of the proposed Declaration of Port of Spain, which will be sent for adoption by the leaders of the 34 countries attending the Summit…

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Version Español: Fidel Castro – El huésped invisible en la V Cumbre de las Américas

See also Chair of Congressional Black Caucus says majority of U.S. Citizens against Cuban blockade Granma International

US Lawmakers meet with Fidel Castro

Obama in the Americas Summit Atilio Boron (Spanish)