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Archive for October 16th, 2006

From Terra.es (link in Spanish):

This statement was issued in Miami by Igor Blazevic, an activist from “People in Need”, a Czech organization who supports the Cuban internal dissidence, during one of the sessions which took place in the “Meeting about the Transition till Democracy in Cuba”. Several US Senators and political leaders from South America and central and East Europe attended the meeting.

Blazevic said he was “frustrated to see how the Cuban internal oposition has been betrayed by EU many countries” and underlined that “the repression (in Cuba) continues very hard, as the imprisonment because of very minimal causes”. Even considering this, though in Europe it’s widely believed that the civil society does not exist in Cuba, it has experienced a growing process and now it has more image“, he added.

“There is growing sentiment of solidarity towards Cuba”, but ” at the same time there is a “cruel and accomplice silence” from a lot of countries regarding the abuses that happens in everyday life“, stated the US Congressman of Cuban origin Díaz-Balart. Regarding the possible contribution of the Cuban exile to the transition process in Cuba, Díaz-Balart said that the exile has profited from the freedom of the US political system to understand with maturity and serenity” the democratic model.

“We are regarding the end of tyranny”, said Armando Pérez Roura, General Director from the association Unidad Cubana, which groups more than twenty organizations from the Cuban exile.

When referring to Raúl Castro, who is governing Cuba since his brother Fidel was operated last July 31st, Pérez Roura said that the Cuban exile “will not accept succession”, “that will be the same tyranny”.

Manuel Vázquez Portal, Cuban journalist and ex-political prisoner, said that “Cuba can enter a wave of brutal repression” and added that this is a momment for “intelligence, balance and sagacity”.

An example of this growth of the civil society, is the new newspaper: La Primavera de Cuba (Cuba’s Springtime) (via Babalu Blog and Free Thoughts).

 In the “Who are we?” page from the newspaper they say that it has the “vocation to contribute in the task of making possible and consolidating the open, independent and solidarian spaces by which can flow the wills who are compromised with the promotion and development of the values and principles of democracy in Cuba”.

And one photo that has really astonished me: not having hot water is not a problem:

 

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Venezuela is running for a UN Security Council, after defeating Guatemala in Monday’s elections for five open UN Security Council seats.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, up for reelection in December, has campaigned hard for the seat in 2007-2008, sending assistance to Latin American countries as well as contributing to food aid in Africa.

And Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro left no doubt during a visit to the United Nations last month his government sees the race as one against the United States.

“Our debate is not with Guatemala,”‘ Maduro told reporters. “Our debate is with Secretary of State of Condoleezza Rice. We are calling for an end to the unipolar world that has been so damaging.”

According to a report of Forecast International (link in Spanish), consulting firm of the militar industry and global intelligence, the self-named “revitalization plan” of the three components of FAN (Venezuelan National Force in Spanish), could cost around $30,700 millions during the period 2006-2012. The cost can double itself if it continues till 2020 and Chávez is still on power, according to a study by Brazilian newspaper O Estado. This way Venezuela would lead the list of countries buying weapons in this decade. smile_sad

Among all the equipment, Chávez is searching for, there are 150 supersonic airplanes, between 10/15 missile-launchers’s submarines, 138 ships, radar defense systems and around 600.000 bombs, both commons and intelligent, guided by lasers and GPS.

The Venezuelan Government has already spent $3.000 millions as part of this revitalization plan, for the acquisition of, among other equipment, war-airplanes Sukoi, 100.000 Russian rifles AK-103 and AK-104 and a tridimensional radar system of Chinese fabrication, which cost $150 millions.

Chávez has defended in his program “Aló Presidente” (Hello, President) of last week, this plan to revitalize the Venezuelan Army, saying that the program is basically defensive and that is just a consequence of their sovereignty, because of the “possible” invasion of the country by USA.

Opposition candidate, Rosales, has remarked that this could be a foolish act, taking into account the levels of unemployment and poverty nowadays Venezuela has. 

There are also experts who point out that Venezuelan purchases of weapons are far greater than the ones made by Colombia, Brazil or Chile, what can lead to a arm race in the region.

So where is the love?

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I’m the Blog of the Day!

I'm a Blog of the Day!

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Thanks, Rob!

 

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