Though the unconventional warfare manual is notable for stating so openly that “independent” financial institutions like the World Bank and the IMF are essentially extensions of U.S. government power, analysts have noted for decades that these institutions have consistently pushed U.S. geopolitical goals abroad. Ecuador – whose current president has sought to bring the country […]
To all those who share our sense of urgency about the worsening international situation, and the grave danger that war poses for the world today, we issue this Appeal for a united and powerful response.
At this critical moment, ending militarism, aggression and war, averting climate catastrophe, and tackling poverty, social disparity and related global problems should be humanity’s top priorities. Instead, political elites, especially in the countries of the NATO alliance including Canada, are pushing the world in the opposite direction.
We are witnessing the emergence of a ‘new cold war’ and the deliberate cultivation of Russophobia and Sino-phobia, along with other forms of fear-mongering and demonization. In North America, rearmament, bullying tactics and glorification of militarism seem the order of the day. While US President Donald Trump has been particularly shrill in his attacks against peace, his Democratic Party rivals frequently attempt to out-flank him with their hawkish rhetoric. The principles of international law – respect for the full equality and sovereignty of all countries, non-interference, and the resolution of disputes through peaceful negotiation, not threats and aggression – are being increasingly violated. Important agreements such as the Iran Nuclear deal (JCPOA) and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces/INF treaty are being unilaterally cancelled.
The arms race is accelerating, and weapons systems relentlessly “modernized”. Globally, military spending is now over a trillion dollars a year, with the expanding US military budget leading the way. Foreign military bases are spreading like a metastasizing cancer, and the world’s armed forces are now the largest single global source of carbon emissions from fossil fuel consumption.
As regional and international flashpoints sharpen, the danger of global war – involving the main nuclear powers – looms ever larger. The NATO encirclement of the Russian Federation is tightening, and economic and military pressures, as well as propaganda attacks against the People’s Republic of China are growing. Backed by Washington, Israel’s rulers are escalating their repressive, apartheid policies against the Palestinian people in besieged Gaza and the Occupied West Bank. Imperialist “regime change” campaigns are targeting Venezuela, Nicaragua and other countries around the world. The US occupation of Afghanistan is now entering its 18th year, with no end in sight. Canada’s arms sales are helping the Saudi regime conduct a vicious war against the people of Yemen. Even the hopeful signs of progress on the Korean peninsula towards a peaceful resolution of that longstanding conflict are being undermined by hawkish forces inside the US Administration and the military-industrial complex.
The widespread advance of racist, national chauvinist, and neo-fascist movements is adding to global instability. The deepening economic crisis of capitalism is fuelling increased rivalries, trade and tariff wars, even predictions of another global economic meltdown. The crisis of climate change is already bringing destructive weather systems, droughts, rising ocean levels, and other dire consequences.
In the face of this rapidly deteriorating situation, Canada should and must be a voice of reason and restraint, and a principled advocate for peace and disarmament. Instead, however, Ottawa has become one of the most bellicose voices marching to the ‘drums of war’. The current Liberal government of Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland has tilted Canadian foreign and defence policies in a far-right, militarist and interventionist direction, and its bloated war budget squanders valuable resources which would be better spent on socially useful purposes. Any hope that this government would slash carbon emissions, or prioritize the needs of workers, Indigenous peoples, the poor and marginalized, seniors and youth, has vanished. Instead, Canadian military spending is skyrocketing, from the current levels of $20 billion, to a projected $36 billion by the middle of the next decade.
Across Canada, a number of useful and important peace & solidarity initiatives are taking place. But we must face the reality that overall, the peace movement in Canada and internationally today is not sufficient to address these many dangerous and interrelated threats. Unlike earlier periods – the 1980s with its huge mobilizations against the danger of nuclear war, or the early 2000s when millions protested the invasion of Iraq – the anti-war movement today is far smaller. The doctrine of “responsibility to protect”, which the imperialist powers use as a pretext for their geopolitical agenda, has disoriented and neutralized popular resistance.
Today it is more urgent than ever to foster greater cooperation, and unity of action among all of the forces for peace, solidarity and social justice. In the view of the Canadian Peace Congress, the absolutely imperative task of our times is to build powerful mass mobilizations for a decisive shift in Canadian and global politics, away from confrontation and militarism, and towards peace and disarmament. Only such a change can give the human race a realistic chance to save the planet from war and environmental disaster, and to improve the lives of billions of people.
But success requires far more than well-meaning phrases. Common action to transform Canadian foreign and defence polices toward peace and disarmament is needed now! We call upon all the diverse forces in our movement to set aside differences, unite around our shared concerns, and build campaigns to push back the threat of war and militarism, before it is too late!
The Canadian Peace Congress stands committed to this urgent and decisive goal and welcomes dialogue and joint action with any and all peace and solidarity groups and other concerned organizations and movements to help work for its realization.
Issued by the Executive Committee, Canadian Peace Congress
We invite you to share this Unity Appeal with other activists and concerned organizations, and we would welcome your thoughts and suggestions. You can reach us email@example.com, or through the post at Box 73593, Wychwood PO, Toronto, ON M6C 4A7
Drawings, dances and words from kids are all part of book written in a day
Abena Atwell-Rodney has grown up knowing that black people in Canada “weren’t treated right.”
Now, she’s hoping that a book she created with a group of about 30 other kids from Nova Scotia will help change that.
The book is called R Is for Reparations, and was written in one day in February 2018.
Kids from the black community helped write the words and create the illustrations.
One year later, during Black History Month, the book was released to the public.
Abena Atwell-Rodney is a 10-year-old from Halifax who helped write R Is for Reparations. (CBC)
“I was part of something that’s really amazing. And really fun to do,” said Abena.
It’s an alphabet book, with every letter from A to Z having a different message about African-Canadian history.
Reparations is an international movement which seeks to repair and compensate black communities for the historic injustices of anti-black racism.
It’s a word kids like 12-year-old Chika Tie are now very familiar with.
“It’s when you give back to black people for the slavery and stuff,” said Chika.
Her 10-year-old sister, Amara, has a similar perspective.
“It wasn’t fair that black people had to go through that,” she said. “We should learn more about [black people] and how they survived through all those hard times.”
Amara and Chika Tie have learned the importance of reparations for the black community in Nova Scotia and around the world. (CBC)
Topsy Olatunj, 10, said she is happy to have participated in the writing of the book, and to be sharing it with other kids.
“I usually read books made by other people. And so having … to read a book that I contributed to … is really special and really exciting,” she said.
Topsy Olatunj said she learned about the good things that African people have done in Canada while writing the book. (CBC)
The creation of R Is for Reparations was led by the Nova Scotia chapter of the Global Afrikan Congress.
Its chair, Lynn Jones, said it’s important for Nova Scotia to be part of the movement.
“People in Nova Scotia are the original African people in the whole country, having arrived here in 1604,” she said. “What better place than here to begin that reparations quest in the country?”
On 12th March 2019 , the Council of the powerful 28-nation European Union (EU) placed 15 small developing countries on a so-called “BLACKLIST” of what it calls “non-cooperative jurisdictions” as a prelude to imposing crippling punitive measures and sanctions against these nations and their International Business industries. These countries include Barbados, Belize, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago.
What the European Union Council considers these territories to be “non-cooperative” about reveals the raw exercise of power by the strong over the weak! In this case, the unlawful intention of the EU is to impose its tax policies upon other sovereign independent non-European nations through oppressive strong-arm tactics– to the disadvantage of those sovereign, independent non-European nations.
So far as the European Union (EU) is concerned, the targeted countries must either surrender to the EU’s demands to raise their taxes or face dire consequences. The EU Council has specifically directed that all EU member states must “take the revised EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions into account” in relation to all matters of aid, trade, and financing pertaining to the countries on the so-called “blacklist”. In other words, those nations that do not surrender to EU tax demands are to be punished !
According to the EU Council, the lower levels of tax rates applied by these countries to both international companies and to their own indigenous companies harm the EU’s tax revenues. The theory behind this unproven contention is that EU countries are losing tax revenues because of the lower tax levels of other countries. Yet, the EU Council has never conducted or published any research to prove its claim. Indeed, the EU has operated as if it is simply enough for its Council and Commission to make this assertion for it to be true!
This claim of ‘harmful tax competition’ goes back to the late 1990s when the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD) – the club of the world’s richest countries – “blacklisted” many Third World nations because they had low tax regimes.
Eventually, the OECD– pressured from within its own councils and sensitive then to the outcry from small countries– created the so-called “Global Forum” in an effort to paint a better picture of its self-assumed authority for setting international tax rules.
The Global Forum is still dominated by OECD members, but at least it includes a number of small countries whose views have to be taken into account, albeit only within the narrow and self-serving framework set by the OECD. And the Global Forum has set rules that the Caribbean nations have largely complied with– leading, in the current era, to a relatively healthy and mutually respectful relationship between the OECD and the member states of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
But not so the European Union! Even that limited area of manoeuvre accorded by the OECD to the small states of this World appears to be unacceptable to the high and mighty EU ! Hence, the advent of the EU’s own effort to impose its will on developing countries!
Take the case of Barbados for example. The EU complained that Barbados’ practice of applying a “lower” tax rate to International Companies domiciled in Barbados and a separate “higher” tax rate to indigenous Barbadian Companies constituted an illicit “harmful tax practice”, and demanded that Barbados amend its tax regime. In response, the Government of Barbados carried out a “convergence” of the two tax rates– bringing down the tax rate applied to local companies and bringing up the tax rate applied to international companies and establishing one tax rate for all companies domiciled in Barbados. But the European Union complained that even this was not good enough for them! They charged that the single tax rate that Barbados was applying was ‘too low” , and demanded that the Government of Barbados give a “political commitment” to raise the country’s Corporate Tax rate. And when the Barbados Government– in exercise of its sovereign right — refused to give any such “political commitment”, the EU placed Barbados on its so-called “Blacklist”!
As with all such power plays in international politics, the EU has targeted the weakest and most vulnerable countries first. And, no doubt, if they succeed in bending a large number of small countries to their will, in the fullness of time they will confront more economically resilient countries.
It needs to be understood therefore that the four CARICOM countries that are currently on the list — Barbados, Belize Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago—constitute only the beginning of the targeting of the Caribbean. Indeed, other Caribbean countries would already have been included were it not for the fact that their governments have promised the EU that, by the end of 2019, they will “amend or abolish” those aspects of their tax regimes that the EU has unilaterally deemed to be “harmful”. Among the Caribbean governments that have made this promise, described as a “commitment” by the EU, are: Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia.
Ominously for Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia, it is the EU that has set the criteria for determining “economic substance” and it is therefore the EU and the EU alone that will decide whether any commitment has been met !
The sadness of all this for small countries is that this steady erosion of their rights could have been nipped in the bud. In the late 1990s, a strong alliance of small states, crying out at the advantage that was being taken of them contrary to International Law, caused the OECD ( and the EU within it) to pause. Had these developing countries remained resolute in their resistance, the picture would have been very different today.
But, the OECD and the EU reset their strategy. They picked-off governments of small countries one by one through different forms of “persuasion”. The tragi-comedy of representatives of our governments rushing to Paris and Brussels to sign away their state’s rights played out on an international stage of the absurd. Ministers succumbed to the coercion and raved to their people that, by agreeing to surrender revenues and jobs, they had shown that their countries were not “tax havens” and that they were “fully compliant with international standards”, although it was the OECD and the EU, not any international body, that was setting the “standards”.
The problem with ceding rights is that it never stops. As Richard Hay of the London-based legal firm, Stikeman Elliot, points out: “Those countries that have accepted EU dictation on design of their domestic laws to avoid being blacklisted now have a foot on the escalator – the EU will be back for more next year and in the years following.”
Back in the early years of this century many Caribbean states chose to surrender to the OECD and the EU, casting it as “cooperation” in an effort to salvage their international financial services sectors. But that “cooperation” has been one-sided and disadvantageous to the small states of the Caribbean. It is now time for our Caribbean states to stop giving in to unlawful EU demands and to fight back !
Our Caribbean nations must assert their sovereign right—as independent nations—to set their own taxation rates as they deem fit, and in accordance with their own independent assessment of their needs! And this is not merely an academic exercise in asserting and defending national sovereignty. Rather, this matter has grave implications for whether our Caribbean nations will ultimately be denied the right to possess International Business and Finance Industries, and to garner the critical revenues that these industries deliver– revenues that are needed to build and operate schools, hospitals, subsidised housing estates, public service departments, and the list goes on.
The fundamental point to be made and understood is that the EU does not possess any legal right to determine for independent Caribbean nations what their tax systems and rates should be. And for the EU to respond to Caribbean tax regimes that they do not like by unilaterally imposing economic sanctions is to breach the fundamental principles of International Law and to commit an unlawful act of Economic Warfare!
The sad reality is that the European Union is determined to destroy our International Business industries and to reserve all of this type of economic activity for the nations of the white Western World! This is a selfish, irresponsible, and illegal ambition on their part, and we must not let them succeed !
It is now, therefore, the duty of all patriotic citizens of the Caribbean who reside in countries of the European Union (EU) to organize themselves and launch campaigns of mass activism in the various capitals of the EU against these unlawful and egregious attacks on the sovereignty and welfare of the nations and people of the Caribbean!
THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW !
Lenin walks around the world.
Frontiers cannot bar him.
Neither barracks nor barricades impede.
Nor does barbed wire scar him.
Lenin walks around the world.
Black, brown, and white receive him.
Language is no barrier.
The strangest tongues believe him.
Lenin walks around the world.
The sun sets like a scar.
Between the darkness and the dawn
There rises a red star.
Langston Hughes wrote poetry, plays, and works of fiction, and in 1938 when he was 31, traveled to the Soviet Union to help make a movie about the Black struggle against segregation in the U.S. Though the movie never got made, the experience influenced his views and inspired a poem of the experience:
The poem uses the figure of Vladimir Lenin as a stand-in for the march of social equality across the world, the hope of racial and economic harmony in the world.
Though Hughes didn’t identify as a communist and claimed to have never read Marxist texts at his congressional trial led by the infamous “Red Scare” Senator Joseph McCarthy, his poem describes an awakening in the world among oppressed people of the world for justice.
Contributed by David Comissiong
Note from New YOrk Times
In June 1932, the poet Langston Hughes arrived in Moscow as a part of group of 22 African-Americans who had been hired to act in a Soviet film about race relations and labor disputes in the American South. The cast had been assembled by Louise Thompson, an African-American activist who helped found the Harlem branch of the Friends of the Soviet Union, an initiative of the Communist International. Thompson saw in the film (which had the remarkably literal title “Black and White”) an opportunity to counter the distorted and stereotypical depictions of the African-American experience that plagued Hollywood films.
Hughes echoed Thompson’s frustrations with American cinema, explaining to a friend that he was putting his faith in the Soviets because “the American Negro stands very little chance of achieving true representation” in Hollywood. The 1929 Soviet production of “China Express,” a movie about a working-class revolt on a train traveling to Suchow from Nanking, inspired confidence in Hughes and Patterson that the Soviets could make quality pictures about people of color that didn’t reduce them to minstrels.
The people’s of Latin America and the Caribbean are counting on them to honour this declaration regardless of the pressure and inducements from Imperialism.
The St Vincent and the Grenadines/Cuba Friendship Society views with alarm the deteriorating climate in international relations which threatens world peace and propels it closer to the darkest days of the Cold War and global military confrontation.
In particular, we note and condemn strongly the latest actions of the Trump administration in imposing further sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela. US Vice President Mike Pence last week announced sanctions on 34 ships, owned and operated by the state-run oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as well as two additional companies which transport crude oil from Venezuela to Cuba.
These sanctions, which also apply to two firms, based in Greece and Liberia, are part of stepped-up efforts to undermine the economies of both Cuba and Venezuela. Worryingly, these actions not only relate to differences between the USA and these two countries but also aim to pressure independent countries not to trade with countries with which the US does not agree. It is a blatant attempt to substitute might for right in international relations.
We believe that might cannot and must not be the substitute for right in international relations. The USA is free to trade with whomever it chooses, and that must also be the right of all independent nations, irrespective of size or wealth. No one country has the right to seize the assets of another, nor to deny third countries the right to enter into relations with whichever countries they might choose.
The SVG/Cuba Friendship Society also condemns the announcement by the Trump administration that it is cancelling an agreement between the Major League Baseball association of the USA and the Cuban Baseball Federation which would allow Cuban baseball players, considered some of the best in the world, to play professional baseball in the USA without having to defect from their country of birth.
It is a retrograde step which not only further contaminates US-Cuba relations but hurts the players, their families and baseball fans in the USA.
The history of Cuban international collaboration is marked by adherence to ethical precepts established in our state’s conduct and positions. Our government does not interfere in the internal affairs of any country and respects national sovereignty and international law. The hundreds of thousands of compatriots who provide their services on five continents believe in, and abide by, these principles. Thus, strengthened by these beliefs, we work in the homeland of Bolívar and Chávez.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has welcomed the second largest number of internationalist Cubans, since January 1, 1959, surpassed only by the sister nation of Angola, which lived, worked, fought, and died with a great number of our sons and daughters. Venezuela is also the country in which Cuban collaborators participate in the widest range of sectors, including sports, culture, education, communications, agriculture, the food industry, science, energy, and transportation, among others.
With the popular victory and the arrival of Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías to the Presidency, the Bolivarian Revolution put human beings at the center of its work. For the first time, many marginalized and poor Venezuelans were treated like valued citizens, with access to social programs that the government implemented, backed by 73% of the GDP investment to benefit the majority.
Thus the social missions emerged, created and driven forward by Chávez as “the soul of the Revolution,” given their inclusive, popular, participative, democratic, human, solidary, and genuinely socialist nature.
Within this context, into the heart of the people and their revolution, came Cuban collaborators. Fidel delineated the fundamental principles of the cooperation: First of all: serve the Venezuelan people well, prepare those who will follow us, and care for our brigades. These premises have been, are, and will be what guides the Cuban presence in this sister country.
Misión Barrio Adentro Salud (Into the Neighborhood Health Mission) has had the greatest impact. Our collaborators are distributed in 24 states and 335 municipalities of the country. They live in all parishes and offer services in more than 1,500 facilities. They can be found on the steep hillsides, with the poor, and just as easily on the rolling hills where the rich and middle class bourgeois population lives.
HEARTS IN VENEZUELA
Everyone knows the reality in Venezuela; assistance is based on medical ethics.No one is asked about political affiliation or payment. They are people, patients, human beings … and that is enough to sensitize doctors trained in the values of the Revolution, which speak for themselves, no inoculation is needed.
Examples abound in the daily work and at exceptional moments, such as those during the opposition thug violence (guarimbas) of 2017, or January 22-23 this year, and even more recently, on February 23, when those who suffered gunshots, blows, and even burns, both Chavistas and supporters of the opposition, were treated by Cubans at Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers, all with the same disposition and quality attention.
At these centers, after a clinical examination, the most direct, effective method of identifying an ailment, patients without distinction may undergo tests, receive treatment with medication, rehabilitation, or surgery, and, if necessary, specialized assistance in Cuba.
Supervision? Yes, it exists, but differs significantly in focus as compared to what the enemies of Cuba and Venezuela propose. As in any other part of the world, statistics are gathered, not in the mercantilist sense, but to evaluate the impact of treatment and preventative work on health and quality of life.
In the 18 years since Misión Barrio Adentro Salud was launched, 1.552 billion medical consultations have been provided, 1,473,317 lives saved, and 3,391,967 surgeries performed.
Among the 10,388 services offered are assistance to the disabled, orthodontics, ophthalmological treatments, and ongoing support for patients with chronic diseases like diabetes. In only ten years, 209,607 patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers have been treated with HebertProt-P, a high-impact product of Cuban science, which has contributed to lowering amputations to 3% among those treated, while Venezuelan statistics show that 40 to 60% of patients who do not receive the Cuban product require amputation.
Something that distinguishes the work of the health system developed by the Bolivarian Revolution through the Barrio Adentro mission – first with Cuban doctors and now with the new generation of Venezuelan community doctors in the 13,617 popular clinics – is field work, door to door, with integrated teams and the participation of other community actors, not to seek votes or apply political pressure, but to practice social medicine, that which, from the soul, cures disease.
NO CUBAN AGENTS OR SOLDIERS
Grateful Cubans remain in Venezuela, voluntarily and with a high sense of courage and revolutionary integrity. Those who fulfill a solidary duty remain united with Venezuelans in the face of aggression and threats from imperialism and its lackeys. Only those who came looking for the good life have abandoned the cause. There are no Cuban agents or soldiers on Bolivarian soil, only collaborators who value peace, love, and life, who teach and learn every day.
As in Cuba and through Mission Robinson – a name taken from the pseudonym of Simón Bolívar’s teacher – 3,095,546 Venezuelans have learned to read and write, using in this lofty cause Cuba’s “Yes, I can” method.
We can affirm with certainty that the Venezuelan people are now more cultured and freer; thinking, reasoning, and deciding their own future, thanks to the social missions of Venezuela and Cuba.
Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros has strengthened the Hugo Chávez Frías Missions and Great Socialist Missions System, reaffirming that they constitute a source of social, economic, and political power. Shoulder to shoulder, for peace and love, Cubans will always accompany you.
– No Cuban doctor denies service to a patient and much less risks the life of one to achieve political ends.
– Cuban international medical collaboration has existed for over 55 years and has a presence in 124 countries, with more than 400,000 health workers providing services.
– Since Cuban medical collaboration began in Venezuela, more than 140,000 health workers have participated, offering millions of medical consultations, while more than 24,000 Venezuelan community doctors have been trained.
– The Barrio Adentro I and II missions have brought health to the people, altruistically, as characterizes our professionals.
– Only those who support the coup from abroad would attempt to sully their honor.
– Cuban collaboration in Venezuela is an expression of the solidarity defended by Fidel and Chávez.
– More than 220,000 Cuban specialists from different sectors have served on Bolivarian soil over the years. This is the real Cuban army, not the one that coup leaders concoct.
Photo 1: John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Pres. Donald Trump and Mike Pence
Photo 2: Elliot Abrams
It would behoove Jamaica and the Lima Group countries to take lessons from Venezuela which has significantly improved the lives of citizens through the wealth which was accrued from nationalizing its oil resources and using the revenue to: improve housing, building over 500,000 houses since 2011; provide free education from daycare to university; provide free healthcare; eliminate illiteracy; reduce poverty from 70% in 1996 to 21% and extreme poverty from 40% to 7%; reduce the infant mortality rate from 25 per 1000 to 13 per 1000; and through a collaborative agreement with Cuba, restore the eyesight of 1.5 million citizens who prior to the Chavez government could not afford expensive eye surgery. According to the latest WHO data published in 2018, life expectancy in Venezuela is: Male 69.5, female 79.0, and total life expectancy is 74.1. This gives Venezuela a World Life Expectancy ranking of 88.These are just some of the achievements of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under the leadership of Hugo Chavez and Nicholas Maduro. It is the US sanctions against Venezuela that have been eroding some of the gains of the country by making it difficult for them to obtain medicines and some essential goods.
Not only did the Bolivarian Republic uplift its people, it sought to uplift the people of the entire region of Latin America and the Caribbean through the Petro Caribe Agreement, allowing our countries to purchase oil, paying 60 percent within 90 days, and the remaining 40 percent over a period of 25 years at 1 percent interest. Venezuela also provided oil at a low cost to poor people in the United States to save them from freezing to death for want of expensive sources of heat during sub-zero winters.
One thing they must remember is the famous quote from Henry Kissinger: “The United States does not have permanent friends, but permanent interests.” Even though Guatemala and Honduras are cooperating with the US in the Lima group, President Trump recently slapped harsh sanctions on them in his war against the Latin American people who are fleeing poverty and danger in their countries.
(Photo of James Finies)
Bonaire, March 15, 2019
To: Mr Edison Rijna, governor of Bonaire
Plaza Wilhelmina 1
Honorable governor Rijna,
With this letter we denounce conspiracy and extortion by the Dutch State’s interference to undermine the Bonerian press and media fundamental right to freedom of free press. Recently on March 6th,, the major leading daily newspaper of Bonaire, the Extra, on page 31, through an editorial article denounced that they were approached by the Dutch media, based on a “general media pact and agreement”, to conspire to boycott and silence Mr. James Finies, president of the civil society organization : foundation Nos Ke Boneiru Bek (We Want Bonaire Back).
Governor Rijna, a non-democratic appointed governor-institution, representing the King and Kingdom, maintaining powers above/and to over-rule the elected government, whose main duty is the legal protection of the rule of international law and as such to respect, to protect and to comply with our peoples rights. Above described gestapo tactics by the Dutch State and Dutch media conspiracy and intimidation of the local media could lead to a totalitarian or dictatorship rule if the people are not informed by free press. Mr Rijna should take note of the fact as the people if they are not informed freely, cannot make up their minds and cannot have an opinion. They will be deprived not only of the capacity to act but also of the capacity to think and to judge. With such a people you can then do what you please.
As Mr Rijna is aware that our foundation NKBB has positioned itself towards the upcoming elections advising the people of Bonaire to protest and boycott this election, to vote blank or no vote. Contrary to Mr Rijna’s press-conference urging the people to use their sacred rights to go vote in an illegal system, rejected by the people and where the power is held by the Dutch parliament in the Hague, a blank vote or no vote is internationally recognized as same, exercise of this sacred right. This “protest-vote” is to demonstrate the people’s dissatisfaction with political alienation by the imposed current political system of public entity and as rejection of the Dutch democratic trap to legitimize the 1st chamber, the Dutch senate, with the ultimate aim of legalizing the current illegal status and all imposed laws against the Bonerian peoples. Our “protest-vote” is also in solidarity with the peoples of our sister island Sint Eustatius. Statians cannot vote and are deprived from their “sacred-democratic-rights” because the Dutch government deposed the legitimate elected government in February 2018 through undemocratic abusive legislative, military and police actions and stopped the scheduled free election.
Our main request to Mr Rijna as governor is to condemn the above revelation of the Dutch state and media conspiracy and blackmail against the Bonaire free press as a serious threat and commence an investigation. Secondly, please rectify your last public statement of misinformation and tell the people of Bonaire the truth that a blank vote or no vote is also a legal exercise of their “sacred”democratic right as a “protest vote” . And finally, as Mr Rijna, inspiring initiative of promoting, voting, by writing 685 personal letters towards the first-time-youth-voters on Bonaire to go vote. It would be morally correct, a heroic act of compassion and brotherhood towards our alienated brothers of Saint Eustatius that are deprived of democracy and cannot vote to do same. You should also write 150 letters to all Dutch 2nd chamber parliament members and another 75 letters more to all members of the Dutch Senate requesting them to restore democracy back on Sint Eustatius so the peoples of Sint Eustatius can also make use of their sacred democratic right as civilized peoples in the Kingdom.
James Finies, president Foundation We Want Bonaire Back
Na: Sr Edison Rijna , gezaghebber di Bonaire Bonaire, 14 Mart 2019
Topiko: Estado Hulandes I media Hulandes taktikanan di gestapo- violashon di derecho humano di prensa liber
Honorabel Sr Gezaghebber Rijna,
Pa medio di es karta aki nos ta denunsia konspirashon I ekstorshon dor di Estado Hulandes I media Hulandes su interferensia pa mina prensa I media liber Boneriano su derecho fundamental di libertad di prensa liber. Resientemente riba 6 Mart , e korant prinsipal diario di Bonaire, korant Extra, riba pagina 31, pa medio di un artikulo editorial, a denunsia ku nan a wordu aserka pa media Hulandes, basa riba un “pakto I akuerdo general di tur media”, pa konspira I boykot I silensia Sr James Finies, presidente di e organisashon siviko sivil , fundashon Nos Kier Boneiru Bek.
Gezaghebber Rijna, un gobernado-instituto apunta i no-denokratiko, representando Rei I Reino, manteniendo podernan ariba I ku por over-rule e gobierno elegi, su deber prinsipal ta e protekshon di estado di derecho di akuerdo ku ley internashonal, kual ta ensera pa respeta, pa protega I pa kumpli ku derechonan di nos pueblo. E taktikanan di gestapo di estado I media Hulandes ariba deskribi, konspirashon I intimidashon di e prensa lokal, por kondusi na un estado totalitario o diktatorial si e pueblo no ta wordu informa pa prensa liber. Sr Rijna mester tuma nota di e echo ku e pueblo si nan no ta wordu informa liber, nan no por desidi I no por tin un opinion, I lo wordu depriva no solamente di nan kapasidat pa aktua pero tambe di nan kapasidat di pensa I husga. Ku un pueblo asina bo por hasi kune kiko ku bo lo kier.
Sr Rijna ta na altura ku NKBB a posishona su mes pa e elekshonan benidero konsehando e pueblo di Bonaire pa protesta I boykot e elekshon dor di vota blanku o no vota. Kontrario na Sr Rijna su deklarashonan den e konferensia prensa kaminda Sr Rijna a urgi e pueblo pa bai vota I hasi uso di nan derecho sagrado, no vota o vota blanku internashonalmente tambe ta wordu rekonose komo meskos, mesun uso di bo derecho sagrado. Un “voto-di-protesta” ta pa demonstra I protesta ku e pueblo no ta satisfecho, no ta kontentu ku e alienashon politiko dor di e aktual systema politiko impone di entidat publiko. Tambe pa rechasa e trampa demokratiko Hulandes pa legitimisa 1ste kamer Hulandes, ku e meta final pa legalisa e aktual status illegal I tambe legalisa tur leynan impone kontra e pueblo Boneriano. Ademas e “voto-di-protesta” ta mustra nos solidaridat ku e pueblo di Sint Eustatius ku no por vota motibu di e akshonan no-demokratiko , pa medio di poder leglisativo , militar I polisial abusivo Hulandes ku a deroka e gobierno legitimo demokratikamente elegi di Sint Eustatius na february 2018 I a apunta un gobernado no-elegi I a depriva e suidadonan di Sint Eustatius di nan derechonan demokratiko dor di blokia e elekshonan liber ku tabata di skedjel.
Nos petishon prinsipal na Sr Rijna komo gezaghebber ta, pa kondena e revelashon ariba di estado I media Hulandes di konspirashon I ekstorshon kontra di prensa liber Boneriano komo un menasa serio I enkamina un investigashon. Na segundo lugar pa por fabor rektifika e ultimo statement publiko di malinformashon na e pueblo Boneriano ku berdat ta ku vota blanku o no vota tambe ta uso di bo derecho demokratiko komo un “voto-di-protesta”. I finalmente manera Sr Rijna su inisiativo inspirativo pa skirbi 685 kartanan personal na e “hobenan-ku-ta-vota-pa-prome-biaha” na Bonaire pa bai vota. Lo ta moralmente korekto, I un akshon heroiko di kompashon I fraternidat na nos rumanan aliena I isola di Sint Eustatius ku ta depriva di demokrasia I no por vota, pa hasi meskos, I skirbi 150 karta na tur e miembronan di 2de kamer I 75 karta mas na tur e miebronan di 1ste kamer pidiendo, rogando nan pa restora demokrasia bek na Sint Eustatius asina ku e pueblo di Sint Eustatius tambe por hasi uso di nan derecho sagrado manera hendenan sivilisa den Reino Hulandes.
James Finies, Nos Kier Boneiru Bek
One often overlooked imperialist adventure was the 1983 U.S. invasion of the small Caribbean nation of Grenada.
The objective of the invasion was the consolidation of a pro-U.S. regime after the assassination of the charismatic Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.
Bishop came to power on Mar. 13, 1979, as the head of the New Jewel Movement, which staged a bloodless coup against the U.S.-friendly regime of Eric Gairy.
Bishop’s ability to connect with the Grenadian people has been favorably compared with Fidel Castro’s bond with the Cuban people or Hugo Chavez’s closeness to the Venezuelan masses.
Much like the modern day revolutionary processes in Latin America and the Caribbean, the revolutionary government in Grenada sought to build a society that favored the great majority of people.
The government built schools, led a massive literacy campaign, sought to develop the countryside and provided employment to the people. According to a 2013 article by Bill Bigelow, thanks to the efforts of the revolutionary government, in four years the unemployment rate dropped from 49 percent to 14 percent.
Don Rojas, press secretary for Prime Minister Bishop, explained the orientation of the revolutionary government in a 2004 interview with Democracy Now! in the following way:
“Maurice Bishop was attempting to empower the Grenadian people, a people who had a long history of slavery, followed by British colonialism, followed by independence in 1974. … Maurice Bishop’s vision for Grenada was of a small country standing tall and proud in the Caribbean region and in the world community. He was able to bring his message very successfully of a new way for Grenada and the Caribbean to the world, to the United Nations, to the non-aligned movement, et cetera, and received tremendous acclaim around the world at a time.”
Bishop was a firm internationalist and Grenada was perceived as a threat precisely because then U.S. President Ronald Reagan feared that other Caribbean countries would follow the country’s example.
“I think Washington fears that we could set an example for the rest of the region if our revolution succeeds. In the Caribbean region you’re talking about small countries with small populations and limited resources, countries that over the years have been classic examples of neo-capitalist dependencies. Now you have these new governments like Nicaragua and Grenada that are attempting a different experiment,” Bishop told the New Internationalist magazine in 1980.
As part of its internationalist and integrationist vision, the Bishop government also sought close ties with Fidel Castro’s revolutionary government in Cuba.
Bishop was a great admirer of Fidel Castro and held high praise for the Cuban revolution as an example for the region.
“Your revolution, comrades, has also provided the region and the world with a living legend in your great and indomitable leader, Fidel Castro. Fidel has taught us not only how to fight, but also how to work, how to build socialism, and how to lead our country in a spirit of humility, sincerity, commitment and firm revolutionary leadership,” said Bishop during a speech in Havana, Cuba in 1980.
The Cuban government sent hundreds of advisers and, as part of an effort to end Grenada’s isolation, helped build an airport on the island.
The U.S government jumped on this development project, with Reagan claiming it was actually an effort by the Soviet government to establish another foothold in the hemisphere, saying it formed part of an effort at “Soviet-Cuban militarization” and that the airport would serve as a “military bastion to export terror.”
This kind of demagoguery would later serve to help justify the U.S. invasion.
In October 1983, internal divisions within the New Jewel Movement led to a dramatic split and the detention and subsequent assassination of Bishop.
This internal chaos provided the pretext for the U.S. to order the invasion by approximately 7,600 soldiers, an overwhelming amount of troops for the tiny country.
The U.S. government intended to oust Bishop all along — they had in fact conducted a military exercise in August 1981 in Vieques, Puerto Rico, which was effectively a mock invasion of Grenada.
The disproportionately large invasion was deliberate, an effort to dissuade other revolutionary movements in the region from daring to attempt what Grenada had attempted. But to this day, Grenada’s short-lived revolutionary process is still remembered and honored.