[Marxism] Cuba Tells Ottawa It Can Help In Americas
elishastephens at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 21 14:43:25 MST 2007
"Canada has compiled its own list of alleged "terrorist" organizations
(it includes Hamas, the elected governing party in the Palestine
territories), but that list does not include any of the anti-Cuba groups in
the U.S. that openly boast of their terrorist activities in and against
Precisely a point that was made by Livio Di Celmo, brother of the murdered Fabio
Di Celmo (murdered in a Havana hotel bombing organized by Posada), and something
he is intent on agitating about (you can listen to him make this point in two
different talks here:
Also of relevance to a discussion of Canada's foreign policy is the case of
antiwar and Cuban Five activist Alison Bodine, summarized here
(http://www.freethefive.org/updates/Solidarity/SLAlison111307.htm), who has
recently (read latest update here http://alisonbodine.blogspot.com/ ) been
banned from Canada for two years (she's a U.S. citizen).
Switching to the U.S., but sticking with Josephina Vidal, she made this
trenchant observation at the Cuban Five solidarity conference in Toronto: twice
in recent years, when the Republicans were in control of Congress, the Congress
(both houses) passed a repeal of the travel ban to Cuba, but then, almost like
magic, that portion of a larger bill vanished when the bill went to conference
committee to resolve "differences" (which in the area of the travel ban did not
exist) between the House and Senate bills (see, for example,
Democrats claimed at the time that this was the doing of the Republican
leadership, who control the conference committees, and that this would change
once they were in the leadership. And, as she pointed out, they HAVE changed.
Since the Democrats have been in power, THEY HAVEN'T EVEN BROUGHT THE TRAVEL BAN
UP FOR A VOTE (even though with fewer Democrats in Congress they had enough
votes to pass the repeal!)!
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