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  • Watch Out Tony Blair, The Legal Noose is Tightening. “Dead-End Road” towards a War Crimes Trial? | Cubadebate (English)
    put in the public domain In the end Sir Jeremy insisted that 150 messages between Tony Blair and George Bush in the run up to the 2003 war must be censored Only the gists of the messages and selected quotes will be released Emphasis mine Former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said it was wholly inappropriate that Sir Jeremy had been involved in decisions on the Iraq Inquiry given his role as Mr Blair s Private Secretary at the time of the war 2 Sir Jeremy was Principal Private Secretary to Tony Blair from June 1999 to July 2003 and would thus have been party to every step of the scheming and untruths about the invasion and surely the plotting between Bush and Blair to attack during their April 2002 three day meeting at the Bush ranch in Crawford Texas In a surely clear reference to Sir Jeremy Heywood Lord Morris said that the saddest feature of the inquiry process was the strenuous effort of the Cabinet Office to block the committee from having access to swathes of vital documentation including notes from Blair to Bush adding Respect for good governance is undermined if Reports don t see the light of day before issues become dimmed in public memory Lord Parekh also referred to the delay caused by the dispute over access to various documents Sir Jeremy s spectre stalked the Chamber For example it took nearly a year to obtain the Blair Bush correspondence and the notes Mr Blair is supposed to have left with Mr Bush to read them and to decide whether to include them in the report Baroness Falkner was surely also referring to Blair and Cameron s ally Sir Cover Up when she said Looking at the sequencing of events it is clear that there was some kind of stand off between the Cabinet Secretary and the Inquiry team which lasted for a while it took from July 2012 to January 2015 to reach an agreement on publishing the Blair Bush correspondence And does that refer to the censored version Lady Falkner made a vital point regarding David Cameron s desire to emulate Blair in visiting a full scale Shock and Awe on another devastated country which poses Britain no threat and which would be as unlawful as Iraq I want to pick up the issue of our continuing intervention in the Middle East Let us go back to the August 2013 vote on not intervening in Syria We as a country cannot and should not make a decision on that until we know of our hand in setting that region ablaze in the first instance That is the least we owe the country Earl Attlee had hands on experience having served as a Territorial Army Officer in Iraq during the Invasion had clearly had enough of prevarications I do not believe that democratic leaders can lead a country to war without being held to account for the decisions that they made on our behalf

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/10/31/watch-out-tony-blair-legal-noose-is-tightening-dead-end-road-towards-war-crimes-trial/ (2015-12-30)
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  • Alice Walker says about Cuba | Cubadebate (English)
    continued admiration respect and love I have not read Lamrani s book but over many years I have read his Cuba dispatches I have marveled at his dedication to exposing the endless lies about Cuba and its revolution and have been thankful to see someone of such courage and skills ever standing for what is true I consider Cuba s a teaching revolution Just as in the Sixties Cuban youth took to the hills and valleys of their country to teach every single person who desired it how to read we who are facing a world crisis unparalleled in the history of humans as far as most of us know must seek to learn all we can about how to survive as human under the brutal dictatorship of banks military and economic violence and greed This book is probably a very wise start Make a comment Your email address will not be published The mandatory fields are marked Name Email Title Comment Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English 20 Mandela is dead Why hide the truth about Apartheid 11 El Paso Diary The Battle Over the Solo Fax 10 President Hugo Chavez s address to the People of Venezuela 10 Free the Five is heard at Left Forum 6 The Unsustainable Position of the Empire 5 U S government promoting Internet aggression against Cuba 5 NATO s Genocidal Role 4 The Fiftieth Anniversary Parade 4 Nato s Fascist War 4 The Wonderful World of Capitalism 4 A Brilliant and Courageous Statement 3 Series Cuba s Reasons Cuban Five El Paso Diary The El Paso Diary is written by José Pertierra an attorney who represents the government of Venezuela in its request for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles Pertierra s journals

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/10/20/alice-walker-says-about-cuba/ (2015-12-30)
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  • Cuba–US Relations: Is Resistance to the Media War No Longer Valid? | Cubadebate (English)
    kind of tyranny he was addressing do you think or was it all of them JOHN ALLEN Well I think it s all of them and more Because what you just mentioned were church state tensions vis à vis a government And you re right in Cuba it takes a very certain form than it does in the United States but tensions in both places TAPPER That s literally a tyranny as exact to figure it out ALLEN Metaphorical tyranny sure TAPPER Yes It seems that even the Vatican expert was not that interested in pointing to Cuba In fact he did not raise Cuba Thus pushed to the wall by Tapper the Vatican expert indicated it was only tyranny in a metaphorical manner not literally applicable Perhaps that was his polite way to register disagreement with Tapper as the terms metaphoric and literal are opposites In any case I tweeted to Tapper Why did you say today that the Pope may be referring to Cuba when he mentioned tyranny CubaUS PopeInPhilly Tapper did not respond On October 2 I tweeted Tapper The debate is over and so is the Papal visit How about letting me know about your constructive criticism in reference to the September 8 article He never responded Let us be clear that Tapper is not representative of CNN USA in the post December 17 2014 period that is since Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama publicly announced the reopening of embassies For example when another CNN anchor Chris Cuomo covered the Papal visit in Cuba from the island Cuomo never made any derogatory comments about Cuba and its political system or leaders In fact CNN is part of the new move in some media to convert the image of Cuba in the eyes of the world so that it is no longer seen as the demon but rather as a sympathetic friend and a very trendy place to visit So what is the issue with Tapper Why does he stand out even among CNN anchors Is there a missing link Yes there is and it was discovered only after the September 8 article When my piece was tweeted it got an immediate and very favourable response from other Twitter accounts These Twitter users consist of organizations such as Cuban Americans for Engagement CAFE and mostly individual Cubans residing on the island and other Cubans living in the US These social media exchanges go back to August 15 17 2015 just one or two days after the flag ceremony in Havana This Twitter debate predates mine and so I owe it to them for providing the missing link Here is a transcript of some of these tweets First salvo jaketapper went to Cuba not as a journalist but as propagandist of USembargo groups He should say it openly Second tweet No doubt especially after reading BurgosGOP immediately cheerleading him on Who is BurgosGOP He is Alex Burgos Communications Director for US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/10/16/cubaus-relations-is-resistance-media-war-no-longer-valid/ (2015-12-30)
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  • Venezuela is capable of solving its own problems, without interference | Cubadebate (English)
    OAS based in Washington and in its death throes and other nations under its control to find the guilt ones of course the nations it considers adversaries far from finding a negotiated solution to the conflicts Precisely the OAS tried recently in Washington to achieve unsuccessfully to blame Venezuela for the problems along it long and complex border with Colombia The plan Made in the USA was organized to attack another flank of the Bolivarian Revolution with its intent in Guyana while delaying the peace negotiations for the Colombian people The United States couldn t care less of a prolonged internal war in Colombia one of the Latin American with most military bases as also Peru but much definitely manage to overthrow the revolutionary process in Venezuela Washington is desperate as well as its buddies in Latin America and some governments to overthrow President Maduro faithful follower of the integrationist ideals of Hugo Chávez and thereby frustrate the processes of change and unity in the region However it does not realize that the unfavorable correlation of forces for its unfortunate nightmare to continue dominating its backyard has decided to solve its difficulties without the interference of the Pentagon and its principal instrument of domination its now defunct OAS Moral of the story With CELAC UNASUR and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America ALBA neither the United States nor the OAS have any excuse to be invited neither in the conflicts or feasts of Our Large Homeland By Patricio Montesinos Make a comment Your email address will not be published The mandatory fields are marked Name Email Title Comment Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English 20 Mandela is dead Why hide the truth about Apartheid 11 El Paso Diary

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/09/24/venezuela-is-capable-solving-its-own-problems-without-interference/ (2015-12-30)
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  • Reality and dreams | Cubadebate (English)
    back the Troy ounce with the value in gold of its paper money The measure ordered by Nixon violated the commitments made by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt According to a large number of experts on the subject the foundation of a crisis was created which among other disasters threatens to powerfully batter the economy of this model of a country Meanwhile Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages which have reached many millions of dollars as our country has denounced throughout our interventions in the United Nations with irrefutable arguments and facts As has been expressed with clarity by Cuba s Party and government to advance good will and peace among all the countries of this hemisphere and the many peoples who are part of the human family and thus contribute to the survival of our species in the modest place the universe has conceded us we will never stop struggling for peace and the well being of all human beings for every inhabitant on the planet regardless of skin color or national origin and for the full right of all to hold a religious belief or not The equal right of all citizens to health education work food security culture science and wellbeing that is the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world is what I wish for all To those who share all or part of these same ideas or superior ones along the same lines I thank you dear compatriots Fidel Castro Ruz August 13 2015 1 23 a m Make a comment Your email address will not be published The mandatory fields are marked Name Email Title Comment Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/08/13/7445/ (2015-12-30)
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  • Walking New York With Cuba’s Revolutionary Poet | Cubadebate (English)
    live in solitude and inhabit it with those who build You have seen this city in a thousand and one forms in the Woody Allen films that came to the theater in your small town You heard it in a song Moon River when it was the voice of a woman with a guitar and freshly washed hair at the window in Breakfast at Tiffany s The Big Apple is also an open air film set you shoot aerials panoramic vistas kisses on Fifth Avenue King Kong cradling Ann Broadway musicals bank robberies the neon lights of Times Square We all have in our memory an inexhaustible city in this cluster of islands bought from the indigenous people in 1626 by the Dutch and which they called New Amsterdam but not for long The English seized it from them in 1664 and gave it its definitive name And since New York is New York monumental classic modern avant garde lyrical Hollywood esque capitalist imaginative and rebellious sketching a route through its streets depends not on what you want but on time That flag as a sign of conquest and that hateful gesture is not New York they tell you and now you re getting on the subway it s as if you ve paid for admission to the great human comedy It s not just that you see the face of the world you re told that one time a passenger on the train started to yell Does anyone here speak English and no one turned around Those tunnels that bore through all of the city s subsoil which harbor all of the faces and all of the languages on the planet is the place where segregation breaks down and where you are certain that there is no apocalypse for you although you live surrounded by its signs The faces of the poor rich old adolescent black white those from New Jersey from the Bronx or from Soho should be visible underground They can travel sitting side by side the Wall Street yuppie who drove the price of an orange through the roof in all the markets of the world and the man who lost his meager harvest and ended up cleaning the bathrooms of the Stock Exchange It moves you to sit beside a young woman who will cross all of Manhattan after cleaning a boxing gym She tells you that she s from Puebla that they caught her when the tried to enter the United States at the border and later they released her that she has two undocumented daughters who won t be able to go to college and that her husband works in construction While she converses she distractedly jiggles a book that she obviously was reading before starting this dialogue Surely no one will believe you when you tell them the title she has in her hands is The Power of Dreams You end up where you started asking yourself the same questions from the

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/08/12/walking-new-york-with-cubas-revolutionary-poet/ (2015-12-30)
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  • US / Cuba Relations: What Would Constitute Normal? | Cubadebate (English)
    Washington to want a reputation as a great defender of human rights It s not normal for the United States to imprison without due process or civil rights dozens of persons in Guantánamo as well as torturing them in Cuba It s normal for the United States to have an embassy in Cuba even a large one located in prime real estate on the famous Malecón overlooking the bay in Havana It s not normal for the United States to occupy against the wishes of the Cuban people a large swath of Cuban territory in the province of Guantánamo It s normal for the Pentagon not to invade or send military drones to Cuba It s not normal that Washington earmarks a 30 million budget for fiscal year 2016 for a project whose declared purpose is to remove the government of Cuba from power It s normal for Mississippi to be one of the 50 states of the US It s not normal for Washington to assume that it has jurisdiction in Cuba as well It s normal for the US to do business with Cuba but it s not normal for the US to intervene in her internal affairs It s normal for Washington to condemn terrorism It s not normal that it protect in Miami dozens of terrorists including Luis Posada Carriles who have committed heinous crimes against civilians in Cuba The US blockade against Cuba is a relic of the Cold War whose days are numbered President Obama s new Cuba policy announced on the 17th of December is a chronicle of the blockade s death foretold And it unleashed a torrent of enthusiasm from American businessmen who want to make money by investing there Businessmen will pressure the Congress to lift the Helms Burton law that codified parts of the blockade But let s not be naïve In order to truly say that relations between the US and Cuba are normal Washington must understand that Cuba does not belong to it that it is a violation of international law for the US to try and foment regime change in a foreign country and that Cuba must and ought be respected for what it is a sovereign nation President Obama s Cuba policy is a seismic shift in strategy for the United States The old policy did not work It is long past its expiration date said Obama in his most recent State of the Union speech before Congress When what you re doing doesn t work for fifty years it s time to try something new What is the end game for the United States regarding Cuba What it is it that US Presidents wished had worked Clearly the major premise of Washington s Cuba policy was always regime change It failed and the Cuban Revolution remains strong That is why President Obama said that Washington should try something new Perhaps business can do what isolation could not Engagement is the new strategy to try and

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/07/15/us-cuba-relations-what-would-constitute-normal/ (2015-12-30)
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  • “We are all Diosdado” | Cubadebate (English)
    They are accusing him of being linked to international drug trafficking a slanderous and yet unproved charge rapidly echoed by hundreds of newspapers and other media from all over the world Who is Diosdado Cabello and why is he under attack Ever since he was a young officer he joined Hugo Chavez in the struggle against the abuse and corruption that marked the Fourth Republic and after that in the peaceful transformation conducted by the Bolivarian Revolution He played a key role in the popular movement of resistance that thwarted the fascist coup in 2002 and returned Chavez back being head of State for which he had been democratically elected by most Venezuelans In a clumsy maneuver to divide Chavismo and following Chavez s unfortunate death the same hardcore right wingers who are now vilifying him tried to make him President of the Republic but he adamantly refused Diosdado Cabello gave a remarkable example of revolutionary firmness and spirit of unity proving that he is moved by flattery no more than he is by threats Neither the conservative right nor imperialism forgives his attitude as it embodies the will of a people bent on remaining independent and sovereign by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada Make a comment Your email address will not be published The mandatory fields are marked Name Email Title Comment Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English 20 Mandela is dead Why hide the truth about Apartheid 11 El Paso Diary The Battle Over the Solo Fax 10 President Hugo Chavez s address to the People of Venezuela 10 Free the Five is heard at Left Forum 6 The Unsustainable Position of the Empire 5 U S government promoting Internet aggression against Cuba 5 NATO s Genocidal Role 4 The

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/opinions/2015/05/29/we-are-all-diosdado/ (2015-12-30)
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