Thursday, 19. January 2017

Latin America and Caribbean

United States of AmericaThis January 12, theWhite House published a statement by outgoing U.S President Barack Obama on the ending of the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, both of which offer preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, encouraging unsafe and disorderly migration. The statement reads as follows:

Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called "wet-foot/dry foot" policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea.

wftuThe World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its class solidarity with the workers of Trinidad and Tobago State Petroleum Company, Petrotrin, who have decided to go on a strike, defending their right to a wage increase.

Foto: Ismael Francisco / CubadebateFoto: Ismael Francisco / CubadebateWorldwide, revolutionary movements, political movement, communist and socialist parties issued statements about the death of Cuban Comandante Fidel Castro. We publish here some of them.

WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos: On behalf of 92 million members of the WORLD FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS, I would like to convey to the cuban people,to the CTC, to the State and Party leadership of Socialist Cuba, our deepest condolences from the bottom of our hearts for the Comandante Fidel’s demise. He was a leader who, along with Che, along with all his comrades, fought and beat the imperialists and their instruments. For the WFTU has been the greatest honor Comandante Fidel’s own presence in its Congresses and his great speech to the delegates of the 10th WFTU Congress. For the World Working Class will always be IMMORTAL.

Hasta Siempre, Fidel

Message from the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro, notifying the Cuban people and world of the death of the late leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro:

Dear people of Cuba:

It is with deep sorrow that I come before you to inform our people, and friends of Our America and the world, that today, November 25, at 10.29pm, Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz passed away. In accordance with his express wishes Compañero Fidel’s remains will be cremated. In the early hours of the morning of Saturday 26, the funeral organizing commission will provide our people with detailed information regarding the posthumous tributes which will be paid to the founder of the Cuban Revolution.

¡Hasta la victoria siempre!

FARC-EPTo achieve the signing of this Definitive Agreement, we Colombians have lived through more than seven decades of violence, half a century of open war, thirty-three years in peace processes, five years of debates in Havana, the disenchantment of the October 2 Plebiscite and the most historic effort to achieve the majority consensus of the nation.

Comandante Timochenko during the peace agreement ceremony in Bogota. Screenshot: TeleSurComandante Timochenko during the peace agreement ceremony in Bogota. Screenshot: TeleSur

Read the whole speech of Comandante Timoleón Jiménez: Click here

In a different scenario from the previous ceremony (on 26 September) today in the Colon Theatre of Bogota, some eight hundred guests have witnessed the signature of the new Final Peace Agreement between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government.

The »sounds« of this ceremony were also different. While in Cartagena the protocol seemed to have been very strict, here in Bogota, people didn’t seem to follow »procedures« so strictly. Indeed when the presenter announced, that after the signature it would be Comandante Timoleon Jimenez, leader of the FARC-EP to take the floor, the audience erupted in a noisy and warm applause and chanting.

ColombiaThe delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP have agreed to sign the Final Agreement for the End of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace of November 12, next Thursday, November 24 at 11:00 am in the Colon Theater in Bogotá.

FARC_EPMr. President:

Few hours away from the signing of the Final Agreement between the Government that you preside and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC-EP, pain and indignation have forced us to address this public letter, so that you, also publicly, clarify and establish your position and commitment, not with the FARC, but with the Colombian people in general, in relation to the "Pistol Plan" that is being executed against popular leaders throughout the country.

friedenstaubeThe 2016 Assembly of the World Peace Council held from November 18-19 in São Luís and hosted by the Brazilian Center for Solidarity of the Peoples and Struggle for Peace (CEBRAPAZ) concluded with the adoption of the following documents.

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