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Another New YorkTimes Psyops? "‘It Is Unspeakable’: How Maduro Used Cuban Doctors to Coerce Venezuela Voters", 3/17/2019  ¿Otra operacion psicológica del The New York Times?  Chantaje con medicinas: Cómo Maduro usó a médicos cubanos para presionar a los votantes.  Pathological Deceit: The NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela’s Cuban Doctors 3/27/2019 Orinoco Tribune. Best exposé to date.

El Capitulo III de la Ley Helms-Burton y el preludio de la guerra en America Latina. 13/3/2019 de Alberto Jones

La comedia de Donald Trump en Miami, 2/13/2019 de Alberto Jones

CANVAS, Gene Sharp, Venezuela and Cuba: Serbian CANVAS leads US efforts to overthrow governments they disapprove of.

Why Venezuela’s Chavistas are fiercely loyal to Maduro, despite economic crisis  2/22/2019 PBS: "We will arm men and women, so that no Yankee boot steps here, and he who does, dead he will be."

Movimiento Panafricanista realiza conversatorio en defensa de la Revolución Bolivariana 2/22/2019 Gobierno Bolivariano: "Este viernes, desde el Centro de Saberes Africanos, Americanos y Caribeños en Caracas, se realizó el conversatorio “Primer Encuentro Panafricano en defensa de la Revolución Bolivariana”, a cargo de su fundador y presidente, Reinaldo Bolívar y del coordinador nacional del Movimiento Federal Panafricanista de Guinea Bissau, Djalo Mamadu Djabi."

White Supremacy and Patriarchy in India: a neglected field of study that could give a much greater time depth to our work, 12/2018 Why white supremacists and Hindu nationalists are so alike  12/13/2018 Al Jazeera. Savitri Devi: The mystical fascist being resurrected by the alt-right  10/29/2017 BBC: "Savitri Devi's work forms part of the history of both India's Hindu nationalists and the European and American extreme right."

¿Y DESPUES DE LAS NUEVAS MEDIDAS SOBRE EL CUENTAPROPISMO QUE VIENE?  12/11/2018 Esteban Morales: "Pero si seguimos como vamos, podemos caer exhaustos en los brazos del capitalismo y no en el de Suecia, sino en el que nos corresponde como país pobre y subdesarrollado, lo que ocurrirá si el país no se mueve rápidamente hacia adelante. Pues no es posible continuar con un crecimiento tan magro del PIB, como el que se ha alcanzado en los últimos años y el que nos espera en el 2019."

Rogelio Martínez Furé: “Debemos recuperar no solo la memoria, sino también el olvido”  5/16/2015 Jiribilla: "Hay mucha gente que nació en Cuba pero sigue padeciendo el síndrome de creerse europeo en el exilio, por tanto no me extraña que haya quienes no acepten la música de origen africano  y contenido ritual porque tampoco aceptan el punto guajiro. Espiritualmente, psicológicamente… son simples epígonos del eurocentrismo. A mí no me sorprende que suceda. Por supuesto, hay muchas otras que darían cualquier cosa por haber nacido aquí." Ver Rogelio Martínez Furé.

Alberto Jones: El programa incompleto de Cuba con Haiti (Operacion Antonio Maceo), 7/12/2018. Regalos por la aduana, 7/12/2018

Venezuela to Offer African American Course at US University  11/21/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "The agreement between the Venezuelan consulate in New Orleans and the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to offer the “Africa and its Diaspora in Hispanic America” course as part of the topics offered by the university was proposed in 2017 by General Consul Jesus Garcia and the head of African American studies at the SUNO Dr. Clyde Robertson. The agreement to offer the university course was signed in August this year, and it is unclear when the course is due to begin."

Cuba’s Open Secret—A complex color bias rooted in colonialism continues to disadvantage those there with dark skin 11/9/2018 Pittsburgh Courrier: "Economic and virtually all other advantages historically and contemporarily accrue to White Cubans and, to a lesser extent, light-skinned people of mixed race. White Cubans overwhelmingly were the ones with the financial means to flee to the United States when the Cuban revolution began. In the decades since, many have sponsored their kin to immigrate to the U.S. and have used the remittance system to financially benefit relatives who remain in Cuba—indirectly perpetuating the economic disparities based on color."

Many Afro-Brazilians Are Bracing for the Worst After the Election of a Far-Right, Racist Candidate for President 10/30/2018 The Root: "Although Bolsonaro received votes from every segment of Brazilian society—there was a clear divide between rich and poor and black and white... Accordingly, Bolsonaro won most of his votes in the richer, whiter south, while Haddad triumphed in the blacker, poorer north. Bahia, Brazil’s blackest state, voted 73 percent in favor of Haddad."

'Brazilian Black Women Have Been the Safeguard of Democracy': Feminist Gabriela Monteiro on Fighting the Rise of Bolsonaro  10/26/2018 Jezebel: "The Workers’ Party has made many mistakes, but it isn’t because of these mistakes that the Party and their leaders have suffered this witch hunt. On the contrary, it is precisely because they touched the neuralgic spots of Brazilian society, like guaranteeing the presence of blacks in universities, rights for domestic workers, and a minimum of dignity for the working class, the rural population. Can you imagine what it is to this white elite of slave tradition to see the daughter of the maid at the university, or the doorman traveling by plane? This is unforgivable."

What’s the deal with black Brazilians who support the “Brazilian Trump”, Jair Bolsonaro, the frontrunner of the October 28th Presidential elections 10/12/2018 Black Women of Brazil: "He doesn’t want to discuss racism, because he wants you to believe that somos todos iguais (we are all equal). That the elder black lady who takes the bus to work to the house of her patroa branca (white boss) who was already born rich, is not rich because she hasn’t worked hard. If your life goes wrong in the next 4 years, with factors such as loss of labor benefits, increased taxes (for poor, of course), the military candidate will say that it’s all your fault. And you know what? It really will be."

EL TEMA RACIAL EN CUBA Y EL INFORME A NACIONES UNIDAS DEL 2018: UN BALANCE CRÍTICO.  8/14/2018 Esteban Morales: "Entre las personas y organismos que se encargan de la elaboración del Informe mencionado, existe una persistente y casi bochornosa actitud de negar, que en Cuba persisten el racismo y la discriminación racial. Considerándolos solo como “vestigios” de discriminación racial."

A PROPÓSITO DEL INFORME CUBANO SOBRE RACIALIDAD EN N.U.  8/14/2018 Esteban Morales: por Gisela Arandia - "Para acompañar al profesor Esteban Morales (1) en su comentario sobre la racialidad en Cuba, en el informe a Naciones Unidas, incluyo una reflexión que forma parte del trabajo de tesis doctoral en ciencias filosóficas que he denominado como parte de la investigación: la negación del racismo. Se trata de un síndrome político que forma parte de un fenómeno de magnitud geopolítica que se inscribe en el paradigma de naciones Latinoaméricas y el Caribe Hispano según la cual el racismo es un conflicto exclusivo de la sociedad anglosajona."

Leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro says there is no racism in Brazil; even denounced by Attorney General, is it possible that he is not racist 7/12/2018 Black Women of Brazil: "Even while you abuse, exclude, humiliate and insult black people, you insist that these things happen, not because of their phenotype, but in fact, because of their class status. If you get an education, a good job, live in a good neighborhood, send your kids to a good school, you won’t have these problems and keep proclaiming that something exists when it in fact, doesn’t is the belief system behind the myth."

This Miami parody features an actress in blackface and the audience 'loves it'  5/19/2018 Miami Herald: "A popular Spanish-language theater near Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood has been entertaining its audiences for months with a parody that would spur outrage in many other cities. One of the leading actors in the play performs in blackface. The response from most of this audience: applause and laughter. “It has been a hit and no one has complained ... on the contrary, she is one of the favorites," said Marisol Correa, who oversees the venue where the play is showing. “The character is typical of the Cuban theater, the negrito cubano, but the person is never discriminated.”"


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Debunking Western Governments & Media on Venezuela.  Also, our page on the initial steps in a potential US - Venezuela War, including an interesting analysis that highlights the world wide aspects of this conflict: Mexico and AMLO, the call for politics to avoid war

Yvette Carnell, cofounder of ADOS, American Descendants of Slavery, is on the board of PFIR, Progressives for Immigration Reform, a front group for the white nationalist FAIR, Federation for American Immigration Reform, 3/24/2019

Two days before one year anniversary of the murder of Marielle Franco, two suspects arrested; one is the President’s neighbor and his daughter dated one of the President’s sons  3/14/2019 Black Women of Brazil

El asesinato de Marielle, los vínculos políticos y las preguntas sin respuesta  3/13/2019 El Observador, Uruguay

Cuba: Reinaldo Bolívar presentó su libro África, la Historia no contada 2/12/2019 Centro de Saberes Africanos, Venezuela: "Bolívar explicó que su estudio daba continuidad a un libro anterior África Revolucionaria (traducido al wolof y al amarico, entre otros idiomas). En este nuevo esfuerzo investigativo se incluyen discursos de los fundadores africanos que antes eran casi inacesibles. “Los líderes africanos de los años 1950-70 optaron por el socialismo, lo que los convirtió en peligrosos para el imperialismo. Luego aniquilaron a los que eligieron la opción socialista”, comentó."

In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup 2/7/2019 Orinoco Tribune: by Greg Palast.

Venezuelan Intelligence Play Garcia Palomo to Dismantle Coup Last Weekend  2/7/2019 Orinoco Tribune: "Jorge Rodriguez, vice president of Communication of the Venezuelan government, unveiled a series of videos this Thursday of the confessions of Oswaldo García Palomo, colonel captured a few days ago and who was in charge of the planning of several coups d’etat against President Nicolás Maduro, which were finally frustrated by actions of the Venezuelan Intelligence."

Trump's threat to allow lawsuits against Cuba and companies investing there over properties confiscated right after the Revolution could seriously impact the Cuban economy but would likely backfire in the medium terms:` US Cuba Relations

Colonized Progressives: Why do so many progressive authors render afrodescendants invisible?  An Exploration into Characteristics and Colonialist Roots of White Anarchism 10/7/2018 Medium

The Invisibility of Protester Deaths in Poor Areas  1/26/2019 Venezuela Analysis. An area of vulnerability tied to progressives' rendering Africans invisible - "What are being promoted are small concentrations of violence in popular sectors in order to symbolically and materially undermine the main base of support of the government."  John Bolton Says Ultimate Goal In Venezuela Is To Take Their Oil 1/26/2019 Crooks and Liars

Is the US Orchestrating a coup in Venezuela? 1/23/2019 Real News Network: best description so far of the realities underlying the coup attempt.

La primera experiencia cubana en Africa: Argelia (1961-1965) 10/1/1998 Temas:  por Piero Gleijeses, autor de "Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976"

Brazil's New Minister: Boys Wear Blue and Girls Wear Pink 1/4/2019 teleSUR: "Brazil's new Minister for Women, Family, and HumanRights threatens the LGBTQ community." [The Israeli flag is the backdrop, showing the alliance between the Israeli right and the evangelicals, which is driving a lot of conflict throughout Latin America as they seek to firm up colonial settler culture.]

The Christian Right and the dangers they pose across the Americas and Africa.  Avant le déluge: El Salvador election will drive more asylum-seekers north  12/17/2018 Wayne Madsen Report: " In every country where leftist governments are plagued by right-wing insurgencies—Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba—the right-wing forces are backed by the Israelis and U.S. fundamentalist groups."

Five Signs the Florida Democratic Party Still Doesn't Get It  12/16/2018 Miami New Times: "Andrew Gillum was a strong candidate for governor. Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott were grotesque, cretinous candidates and seemingly awful human beings. Everything looked so easy. So of course the Florida Democrats blew it. They're the Florida Democrats! They're a group of party apparatchiks and generally privileged white people who treat political representation like a club and a hobby instead of seeing politics as the dire, important, often-life-altering issue it is. The party is staffed by people who reward those who stress loyalty and tradition over good ideas."

Cuba's new constitution. El proyecto de constitución en Cuba. 12/9/2018

¿El Decreto 349, censura o no?  ¿Repite Cuba los errores que cometió con el rap? 7/12/18 Decree 349, censorship or not? Is Cuba repeating the errors it made in dealing  with rap? 12/7/18.

The darling of the Republican Party in Florida, Enrique Tarrio, the AfroCuban president of the Miami chapter of the alt-right and white nationalist organization Proud Boy, worked with and was photographed with Gov Scott, Roger Stone, Miami GOP Chair Diaz, and Congressman Diaz-Balart.

Censored Documentary Exposes Israel’s Attack on Black Lives Matter  9/12/2018 Black Agenda Report: "When the Movement for Black Lives released a platform in August 2016 that supported the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement and identified Israel as an apartheid state engaged in a project ofer genocide against Palestinians, the Israeli government snapped into action. Previously unreleased footage from Al Jazeera’s censored investigative documentary, “The Lobby -- USA,” shows Israeli diplomats complaining about the Black Lives Matter “problem” and boasting about their cultivation of established black civil rights activists as pro-Israel proxies. The footage also reveals how the Israel lobby orchestrated the sudden cancellation of a Black Lives Matter fundraiser at a New York City nightclub."

¿Dólares “inocentes” a las ong´s para reventar Cuba desde adentro? 12/27/2017 tercera informacion: Se aplica al CIR, el Comite de Integracion Racial - "Uno de muchos ejemplos del aporte económico del NED (National Endowment for Democracy, La Fundación Nacional para la Democracia) para las organizaciones contrarevolucionarias cubanas, en este caso canalizado y facilitado por el funcionario de la OEA, el costarricense Carlos Quesada."

For 9 Hours, Cubans Got Internet in an Unusual Place: Everywhere  8/15/2018 NYT: "On Tuesday, the Cuban government tested wireless internet directly on mobile phones nationwide for nine hours. The internet was free for the duration of the test, but Etecsa plans to sell mobile phone plans that include internet service."

Trump Reportedly Loosens Rules of Engagement on American Cyberattacks, Reversing Obama-Era Restrictions  8/15/2018 Slate. This risky plan will endanger people all over through infrastructures made vulnerable that criminal gangs will exploit.

Leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro says there is no racism in Brazil; even denounced by Attorney General, is it possible that he is not racist?  7/12/2018 Black Women of Brazil: "Even while you abuse, exclude, humiliate and insult black people, you insist that these things happen, not because of their phenotype, but in fact, because of their class status. If you get an education, a good job, live in a good neighborhood, send your kids to a good school, you won’t have these problems and keep proclaiming that something exists when it in fact, doesn’t is the belief system behind the myth."  [The white right and left both agree that class is more important than race. Bolsonaro is the Trump of Brazil, far right and backed by evangelicals.]

Colombia: Black Communities Ask for a Way Forward in the National Peace Agreement, 6/8/18. AfroColombians and indigenous groups are left out of the political process, while white supremacy is a major driver of the conflicts there. Both the left and the right render Africans invisible, despite their being 25% of the voters. Indigenas represent another 3.5%.

Mexico's Color Line and the Cultural Imperialism of Light-Skin Preference  5/26/2018 Truth Out: "I thought the Mexican reality would have been opposite of the United States'. Bewildered, when I inquired, even the Mexican revolutionaries explained that racism was a US problem: a product of its history, not Mexico's. Rather, Mexico was afflicted with a deep-seated classism, not racism, they said."

Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote  4/23/2018 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: "Support for Donald J. Trump in the 2016 election was widely attributed to citizens who were “left behind” economically. These claims were based on the strong cross-sectional relationship between Trump support and lacking a college education. Using a representative panel from 2012 to 2016, I find that change in financial wellbeing had little impact on candidate preference. Instead, changing preferences were related to changes in the party’s positions on issues related to American global dominance and the rise of a majority–minority America: issues that threaten white Americans’ sense of dominant group status."  See our What motivates Trump voters?  White supremacy turns out to be the main motivation. What is derogatorily called "Identity politics" matters.

Lula y el «crimen» de la izquierda 4/5/2018 Granma: Seria importante incluir la dimension racial del conflicto en Brazil, donde la supremacia blanca escondita es un motor importante de la derecha, igual que en Venezuela y los EEUU. Reconociendo esto, se mobiliza a mas gente.

¿Qué fue del Movimiento Afrocubano en el 2017 luego de su transitar del II Coloquio a Harvard? 4/3/2018 Afromodernidad.  Una nueva edición del blog de Alberto Abreu.

The defense of slavery was the main motivation for the South's rebellion against abolitionist England in the American Revolution. The North acquiesced and John Adams did the deal. The much vaunted American "liberty" and "freedom" were code words in the South. Defense of slavery was also the main motivator at the Alamo in the Texas rebellion against Mexico

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