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News Archive: 2008-2009
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A Worldwide Battle
of Life and Death. Part I, 12/25/09 Alberto Jones: "The
crisis of the Balseros in 1994 brought 35,000 Cuban immigrants to south
Florida, with a notable increase in the presence of Blacks, which lead
numerous Think Tank groups in the US to carry out a number of demographic
studies in Cuba through which they determined a substantial shift in
favor of Afro-Cubans and mixed race, which some placed as high as 62% of
the population. These findings introduced a radical change in most
counterrevolutionary groups' thinking in the United States. Where they had
shunned Blacks historically, they now found themselves actively recruiting
every Afro-Cuban they could get their hands on, hoping to promote them to
front desk activities and leadership positions.
Una Batalla Mundial de Vida o Muerte. Primera Parte, 25/12/09 Alberto Jones: "Mi mayor temor entonces y ahora, es que el objetivo central de este instrumento sectario, no es lo que de manera prominente despliega el Dr. Carlos Moore a traves de sus articulos, conferencias, entrevistas y otros mecanismos en sus ataques en contra de Fidel Castro y la Revolucion Cubana, sino mas bien, se trata de crear el ambiente propicio para introducir una cuna que obligue a los negros a alinearse con un partido u otro en esta lucha intestina."
Reverse images: The acrimonious debate on race in Cuba 12/15/2010 SF Bay View: "Is there really a civil rights movement in Cuba or is the petition merely a grandiloquent expression of Afrogringoism?"
Raúl Castro on racism and sexism in Cuba: "Personalmente considero que es una vergüenza el insuficiente avance en esta materia en 50 años de Revolución" - "Personally, I consider the insufficient advance on this matter in 50 years of Revolution to be a disgrace" 12/21/09 Granma
Dr. Darsi Ferrer Ramirez: another manipulated dissident? By Claude Betancourt, 12/20/09
Racist or Revolutionary: Cuba’s Identity is at Stake 12/18/2009 Defenders Online: Ron Walters, an eminent signer of the Acting on Our Conscience petition and a past campaign manager for Jesse Jackson, defends his choice and claims that the Cuban government is not interested in tackling the problem of racism.
Cornel West and James Early: Cuban Racism, Tavis Smiley Radio Show, 12/09 James Early recommends AfroCubaWeb for information on AfroCuban approaches to race, identity, and racism.
Reflections on Cuba, Race, and Politics, by James Early, Soul Magazine, 1999, Manning Marable, editor
El Racismo en Cuba. Una Contribucion al Debate, Por Ivan Cesar Martinez, 12/9/2009
Laying the groundwork for another 1912,
12/8/09, Alberto Jones comments on the Carlos Moore letter, "Acting
on Our Conscience." - "Approximately fifteen years ago, a well funded campaign organized by the US-AID, NED, and right-wing Cuban-American groups in south Florida and elsewhere was poised to create an Afro-Cuban/anti-Castro leadership corps, charged with fomenting oppositions groups inside Cuba disguised as Independent Journalists, Farmers, Librarians, Healthcare workers and others and to dilute the historical Afro-American support of Cuba. Evidently December 1, 2009 was their chosen D-Day.
Sentando las bases para otro 1912,
8/12/09 Alberto Jones nos hace sus comentarios sobre la carta de Carlos
Moore, "Acting on Our Conscience." Hace unos quince anos, una campana bien organizada y financiada por US-AID, NED, grupos ultra-derechistas Cubano-Americanos radicados en el sur de la Florida y en otros lugares, acordaron iniciar la formacion de cuadros Afro-Cubanos/anti-Castristas con el proposito de fomentar grupos opositores en Cuba disfrazados de Periodistas Independientes, Agricultores Independientes, Bibliotecas Independientes, Servicios Medicos Independientes y otros, ademas de debilitar el apoyo historico que las organizaciones Afro-Americans le han prestado historicamente a Cuba.
Reflections on Cuba: History, Memory, Race, and Solidarity, by Lisa Brock, Souls Magazine, Spring 1999 Manning Marable, Editor: useful in the current context.
A critical view of "Acting on Our Conscience," Melina Pappademos, 12/8/09
Response from Cuba: Message from Cuba to African American Intellectuals and Artists, 12/2/09 Mensaje desde Cuba a los Intelectuales y Artistas Afronorteamericanos, 12/2/2009
Letter from Jamaica: Rex Nettleford, Barry Chevannes, Rupert Lewis, and Maureen Warner-Lewis, 11/26/09 Jamaica's intellectual elite comes out in support of the Carlos Moore campaign.
Acting On Our Conscience - A Declaration of African American Support for the Civil Rights Struggle in Cuba, 12/09 Letter signed by a long list of African Americans, organized by Carlos Moore. Subject: Prominent black Americans condemn Cuba on racism 12/1/2009 James Early responds to articles about Carlos Moore's letter campaign among African Americans.
Challenges of the racial question in Cuba, 10/2008, Dr. C. Esteban Morales Domínguez, Member of the Academia de Ciencias de Cuba, recently translated, 12/09
The Paradox of Two Cuban Women: Irania Martinez and Yoani Sanchez, 11/26/09 La paradoja de dos mujeres cubanas, 11/26/09 Alberto Jones
The Entrenched Cuban Embargo, 10/19/09 Alberto Jones
The Handling of the Cuban Housing Crisis,
10/16/09 Alberto Jones
A Sincere and Painful Apology to the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus 5/20/2009 Black Agenda Report, Alberto Jones: "These are the real battles for justice, equality and the future of our nation, that all Cubans and Afro-Cubans especially should be waging, not siding with those who castrated our independence in 1898 or those who enabled this  massacre and kept us segregated, impoverished, ignorant until 1959 and today, are shamefully relying on the dark skin of some, willing to sell their intellect and soul to the highest bidder, by attempting to intimidate, blackmail or create a negative political scene against members of the CBC [Congressional Black Caucus], who have courageously stood by their brothers in Cuba for the past 25 years. " -- Alberto Jones, also posted on Norman Girvan and on AfroCubaWeb's Alberto Jones Column
Invoking MLK and Rosa Parks in Cuban Exile Politics, Claude Betancourt, 5/30/09: Brothers to the Rescue, Florida's MLK Institute for Nonviolence, and manipulating Cuban dissidents.
Cuba: a Recession-Resistant Nation with a Failing Economy, 7/25/09
AN URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP, 5/2/09, The Caribbean American Children Foundation
The Caribbean American Children Foundation
Newsletter #12, 4/09
Unmasking Fifty Years of Lies and a Fictitious Country That Never Was, 12/11/08
Declaracion del II Encuentro Nacional Afrovenezolano,
del 17 al 20 de julio de 2008, 19/8/08: "...Rechazar categóricamente la legislación racista de la Directiva del Retorno aprobada recientemente por el parlamento europeo. Exigir al Gobierno Venezolano a traves de sus instituciones activar el Plan de Acción de la III Conferencia Internacional Contra el Racismo. Profundizar el trabajo organizativo y formativo de los y las militantes a lo interno de la Red de Organizaciones
News Headlines - Africa, ongoing
Rich culture on display swindled from weak,
poor: a Batista legacy,
5/19/08, column in the Daytona Beach News Journal, Alberto Jones
A Region at Risk of Famine and the Need of a Survival
Strategy, 4/17/08 Alberto Jones
Celebrating the Exemplary Life of Dr. D’Adesky,
4/7/08 Alberto Jones
Extended coverage of the police riot at Edison High School, Miami, against Haitian and African American students. Cuban American Assistant Principal Perez assaults a student, police are called in to stop a peaceful demonstration and cause over 30 casualties on 2/29/08.
A Tragic Past and a Glimmer of Hope over the Horizon, 2/08, Alberto Jones
History Continues To Repeat Itself,
2/08 Another Sad Birthday,
2//08 by Alberto Jones
Coverage of Sibel Edmonds' exposé of the Turkish Russian Israeli mafia and its tentacles into the US establishment, 1/08
Centenario de la fundación del Partido Independiente de Color, 2/1/08, Cubarte, por Fernando Martínez Herredia
Sin el negro, Cuba no sería Cuba, 10/20/09, Heriberto Feraudy Espino, UNEAC
Carta a Granma, 21/10/09, Cofradia de la Negritud: "Estamos una vez más, compañero Barredo, frente a uno de los puntos problémicos heredado por una de las revoluciones -- la cubana de 1959 -- que más lejos llevó en América la demolición social del capitalismo neocolonizador y dependiente y que, sin embargo, hasta hoy, no ha podido independizarse de un canon patriótico eurocéntrico, en el que sólo los antiguos liberticidas, los señores de la propiedad y la riqueza o los entendidos en los valores librescos europeos pueden ser recordados como protagonistas de los actos libertarios y de la dignidad cívica."
Asaltado el hospital Garífuna por elementos de la Fuerza Armada, Honduras 10/7/09
Sobre Color Cubano, 10/3/09, Gisela Arandia. Color de Cuba, un espacio de encuentros sobre la problemática racial, ha desaparecido y se ha creado una Comisión orgánica de la UNEAC. Resumen de logros y problemas. Color de Cuba, a set of UNEAC working groups on race & identity in Cuba, has been replaced by a UNEAC commission. Summary of accomplishments and issues.
Cartas desde Tegucigalpa, 9/29/09 "Mataron a un número indeterminado de compañeros de la primera barricada al final del Puente Guancaste."
Venezuela: La Cumbre Africa-Suramerica, 9/23/09-9/27/09
Juan Almeida Bosque joins the ancestor, 9/11/09: Yo quiero que triunfe la Revolución para que sea el pueblo el que dé las órdenes, Marta Rojas, 14/9/09
Honduras Hospital Garifuna de Ciriboya, una colaboracion de Cuba y la EE-UU, amenazado por los golpistas. Coup regime threatens Garifuna Hospital in Ciriboya, a collaboration between Cuba and America, 9/09
Honduran Garifuna Culture Threatened by Coup 9/4/2009 New American Media: by Willie Thompson - "The Honduran de facto coup government under Roberto Micheletti plans to eliminate the Honduran Garifuna people and culture. Micheletti has rescinded the Manuel Zelaya authorization to teach in the Garifuna language in school and to teach the language itself. All scholarships to Garifuna students have been eliminated. Now, Micheletti, with no opposition from the U.S. State Department, has set Sept. 1, 2009, to take over the Garifuna built and operated hospital and fire its Latin American Medical School (ELAM) trained Garifuna physicians, including Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, its founder. Dr. Castillo Harry has been targeted for assassination in order to decapitate the Garifuna leadership.
Preocupa discriminación racial en Cuba
- Activan Cofradía de la Negritud (CONEG) para crear conciencia, IPS,
9/2/09 Racism in Cuba & the Black
Fellowship, 9/2/09 Havana Times interviews Tato Quinoñes on the
revival of the Black Fellowship, CONEG. See also the text of the 1998
Carta de Presentación introducing CONEG.
The genesis of African and Indian cooperation in colonial North America: An Interview with Helen Hornbeck
Tanner. Ethnohistory Quarterly, (Spring, 2009) American Society for
Ethnohistory by Ivor Miller
(PDF, 1.14 MB)
Tracking the success of the Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiano, 4/09
Quick Comments on Carlos Moore's PICHÓN by Walterio Lord Garnés and
David González López 2/15/2009 Walter Lipmann: "Walterio
Lord Garnés and David González López are collaborators attached to the
Centro de Estudios de África y Medio Oriente in Havana and to the
University of Havana’s Cátedra “Amílcar Cabral” de Estudios
Africanos. They have written dissertations at home and abroad and
published works about African and Afro-Cuban cultures in Cuban and foreign
Carlos Moore letter to Raúl Castro, 12/17/08 James Early: Carlos Moore's Outcast Vision and Dangerous Deceit 12/28/2009 AfroCubaWeb
Afro-Latinos in Latin America and Considerations for U.S. Policy 11/21/08 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Fifty Years of African Impact on Cuba: By David González López, Amílcar Cabral Chair. University of Havana. From Temas no. 56: 29-37, octubre-diciembre de 2008.
Coverage of US elections and the ever present vote fraud at Black Voter Net, includes Vote Fraud News. Voter suppression and vote fraud were overwhelmed by the outpouring of voter support for Obama but were very much in evidence this time around.
Spritual Warfare: Palin linked electoral success to prayer of Kenyan witchhunter 9/16/2008 London Times: "The pastor whose prayer Sarah Palin says helped her to become governor of Alaska founded his ministry with a witchhunt against a Kenyan woman who he accused of causing car accidents through demonic spells."[Mama Jane is a diviner who had to leave town as a result, though some accused witches in Kenya are burned.]
Our Russia News page tracks news about Cuba's former patron, who the neocons have embroiled in numerous disputes.
Classifieds in Cuba: Cuba's Craig's List, 9/08
Death Squad attacks Obong Palace, Cross River State, Nigeria 8/25/08 The Obong, traditional ruler of the Efik, escapes unhurt, many are wounded. Efik Ékpè lodges are ancestral to the Cuban Abakuá. Extensive photo journal of the initial attack: help identify the hoodlums, 8/25/08
Before Calabar Burns, 8/8/2008 Press Release from the Etubom Traditional Council of the Efik Nation on the murder and mayhem committed by Cross River State government backed militias, with photos of some victims. The Cuban Abakuá are Efik in origin.
Ekpo Ekeng, youth leader of Cobham Town and member of Calabar Mgbe (Ékpè), is interviewed on the recent events in Calabar, 8/08
Constitution of the Calabar Mgbe, 7/08 This Cross River, Nigeria, organization has as goal reunion with all Ekpe, including those in Cuba (Abakuá).
Gov Liyel Imoke sacked, 7/15/08, Vanguard: Cross River State Governor Imoke was hostile to the Obong of Calabar, who has a history of working with his fellow Ekpe members from Cuba.
Traces of the Trade: story of the Rhode Island based DeWolf family, the largest slave traders in the history of the US, produced by their descendants, 6/08
Caminos magazine devotes its last issue to the ever controversial race question in Cuba, Cuba Now, 5/26/06 Features discussion of the Commission on the Centenary of the Founding of the Independents of Color.
Otra vez raza y racismo,
The vicious racism that is a hallmark of US
history rears its head, braying about the Rev Wright. Here is
one response: Obama's
Minister Committed "Treason" But When My Father Said the Same
Thing He Was a Republican Hero 3/16/2008 Huffington
Post: by Frank Schaeffer.
The Afrovenezuelan Network and the Paramilitary Menace, 3/7/08 La Red Afrovenezolana ante la Amenaza Paramilitar, 7/3/08 Jesus "Chucho" Garcia.
Site run by the Raizales, an English speaking people of African descent on islands claimed by Colombia off the coast of Nicaragua: www.amensd.org. The Colombian government favors its Ibero-Spanish elite in their take over of the islands. We track Raizales News.
The Black right wing’s agenda in Colombia, 2/08, Jesus “Chucho” Garcia Y Tantos Negros Que Apoyan a Uribe, 2/19/08, Macobe Luchador Why Afro-Colombians Oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, 2/2008 by Marino Cordoba, founder of the Association of Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES)
New book focuses on racial issues in Cuba - its author, Esteban Morales, scrutinizes the topic of race relations in the island from colonial times to present day. 2/4/2008 Cuba Now. See also our page on Esteban Morales.
Juan Gualberto Gomez
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