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Cuba–US Relations: Is Resistance to the Media War No Longer Valid?

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One of the most positively commented on articles I have written recently was the piece on freedom of the press and Cuba–US relations, published on September 9, 2015. The emails coming from the US, Canada, Europe and Cuba reflected a pent-up frustration – and even a barely veiled anger – at how some of the US press deals with Cuba. Readers of the article seemed to breathe a sigh of relief that writers are not getting caught up in illusions, in the wake of the new Cuba–US relations, about the traditional media war waged against Cuba since the 1959 Revolution. Another writer, Iroel Sánchez from Cuba, took on The Washington Post for its misinformation and bias regarding Cuba.

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Days of Action against the Blockade in Washington

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The events, which took place between September 16-18, were organized by a coalition of U.S. groups, including the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples, IFCO – Pastors for Peace, the National Network on Cuba, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Venceremos Brigade.

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THE BLOCKADE MUST END : Declaration of the Cuba – Network in Defense of Humanity

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Last December 17, 2014 with the simultaneous announcement of the presidents of Cuba and The United States regarding the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations, the first step was taken in a long and complex process towards normalization of the ties between those countries. Barack Obama has made public his intention to take measures to modify the application of some aspects of the blockade, and to request the US Congress that it be lifted. However, this genocidal policy remains intact.

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Days of action to end the blockade begin in Washington

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Beginning today, September 16, are three days of action in the U.S. capital demanding an end to the blockade of Cuba. The events are co-sponsored by IFCO/Pastors for Peace, the Institute for Policy Studies, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples, National Network on Cuba and the Venceremos Brigade, with the support of parallel events in several other cities across the United States, as well as in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Over 100 people attend Montreal cartoon exhibit of Gerardo Hernández

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The exhibition/meeting was jointly organized on January 24 by the local Montreal branch of the CSN (one of the largest Quebec unions) and the Comité Fabio Di Celmo. The goal was to build support for the freedom of the Cuban Five as part of the worldwide effort. The attendees examined and reflected upon the exhibit. Dominique Daigneault, General Secretary of the Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain (CCMM-CSN), the sponsor of the event, said in her introductory remarks that she was moved to see so many people despite the record-breaking close to minus 40 degrees centigrade temperature.

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El Paso Diary: Follow the Money

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Oscar de Rojas, a Cuban-American accountant from New Jersey, testified in federal court today that he wired money to ex-CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles and others in El Salvador and Guatemala in 1997. The Justice Department alleges that Posada Carriles used that money to finance a terrorist bombing campaign against Cuba in 1997. One of the bombs killed an Italian businessman, Fabio Di Celmo, on September 4, 1997 in Havana’s Copacabana Hotel.