News analysis Two recent happenings are of signal importance for the future of Latin American politics. They are the 50th anniversary of Cuba’s socialist revolution on Jan. 1, 2009 and a gathering in Brazil on Dec. 16-17 highlighting progress toward Latin American integration.
Thank you for joining us for this special interview with Susan Webb of the People's Weekly World. Webb has covered the Middle East for the People's Weekly World, www.pww.org, for several years and recently wrote an article for that newspaper called Gaza Crisis: Time to Break with Cold War Policies.
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The U.S. government assumes that regular rules don’t apply to Cuba. Take for example the arms shipments proceeding from Honduras to Florida. Neither the U.S. military nor a military contractor is involved. Instead, Sanco Global Arms of Miami is taking charge of 4,600 FAL rifles, 800 AK-47 rifles, 30 20mm anti-aircraft guns, 48 RPG-7 rockets, 2,500 unspecified rockets, and hundreds of boxes of munitions and spare parts.
The United States bears much of the blame for the ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and nearby parts of Israel. Indeed, were it not for misguided Israeli and American policies, Hamas would not be in control of the territory in the first place.
Over 150,000 people demonstrated Jan. 3 in Israel against Operation Cast Lead: in the northern Arab town of Sakhnin and in Tel-Aviv. The demonstration in Sakhnin was, by far, the biggest such protest in Israel. According to organizers, it was the largest protest held by Arab-Palestinians in Israel in many years.
The Communist Party released the following statement on Jan. 4. The Communist Party of the USA expresses its outrage at Israel's invasion of Gaza, carried out in defiance of world public opinion.
‘There is no military solution to the conflict’ The Communist Party issued the following statement Dec. 31, 2008. The Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA) adds its voice to the growing international call by the United Nations Security Council, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and many others for an immediate cease-fire by both the Israeli government and Hamas, and a return to honest negotiations based on the two-state model.
Jan. 1, 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. It is an occasion for rejoicing by all who love justice and struggle as partisans for the working class, the poor and the oppressed.