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Cuba: The international community cannot abandon Haiti

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Granma International Cuba
English Edition
Havana. February, 13 2004

The international community can not abandon Haiti

Speech by Felipe Pérez Roque, Cuban minister of foreign affairs, at the 3rd Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States. Panama City, February 12, 2004.

Distinguished Ministers and Heads of Delegations:

I have instructions from my Government to speak at this Ministerial Meeting of the Association of Caribbean States, not about Cuba -which, although blockaded and harassed, nevertheless cannot be subjected nor forced to renounce its dreams of justice and liberty - but to speak about the situation in Haiti.

Cuba believes that the international community cannot abandon Haiti. The social situation is getting worse. Added to the
old problems derived from colonialism and exploitation are new and urgent difficulties associated with the unjust and exclusive international economic order.

Collaborating with Haiti has become a duty for all of us, its neighbors.

At this moment, Cuba has a 535-member medical brigade in Haiti, 332 of them doctors.

They are distributed in every department of the country, and have 75% of the 8.3 million Haitians under their care. To have an idea of how significant their work is one should be aware that Haiti has less than 2,000 doctors, and almost 90% of them are offering their services in the country's capital.

Over the last five years, Cuban doctors in Haiti have given nearly five million medical consultations, have attended some 45,000 births, and have performed approximately 59,000 operations.

In the areas covered by the Cuban doctors, the mortality rate for infants under 12 months has dropped from 80 to 28 per 1,000 live births, and that for children under five from 159
to 39 per 1,000 live births. The maternal mortality rate has dropped from 523 to 259 deaths per 100,000 live births.

However, to have an idea of how far there is yet to go, I should remind you that in Cuba, for example, the mortality rate for infants under 12 months is 6.3 per 1,000, for children under five it is eight per 1,000 and the maternal mortality rate is 39 per 100,000.

During those five years, more than 370,000 Haitians - 80% of them children - have been vaccinated.

It is estimated that nearly 86,000 human lives have been saved by the Cuban health workers in Haiti.

In addition, Cuban technicians have repaired 2,169 damaged pieces of medical equipment.

A total of 247 young Haitians are studying at the School of Medicine founded in their country by Cuban professors, while another 372 are studying medicine as scholarship students in Cuba.


In face of the current internal tensions in that sister country, whic
h you are aware of and which have given rise to the departure of a number of foreign residents, on Tuesday, February 10, our government explicitly instructed our embassy in Puerto Príncipe to maintain all the members of the Cuban medical brigade working without interruption at that posts in all areas of the country. In addition, given the obstacles that could arise in the availability of medicines, yesterday February 11, Cuba dispatched 525 special consignments of nearly 80 medicines so that all the Cuban medical volunteers can meet their tasks.

The Cuban medical personnel, who strictly adhere to the principle of non-involvement in Haiti's internal affairs, are honorably fulfilling their noble mission of attending to the health of the Haitian people.

In addition to this, the Darbonne sugar mill complex was rebuilt with Cuban technical help, and now is working on its fourth sugar harvest with the help of 30 Cuban experts. The complex is generating employment and guarantees electricity during har
vest time for the area's population, previously lacking that service.

Moreover, 20 Cuban professors are acting as advisors to a radio-based literacy program designed by our specialists. To date, 110,000 Haitians have learned how to read and write, and the program will continue to grow. Cuba also donated the educational materials, including manuals in French and Creole.

Cuba is also lending its modest cooperation to Haiti in other areas. Thus, 20 Cuban veterinarians and technicians are contributing to the establishment of a health control program and training Haitian personnel. A further 10 technicians are helping to consolidate the national aquiculture program, for which Cuba has donated 42 million larvae, that have already been released into the country's reservoirs, and for which specialized personnel has been trained.

Another 11 Cuban agricultural specialists are working in Haiti as part of the Food and Agricultural Organization's Food Security Program.

Our country is also co
llaborating in areas such as culture and road construction.

In addition, I can affirm that more than 3,000 young people from the Caribbean are studying in Cuban universities today.

I am not saying all of this in order to boast. I say it with modesty, as evidence of what even a small and blockaded country such as Cuba can do for its sister countries.

The Cuban people feel that they are fulfilling a duty, and moreover are paying a debt of gratitude to the peoples of the Caribbean, who have so firmly maintained their constant friendship and solidarity with Cuba.

Independent of its internal difficulties, we are helping Haiti at this crucial moment in its history, and let us not forget that it was there, 200 years ago, that the struggle for the freedom of our Caribbean and Latin American peoples began.

Thank you very much. ... haiti.html

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Post by Jonas » Sun Feb 15, 2004 6:22 pm

This is a large part of what's at stake.

If the agents of the "empire" are allowed to win the present struggle, the first thing they'd do is break Haitian-Cuban relations in order to please their sponsors.

Antonio Noriega and Otto Reich would be tickled pink but the 500+ Cuban Medical personnel are going to be replaced by whom?

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Post by Morisseau » Sun Feb 15, 2004 7:00 pm

Here we go. Now that the facts are out, no lie can be told about it. Not only those cuban life-savers are helping in the most needed areas but aren't interested in any internal business of haitians. You tell me if CUBA is not the true friend of HAITI beside TAIWAN and so? See now, their support are not politically motivated. Long live CUBA! They do not bragg about millions of unuseful dollars that they give to their multi-national NGOs nor hide themselves behind the humanitarian aid that others talk about all the time without any practical results if not temporary. I bet you they don't like those facts being out. I cannot praise those real champions enough for what they've done for my people. You've just won the biggest prizes of my heart which is my LOVE and RESPECT. Se le'w nan male pou'w konn si'w gen bon zanmi. I award you with the "TRU
E FRIEND" cross of the nation and on behalf of the haitian people, my sincere gratitude. LONG LIVE CUBA! Hope we can be of some help sometimes in the future.


Sylvain Morisseau.

Ps: Ayisyen responsab, please "SPREAD THE TRUTH OUT" stop hiding behind the NWO Bull crap that does us no good anyway to speak up about the greatness of the real "champion of solidarity". Did i mention CUBA?

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Post by admin » Sun Feb 15, 2004 9:48 pm

Morisseau, isn't it ironic that the United States which spends "according to their own accounting" billions of dollars in Haiti can be so easily overshadowed by Cuba, when it comes to meaningful acts of international solidarity? Real assistance should always be measured in terms of their impact on human lives, not on ridiculous sums of money spent on consultants and NGO directors.

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The true marks of progress

Post by admin » Sun Feb 15, 2004 10:25 pm

Speaking of Cuba and its social revolution, here is a speech from Fidel Castro in which you will discover the true markers of a nation's development. Haiti does not need to go down the path of communism, but the following evaluation should make it clear that MORE THAN EVER, HAITI NEEDS ITS OWN SOCIAL REVOLUTION. A revolution in its public health and education systems, a revolution in agriculture and food distribution, a revolution in water purification and conservation, a revolution in its environmental practices. Narcotics are getting us nowhere. Weapons of mass destruction are getting us nowhere. Billions of dollars will be getting us nowhere, unless they are properly applied in a way that we too, one day, can look back and say: "We have come this far and we won't go back."


ON JUNE 1, 2002.

Dear compatriots from Holguin, Granma, Las Tunas and from all of Cuba:

On May 20, the day of the shameful show in Miami, it was ironic to listen to Mr. W. Bush claim strongly for independence and freedom, not for Puerto Rico but for Cuba; and to talk much about democracy, not for Florida but for Cuba. Mr. W. made a special point of defending private property, as if it did not exist in Cuba.

I then realized that years pass. The days are really far now when a man spoke from his wheelchair with a soft voice and a persuasive accent. He spoke as a President of the United States of America and he inspired respect. It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He did not speak like a showoff or a thug, nor was the United States the hegemonic hyperpower it is today.

At that time, Ethiopia had been occupied. The bloody S
panish Civil War had begun. China was being invaded and nazi-fascism was a threat to the world. Roosevelt, who I think was a real statesman, was striving to steer his country away from a dangerous isolationism.

I was then a sixth or seventh grader. I was 12 or 13 years old. I had been born deep in the countryside, where there was no electricity. Sometimes the only way to get there was riding a horse through very muddy dirt roads. Back then, I spent most of the year in a rigid and segregationist boarding school in Santiago--that is, in sexual apartheid, where the boys were kept at great distance from the girls, in schools that were light-years away from each other--with several interspersed holidays and a longer vacation in summer time when I came to Biran.

Those of us who were privileged could have shoes, clothes and be well fed; however, a sea of poverty surrounded us. I don't know how large is Mr. W's Texas ranch. I do remember that my father had over 24,700 acres of farmland. Of course, tha
t meant hardly anything as extensive areas, between 272,710 and 284,245 acres, surrounded the family land owned by the West Indies Sugar Company and the United Fruit Company.

I remember that when it was announced that the President of the United States would speak it was tantamount to saying that God would speak. And it was only natural, since everything came from there: the beautiful, the good and the useful things, from a razor blade to a locomotive; from a postcard of the Statue of Liberty to one of those Western films, which fascinated both children and adults.

Moreover, "it was from there that our freedom and independence had come". That was what the dozens of thousands of farm laborers and farmers with no land of their own were told in those areas where they could only work part of the year cleaning or cutting sugar cane. They went hungry and barefoot, dressed in rags and lived in terror of the "rural guard"--a special force created by the administrators of the country and armed with Sprin
gfield rifles and long and thin machetes that became famous. They also used to wear big hats and ride seven-foot-Texas horses that scared with their imposing sizes our undernourished workers ruthlessly suppressed by those guards, if they as much as threatened to revolt or go on strike.

In those immensely extensive fields, where there were huts, thatched-roof shacks, impoverished villages and sugar mills, it was hard to find a single very poor classroom for the 200 or 300 children who lived in the area; there were no books, very few school materials and sometimes not even a teacher. It was only in the hamlets that sprang up around the big sugar mills that there were one or two physicians who basically cared for the families of the foreign sugar companies' local managers and senior operatives.

On the other hand, a rather strange character could be easily found everywhere. He had no more than a third or a fourth grade of grammar school, but that meant being practically a wise man as compared to th
e masses of illiterates. He was often a godfather of somebody's child and an occasional visitor of the families living in the countryside. He was in charge of things related to elections. He obtained the peoples' ID cards and the promise of their votes; he was the politician's crony.

The people in the countryside did not intend to sell their votes, but rather help "their friend". With few exceptions, the candidates with most money in their chests, who could hire more political cronies, won the races either for national legislative office or for other county or provincial elective positions. If any of those elections was intended to change the President--never the political or social system, which was unthinkable—and if there was any conflict of interests, it was the rural guard that decided who the new leaders would be.

Most of our people were either illiterate or semi-illiterate and they depended on a miserable job arbitrarily handled by an employer or an elected official. The people had no
choice, as they even lacked the minimum indispensable knowledge to decide on the increasingly complex issues of this world.

As for the history of our homeland, they only knew the legend passed down by the grandparents and the parents about past heroic struggles fought in the colonial days; eventually, it was fortunate that it was that way. As for the traditional political parties, where the oligarchies that served the empire prevailed, how could our people understand them? Who could teach them? Where could they read about it? With what alphabet? How could that information be passed on?

The brilliant and heroic effort of the leftist intellectuals of the time, who made remarkable progress under those circumstances, clashed with the insurmountable walls of a new imperial system and the centuries old experience of the ruling classes to keep the peoples oppressed, exploited, confused and divided.

The only property right known by most Cubans before 1959 was the right of the big foreign companie
s and their allies of the national oligarchy to own enormous amounts of farmland in our country, as well as the country's natural resources and biggest factories, the crucial public services, the banks, the storage facilities, the ports, the hospitals and the private schools that served with excellence a negligible minority of privileged population.

As fate would have it, I was honored to be born precisely in the territory of this province, in a place that is 33.5 miles in a straight line from this Plaza, but which is very close to my memory, hardly ten millimeters or ten seconds from my mind.

In those enormous sugar cane fields, I could only see dozens of thousands of farmers with no land to tilt or sharecroppers paying huge rents but without any contracts to back the arrangement, and constantly threatened and evicted by those riders of Texan horses.

In the cities, very few owned their dwellings for which they had to pay very high rents. I never saw hospitals or schools for ordinary peo
ple and their children; I did not see brigades of doctors and teachers. I only saw extreme poverty, injustice and hopelessness everywhere. The Cuban people had been confiscated and stripped of any property.

It was imperative to resume the struggle. The chains had to be broken. A deep revolution was indispensable. We had to be willing to either win or die for it. And we decided to fight.

The socialist revolution has created in Cuba more property owners than all those created by capitalism throughout centuries. Today, hundreds of thousands of peasant families own their land, for which they do not even pay taxes. Others have it in usufruct, free of charge, and they exploit it either individually or in cooperatives; they are the owners of the machinery, the workshops, the livestock and other goods. But, most important of all is that the Revolution gave the people the property of their own country. What the Revolution eradicated was the property of the basic means of production, of the financial inst
itutions and of other crucial services which were in the hands of those who plundered and exploited the people—and made fortunes on the workers' sweat--or that only served the rich and the privileged, leaving the poor and the black people out.

The nostalgia over their property that the leader of an imperial government might feel could be overcome by seeing that, in addition to the farmers, millions of families in the cities presently own their dwellings, for which they do not even pay taxes.

Out of a historical necessity to leave behind a legacy of underdevelopment, Cuba shares with foreign companies those productions that it would not have access to with its own technologies and funds, but no international financial institution or foreign private capital can determine over our destiny.

Nor does a single penny end up in Castro's pockets or those of his followers. No senior Cuban revolutionary leader has a dollar in a bank, or a personal bank account in hard currency in Cuba or anywhere
else. None of them can be bribed. The hundreds of foreign companies doing business in Cuba today know that very well. None of our leaders is a millionaire like the President of the United States, whose monthly wage is almost twice that of all the members of the State Council and the Council of Ministers in a year. None can be included in the long list of Mr. W's neoliberal friends in Latin America who are Olympic champions of misappropriation and theft since the few who do not steal from the public coffers and State taxes steal from the poor and the hungry the surplus value of their work while killing hundreds of thousands of Latin American children every year whose lives could be saved. That is the system that Mr. W. longs to impose on Cuba as a model. His insults are unwarranted, thus, he should not complain from our tough responses.

The end of the exploitation of human beings and true equality and justice is, and will be, the objective of a Revolution that will never cease to be what it is.

The work of the Revolution has been remarkable all over the country, and huge in the dear and heroic eastern region, which was the poorest and most backward. Of the five eastern provinces, the three--Holguin, Granma and Las Tunas--that have sent more than 400,000 combative and enthusiastic people to this rally, have attained in a few years social and human achievements unparalleled in the world.

Some data of what they had before and what they have after the triumph of the Revolution:

Infant mortality rate: before, over 100 per one thousand live births; today, 5.9, well below the United States.

Life expectancy at birth: before, 57 years; today, 76.

Number of doctors: before, 344; today, 10, 334.

Health units: before, 46; today, 4,006.

Hospital beds: before, 1,470; today, over 12,000.

Schoolteachers: before, 1,682; today, 77,479.

Universities: before, 0; today, 12.

Illiteracy rate: before, 40.3%; today, 0.2%

Grammar school graduates: before, 10% of only 34 percent of children in school age who attended public school; today, one hundred percent of children attend grammar school and 99.9% graduate.

TV sets for audiovisual education: before, 0; today, 13,394.

PCs for computer science education from kindergarten to sixth grade: 5,563 that benefit 237,510 children.

Over 27,000 youths between the ages of 17 and 29, who had no jobs, are studying middle and higher education in recently established Schools for the Comprehensive Education of the Youth, for which they receive remuneration.

These three provinces have 62 museums, 62 cultural centers, 21 art galleries and 72 libraries.

Every child in Cuba, regardless of his parents' income and the color of his skin, has high quality health care services ensured from his birth until the end of his life. The same applies to education, from kindergarten up until graduation as a PhD, and that absolutely free of charge.

No other country in Latin America gets even remotely close to Cuba in any of these indicators. In Cuba, there is not one single child begging in the streets or working to make a living instead of attending school. Nor are there narcotics that poison and destroy teenagers and young people.

This is not a tyranny, as Mr. W. has claimed. It is justice, it is true equality among human beings, it is general learning and culture without which there is not, there cannot be nor will there ever be true independence, freedom and democracy anywhere on Earth.

Mr. W. should be ashamed to call those societies where corruption, inequality and injustice prevail, and which are being destroyed by the neoliberal model, examples of independence, freedom and democracy!

For Mr. W. democracy only exists where money solves everything and where those who can afford a $25,000 a plate dinner--an insult to the billions of people living in the poor, hungry and underdeveloped world--are the
ones called to solve the problems of society and the world, the same that will determine the fate of a great nation like the United States, and the rest of the planet.

Don't you be a fool, Mr. W. Show some respect for the minds of people who are capable of thinking. Read some of the 100 thousand letters sent to you by our children. Do not insult Jose Marti. Do not invoke his sacred name in vain. Stop using his phrases out of context in your speeches. Show some respect for others and for yourself.

The criminal blockade he has promised to tighten will only multiply the honor and glory of our people against which their wicked plans will smash, I assure you.

Compatriots: In the face of dangers and threats, long live today more than ever the Socialist Revolution!

Homeland or Death!

We shall overcome!

"The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated." -José Martí

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Post by Morisseau » Mon Feb 16, 2004 12:14 am

Guy tande non, nou sanble sou menm longe dond nan sans sa piske nou plis chita sou yon apwoch pratik pou idantifye kiyes ki konpli kisa nan benefis kiyes epi kouman li fe'l? Mezanmi, tankou mwen toujou di li, batay verite ak manti-a gen pou'l bout yon jou kote verite pral soti nan tout rakwen, nan tout bouch ak nan tout sistem kom viktorye batay sal sa. Annou ansanm fe yon ti rale mennen vini nan yon lespri konparatif sou de sistem diferan sa yo sou baz rezilta yo pote pou pep pa yo ansanm ak pou limanite an jeneral. Lwen de la lide pou Ayiti ta vin yon peyi kominis, piske akoz de manti kap simaye sou "cuba" epi verite ke yo toufe sou li an menm tan, moun pral gen tandans marye apwoch mwen an komkwa dire se yon pledwari map fe pou Ayiti ta kominis. Si gen moun ki fe sa malgre avetisman sa mwen bay la, mwen pap two etone piske mwen ka konprann nan ki eta manti fin akable yo podyab. Tout sa mwen pral di la yo sanse tounen repetisyon diskou ewo "c
uba"-a piske mwen we li mansyone yo li menm tou. Pou tout lot enkredil ki gen tandans kwe se pwopagand chef revolisyon 'cuba"-a ap fe pou peyi li, ak pwop tet pa li, mwen envite yo tyeke: CIA/factbook la pou konfimasyon endepandant chif ak reyalizasyon ki avanse yo nan kad aksyon revolisyon "cuba"-a. Nou tout okouran ti chodye dlo cho kap bouyi ant gouvenman meriken ak pa Cuba-a. Kom mank enfomasyon fe anpil nan nou pa konn pouki, men, konfomeman ak pwopagand malveyan ki fet yo, se yon peyi moun dwe evite akoz de gravite sityasyon anachik kap feraye nan peyi vwazen sila-a. Poutan, reyalite ki marye ak fe yo, fe nou poze tet nou anpil kesyon sou byen fonde ak sou vre nati batay meriken kont revolisyon Cuba-a.
Eske nou konnen konbyen sa koute pou yon moun vin dokte kay blan meriken?

US: $200.000 dola oubyen plis
CUBA: $0.00

Eske'w konnen to analfabetis la CUBA?
99.5% rezon 0.5% oubyen mwens la chita sou ka retade mantal ak lot fakte deteminan parey poutan menm etzini pa
depase pousantaj sa.
Eske'w konnen konbyen pov ki nan lari CUBA?
Sa pa egziste poutan ozetazini, nou we yo toutan ap mande moun quarter ozalantou ponp gazolin yo.
To koripsyon Cuba? Zewo etazini, al mande ENRON ak lot gwo corporate yo tankou Halliburton elatrye.
An fet, lis repetisyon an paret two long kom guy deja piblye diskou entegral la anplis de referans enfomasyon mwen bay moun pou al verifye pou tet ou menm. Antretan, nou ka konsidere lot fakte itil tankou kantite moun ke Cuba lage nan tout amerik latin la ak lot rejyon sou planet la pou pote kole ak lot nasyon ki bezwen sa san sa pa koute senkob nan fon peyi pa yo an matye sale pou ekspe Cuba yo an konparezon sou ki kantite lajan sa tap koute kontribyab peyi sa yo lo se meriken ki pran inisyativ solidarite imanite parey. Anpil gaspiyaj tap fet pou akomodasyon ekspe sa yo senpman epi, det enten peyi-a ta fe fon net kom nou tout konn kijan sistem nan mache. Kantite etidyan ki soti toupatou pou vin pran levasyon teknik de kalite san sa pa k
oute ni paran yo ni peyi yo senkob kay CUBA. Respe diplomat Cuba yo montre nan aktivite entenn peyi yo kolabore yo kontreman ak lot kap konpote yo kon jij siprem nan lakou lakay nou. Enpak aksyon Cuba sou tout lot peyi kolaborate'l yo an konparezon ak enpak meriken genyen sou pifo peyi lap trete ak yo yo sitou nan amerik latin nan, pa yon nouvel pou pyes moun piske se yon dezas san parey si wap gade rezilta enpak kreyasyon IRI-a ann Ayiti jounen jodi-a spesyalman nan Gonaives. Sa vle di, si nou vle onet ak tet nou epi san paspouki, nou we akle ke youn pote lavi pandan ke lot la pa distribye lanmo tankou kado nwel. Se pa mwen non mesye, se fe istwa gen pou rapote plizye ane de kounye-a la wi kap pale. Cuba vin tounen yon prev tanjib de entansyon ak plan malonet meriken genyen pou amerik latin la. paske le'w konsidere reyalizasyon revolisyon cuba epi meriken stil kanpe king pou fe'l paret devan moun kom pi gwo male amerik latin nan, bondye nan amou ak bonte ou, pito'w te ba nou menm male Cuba-a an Ayiti tou
o mwen, nou tout ta konn li, timoun nou yo pata mouri akoz mank swen, patap gen grangou pou se kowalisyon an ijans ke ONU ap oganize pou kwape grangou nan vant moun akoz de dimansyon ak movez efe flewo sa genyen sou moun nan peyi nou sitou nan nodwes la, peyi nou patap sal nan eta sa, diplomat yo tap respekte konvansyon entenasyonal yo nan peyi-a, si nou ta pran kannte yo ta trete nou nan respe ak ladiyite, nou ta konn mete peyi devan entere pesonel nou, nou ta tounen imanis kap mache nan lemond ofri swen ak teknik lot domen bay peyi ki pi feb yo gratis kom sa deja nan san Ayisyen, nou ta renmen youn lot, lajan pata divize nou osi fasilman, anpil moun ta anvi vin lakay nou vizite si yo pata mete entediksyon sou yo pou fe sa, tourism nou ta mache red, envestise etranje ta enterese epitou, petet nou patap janm pedi tit nobles nou te genyen kom "perle des antilles"-a e, si fok nou te pedi'l pou nou te ka apresye'l petet nou ta reprann anko ak reyalizasyon tankou pa CUBA yo. Nou rate yon tren ki pa janm fe wou
t nou anko. Mwen te toujou konn ap pale nan lot post mwen yo de yon "pot pawol" amerik latin nan genyen, kounye-a, petet anpil moun reyalize de kiyes tit nobles sa te vle pale. Se pa kado nou fe CUBA kado tit sa men, se pito enpak pozitif travay li reyalize yo ak efe yo sou tout lot nasyon nan anivwon li yo le li pote yo bay lakay yo gratis ti cheri san kondisyon degradan ki rann li elijib pou tit sa douvan je anpil moun kap obseve san patipri. Antouka, Si Ayiti te gen zorey pou tande lo pot pawol-vizyone-a tap kriye nan deze-a?

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