LETTER TO EDITOR IN CHIEF OF CBC RE: “As holidaying Canadians return to Cuba, Cubans themselves are fleeing in record numbers” by Evan Dyer Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

What a superficial, dishonest, and biased article published by the CBC, penned by Evan Dyer. After reading, it looks like information gathered from Facebook, where, as you know, anything goes. The CBC’s mandate is to inform and enlighten, and this article does a grave disservice to that endeavor, and to the Cuban people.

Mr. Dyer, either out of sheer ignorance of the geopolitical context in which Cuba lives, or on purpose, fails to mention, even once, the system of punitive sanctions and ridiculous prohibitions which compose the Blockade (euphemistically called the “embargo”) that the US imposes on Cuba for 63 years now. It is the longest siege in history. It is an economic war on Cuban families, a campaign of persecution and intimidation aimed, besides Cuba, at third parties, who in exercise of their sovereignty, choose or intend to establish any kind of ties with the island. It is the main obstacle for the development of the country.

Just imagine the damage that this undeclared war on Cuba has had throughout the decades. Now add the economic crisis that the whole world faces because of the pandemic, which has hit Cuba severely, a blockaded underdeveloped country. And just when one thinks that it could not get worse, then President Trump, advised by the most rancid ultra-right elements of his party, maliciously imposes 243 additional sanctions on Cuba (Biden has only just allowed Western Union to reinitiate remittances to Cuba, although only from the US, and some travel to the island with restrictions).

Only very recently, the US restored visa services in their embassy in Havana, so those Cubans who in the middle of the current economic situation wanted to emigrate previously had to go to a third country, resulting in added costs and insecurity. The average Cuban faces incredible hardships while the government does its best to prioritize the essentials. The situation is bad. However, no hospital or school has been closed, and no one has been abandoned to their fate. There are no children sleeping in the streets in Cuba.

If he were really concerned about Cuba, Mr. Dyer should be asking Canadians to continue visiting Cuba to help its people and economy. Canadians who travel to Cuba regularly know better, and that’s why they keep going to enjoy the warmth and the culture of Cuba. And, most importantly, Mr. Dyer should recognize the real problem that Cuba faces – the inhumane Blockade.

Samantha Hislop
Julio Fonseca
Co-Chairs, Canadian Network on Cuba

Open Letter to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Print E-mail

CNC February 27th BLACK HISTORY MONTH WEBINAR, Isaac Saney's Virtual Book Launch Print E-mail

The CNC will be hosting a webinar on Monday, February 27th at 8PM EST in honour of Black History Month and it will also be the virtual launch of Isaac Saney's new book Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid's End: Africa's Children Return!

Join us Monday February 27th for a Black History Month virtual book launch!

We will be discussing the new book by Isaac Saney, Cuba, Africa and Apartheid’s End: Africa's Children Return!

Isaac Saney is a Cuba and Black studies specialist and historian at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is also the author of Cuba: A Revolution in Motion, and is the former Co-Chair of the Canadian Network on Cuba.

"Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid’s End: Africa's Children Return! examines the history and impressive dimensions of the Cuban Revolution’s solidarity with Africa. Cuba’s role in the southern African national liberation and anti-colonial struggle was the largest and most consequential manifestation of the island’s commitment to Africa. A key moment was the 1987–1988 battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which involved Cuba and Angola on one side, and South Africa and its allies on the other. Cuito Cuanavale contributed the end of apartheid and has assumed legendary status within the Cuban Revolution and the southern African liberation movement."

More guests will be announced soon!

Register today!

Listen and Watch: Two Interviews with Cuba Experts Print E-mail

Sputnik's Political Misfits interviews Arnold August, John Kariakou and DC Witte

Black Agenda Report with Margaret Kimberly interviews Isaac Saney

29th Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade Webinar & Movie Print E-mail

Register today: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fI6L5OQ_Qnuu3ZBR5EwOdA

LETTER TO THE TORONTO STAR RE: “Talk is Cheap, Jail is Real – Canada’s Hollow Rebuke of Cuba’s Crackdown” Print E-mail


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