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Canada Must Uphold Cuba's Right to Self-determination Print E-mail

The Canadian Network on Cuba is outraged by the statement from the office of Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), which declares that Canada - in lock step with the United States - opposes Cuba's participation in the upcoming Summit of the Americas to be held April 14-15, 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia. This arrogant statement flies in the face of the overwhelming consensus of the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean. Their expressed desire is that no Summit of the Americas can truly be legitimate if Cuba is excluded.

Friendship Medal Awarded to Elizabeth Hill Print E-mail

On February 15 at a ceremony hosted by the Cuban Friendship Institute for Friendship With the Peoples (ICAP),  Elizabeth Hill (co-chair of the Canadian Network On Cuba and an executive member of the Canada-Cuba Friendship Association-Toronto) was decorated with the Friendship Medal for her many years of valuable solidarity work with Cuba.

The Friendship Medal is granted by the Cuban Council of State of the Republic of Cuba.


Race & Revolution: Lessons from Cuba Print E-mail

A James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies Distinguished Lecture by Isaac Saney, an internationally recognized scholar on Cuba and author of the acclaimed book, "Cuba: A Revolution In Motion".

7pm, Wednesday, February 15
Room 303, Dalhousie Student Union Building
6136 University Avenue

Saney will address why Cuba has exercised such a profound hold and influence on the worldwide Black struggle for equality, freedom and self-determination. Examining the more than 53-year history of the Cuba Revolution (encompassing its successes and setbacks), Saney will discuss the meaning and relevance of Cuba for present-day struggles and imaginings of a world centred on social justice, human dignity and genuine emancipation.

A reception starting at 6pm will be held prior to the public lecture.

The James Robinson Johnston lecture series aims to create dialogue between the African Canadian community and Dalhousie University on issues that impact the African Diaspora locally, nationally and internationally. Following the mandate of the Chair to increase the profile of Black Canadian Studies, the lecture series creates bridges between the university and wider African Canadian communities.




53rd Anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution Print E-mail

Long Live the Cuban Revolution!

- Isaac Saney*, Canadian Network on Cuba, January 2, 2012 -


On the 53rd anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the Canadian Network on Cuba, on behalf of the Canada-Cuba friendship and solidarity movement, extends our warmest and most heartfelt greetings and congratulations to the Cuban people. In the 53 years that have flashed by since that glorious day of January 1st, 1959, the Cuban people have shown what is possible to achieve when one defends genuine independence and self-determination. As Cuba continues on the path of social justice, human dignity and international solidarity, the Cuban Revolution continues to be an inspiration to humanity. The example of Cuba assumes even greater significance as the second decade of the 21st century unfolds, fraught with grave dangers that threaten the well-being of the peoples of the world. In the midst of these profound challenges, Cuba refutes those who argue that relations among the world's nations and peoples are -- and can only be -- determined by self-interest, the pursuit of power and wealth. Cuba demonstrates that it is possible to build relations based on genuine solidarity and social love; it is a living example of the alternatives that permit people to realize their deepest aspirations, and that another better world is possible.

As the Cuban people confidently march forward, the CNC reaffirms its commitment to strengthen and deepen the ties of friendship and solidarity between Canada and Cuba and resolves to do the utmost to obtain justice for the Five Cuban Heroes; who so valiantly defended their country from terrorist attacks launched from the United States. In the spirits of solidarity and friendship, we join the global chorus, declaring:

¡Viva la Revolución Cubana!

* Isaac Saney is National Spokesperson for the Canadian Network on Cuba.



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