Tyler, of Secure Team, is expending past UFOs. Pleasant and mysterious as always.
Tyler, of Secure Team, is expending past UFOs. Pleasant and mysterious as always.
In 1959, the first year of the Cuban Revolution, the Agrarian Reform was announced. This was pursuant to a strategy adopted by the new leaders navigating the Cuban ship, notably, the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, to dismantle the structures that the neo-colonial model had put in place. The United States responded by a basket of measures: the economic, trade and financial embargo together with terrorist operations, armed attacks and uprisings of conmen on the Island.
History bears the most culpability for the failure of these plans; but some blame must be pinned on that other chapter, no less sordid, bound up with the embargo and the economic war, which resulted in more than half a century of resistance by the Cuban people.
The revolutionary government inherited an economy tied and dependent, in every aspect imaginable, on trade with its Northern neighbour. Such was Cuba’s dependence on its neighbour that the island even had to rely on it to sell the lion’s share of the Cuban sugar harvest through a system of sales fixed through a so-called sugar quota. Following the Revolution, this quota system was first partially suppressed and suspended completely in 1960 and 1961, just like the export of oil.
In July 1963, the Treasury Department published the so-called Regulations to Control Cuban Activity. Pursuant to these regulations, the US took control of financial transactions and funds belonging to the Cuban State and other businesses in the Island that still remain frozen in US banks and institutions.
The Cuban interests that were confiscated– calculated at around 400 million dollars – consisted principally of money from Banco Nacional de Cuba accounts, national telecommunication businesses and other transactions such as transfers made by foreign institutions and individuals as well as legacies and cash prizes obtained by Cuban citizens in international sporting competitions or events.
Since then, an army of US state officials has been dedicated to discovering, pursuing and appropriating, through a “robbery” which is blessed and not condemned by the law, any property or accounts belonging to the Cuban state or any Cuban citizen or any other national that has commercial, financial relations with Cuba or simply sends money or securities to Cuba, the largest of the Caribbean islands.
From 1990, the embargo cast a wider net, and was able to catch even more transactions. The vision was that now that Cuba’s key trading partners were no more (the USSR had just been wiped off the globe and the Socialist Camp eliminated), the Revolution would have to admit defeat. To pursue this dream, the Torricelli Law and Helms-Burton Law were passed. These laws extended the economic war to third countries and even required that all buildings, land, industrials, facilities and even warehouses/wine cellars (“bodegas”) be returned to those who owned such property before the 1959 revolution.
What’s more, US court decisions began to strip the Island of its frozen funds, transferring them either to citizens and relatives of those who had carried out anti-Cuban activities or to execute judicial orders rendered in US court proceedings against the “islita”. It is calculated that in the decade stretching from 1996 to 2006, Cuba was thus robbed of 170 million dollars, almost all the resources retained.
In addition to the money funnelled out of Cuba on the back of this idea, pursuing this policy resulted in Cuban civil airplanes being illegally diverted to the Union and auctioned. The proceeds were handed over to the families of the counter-revolutionaries that had died in terrorist action on Cuban soil or persons [adversely] affected by measures taken by the Cuban Government pursuant to laws duly passed.
Following the previous US Administration’s policy change vis-à-vis Cuba, this issue was on the agenda for discussion between these two sovereign nations. However, now that President Donald Trump has decided to abort this initiative and widen yet again the reach of this loathsome embargo, Cuban assets will continue to be frozen, crystallizing the largest theft in history that one sovereign nation has committed against another. (ACN)
Cuban Agency News
Silly Cubans, did you actually believe that the Barbaric States of Dumbmerica would actually deal fairly with you? The real question is, why does the US think it can inflict its morbid and self-centered view of the world on the rest of the world? The entire planet should rise up and demand that the US stop interfering with other nations. What a joke, as the USA cannot even take care of itself (Think Baltimore, Detroit; think education, water, crumbling infrastructure, etc.).
Government denounces new US restrictions on trade and travel, saying attempts to change its political system will fail.
June 17, 2017
The Cuban government of Raul Castro has criticised Donald Trump’s “hostile rhetoric” in announcing new restrictions on US ties to the country, but repeated its willingness to hold “respectful dialogue” with Washington.
Earlier on Friday, the US president pledged to overhaul his predecessor Barack Obama’s Cuba policy.
“The government of Cuba denounces the new measures toughening the embargo” imposed since 1962, according to a statement read on Cuban state television.
However, it said Cuba “reiterates its willingness to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation” that have taken place with Washington since 2015 when the drive for restored ties began under Obama.
Although the policy changes announced were limited, Trump has tightened rules for Americans travelling to Cuba, banned ties with a military-run tourism firm and reaffirmed the existing US trade embargo.
The Cuban statement criticised the “hostile rhetoric that recalls the time of open confrontation,” and “return to the coercive methods of the past”.
It regretted “a reversal in relations between the two countries”.
“Any strategy to change the political, economic and social system in Cuba, whether through pressure … or through more subtle methods, will be doomed to failure”.
Diplomatic relations, restored only two years ago, will remain intact. But, in a shift from Obama’s approach, Trump said trade and other penalties would stay in place until a long list of prerequisites was met.
“America has rejected the Cuban people’s oppressors,” Trump said in Miami’s Little Havana.
Declaring Obama’s pact with Castro a “completely one-sided deal”, Trump said he was cancelling it.
In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are.
Embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open. US airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island.
The “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to US soil but was terminated under Obama, will remain terminated.
Remittances from people in the US to Cubans will not be cut off.
But individual “people-to-people” trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited.
And the US government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities”.
Trump said that easing restrictions on trade and travel only helps the Castro government, and he wants US money to go only to the fledgling private sector.
But the overwhelming majority of the Cuban economy is controlled by the government.
“The Cuban people were so excited when President Obama came,” Caridad Gonzalez, who runs a bed-and-breakfast, told Al Jazeera.
“We thought our lives would improve, and with tourism they did. But now we’re being blocked again. It’s the people who’ll suffer the consequences, not the Cuban state.”
Some 285,000 people visited the Caribbean country in 2016, up 74 percent over 2015, with Americans the third-biggest group after Canadians and Cuban expatriates.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies
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May 3, 2017
A small group of scientists from Cuba, working with a limited budget, have been able to develop a vaccine against cancer that has been successfully tested on more than 4,000 people.
The scientific community is impressed by the Cuban discovery, and many doctors claim that the cure for cancer has finally been found.
The vaccine has produced incredible results even in the more advanced stages of cancer. It finally saw the light of day after 16 years of intense research, and doesn’t have any adverse side-effects.
The vaccine works by attacking a protein known as EGF (epidermal growth factor), which allows lung cancer cells to grow.
The CIMAvax vaccine reinforce the immune system and accelerates the production of antibodies that bind to EGF, preventing it to feed cancer cells and not allowing the disease to spread.
This improves the longevity of the patient and effectively stops the disease from progressing. The administration of the vaccine also relieves the symptoms of cancer and reduces the pain – after a few therapies, patients have seen a significant weight gain and got their appetite and energy back.
The vaccine has already arrived in countries such as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Paraguay, Colombia and Peru.
There are high hopes among Cuban scientists that the vaccine can cure breast, uterus and prostate tumors, while further research on other types of cancer is underway.
The vaccine is free for Cubans, while people from other parts of the world may inform themselves on the vaccine by contacting the Cuban medical services:
How to get the vaccine and how can you contact experts from Cuba
EscoZul is produced only in the Cuban company Labiofam: AvenidaIndependencia km. 16 1/2 Boyeros, Santiago de las Vegas, Havana, Cuba Tel: +53 683 3188/683 2151, fax: 683 2151, tel. 537 683 2151 Phone Dr. Verges – radiologist and Niudis Cruz: 537 683 0924, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The National Center for Health has the following contacts:
Director — Dr. Jose Andres Lopez Losada, [email protected] Number is +5378322202, and “Health Tourism”: Calle 230 entre 15A and 17, Siboney, Havana, Cuba, tel. +53 7 33-7473 al 74 Fax: +53 7 33-7198 y +53 7 33 -7199, email: [email protected]
Web: Centro Internacional de Salud La Pradera
Another useful contact is the National Institute of Oncology
They perform many studies, develop drug treatments: InstitutoNacional de Oncología y Radiobiología — INOR, address: Calle 29, esq. F, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba,
tel. (537) 8325865, (537) 8382576, (537) 8382578, (537) 8375440. Fax (537) 8382593,
I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: “Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time.”
Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, what came from Washington and (to a smaller extent) from London was monitored with great attentiveness and fear, all over the world.
But all of a sudden, things have begun to change, rapidly. Despite the extremely violent nature of the Western-designed-and-manufactured global regime, which has been over-imposed on so many parts of the world for decades and centuries, increasing amounts of people in Asia, Latin America and Africa stopped worrying and went leisurely to the ‘barricades’, beginning to rebel against the perverseness of the ‘world order’.
Did it all really happen ‘all of a sudden’?
Or were there various catalysts at work, for already quite a substantial period of time?
It is a well-known fact that any deep-seated, chronic anxiety cannot disappear in just a short moment. People who are enslaved, humiliated, scared into obedience, people who are forced to feel uncertain and constantly frightened, cannot reverse their state of mind without some important external factor or set of factors.
It became obvious to me, as I have been working continuously on all continents and in almost all conflict zones of our Planet, that the renewed pride and courage which is now inspiring millions of oppressed human beings, actually came from the decisive and determined stand of just several brave and determined nations, big and small.
The myth about the omnipotence of the Empire has received a few significant blows.
The fable of invincibility has not completely disappeared yet, but at least it has got fractured and gravely injured.
The gate of the terrible prison began cracking. It has not collapsed, but the fractures were wide enough for at least some sunlight to enter the dark and dreadful cavities inhabited by billions of unfortunate and shattered beings.
Some victims stood up immediately; not many but at least some did. Others raised their heads in feeble hope, still lying down on the dirty ground, still chained, and still shaking. That weak light alone entering the dungeon was actually much brighter than what most people ever experienced in their entire life. It has been strong enough to provoke wonderful, brilliant sparks of hope.
Except for some temporary setbacks (like in Brazil and Argentina), the anti-imperialist coalition is now steadier than ever; it is determined and constantly expanding.
And it is clearly winning!
It is truly a ‘rainbow coalition’ of countries, big and small, ‘red’ and ‘pink’, even ‘green’.
The only unifying factor is the shared determination not to be controlled by Western imperialism and neo-colonialism.
For decades, Cuba stood against the Empire, even after the Soviet block was broken to bits, even when all mutual agreements ceased to be honored by the criminal Yeltsin administration.The Cuban people never surrendered. It is because most of them always believed, from the bottom of their hearts, in socialism and internationalism. And also because they have been convinced that the Western Empire is a morally corrupt and illegitimate entity and therefore has to be resisted.
A small and relatively poor country – Cuba – demonstrated to the entire world that while the Empire is mighty, sadistic and brutal, it is not omnipotent, and it is possible to defy it. There is no reason why one should not dare, or one should not dream about a much better world, why one shouldn’t fight for true freedom, attempting to win.
Cuba inspired the world. Its daring Revolution took place just a few miles from the shores of the United States. Soon after, its teachers and doctors went to all parts of the earth, spreading optimism, solidarity and kindness. Its heroic revolutionaries went to fight against the most dreadful forms of colonialism, which were torturing people, is such places as Congo, Angola and Namibia.
After Obama’s attempts to water down the determination of the Cuban citizens, many enemies began to predict, cynically:
“Now Cuba will compromise and sell its Revolution.”
It never did! I traveled to the Island last year, driving through the countryside, and speaking to people in Havana, Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba. Almost no one was ready to compromise. A greatly educated nation, Cuba saw through the Empire’s tricks and deceptions.
Now almost nobody speaks about the “Cuban compromise”, anymore, simply because there isn’t any on the table.
China, one of the oldest and greatest civilizations on Earth, went through the terrible period of ‘humiliation’. Divided, occupied and plundered by the West, it has never forgotten nor forgiven.
Now the Chinese Communist state and its mixed economy are helping countries in virtually all parts of the world, from Oceania and Latin America, to the Middle East and especially Africa, to survive and to finally stand on their own feet. Despite all the vitriolic propaganda regurgitated by the West (those people in Europe or North America who know close to zero about Africa or China, habitually passing ‘confident’ and highly cynical ‘judgments’ about China’s involvement in the poor world; judgments based exclusively on the lies and fabrications produced by the Western media), China has been gaining great respect and trust in virtually all corners of the globe.
The Chinese people and their government are now standing firmly against Western imperialism. They will not allow any recurrence of the disgraceful and dreary past.
The West is provoking this mighty and optimistic nation, pushing it into a terrible confrontation. China doesn’t want any military conflict. It is the most peaceful, the most non-confrontational large nation on Earth. But it is becoming clear that if pushed against the wall, this time it will not compromise: it will fight.
In the last years I have spoken to many Chinese people, as I traveled to all corners of the country, and I’m convinced that by now the nation is ready to meet strength with strength.
Such determination gives hope to many other countries on our Planet. The message is clear: the West cannot do whatever it wants, anymore. If it tries, it will be stopped. By reason or by force!
Russia is ready again, too. It is standing next to China, enormous and indignant.
Go to Novosibirsk or Tomsk, to Khabarovsk, Vladivostok or Petropavlovsk in Kamchatka. Talk to Russian people and you will soon understand: almost nobody there believes or respects the West, anymore. Throughout history, Russia was attacked and ransacked from the West. Millions, tens of millions of its people were murdered, literally exterminated. And now, the nation is facing what some consider to be yet another imminent attack.
Like the Chinese people, Russians are unwilling to compromise, anymore. The old Russian forecast is once again alive, that very one professed by Alexander Nevsky:
Go tell all in foreign lands that Russia lives! Those who come to us in peace will be welcome as a guest. But those who come to us sword in hand will die by the sword! On that Russia stands and forever will we stand!
In Russia, as in China, and as in so many other nations that were devastated by the Western plunderers, nothing is forgotten and no one is forgotten. It only appeared for a while that the memory had fainted. It never does. You cannot burn down an entire land, ruin the cities, burn the fields, and still pose as one with the moral mandate. Or as we say in Chile: “Justice takes time, but it always comes!”
And the world is watching. It is suddenly clearly registering this determined and brave, epic stand of morally strong nations. Many of those who are watching are deeply impressed with what they are seeing. Perhaps not in London or in Paris, but go and ask those in Johannesburg or Beirut, or even in Calcutta, Cairo or Buenos Aires. Perhaps you suspect what answers you’d receive there!
Throughout modern history, not once has Iran invaded a foreign country. Yet its secular, progressive and democratic government (under the leadership of Mohammad Mosaddegh) was overthrown in 1953, in a CIA-backed coup. What followed was the monstrosity of the ‘pro-Western Shah’, and then a horrendous war, an invasion by Iraq, which was also fully backed by the West and which took hundreds of thousands of human lives. Since then, Iran has been suffering from targeted killings of its scientists (by the West and Israel), as well as terrorist attacks also backed from abroad.
Instead of falling on its knees and begging for mercy, Iran defied the West. On several occasions and when provoked, it sent its battleships to the neutral waters near the US coast, and it pledged to defend its land, in case it was to be attacked.
Iran also showed great solidarity towards Latin America, working closely with virtually all of the revolutionary governments there. It stood firmly by Venezuela in a time of great crises, building social housing in Caracas and supporting the Process by all other means.
In Latin America, no one will ever forget how former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to Caracas to attend the funeral of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, his dear friend. During the memorial, the aged mother of Chavez suddenly approached Ahmadinejad, in tears. Breaking all religious protocol of a Shi’a country that he was representing, the Iranian President embraced her, and held her against his heart, until she calmed down.
This moment was expressing one simple and powerful reality: all of us, the internationalists and anti-imperialists, are fighting for the survival of humanity and this planet. There is more that unites us than what is tearing us apart. Once we win, and we will win, the world will be able to find a common language.The West wants to divide us, by spreading hostilities and distrust, all through ‘false news’ and fabrications. But we understand its game. We will not break our ranks, anymore.
The West is clearly losing. It knows it. It is in panic.
Its nihilism, its propaganda and indoctrination tactics will soon be defeated.
I wrote a lot about the DPRK and how it joined the list of the ‘most hated nations on Earth’. It is a well known fact that North Korea was, for years and decades, much richer and more democratic than South Korea (ROK). But it embarked on one tremendous humanist ‘project’, and together with Cuba, the Soviet Union and to some extent China, it liberated almost the entire African continent, at great cost and sacrifice. And not only that: it sent its top educators and doctors to all corners of the most devastated continent on Earth. Its pilots also flew Egyptian MIGs against Israel, during the 1967 war. These facts have been silenced by Western propaganda, but they clearly explain why the DPRK has been ostracized, pushed to the corner, hit by senseless embargos, and forced to react the way it has been reacting for at least the last two decades.
North Korea has never surrendered either, and it never will.
Neither has Venezuela, for many years the great sentinel and engine of the Bolivarian Revolution, as well as of Latin Internationalism and solidarity. Surviving coups, embargos, plots and propaganda campaigns, surviving attacks, even terror, of the foreign-backed ‘opposition’, Venezuela has been injured but it is alive. Just a few days ago I spoke to an Italian Parliamentary delegation, consisting of the”5-Star-Movement” MPs, which recently returned from Caracas. Their conclusion was simple: “The worst is over”.
The world knows it! Venezuela, DPRK, Cuba – they never fell. No matter how many knives penetrated their bodies, despite so much pain caused by the sanctions, coup attempts and direct acts of terrorism administered by the West and its monstrous Empire.
It is becoming clear and obvious: the West is helpless against determination, true courage and patriotic love. It is powerless when confronted with humanist ideologies, and with true loyalty!
And the world keeps watching, drawing its conclusions.
I wrote about Syria, comparing Aleppo to the 20th Century Stalingrad. This is where racism, terrorism, and the lowest forms of Western imperialism (and shameful acts of the regional lackeys) were decisively stopped. The price was terrible, but the message to the world extremely clear: The people who love their country with their entire hearts can fight and win against all odds, especially if by their side stand truly great and reliable friends and comrades!
One day the world will thank the Syrian people, profusely and properly. One day, everything will be understood. One day, perhaps soon.
This is one of the greatest moments in human history, perhaps the greatest.
It has arrived without big salvos announcing monumental revolutions.
Everything is happening fast, in an organized and determined manner.
The greatest minds of Russia, China, Latin America and the rest of the world, are feverishly, day and night, trying to determine what really brought our world, our civilization, to this ludicrous downfall.
The simplified and stripped-down answer is this: Western imperialism (military, economic and ‘intellectual’/’cultural’), colonialism and neo-colonialism, as well as that dreadful by-product of all the above combined – a set of unchecked and savage form of capitalism.
Simultaneously, new forms of government, of economy and social systems are being, once again, planned.
The military strategists of the countries that are refusing to kneel in front of the barbaric terror of the West, responsible for hundreds of millions of murders and billions of ruined lives, are planning how to defend their countries and the world.
Once again, the world is at work! It is building trenches, educating people, preparing them for the final showdown with the culture that has been tormenting our Planet for centuries.
It is the moment of great hope and renewed enthusiasm.
Of course, if seen from Western capitals, everything is bleak and depressing. There is no ‘hope’ at all.
I agree fully: there is no hope ‘for them‘.
The logic, the ‘philosophy’ with which the Europeans and the North Americans have become accustomed to analyze the world, has arrived at a dead end.
Yes, it is ‘the end of philosophy’, or as they say, ‘the end of history’. I fully agree: it is the end of their philosophy and of their history.
That’s why, reading about their elections or statements produced by their politicians, is nothing less than a waste of time. The world realizes it, more and more.
Their ‘new tricks’ are actually very old. Their entire system is outdated. It should have been retired at least one hundred years ago. It survived only because of its savagery and cruelty. It will go soon, anyway.
These days, encountering people inhabiting the West is like encountering those zombies who were living in Nazi Germany during WWII. After the war was over, they were street walking for years, at least many of them, repeating the same refrains: “We didn’t know!” “We never realized”. The Nazi propaganda and the one, which has been used in the West and in the colonies (as Noam Chomsky and I defined in our book “On Western Terrorism“), are based on precisely the same roots, foundations and methods. Both are extremely effective, when it comes to the total brainwashing of the population.
To follow up the last chapter of the imperialist and turbo capitalist morass of the West is embarrassing and useless.
Both Europe and the United States are suffering from a series of devastating mental illnesses, as was defined by the great Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, right after WWII.
Getting too much involved in pathological behavior, constantly studying and analyzing it, could only break and deeply depress any healthy person’s mind.
There is nothing more to understand. Hundreds of millions of victims in all parts of the world are speaking for themselves.
The only rational issue here is this: how to stop this horror, as soon as possible? How to allow humanity to return to its natural development and evolution patterns?
I don’t believe in ‘punishments’ and ‘trials’ and other vehicles of intimidation and of spreading fear. I don’t care whether the West will ‘pay’ for all that it has done to the world. I only want it to be stopped, once and for all.
I work very hard for it to be stopped.
So are others.
And the world is watching, and all of a sudden enjoying what it sees.
Suddenly more and more people are daring to laugh at the global regime. Of course not in Paris, London or New York (here they are scared and obedient, even more than before). But outside, yes!
People on all continents want to see and hear about what ‘others do’, what ‘we do’, not what the Empire and its mental conditions are producing.
They are laughing and waiting impatiently for what a new day, a new year will bring. They are waiting for the true new beginning to arrive.
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are revolutionary novel “Aurora” and two bestselling works of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and “Fighting Against Western Imperialism“. View his other books here. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Al-Mayadeen. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo. After having lived in Latin America, Africa and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.
Guantánamo Bay is a disgrace to humanity. It should be closed yesterday, as it flies against everything humanity believes in terms of justice. If it remains open, it should be filled up with all the sold-out morons in Congress and in the Senate. Also, every president since JFK, and their extended families, should be sent there for crimes against humanity. And it does not belong to the USA, as it is located in the territory of a sovereign nation, Cuba. Yankees go home mofos!
Torture is not acceptable. Are we not sick and tired of these pathetic cowards that believe otherwise? And these cowards are in the US congress and the Senate. Pathetic human beings.
Shut down your churches and your universities USA, as you obviously do not pay attention to truth and ethics. The world is getting sick of your lies and propaganda USA.
John Oliver examines the legal and moral issues surrounding the military prison at Guantánamo Bay.
Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro has warned world leaders at a Non-Aligned Summit that his country was being lashed by a US economic war aimed at toppling him.
Speaking at the same event, which opened Saturday, Maduro’s closest regional ally, Cuban President Raul Castro, echoed the charge, despite his country’s thawing relations with the United States.
“Venezuela is facing an onslaught… that is against all of Latin America and the Caribbean, that is trying to re-impose and recolonize the politics, economy, culture and life of our countries,” Maduro — a socialist who has made the economy increasingly state-run — charged in his speech after taking over the movement’s rotating presidency from Iran.
Leaders from the 120-nation group, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, gathered for two days on Venezuela’s Caribbean island of Margarita.
Venezuela, an OPEC member and home to the world’s largest proven oil reserves, will seek backing for its campaign to slash abundant global crude production in a bid to raise prices.
Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa, whose country is the smallest member of OPEC and who supports the Venezuelan aspiration, said the oil cartel runs the risk of falling apart over differences on market strategy.
“Clearly OPEC has weakened and there is a danger of it disintegrating,” Correa said, speaking on the sidelines of the summit.
While sounding the alarm about a purported international campaign to topple him is not new, Maduro looks keen to recast the Non-Aligned movement — a Cold War relic with dwindling support — as a bulwark against re-colonization, analysts say.
Founded in 1961 to represent countries resentful of being squeezed in the power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Non-Aligned Movement has endeavored in recent years to remain relevant in a post-Cold War world.
Push for referendum
The Venezuelan opposition is seeking to oust Maduro at the ballot box with a referendum.
The president maintains the United States is working with conservative local interests to oust him.
Castro, who backs Maduro’s allegations, voiced dismay at the US failure to end its embargo on Havana.
He said regional allies would derail “subversive and meddling” US plans on which he did not elaborate.
And Castro, Maduro, Correa and Bolivian President Evo Morales all slammed the recent impeachment and removal of Brazil’s ex-president Dilma Rousseff.
Rousseff, convicted in the Senate over budget irregularities, was replaced on August 31 by center-right President Michel Temer, her vice president-turned-nemesis.
Looting and riots
Falling oil prices have triggered an economic crisis in Venezuela, causing food shortages, outbreaks of looting and riots.
The crisis is the biggest threat yet to Maduro and the socialist “revolution” launched in 1999 by his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez.
Embattled and unpopular at home, Maduro has nowhere near the international clout once enjoyed by Chavez.
Venezuela’s opposition is pushing for a referendum on removing Maduro from power by the end of the year.
Polls indicate Maduro would lose by a hefty margin. But his opponents say electoral officials are dragging their feet to protect him.
They held fresh protests Friday after the authorities delayed announcing the timeline for the next step in the process for a second time.
Venezuelans spend long hours lining up outside supermarkets and pharmacies only to find bare shelves and soaring prices inside.
The country is facing its third year of deep recession this year, with inflation set to top 700 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Comment: More on the devastating US policy towards Venezuela:
- US sabotaging Venezuela’s economy
- After huge Venezuela protest march, government says foiled coup plot
- Presstitution: The Financial Times is a megaphone calling for mass murder and regime change in Venezuela
- Leaked Clinton emails reveal continuing efforts to sabotage Venezuela
- The truth about the situation in Venezuela – an insider’s perspective
- The Recolonization of Latin America: Fighting for the future of Venezuela