Sunday 25 December 2011

UN Condemns Unilateral Coercive Measures

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martes, 20 de diciembre de 2011 
Imagen activa20 de diciembre de 2011, 10:05United Nations, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The UN General Assembly condemned the implementation of unilateral coercive measures with extraterritorial effects, considering them an instrument of political or economic pressure against any country.

  The rejection was adopted yesterday by 137 votes in favor and 54 against, with no abstentions.

Among the votes against are the United States, Israel and almost all European Union countries, but none from Latin America and the Caribbean or Africa.

The text is titled Human Rights and Unilateral Coercive Measures, and states that the condemned actions were intended to prevent countries from exercising their right to freely determine their political, economic and social development.

Such measures also preclude the full realization of economic and social development of the population of the affected countries, harm their welfare and create obstacles to the full enjoyment of human rights, including health, food, medical care and necessary social services.

The text also warns that food and medicines should not be used as an instrument of political pressure.

It also rejects the extraterritorial nature of unilateral coercive measures for threatening the sovereignty of States and urges not to recognize or implement them, but to counteract them with administrative or legislative decisions.

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Wednesday 21 December 2011

Australia Cuba Friendship Society Canberra- National Consultation

Come and join the Australia Cuba Friendship Societies of Australia and New Zeland Solidarity Concert at the National Consultation in Canberra. When? Saturday 31st March, 2012. The ACFS Canberra will present a solidarity concert with top-line performers. The general public is welcome. Entry by donation of $10. If you also want to join for dinner after 6:00 pm the combine cost would be $25. Please, feel free to invite any of your friends to join with us in a spirit of solidarity. More news will follow.
If you would like more information about the National Consultation in general  or the concert, contact Brian at (02) 62824747 or 0418 481 867.

Cuba's School of Latin American Medicine - ELAM - has been training new generations of doctors in social medicine - people from very poor and disadvantaged communities who commit to returning to live and work in those same commuities - and is now well established in Venezuela since the Cuban Venezuerlan Medical collaboration through the ALBA people's trade treaty. For some time north american stud...ents have been studying a different, people centred medicine in Cuba - and now some wonderful news for our mob is that applications are open for scholarships for Indigenous students to pursue medical studies in Venezuela - please watch the attached and share this news, fully funded scholarships to study medicine in the new, humanist model which is so much closer to our mobs way of doing things - brilliant!!! VIVA VENEZUELA, VIVA CUBA!!!!! Lara Pullin, via Dr Tim Anderson

Thursday 15 December 2011

Cuba-Australia get together

Over the weekend of April 30 to March 1, 2012 members of the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society will gather in Canberra from all States of Australia and amost certainly, New Zealand.
Keynote speaker will be Dr Adrian Hearn, a world authority on changes within Cuba's economy and social policies. He is also the top expert on the influence of Chinese culture and particularly Chinese music on
Cuba. When Slavery was abolished in Cuba, the labour gap was filled by scurrilous British agents, in Calcutta, enticing thousands of Chinese coolies to Cuba with lies and promises of great wealth.
Within a generation, the cheated Chinese workers were running profitiable restraurants, laundries and music schools. It is interesting that the illegal US blockade of Cuba is being outmaouvered by Chinese financiers and manufacturers.
The weekend will be held at the Greenhills Conference Centre, 1437 Cotter Road, Cotter. Members of the general public are able to sit through the debates and discussions, though only ACFS members are entitled to vote.
Saturday night will be given over to a top flight concert with interstate performers and local musicians. Some will stay on in Canberra to attend the National Folk Festival.

Music tour of Cuba 2012

This year 12, Aussie musicians, under the guidance of Canberra's Oliver Hague and linguist Rosy Lazzari, travelled throughout Cuba taking part in daily workshops and evening concerts with top line Cuban bands and musicians. All 12 returned to Australia determined to return to Cuba. All were inspired by the level of music education and an appreciation of music throughut the blockaded island.
In March/April 2012, another, bigger contingent will take part in another musicians' work-study tour. The visitors will take in Havana, Cienfuegos, Camag├╝ey, Bayamo and Santiago de Cuba. Apart from the music, everyone will learnto dance the rhythms of the Son, Rumba, Bolero - and more. All this for around $1,200 per person. The price covers all accommodation, inter-city transport in Cuba and numerous visits to places of cultural interest. For the gamut of information, contact: oliver.hague@bigpond.com .

Sunday 11 September 2011

Abbott keen on Nauru

With the refugee debate or, more correctly, swearing competition, in parliament, the Liberals support sending boat people to Nauru. They do this in memory of John Howard.

So far the Government has stressed the enormous cost of such an operation.

However, as friends of Cuba we wish to point out to Mr Abbott, that re-establishing a virtual-penal colony on Nauru, will invite serious health issues.

At present the bulk of medical services on Nauru is provided by  Cuba as an extension of their vast medical services in islands accross the Pacific. Probably the most outstanding is the 300 Cuban doctors working on East Timor. This is quite apart from the 700 students from East Timor now studying medicine in Havana - free of cost to East Timor. At present Australia does not have enough doctors to service regional Australia. We doubt the Australian electorate will be happy to be known, that  as a wealthy nation, we are bludging on Cuba.

The concept is sickening and shaming to Australia.

Friday 9 September 2011

Welcome to the new blog of the ACFS Canberra Branch

Dear friends of Cuba, welcome to the new blog of the Australia Cuba Friendship Society - Canberra Branch. This blog is still under construction, please, log in tomorrow for exciting news!