Cuba and Climate Change

Speaker:  Cuban Scientist

Ramón Pichs-Madruga

Ramón is Vice-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is in Christchurch for the second lead authors meeting for the special report on Climate Change & Land, being held on 25-30 March. 

March 25th
2.30 pm
WEA Hall
59 Gloucester St 

All Wellcome 

Light refreshments will be served after the formal part of the meeting with plenty of opportunity for a one-on-one chat with  Ramón.

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"I will die the way I've lived” Exhibition

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Film Screening

'All Guantanamo is Ours'

Saturday,  August 12
5.30 pm
Unite Union
6a Western Springs Rd,

Hear the Cuban Ambassador, Mario Alzugaray

Watch the new documentary 'All Guantanamo is Ours' 
directed by Colombian journalist and writer, Hernando Calvo Ospina.

This 37-minute film documents the history of the U.S. occupation of this piece of Cuba’s territory and highlights the feelings of the ordinary Cubans who live near the base and who worked inside it.

Followed by Q & A, refreshments and a light supper.

Sponsored by The Auckland Cuba Friendship Society   
Phone: Malcolm 021-151-7887

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UK University kowtows to US pressure

Lift the illegal Blockade NOW!

People are rightly outraged at the UK Open University has a  discriminatory ban on Cuban students.
Around 1200 people have now written directly to their MPs on this matter and staff at the OU are raising the issue with their management. A letter was published in the Guardian today and various media are picking up the story.
The lecturers’ union UCU has written to the Open University vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks and universities minister Jo Johnson calling for the ban to be overturned. Other trade unions look set to follow.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: 'There is no justification for not accepting Cuban students on a course, and any move to stop anyone would be directly at odds with current UK government policy on cooperating with Cuba on higher education issues, particularly around teaching English.
Most universities in Britain publish clear Equal Opportunity policies that ban discrimination against different students based on race or nationality. For example, Aberdeen University state that
‘Applications for admission to all degrees are considered without regard to any inappropriate distinction eg ethnicity or national origin, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender, religious or political beliefs, marital status or socio-economic background.’
The University of Birmingham go further and their web site states that
'The University has a long tradition of welcoming students from Cuba, we currently have a growing number of students at Birmingham, studying a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.’
Even the UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) encourages and funds Cuban students to study here via the Chevening scholars scheme.
CSC Director Rob Miller said, ‘The fact is that the Open University policy is discriminatory and can not be justified. The OU are putting United States’ ‘Cold War’ policies over and above UK equalities law.
They are ‘kowtowing’ to the United States and its extraterritorial blockade legislation. The UK Government has voted every year at the United Nations against the Blockade, in doing so it has voted against such threats to UK sovereignty from an overseas Government.
It is high time for the British Government to intervene and put a stop to this embarrassing policy by the publicly funded Open University. In doing so they would make clear that the UK is not just an infant partner of the United States and that they will not join in with the ridiculous antics of Donald Trump and his Blockade of Cuba.’
More information and articles:

Rollback of Obama’s initiatives condemned

lift the criminal blockade

The New Era's end signals  
a return to a belligerent northern neighbour
The New Zealand Cuba Friendship Society has condemned the latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years.

Every president since Kennedy in 1963 has aimed to overthrow the Cuban revolution.

Obama’s shift in relations was a step forward but still had the open aim of fostering dissent within Cuba while keeping the blockade in place and Guantanamo occupied.

Trump’s June 16 speech signalled a ban on U.S citizens patronising Cuba’s state-owned hotels, restaurants and tour buses because the GAESA conglomerate that runs them has links to Cuba’s armed forces and Ministry of the Interior.

Trump also vowed that the U.S. government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities.” Only travel with an organised group will be allowed and the purpose of the trip will be more strictly policed. Trump also vowed to review all government programmes directed against Cuba, to supposedly ensure their effectiveness.

Once implemented, Trump’s policy is expected to create a maze of rules for American tourists to obey. At least 140,000 U.S citizens visit Cuba each year out of around 4 million tourists.

The roll-back is only partial. Diplomatic relations will remain in place and commercial air and sea links will be exempted from the new restrictions. Cuban-Americans will still be able visit and send remittances back to their families.

Cuba’s Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Relations of Cuba, condemned Trump’s measures, which were announced and signed off in a theatre named after Manuel Artime, civilian leader of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.

“It was a grotesque Cold War-era spectacle, made before a small audience, composed of old henchmen and thieves of the Batista dictatorship, mercenaries from the Playa Girón brigade, terrorists, demagogues and ‘lackeys’", he said.

President Trump greeted several of these individuals by name, and was surrounded or accompanied by others at the time of the signing. These included a terrorist arrested in 1995 in California, with an arsenal of weapons to be used to commit violent actions and who was implicated in an assassination attempt on President Fidel Castro in 1997. Another was part of a 1974 armed infiltration in Cuba; a third was the author of terrorist actions and pirate attacks at sea on Cuban fishing boats, between 1972 and 1975.

Also present was the spouse of a sergeant who committed acts of torture during the Batista dictatorship, and one of those responsible for financing the planting of bombs at tourist locations in Cuba which exploded in 1997, as revealed by infamous terrorist Posada Carriles in an interview with the New York Times. Posada Carriles was the author of the mid-flight bombing of a Cubana de Aviación civilian aircraft in1976, the first terrorist act against an aircraft in flight.
Trump was open at the event about rewarding congressmen Rubio and Diaz-Balart, who helped him narrowly win in South Florida.

 “The struggle continues, the victory is certain!”
Bruno Rodriguez also pointed to Trump’s hypocrisy for calling on Cuba to improve human rights, saying the U.S. government “is threatening more limits on health care that would leave 23 million people without insurance ... and marginalises immigrants and refugees, particularly those from Islamic countries.”

Trump cited human rights concerns as his primary driver in tightening restrictions on Cuba, but the president has prided himself on his warm relations with some of the world's most autocratic regimes, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt and human rights violators like Phillippines president Rodrigo Duterte.

Polls show that over 70 percent of Americans—including a majority of Republicans—support lifting the embargo and that 97 percent of the Cuban people support normalisation with the United States.


Cuba Launches Revolutionary Feminist Postal Stamps

Activists and representatives of national institutions participating in the 10th Cuban Assembly Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana and Villa Clara issued the first postal stamp on 11 May, which features a polychrome image of Vilma Espin.
Espin, Cuban President Raul Castro’s deceased wife, was the founder of the Federation of Cuban Women, an organization dedicated to promoting the rights of women and the LGBTQ community.
The stamp was officially released at the headquarters of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, UNEAC, Prensa Latina reported.
At the event, UNEAC President Miguel Barnet emphasized the need to “eliminate stereotypes and prejudices that curb the well-being of men and women.” Cuban Philatelic Federation President Raul Lorenzo echoed similar sentiments, stating that the purpose for issuing the stamp is to pay homage to Cuban history and its continued efforts to guarantee that all islanders benefit from equal rights.
The 10th Cuban Assembly Against Homophobia and Transphobia ran from May 3 – 20. It began with a presentation of an educational campaign titled “Me Included.” This year's theme focused on homophobic and/or transphobic bullying at schools. Every two years, the conference renews its theme based on an issue related to human rights.
On 12 May, a cultural gala was held in honor of equal rights. A conga and performances on Saturday 13 May were also held in Havana to promote gender and sexual diversity.
Espin was one of the most-widely recognized women soldiers who fought in the Sierra Maestra mountains leading up to the 1959 Cuban Revolution. She later became a tireless advocate for women's rights and a leading member of the Cuban Communist Party.

a great totara has fallen

Farewell Comandante

Celebrate a Revolutionary Life
Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution 

December 3rd 

Trades Hall
147 Great North Rd
Grey Lynn

Speakers include
 Cuban Ambassador Mario Alzugaray


Auckland Latin America Community 

Auckland Cuba Friendship Society 
Malcolm: 021 151 7887 

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