Debt, Cuba and Detroit

first_imgPhoto: Daymon J. HartleyThe following is excerpted from a talk by Cheryl LaBash, an organizer for last summer’s Five Days for the Cuban 5 and co-chair of the National Network on Cuba. LaBash highlighted the relationship between the struggle to free the Cuban 5; the development of economic solidarity structures throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americas; and the U.S. trade and travel blockade. A video of her complete talk is at, along with a link to a message from René González on ­behalf of the Cuban 5.What the Cuban Revolution has accomplished and what it continues to stand for grows out of its firm commitment to socialism and historical analysis. In 1985, before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dismantling of the socialist camp, Fidel Castro gave an interview to the Mexican newspaper Excelsior on how the unpayable foreign debt of Latin America and the rest of the Third World could and should be canceled. He raised the pressing need for a new international economic order.As we engage in today’s struggle over the debt in Detroit, we are reminded of Fidel’s question in 1985 in relation to oppressed countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. “Who is paying compensation for the deliberate destruction of our peoples’ lives and riches?” he asked. Similar to what we saw in Detroit in the run-up to the 2008 crash, loans were pushed on these countries. Fidel wrote: “There was so much money that the moneylenders, the banks, went running after debtors, offering them loans. The usual situation was reversed; generally, it’s the debtors who go to the banks to ask for loans, but … the bankers went around looking for debtors in order to lend them money at interest rates that were much lower than they are now — that is, money was lent at lower interest rates, and much higher interest is charged now.”Capitalist development and economic programs, whether in Latin America or Detroit, bypass the needs of the people and the human right to quality education, health care and housing, subordinating them to enriching the profit margin.In 1997, the Cuban union movement held one of many conferences opposing the “free trade” agreements. Dr. Oswaldo Martinez Martinez opened the conference saying:“Neoliberal globalization has globalized exclusion, exploitation and social distress. We need to globalize our resistance. … By means of unity of action let’s put an end to the system that enriches 10 percent of humanity but degrades and condemns the other 90 percent.”The Cuban 5 and their families are calling for a jury of millions, including you, to free them. René González addressed the recent meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on the importance of supporting the third Five Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington, D.C., this summer.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Glen best miler we’ve had – O’Brien

first_img O’Brien said: “I’d be surprised if he ever wins by very far. That’s his way and in the long term that will be good for him. He’s the best miler we’ve had, I know that. But he wants fast ground to be seen at his best. ” The Galileo colt was left in the Investec Derby at the latest forfeit stage, and the trainer added: “We’ve got another horse (Giovanni Canaletto) to run tomorrow and the decision will be made in the next week. “He has always worked like a miler, he’s strong and quickens very well. He’s never had to show the kind of courage before that he showed today. The Curragh is a tough mile in that ground. It was very borderline that he ran. “He had to come when he came and he was courageous. He has a load of pace, as he showed at Newmarket, and might have laboured a bit on that ground. He has a big heart as well as everything else. “You’re never sure until you dip them what courage they have and he had to be courageous today. He wanted it. You can’t test them for that. Giant’s Causeway had that, he was the very same as that. “I always thought he was Giant’s Causeway with more speed, that’s what I thought and today he showed he has that pure Giant’s Causeway courage. He had a good bit to do from the interchange and the danger was in front. It’s not an easy thing to do here at the Curragh. “To win a Curragh Guineas on slow ground you usually have to get a mile and quarter, so he obviously gets it. Whether he just got it on courage today, I don’t know, but we know he has lots of speed. He had to fight for three furlongs and in the last half-furlong Ryan said ‘come on, I need you again’. “Originally the plan was to come here and then go to Ascot. We only gave him three half-speeds since Newmarket as I had the view that you can’t put his head to the stone every day. The plan was Newmarket, here, Ascot then Goodwood, but the plan could change along the way and the boys will decide. Ryan Moore had to wait for a gap on the Newmarket Guineas hero, but he was never flustered and once in the clear the 2-5 favourite showed his class as he produced a tremendous turn of foot. Gleneagles went on to score by three-quarters of a length from Endless Drama, with Ivawood occupying third place, as he did at Newmarket, after looking to have an easy time of it in front for much of the way. Belardo was fourth. Aidan O’Brien hailed Gleneagles as “the best miler we’ve had” after he completed a Classic double in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. “When I was going through the forfeits for the Derby I was crossing off all the horses and put a line through him, but the boys said to leave him in. I’ve always thought he was a miler and we haven’t had a miler like him in a while, but everyone knows how important the Derby is.” Coolmore supremo John Magnier appeared to suggest the Derby would be unlikely. He said: “The next thing is probably to think about the St James’s Palace. We will take it step by step. We paid for the option (of the Derby), so we are hardly going to declare it today without being clever about it, but it’s unlikely. We’ll have to discuss it with Michael (Tabor), Derrick (Smith), Aidan and all the lads, but it looks pretty obvious.” Moore said: “He didn’t have a lot of room, but he had the gears and the class to go through. He put his head down and fought well at the end. I felt I was on the best horse, and when you’re on the best horse invariably the gaps come.” Trainer Ger Lyons said of Endless Drama: “It’s all systems go for the St James’s Palace, subject to everything being OK. He showed he gets a mile well and it took what Aidan says is the best he’s had for a while to beat him. He needs to be dropped in and ridden like that. In a good race you can do that. He should improve again.” Press Associationlast_img read more