Interview with Morteza Gorgzadeh on African Perspectives
"Cuban Five and Africa" December 28th, 2014 Featured Guest: MORTEZA GORGZADEH
Interview with Morteza Gorgzadeh from the “Toronto Forum on Cuba” following the recent liberation of the Cuban Five, who had been wrongfully jailed in the US for defending their country against extremists attacks of Cuban American exiles based in Miami. Morteza analysed the Cuban Five’s connection with Africa, where three of them fought alongside Angolans against Apartheid South Africa. He also discussed the recent announcement of normalization between the US and Cuba following over 50 years of brutal embargo.
Interview with Keith Ellis on The Taylor Report "Cuba Si, the Five are Free..." ...and the blockade is fading December 22nd, 2014 Featured Guest: KEITH ELLIS
Keith Ellis, Canadian/Jamaican poet and scholar, summarizes the long and violent history of U.S. efforts to destroy the Cuban revolution. The mission of the Cuban Five was to stop terrorism against Cuba. They did not harm America in any way, yet they were subject to draconian sentences.
Dr. Ellis praises the unifying role of ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) and especially CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States). These organizations created a unity that INCLUDES Cuba and a unity that US has not been able to penetrate.
Ellis contrasted the great humanitarian work of the Cubans, esp. their medical doctors who are at the forefront in Africa fighting Ebola, to the U.S. pursuit of militarism and torture.
* Correction - please note that when Keith Ellis references to the date of December 16th when mentioning Raúl Castro´s speech announcing the return of the Cuban Five in Cuba, he meant to say the date of December 17th.
Interview with Keith Bolender on The Taylor Report The Five served a valid humanitarian cause December 22nd, 2014 Featured Guest: KEITH BOLENDER
Keith Bolender fills in the spaces re the huge surprise release of the last three of the Cuban Five. Secret negotiations took place over the last 18 months between Obama and Raul Castro. Both Canada and Pope Francis worked behind the scenes facilitating the negotiations to free the Cuban Five via a prisoner exchange releasing Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, a Cuban who became a CIA agent working inside Cuban intelligence agency.
Bolender also analyzes Obama's statements to end the blockade against Cuba --including what powers Obama has and does not have. Bolender clarifies that America's strategy against Cuba has not changed, just its policy. Obama is using the stick and carrot approach.
Bolender describes the US history of terrorism against Cuba and how this terrorism led the Cuban Five to accept their mission against terror. The Five infiltrated the Cuban American terrorist groups, learned about planned terrorists attacks against Cuba and reported back to Cuba, so Cuba could stop the attacks and save hundreds of human lives.
United Steelworkers Hall ● 25 Cecil St. (one block southeast of College and Spadina)
Sun. DEC. 21 2:00 PM
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