The following is the text of Fidel Castro’s speech this morning to a mass rally at the University of Havana:
My dear comrades:
I asked that we meet early, before the heat of our sun becomes too intense.
This stairway, to which I never imagined I would be returning, keeps some indelible memories of the years when I began to become aware of our era and our duty. One can acquire knowledge and awareness throughout one’s lifetime but never in any other stage of one’s existence will a person again have the purity and selflessness with which, being young, one faces up to life. At that age, I discovered my true destiny.
The following article by Eva Golinger is from Venezuela Analysis. The article mainly is addressing U.S. intervention through ‘colored revolution’ in Venezuela, but it is important to note the similarities with the recent struggles over the elections in Iran:
In 1983, the strategy of overthrowing inconvenient governments and calling it “democracy promotion” was born.
Through the creation of a series of quasi-private “foundations”, such as Albert Einstein Institute (AEI), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), Freedom House and later the International Center for Non-Violent Conflict (ICNC), Washington began to filter funding and strategic aid to political parties and groups abroad that promoted US agenda in nations with insubordinate governments.
Behind all these “foundations” and “institutes” is the US Agency for Inter- national Development (USAID), the financial branch of the Department of State. Today, USAID has become a critical part of the security, intelligence and defense axis in Washington. In 2009, the Interagency Counterinsurgency Initiative became official doctrine in the US. Now, USAID is the principal entity that promotes the economic and strategic interests of the US across the globe as part of counterinsurgency operations. Its departments dedicated to transition initiatives, reconstruction, conflict management, economic development, governance and democracy are the main venues through which millions of dollars are filtered from Washington to political parties, NGOs, student organizations and movements that promote US agenda worldwide. Wherever a coup d’etat, a colored revolution or a regime change favorable to US interests occurs, USAID and its flow of dollars is there.
Posted in Imperialism, Venezuela
Tagged AEI, astroturf, Colored Revolutions, counter-revolution, counterinsurgency, Eva Golinger, Freedom House, Hugo Chavez, ICNC, Iran, IRI, National Endowment for Democracy, NDI, NED, NGOs, OTPOR, RCTV, Serbia, Slobodan Milosovic, USAID, Venezuela Analysis, Venezuelan Student Movement, video, White Hand
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Imperialism and Iran’s Elections
Commentary by Kosta Harlan
A struggle has broken out over the results of Iran’s presidential elections, held Friday June 12, which resulted in the apparent landslide victory of incumbent President Ahmadinejad. On Friday night, before the results had been announced, the main opposition candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, declared himself the winner. The following day, Iran’s election commission announced that Ahmadinejad had won with 62% of the vote. Mousavi responded with allegations of vote-rigging. This set into motion a chain of events that has resulted in hundreds of thousands coming out to the streets in protest. Some of the protests turned into riots, with protesters attacking police, government offices and banks and burning cars. 19 people are reported to have died in clashes with the government.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Iran
Tagged Ahmadinejad, CIA, Colored Revolutions, counter-revolution, Electoral Politics, Fight Back!, Hossein Mousavi, Imperialism, Iran, Kosta Harlan, Mehdi Karroubi, Middle East, Mohsen Rezai