Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Since the second half of the twentieth century, one resource to intervene in the political changes of a country, which was an object of US interest, was to resort to assassinations. As a method, political assassination, it is characterized by a conspiracy with internal elements which, advised by the intelligence apparatus and financed by the imperial power, are violently disposed to the physical elimination of a Head of State.
It has long been used, even within the empire, against presidents of one party or the other. Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan have been the object of assassinations or attempted assassinations. As an undeclared practice, but one that fulfills interventionist objectives, it was used to prevent the rise of liberation movements or governments that came to power through revolutions. By 1981, the participation of the Central Intelligence Agency in the overthrow and assassination of presidents or revolutionary leaders in different parts of the world was proven with irrefutable data.
1953: Overthrow of the government of Mohammad Mossadegh, in Iran.
1954: Military rebellion and overthrow of the government of Jacobo Árbenz, in Guatemala.
1958: Conspiracy to assassinate Gamal A. Nasser, president of Egypt. Nasser, president of Egypt.
1959: Assassination of the prime minister of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, S. Bandaranaike.
1961: Assassination of the prime minister of the Republic of Congo, Patrice Lumumba.
1969: Assassination of the leader of the Mozambique Liberation Front, Eduardo Mondlane.
1973: Assassination of the secretary general of the African Party of Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, Amilcar Cabral.
1973: Coup d’état and assassination of the president of Chile, Salvador Allende.
1977: Assassination of the president of the People’s Republic of Congo, M. Ngouabi.
The list would be endless, but in the examples cited above, the participation of the CIA, which also has a negative record of more than 600 attempts on the life of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, was shown.
In the current conditions of the empire’s growing loss of world predominance, it is a resource potentially used as a means of force in the face of the failure of economic, financial or diplomatic methods of pressure. Neither archived nor forgotten, assassination continues to be a possibility to intervene in processes of social change, despite the so-called soft coup in non-conventional wars. The most recent examples are the coup d’état against Evo Morales, in the case of Bolivia, and the assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, two years ago.
Why assassination? Because their victims, of course, those who are not part of the empire, are people committed to building a better future for their people, which is at odds with hegemonic ambition.
That is why they wanted to assassinate at point blank range the Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, for her dedication to her country, for the welfare of the most dispossessed. That is a sacrilege for the oligarchy that, full of impotence and frustration before the popular acceptance of the vice president, was not enough with an equally criminal legal process, such as the judicialization to which she is subjected. They wanted her dead and used a social outcast eager to vent their hatred for that purpose.
In her text, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner also recommends that Argentines respect preventive isolation within the framework of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic
By Redacción Digital
March 20, 2020
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced that she is returning to Argentina from Havana, Cuba, with her daughter Florencia Kirchner. The decision was made public by the former president herself through her Twitter account. There, in a tweet, she states that her daughter and her doctors “managed to restore some of her lost health and have been working on her return home for some time.”
In her text, she also recommends that Argentines respect the preventive isolation in the framework of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The return will take place through a flight from Cubana de Aviación, the island’s flagship carrier. Although Cuba is not a country at risk from the coronavirus, the former president said that, together with her daughter, they will comply with the preventive isolation.
This is her tenth trip so far this year, and for the former president, this is the most important one. “Flor asked me to come and help her… I felt that I could not do it alone,” wrote CFK.
In her tweets, the former president deeply thanks the people and government of Cuba. “And I feel that even if I had a hundred lives, they would not be enough for me to express my gratitude to this Cuba of solidarity, punished by the powerful but dignified and haughty,” writes the vice president and continues: “Cuba stood by me at a very difficult time in my life, that held out its hand to my daughter without speculation and that cared for and protected her when the fierce media and judicial persecution severely damaged her health.
Regarding Cuba, the former president also points out that “that Cuban doctors exercise their vocation with commitment, with a profoundly humanist stance and who, with precise diagnosis, for the first time, gave Flor the tools that those who have lost their health need”.
Finally, the Vice President asked Argentines to take care of themselves in the face of the coronavirus pandemic: “I would like to ask you to do the same, to take care of yourselves and others by respecting preventive isolation in your homes. I love you all very much”.
July 31, 2018
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
An investigation by the British Parliament confirmed that the Facebook company conducted a secret campaign against Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in the 2015 presidential elections.
The report of the House of Commons Digital, Culture and Media Committee, entitled “Anti-Kirchner Campaign”, alludes to the existence of “alarming evidence” of Cambridge Analytica’s interference in the elections in the South American country.
The current president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, won the presidential elections of November 2016, ending 12 years of Kirchnerist governments of Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) and Cristina Fernández (2007-2015).
The campaign against the Argentine ex-president reportedly used “spy tactics”, “information warfare”, and “the use of retired officers from the intelligence and security agencies of Israel, the United Kingdom and Russia, in support of the British group’s mission of interference in Argentina”.
This, in addition to the manipulation of the data of at least 87 million Facebook users, and the use of fake accounts, both on that platform and on Twitter, with the aim of manipulating public opinion.
The UK Parliament expects the owner of the social network, Mark Zuckerberg, to return to the British legislature to answer questions he did not answer or answered with false information at his last appearance before the legislators.
Cambridge Analytica had already made the news about the illegal collection of information when it was revealed in March 2018 that it had had access to the account of more than 50 million users through Facebook, to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.
(With information from Telesur)
A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Ruthless media attacks against leaders like Evo Morales, Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, Rafael Correa, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, Cristina Fernández and Néstor Kirchner, just to mention the more recent, are not unique and have been made since time immemorial.
A very emblematic case was the known Leipzig Process in 1933 against the Bulgarian labor leader Georgi Dimitrov, accused by German Fascists of the Reichstag fire. It was a farce orchestrated by Hitler’s Nazis in order to strike a mortal blow against the Communists and to justify everything we already know.
This subject –which is part of the philosophical debate of the role of the individual in history, developed by Russian George Plekhanov in 1898– comes to light considering the attacks of the retrograde right against leaders like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez aimed at burying their political thinking and now taking as subjects current leaders like Nicolás Maduro, Evo, Lula, Correa or Cristina.
Traditionally, ultraconservative analysts have distorted the fundamental role of the individual without which social processes run the risk of not reaching their destination due to lack of leadership, dispersion or anarchy.
The promoters of capitalism persist in the practice of discrediting leaders to prevent them from influencing the fate of society. They go to extremes such as the physical elimination by any means, if they fail in their smear campaigns of disqualification.
Plekhanov said that a great man is not great because his individual peculiarities imprint a personal outlook on great historical events, but rather because he is equipped with special features that make him the most capable individual for serving the great social needs of his period.
In that statement lies a response to what we are currently seen in Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and even in Argentina where, with Nestor Kirchner deceased and Cristina no longer in the presidency, Mauricio Macri’s and his henchmen’s attacks against them are equally or more intense than when they were in power.
The assassination of Ché (Ernesto Guevara) by order of the establishment, and the hundreds of attempts against the life of Fidel Castro, are contemporary extremes in our Latin America of that infamous policy. There are other examples: Jorge Eliecer Gaitán Francisco Caamaño, Maurice Bishop, Augusto César Sandino, Jacobo Árbenz and many others, whose existence the imperial system could not tolerate.
The media campaign against Maduro is so huge and infamous as that executed against Chávez or what they are doing now against Evo.
The thing is that Bolivia and Venezuela are battlefields of a war of positions not unrelated to what happens in the Middle East, because there is a global class struggle that must lead to a new global correlation of forces; this is no secret.
The Bolivian Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramón Quintana, was clear in denouncing the US for applying a covert political operation of great dimension aimed at weakening the people’s trust in Evo’s government. US interests in a change in the correlation of forces is very strong because of their wish to control Bolivia’s vast natural resources.
More accurate still: Quintana said that in this context of global power struggle, Bolivia is important because of the role of President Evo Morales and his international leadership at a time when a new global order is being shaped; and that explains the dirty war to try to discredit him.
In Venezuela, in these early days of March, people will begin paying tribute to President Chávez, on the third anniversary of his death on March 5th. This will be an occasion for heads of state and government and social activists to gather in Caracas and reflect on these facts.
Frei Betto said recently in one of his articles that “in capitalism any axiological system (values and judgment) constitutes a nuisance.” Logically, popular leaders are the chief bother for conservatives. (PL)
Author: Luis Manuel Arce Isaac| email@example.com
3 de marzo de 2016 21:03:20
Despiadados ataques mediáticos a líderes como Evo Morales, Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, Rafael Correa, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, Néstor Kirchner o Cristina Fernández, por citar los más cercanos, no son únicos, y se realizan desde tiempos inmemoriales.
Un caso muy emblemático fue el conocido Proceso de Leipzig en 1933 contra el líder obrero búlgaro Jorge Dimitrov, acusado por los fascistas alemanes del incendio del Reichstag, farsa hitleriana montada por los nazis con el propósito de asestar a los comunistas un golpe mortal y justificar todo lo que ya conocemos.
Este tema, que se inscribe dentro del debate filosófico del papel del individuo en la historia, desarrollado por el ruso George Pléjanov en 1898, surge a la luz ante los ataques de la derecha retrógrada a líderes como Fidel Castro y Hugo Chávez con el fin de sepultar su pensamiento político, pero tomando de sujeto a dirigentes actuales como Nicolás Maduro, Evo, Lula, Correa o Cristina.
Tradicionalmente los ultraconservadores han tergiversado ese papel fundamental del individuo sin el cual los procesos sociales correrían el riesgo de no llegar a su destino por acefalia, o dispersión y anarquía en su conducción.
Los propagandistas del capitalismo persisten en la práctica de la desacreditación del líder para impedir que este pueda influir en los destinos de la sociedad, y llegan al extremo de la eliminación física por cualquier vía, si fracasan sus campañas de desprestigio y descalificación.
Pléjanov decía que un gran hombre lo es no porque sus particularidades individuales impriman una fisonomía individual a los grandes acontecimientos históricos, sino porque está dotado de particularidades que le convierten en el individuo más capaz de servir a las grandes necesidades sociales de su época.
En esa observación radica una respuesta de lo que vemos en estos momentos en Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brasil e incluso Argentina donde, aun con Néstor Kirchner fallecido y Cristina expresidenta, los ataques de Mauricio Macri y sus acólitos son tanto o más intensos que cuando estaban en el poder.
El asesinato del Che (Ernesto Guevara) por orden del establishment, y los cientos de atentados contra Fidel Castro, son extremos contemporáneos en nuestra América de esa infame política, sin ir más atrás desde Jorge Eliécer Gaitán a Francisco Caamaño y Maurice Bishop pasando por Augusto César Sandino, Jacobo Árbenz y otros muchos, cuya existencia el sistema imperial no podía soportar.
La campaña mediática contra Maduro es tan descomunal e infame como la que ejecutaron contra Chávez o lo que hacen ahora con Evo.
Es que Bolivia y Venezuela son campos de batalla de una guerra de posiciones en nada desvinculada de lo que ocurre en el Oriente Medio porque se trata de una lucha de clases global que debe desembocar en una nueva correlación mundial de fuerzas, lo cual no es un secreto para nadie. El ministro boliviano de la Presidencia, Juan Ramón Quintana, fue claro al denunciar que Estados Unidos aplica una operación política encubierta de grandes dimensiones para intentar debilitar la confianza del pueblo en su gobierno, pues en un cambio en la correlación de fuerzas es muy marcado el interés estadounidense por dominar los grandes recursos naturales de Bolivia.
Más preciso todavía, Quintana dijo que en este contexto de disputa global por el poder, Bolivia es importante por el papel del presidente Evo Morales y su liderazgo internacional en momentos que se configura un nuevo orden global, y eso explica la guerra sucia para intentar desprestigiarlo.
En estos primeros días de marzo comienzan en Venezuela los homenajes al presidente Chávez, cuyo tercer año de fallecido se cumple mañana día 5, buen momento para que los jefes de Estado y Gobierno y activistas sociales que se darán cita en Caracas, reflexionen sobre estos hechos.
Frei Betto decía recientemente en un artículo que en “el capitalismo cualquier sistema axiológico (valores y juicio) constituye un estorbo”. Por lógica, los líderes populares son la principal molestia de los conservadores. (PL)