June 28, 2019
Dear friends of peace,
we, the network Cuba – Informationsbüro – e.V., which unites almost 40 organizations and many individuals of solidarity with Cuba, support your goals and this conference with our whole heart.
For some time now we have been participating in the activities of the peace movement in Germany and especially the activities against the military bases of the USA and NATO. Our peace activities are based on our basic believe that the military, that arms race and weapon exports, and that threatening other states and that fear-mongering are absolutely destructive, dangerous and deadly.
But in addition, there is another, a more specific reason for the Cuba-solidarity-movement in Germany to support the “Global Campaign Against US /Nato Military Bases” and the peace-camp, todays conference and the demonstration tomorrow. This reason has a famous name: “Guantánamo”!
This is the location of the U.S. military base in the south-east of Cuba, in the province Guantánamo. This important bay area is a natural harbor, which cannot be used by the Cubans, because it is occupied by the U.S. Navy since the year 1903. This started initially on the basis of a lease agreement with the Cuban government of that time, which was very dependent on the U.S. and pushed to accept the colonial wishes of the northern neighbor. Since the successful Cuban Revolution of 1959, Cuba has taken the view that these agreements are null and void and that Guantánamo is being occupied against the will of the Cuban people. There are also legal reasons for this view. We therefore call with Cuba for the immediate return of this bay territory and the payment of xxxxxxxxxxxx.
Furthermore, as you all know, since 2001, this colonial relic has been used by the United States as a prison and a kind of concentration camp and a site for all kinds of torture. This military base has been and still is de facto a legal vacuum – without charge and trial and sentence, but with torture, first for prisoners from Kosovo, then from Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. This means the absolute lack of human rights, which are constantly being talked about by the USA, but which are being trampled underfoot both in their own country and all over the world – and at Guantánamo base.
Cuba has a high admiration [hohes ] from many countries outside the U.S. dominated west. Cuba’s internationalism is an amazing feature of that socialist country, especially its berühmte medical internationalism. And Cuba is one oft he most outspoken countries against imperialism and war-mongering. It is acting very often in support and in solidarity with progressive and underprivileged countries in many parts of the world. It was moderating the peace-process in Colombia, ending the bloody civil war there. Above that, Cuba is an example that another, that a better world is possible.
We criticize the increasingly aggressive policies of the Trump government, which again relies on the so-called Monroe Doctrine of 1823, which initially proclaimed the independence of the American continent from European powers, but at the same time legitimizes US expansion and invasions in Central and South America as well as all over the world. Numerous direct and indirect interventions in the rights of peoples to self-determination have since taken place.
We are very worried that there is currently an apparent resurgence of propaganda on „justifications“ that directly threatens Venezuela and Nicaragua, for example, and Cuba is also mentioned in this context, which has been subject to an economic, commercial and financial blockade for almost 60 years, which must be – according to the UN-Charter – regarded as an act of war.
Nevertheless, the UN General Assembly has again and again convincingly condemned the US-blockade. All governments in this world voted in support for Cuba that the U.S. should end its blockade. This is amazing, taking into account that many small countries have to deal with pressure, not to vote against the U.S. And it is important to note, that the blockade has enormous extraterritorial consequences in most countries in this world, and in Europe as well.
In 2014 the organization CELAC – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (all without USA and Canada) met in Cuba and passed a declaration there, which declared the whole region to be a peace zone and the renunciation of armed conflicts among themselves. So it is high time for the U.S. to give up the 76 military bases in the region!
We must therefore step up our joint activities to secure peace. In this spirit, we wish the conference every success.
Dr. Edgar Göll
Vice-President of “Netzwerk Cuba”, Germany
Protest gegen US-Waffenhandel und Interventionismus in Lateinamerika
US-Waffen in Lateinamerika im Einsatz. Kritik an Interventionismus der USA. US-Aktivistinnen demonstrieren
US-Waffen tragen dazu bei, die Gewalt und Kriminalität in den südlichen Ländern aufrechtzuerhalten oder gar zu steigern. So stammen 70 Prozent aller Schusswaffen, die an Tatorten in Mexiko gefunden wurden, aus den USA. Gleichzeitig stieg hier die Anzahl der Morde durch Schusswaffen in den letzten zehn Jahren stark an, 1997 waren es 16 Prozent, 2017 bereits 66 Prozent der Delikte.
Neben dieser Entwicklung sind Waffen auch Schmuggelware. In Honduras stammt laut Schätzungen die Hälfte aller nicht registrierten Waffen aus den USA.
Allerdings verdienen die USA enorm an der Waffenindustrie. Laut den Zahlen des nationalen Handelsverbandes für die Schusswaffenindustrie. (NSSF) setzten 2018 Schusswaffen und die Waffenindustrie rund 52,09 Milliarden Dollar der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Aktivität der USA um. Das entspricht einem Anstieg von 171 Prozent in den letzten zehn Jahren – 2008 waren es noch 19,1 Milliarden Dollar. Die USA steigerten ihre Waffenexporte in den Jahren 2014 bis 2018 im Vergleich zu den fünf Jahren zuvor um 29 Prozent. Auch 2018 waren sie wieder größter Waffenexporteur und hatten laut Sipri einen Anteil von 36 Prozent aller weltweiten Rüstungsausexporte.
Seit dem 5. Juni sind in verschiedenen Ländern Lateinamerikas 300 Marineinfanteristen der Marine und eine US-Spezialeinheit angekommen. Sie werden in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala und Honduras stationiert und mit den Armeen von Brasilien, Kolumbien und Peru zusammenarbeiten. Das offizielle Ziel ist die Gründung einer multinationalen Einheit für Naturkatastrophen und andere Krisen.
Das US-Kommando für Lateinamerika und die Karibik (Southcom) ist in 31 Ländern mit Personal präsent.