Haiti, and less US-Cuba tension?

This video from Cuba says about itself:

Graduation Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Havana, we talk to some US graduates.

Fortunately, in Haiti there is not just the horrible earthquake, and its aftermath of so many injured and hungry people, of militarism, of child trafficking, etc.

Haiti seems to decrease tensions between the USA and Cuba somewhat.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

US-Cuban cooperation in Haiti

HAVANA – Eight US American doctors will join a Cuban medical team in helping earthquake victims in Haiti. This is what Cuban and U.S. officials announced this Friday.

The Americans have graduated from the ELAM medical school in the Cuban capital Havana. The US Americans and approximately one thousand people from the present Cuban team will work in a hospital in Croix-des-Bouqets, a suburb in the north of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

For half a century, the U.S. and Communist

“Communism” means a completely classless and stateless society. No-one claims Cuba has reached that stage yet. So, this is a careless use of the word “communist”.

Cuba have had a very tense relationship, which inter alia led to a U.S. boycott. Under President Barack Obama, relationships are getting better slowly.

Already shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, Cuba gave the United States permission to use Cuban airspace to transport victims of the natural disaster.

The airspace issue, if reported correctly, would be really a sign of better relationships between the two governments.

However, as far as know (please correct me if I am wrong), these US American doctors are coming to Haiti on their own initiative, and not as US government representatives. They got their medical education in Cuba, as they considered there were better possibilities for them there than in their own country. They did so, very much against the wishes of the George W. Bush administration and earlier US administrations.

Latin American leaders have warned that Haiti was in danger of being turned into a US military base after the commander of US forces in the earthquake-devastated country declared that his 15,000 soldiers “will stay as long as is necessary”: here.

Haiti: From Batay Ouvriye – Position Statement: here.

4 thoughts on “Haiti, and less US-Cuba tension?

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    The 10 US citizens from two Baptist churches were arrested last week on Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic when they tried to cross the border with 33 children.

    But most of the children turned out not to be orphans and Haitian police said that some parents admitted handing over their children to the missionaries in the belief that they would get a better life.



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    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1494


  4. How credible is Human Rights Watch on Cuba?

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    machinery … draconian laws and sham trials to incarcerate scores more
    who have dared to exercise their fundamental freedoms”.
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